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Supreme Court, "The Dance and the Railroad, Guggenheim Partners

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and  Elena Kagan attend President Obama's State of the Union speech on January 24, 2012. Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagan attend President Obama's State of the Union speech on January 24, 2012. (Getty)

The New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin discusses Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her lasting impact on the high court. David Henry Hwang talks about “The Dance and the Railroad,” the second production of his year-long residency at the Signature Theater Company. And we’ll look at Guggenheim Partners—the company has bought the LA Dodgers and The Hollywood Reporter but remains incredibly secretive.

Jeffrey Toobin on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Jeffrey Toobin discusses his article “The Heavyweight,” about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s lasting influence. “The Heavyweight” appears in the March 11 issue of The New Yorker.

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David Henry Hwang's “The Dance and the Railroad”

David Henry Hwang talks about “The Dance and the Railroad,” presented by Signature Theatre Company. On a California mountaintop in 1867 near the Transcontinental Railroad, two Chinese workers struggle through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of their homeland. “The Dance and the Railroad” follows the twice-extended “Golden Child” as the second production in the Residency One: David Henry Hwang Series. It’s playing at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

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Benjamin Stein's Novel, The Canvas

Benjamin Stein and Brian Zumhagen discuss The Canvas, written by Stein and translated by Zumhagen. Loosely based on the true story of Binjamin Wilkomirski, whose fabricated 1995 Holocaust memoir transfixed the reading public, The Canvas has two inter-related narratives that each begin at either end of the book and meet in the middle.

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The Secretive Guggenheim Empire

Fortune reporter Scott Cendrowski looks at the secretive $170 billion Guggenheim empire. The operation, based in New York and Chicago, has been turning up frequently in Los Angeles—behind the Dodgers deal, the purchase of Dick Clark Productions, and it joined with other investors to buy seven trade publications.

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Banks Avoid Bad Press with Secret FDIC Settlements

Since 2007, nearly 500 banks of failed, but rather than sue those banks for losses and malfeasance, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has opted for settlements that often go unreported. LA Times reporter Scott Reckard talks about having to obtain information about FDIC settlements through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Guest Picks: David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang was on the Leonard Lopate Show to discuss his play, "The Dance and the Railroad," at the Signature Theatre Company. He also told us what he's a fan of -- teen pop music, anyone? Find out what else he likes.

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