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Carol Burnett, Mao's American Confidante, Hidden Cities, and Giant Crabs

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Carol Burnett talks about her relationship with her daughter Carrie, who recovered from drug addiction as a teenager and then died of cancer at the age of 38. Sidney Rittenberg, a confidante of Mao and the only American to join the Chinese Communist Party, joins the filmmaker of a new documentary about his life. Moses Gates introduces us to the hidden corners of New York, Paris, Cairo and Moscow. And we’ll find out how growing numbers of giant crabs are threatening the ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay.

Carol Burnett Remembers Her Daughter

Carol Burnett talks about her late daughter and about mothering an extraordinary young woman through the pain and joy of her life.

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“The Revolutionary” - Sid Rittenberg in China

Irv Drasnin, writer and producer of “The Revolutionary,” discusses the documentary, along with its subject, Sidney Rittenberg, a 91 year-old American expatriate who was the only American citizen to join the Chinese Communist party. He was dedicated to Mao’s revolution, reaching a position of influence unprecedented for a foreigner, and he was Mao’s acolyte through the upheavals which formed contemporary China. “The Revolutionary” opens April 12 at the Quad Cinema.

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Underground and Overhead: Urban Exploration Adventures

Moses Gates gives a glimpse into the world of urban exploration, describing his trespasses in cities from Paris to Cairo to Moscow. In Hidden Cities: Travels to the Secret Corners of the World’s Greatest Metropolises he talks about secret art galleries in subway tunnels, breaking into national monuments for fun, sleeping in centuries-old catacombs and abandoned Soviet relics, and getting arrested on top of Notre Dame Cathedral. 

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Giant Crabs in Chesapeake Bay

Washington Post environmental reporter Darryl Fears explains that climate change is creating supersized crabs in Chesapeake Bay that are wreaking havoc on other species.

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Knowing What Companies Know About You

The data-brokering company Acxiom, which tracks the online behaviors of nearly 700 million people, has announced a new service that will reveal to people what the company knows about them. Financial Times reporter Emily Steel talks about online data tracking, and whether individuals have a right to know what data companies know about them.

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Guest Picks: Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her relationship with her late daughter Carrie, who died of cancer at the age of 38. She also told us what she's a fan of - enchiladas, anyone?

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