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A New Economy; "The Comedy of Errors"; John Hodgman; "Fatal Assistance" in Haiti; the History of Privacy

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Gar Alperovitz discusses what a new economy might look like and how it might be more democratic, support communities, and be better governed. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater talk about playing twins in “The Comedy of Errors,” the summer’s first Shakespeare in the Park production. John Hodgman on “John Hodgman: Ragnarok,” a survival guide to the Mayan apocalypse. Filmmaker Raoul Peck talks about his film “Fatal Assistance,” a look at what happened in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. And, The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore on the NSA data collection program and the history of state surveillance.

Building a New Economic System

Many Americans are frustrated with our economic system and are worried that it is failing. Gar Alperovitz argues that the time is right for a new-economy movement to take shape to build a new system In What Then Must We Do? he proposes a new economic system that is not corporate capitalism, not state socialism, but something entirely American.

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Shakespeare in the Park's "Comedy of Errors"

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater discuss playing Dromio and Antipholus in “The Comedy of Errors,” one of this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park productions. The play concerns two sets of identical twins who were separated as children and now live as master-servant pairs in rival neighboring cities. It’s an enjoyable mess of mistaken identity, wrongful imprisonment, questionable flirting, and general mayhem. It’s playing at The Public’s Delacorte Theater in Central Park through June 30.

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John Hodgman: Ragnarok

John Hodgman shares his survival guide to the Mayan apocalypse, or as he calls it "Ragnarok.” His post-apocalyptic necessities include beef jerky dollars, sperm whales, and mayonnaise,  His new comedy special “John Hodgman: Ragnarok,”  is streaming exclusively on Netflix.

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“Fatal Assistance” and Post-Earthquake Haiti

Award-winning Haitian-born filmmaker Raoul Peck discusses the challenging, colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. His film “Fatal Assistance” is an indictment of the international community’s post-disaster idealism and looks at the complexity of the reconstruction process, the impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, and reveals the failures. “Fatal Assistance” is playing at Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center June 19, at 6:30, and at IFC Center June 20, at 7:00 pm, as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

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Privacy in an Age of Publicity

Jill Lepore traces the history of privacy in America. Her article “The Prism” appears in the June 24 issue of The New Yorker.

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Guest Picks: John Hodgman

John Hodgman was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to to talk about his comedy special "Ragnarok" and how to prepare for the end of the world. Find out who he wants to live with on a boat.

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Astoriagrrrl from New York City

Guys, I think something is wrong with the recording! Hope you have it captured somewhere. Really want to hear today's show.

Jun. 20 2013 05:10 PM

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