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Elliott Forrest Fills In! Clifton Leaf on Not Winning the War on Cancer; Violinist Nicola Benedetti; NYPL Renovation; "Kinky Boots"

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Elliott Forrest guest hosts. He speaks with journalist and cancer survivor Clifton Leaf about why we have made such limited progress in fighting the disease. Then, 25-year-old violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti talks about her latest album. We’ll take a look at the controversial renovation of the New York Public Library. And Billy Porter and Stark Sands discuss their roles in the Tony Award-winning new musical “Kinky Boots”!

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Elliott Forrest

Why We're Losing the War on Cancer-and How to Win It

Journalist and cancer survivor Clifton Leaf looks at why we have made such limited progress fighting the disease. In The Truth in Small Doses: Why We're Losing the War on Cancer-and How to Win It describes why the public’s immense investment in research has been badly misspent, why scientists seldom collaborate and share their data, why new drugs are so expensive, and why many scientists are abandoning the search for a cure.

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Violinist Nicola Benedetti

Twenty-five-year-old violinist Nicola Benedetti discusses her latest album, “The Silver Violin.” It features the Korngold Violin Concerto as its centerpiece and celebrates violin music from great film scores, and it was the first solo instrumental album in decades to top the U.K.’s classical charts and enter the Top 30 pop charts.

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New York Public Library Renovations and Lawsuits

The New York Public Library’s plan to renovate its Fifth Avenue building, which includes removing research stacks, has been met with much criticism, with some opponents of the project filed a lawsuit to stop the project.

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"Kinky Boots"

Billy Porter, who plays Lola, and Stark Sands, who plays Charlie Price in “Kinky Boots,” talk about the hit musical created by Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper. In “Kinky Boots,” Charlie Price has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. “Kinky Boots” is playing at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

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Guest Picks: Stark Sands

Stark Sands was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with co-star Billy Porter, to talk about starring in the Broadway musical, "Kinky Boots." He also told us what 

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Guest Picks: Billy Porter

Billy Porter was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with co-star Stark Sands, to talk about starring in the Broadway musical, "Kinky Boots." The Tony winner also told us what he's watching and reading these days. 

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