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Germany and the Eurozone; "Smash & Grab"; Catskills and Comedy; FDR, LaGuardia, and NYC

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Timothy Garton Ash looks at whether Germany will be able to lead the Eurozone into a sustainable, internationally competitive future. Havana Marking discusses “Smash & Grab,” her documentary about the Pink Panthers, an international ring of jewelry thieves. Comedian Robert Klein and Lawrence Richards tell stories about the generations of Catskill-trained Jewish comedians. We’ll find out how President Franklin Roosevelt and Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia shaped New York City during the Great Depression.

Can Germany Lead the EU to a Prosperous Future?

Timothy Garton Ash discusses the new German question: Can Europe’s most powerful country lead the way in building both a sustainable, internationally competitive Eurozone and a strong, internationally credible European Union? He explores the question and looks for answers in his article “The New German Question” in August 15 issue of the New York Review of Books.

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"Smash & Grab"

Last week armed men broke a member of the Pink Panther gang of jewel thieves out of a Swiss prison, according to police. Havana Marking tells the story of the Pink Panthers, the subject of  her new documentary, “Smash & Grab.” The Pink Panthers are believed to have stolen—in dramatic fashion—a  quarter-billion dollars in jewels in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East since 2002. “Smash and Grab” is playing at Film Forum.

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The Catskills and Comedy

The resorts of New York's Catskill Mountains—once known as the Borscht Belt—produced dozens of Jewish comics and entertainers, who still influence comedy today. Robert Klein and Lawrence Richards talk about the documentary “When Comedy Went to School,” a portrait of this country's greatest generation of comedians - the generation that includes the likes of Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Robert Klein, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, Jerry Stiller, and others, all of whom got their start on Borscht Belt stages. “When Comedy Went to School” opens July 31 at IFC Center.

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FDR, LaGuardia, and the Making of Modern New York

Mason Williams tells how the New Deal—and two political titans—shaped New York. City of Ambition: FDR, LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York gives an account of how Roosevelt and La Guardia, patrician president and immigrant mayor, fashioned a route to recovery from the Great Depression for the nation and the master plan for a great city.

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Guest Picks: Robert Klein

Comedian Robert Klein was on the Leonard Lopate Show, along with writer Lawrence Richards, to talk about the Borscht Belt in the Catskill Mountains of New York and the comedians it produced. He also told us about his wide-ranging musical tastes. Find out what he's listening to below!

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Guest Picks: Lawrence Richards

Lawrence Richards was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with Robert Klein, to talk about the Borscht Belt in the Catskill Mountains of New York and the comedians it produced. He also told us which comedian he's a fan of today. Find out below!

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