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Security at the New World Trade Center; Banjo Master Béla Fleck; Marisha Pessl's Night Film; Famous Figures in Physics

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

On today’s show, Scott Raab talks about the challenges of dealing with security at the new World Trade Center. Grammy Award-winning banjo player Béla Fleck plays music from his new album, “The Impostor,” live in our studio. Marisha Pessl talks about Night Film. And we’ll find out about symmetry and the physicist Emmy Noether, whose work in symmetries has been called as important as Einstein’s theory on the speed of light.

Security at the New World Trade Center

Scott Raab, Writer at Large for Esquire magazine, talks about the challenge of security at the new World Trade Center and the long process of rebuilding at ground zero. His article “A Target in Perpetuity,”  is in the Sept 2013 issue of Esquire.

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Banjo Master Béla Fleck

Grammy Award-winning banjo player Béla Fleck performs live in our studio and talks about his new album, “The Impostor.” On it, he performs with an orchestra and with a string quartet.

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Marisha Pessl's Night Film

Marisha Pessl talks about her new novel, Night Film, a suspenseful literary thriller. A beautiful young woman is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her death is ruled a suicide, but investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise.

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The Universe in the Rearview Mirror

Physicist Dave Goldberg explains symmetry in physics, and tells the story of a holocaust escapee named Emmy Noether whose theorem relating conservation laws to symmetries is widely regarded to be as important as Einstein’s notion of the speed of light. But because she was a woman, she was unrecognized, even unpaid, throughout most of her career. In The Universe in the Rearview Mirror Goldberg makes science comprehensible, relatable, and gripping. 

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Guest Picks: Marisha Pessl

Marisha Pessl was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her most recent novel, Night Film. She also told us what she's been reading and about her favorite comfort food.

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Guest Picks: Béla Fleck

Grammy Award-winning banjo player Béla Fleck performed live on the Leonard Lopate Show recently. He also revealed that he's a Barbra Streisand fan. Find out what else Béla Fleck's a fan of!

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