Capital Punishment in the U.S.; Wong Kar War on His New Film; Amy Grant; Please Explain

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Harvest Moon The harvest moon on September 22 2010. (David DeHetre/flickr)

On today’s show, we take a look at two of the most consequential—but largely forgotten—Supreme Court decisions on capital punishment. Director Wong Kar Wai talks about his long-awaited film “The Grandmaster.” Singer-songwriter Amy Grant discusses collaborating with James Taylor, Carole King, and others on her first album in 10 years. Plus, inspired by this week’s blue moon, Please Explain is all about the moon!

Capital Punishment in America

Evan J. Mandery gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court and capital punishment—a most politically complex, racially charged, and morally vexing issue. His book A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America looks at two Supreme Court 1970s cases—Furman v. Georgia, which struck down Georgia’s death penalty law, and Gregg v. Georgia, which reversed direction

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Wong Kar Wai's “The Grandmaster”

Director Wong Kar Wai discusses his long-awaited latest film, “The Grandmaster.” It’s about Ip Man, the grandmaster who trained Bruce Lee, and it fuses king fu with romance. Hong Kong heartthrob Tony Leung plays Ip Man, and Zhang Ziyi plays a beautiful Bagua master, who Ip Man falls in love with. The film is a thoughtful meditation on love, loss, and 20th-century Chinese history. It opens in New York August 23 at Lincoln Plaza, the Angelika, and AMC Empire.

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Amy Grant's “How Mercy Looks From Here”

Singer-songwriter Amy Grant discusses her new album, “How Mercy Looks From Here,” which features collaborations with  Carole King, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, and Vince Gill. It’s her first full-length studio album in 10 years. She’ll be performing at  Irving Plaza on August 23.

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Please Explain: The Moon

We can see the moon is up there in the sky most nights, but how much do we really know about it? Dr. Juliane Gross, a research scientist in the American Museum of Natural History's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, tells us all about the moon--how it got there, why it orbits the earth, and what a blue moon—the kind of full moon we had on Tuesday—is.

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