Storytelling with The Moth; "A Teacher"; Living with Alzheimer's; Please Explain

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Friday, September 06, 2013

Since it started in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories. We’ll talk to founder George Dawes Green, artistic director Catherine Burns, and contributor Dr. George Lombardi about the art of telling stories. We'll talk to the director of the new movie "A Teacher." Poet Jeanne Murray talks about her mother’s long decline into dementia. Plus, this week’s Please Explain!

The Moth

Catherine Burns, artistic director of The Moth, its founder George Dawes Green, and contributor Dr. George Lombardi discuss the art of telling stories. The book The Moth presents 50 spellbinding, soul-bearing stories selected from the extensive archive.


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"A Teacher"

Director Hannah Fidell talks about her new film, “A Teacher,” along with star Lindsay Burdge. Part psychological thriller and part provocative character study, “A Teacher” explores the unraveling of a young high school teacher, after she begins an affair with one of her teenage students. It opens September 6 at the AMC Loews Village 7 and is available now on VOD and iTunes.

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A Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer's

Poet Jeanne Murray Walker talks about her mother's long passage into dementia. In The Geography of Memory explores parental love, grief, and the unexpected consolation of memory. Her mother's memory, which more and more dwells in the distant past, illuminates Walker's own childhood, and helps her rediscover and understand her own past.

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Please Explain: Whales

This week's Please Explain is about the largest mammals on earth: whales. Joining us are: Dr. John J. Flynn, the Frick Curator of Fossil Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History and the Dean of the Museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School. He's also the curator of the exhibition "Whales: Giants of the Deep," on view at the museum through January 5. And Dr. Mark Baumgartner, Marine Biologist and Associate Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

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