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Monday, October 02, 2006

Director Stephen Frears talks about “The Queen,” his behind-the-scenes dramatization of the Royal Family’s struggle with the death of Princess Diana. Then, jazz singer Stacey Kent tells us about her new collaboration with her husband. Plus, Michael Lewis, the author of Moneyball, shares his new book about football. Later on, we’ll listen to a recently discovered interview with Tennessee Williams on Past Present. And we’ll ask what caused a new 40-mile-long crack in the Earth’s surface in Ethiopia.

The Queen

When Princess Diana died, the Royal Family was torn between its desire for privacy, and the public’s demand for ceremony. Director Stephen Frears and writer Peter Morgan dramatize this behind-the-scenes struggle in the new film “The Queen.”


Past Present: Tennessee Williams

On today's Past Present, hear an interview with Tennessee Williams. The playwright shares his thoughts on the role of poetry in modern theater, and why the US needs a national theater program. New York theater historian and critic George Freedley conducted the interview with Tennessee on October 3rd, 1945 as ...

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A Jazzy Relationship

Jazz singer Stacey Kent tells us about her new collaboration with her husband, tenor saxophonist Jim Tomlinson: The Lyric.

The Lyric is available for purchase at

Events: Stacey Kent will be performing
Tuesday, October 3 through Sunday, October 14
Feinstein's at the Regency


The Blind Side of Football

Michael Lewis, the author of Moneyball, shares his new book about some of football’s unsung athletes: The Blind Side.

The Blind Side is available for purchase at

Events: Michael Lewis will be speaking with Malcolm Gladwell
Tuesday, October 3 at 7 pm
Union Square ...


A Crack in the Earth

Roger Buck, a physicist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, explains why a 40-mile-long magmatic crack recently opened in Ethiopia.

Slideshow: Afar, Ethiopia
Roger Buck will be giving a lecture called From Satellites to Camels: The Biggest ...


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