Sir David Frost on Richard Nixon

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Sir David Frost tells Leonard what really happened during his famous interviews with Richard Nixon. And a historian describes the rise and fall of the whaling industry in America. Also, a wife's diaries reveal the dramatic story of a Warsaw zookeeper who saved hundreds of lives during World War II. But first, New Yorker music critic Alex Ross describes the best sounds of the 20th century.

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Listening to the Twentieth Century

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross analyzed 20th century music to write The Rest Is Noise, discovering some unexpected connections along the way. He explains the links between “West Side Story” and Arnold Schoenberg, and finds corresponding sounds in the music of Jean Sibelius and John Coltrane.

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A Two-Sided Look at the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In 2002, a female Israeli student died alongside her attacker, a female Palestinian suicide bomber, in a Jerusalem market. The suicide bomb triggered worldwide attention because the two girls bore an uncanny resemblance to each other. Hilla Medalia, the director of a new documentary, “To Die in Jerusalem”, talks about ...

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The Zookeeper Who Saved Human Lives

During World War II, director of the Warsaw Zoo Jan Zabinski and his wife Antonia managed to turn their Nazi-bombed park into a lifesaving shelter for around 300 Jews and Polish resistance fighters. Diane Ackerman reconstructs their remarkable story in The Zookeeper’s Wife, a vivid historical account based on Antonina's ...


The History of Whaling in America

Eric Jay Dolin's Leviathan is an epic history of the American whaling industry, once a hugely significant part of our national economy, tracing the trade from its peak in the mid-18th century through its decline in the 1870s.

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Sir David Frost on Richard Nixon

British television host Sir David Frost landed the biggest interview of the 1970s when former president Richard Nixon agreed to sit down for four wide-ranging interviews. The story of what happened behind the scenes was brought to the Broadway stage last year, and now the man who asked the questions ...

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