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Friday, March 06, 2009

On today’s show: Mary Louise-Parker talks about playing Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler on Broadway. Then, playwright Lynn Nottage and actress Saidah Arrika Ekulona discuss the play “Ruined.” Plus, director Costa Gavras on his classic film “Z.” And, this week's Please Explain is all about oil.

"Hedda Gabler"

She’s stared in the critically acclaimed television programs "The West Wing," "Angels in America" and "Weeds" to name a few. But, Mary Louise Parker has returned to the stage and is playing one of the theater's most complicated and challenging villains: Hedda Gabler.

"Hedda Gabler" is playing ...

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"Ruined"

Lynn Nottage's play "Ruined" is a haunting, probing work about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war. Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of Congo, this powerful play follows Mama Nadi (played by Saidah Arrika Ekulona), a shrewd businesswoman in a land torn apart ...

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Costa with a "Z"

The Academy Award-winning political thriller, "Z", celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The director, Costa Gavras, talks about making the film and how it became a critically acclaimed, worldwide smash and the winner of both the Cannes Jury Prize and the Best Foreign Film Oscar, along with fifty other international ...

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Please Explain: Oil

Petroleum (and all of its byproducts) have shaped our world into what it is today. Discover where oil comes from, how it’s refined and how much of it is left in ground on this week's Please Explain. Dr. John B. Curtis is Professor in the Department of Geology and Geological ...

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