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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Philippe de Montebello, now the Director Emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after heading it for 31 years, talks about his time at the museum. Granta editor John Freeman explains The Tyranny of E-mail. Also, Michelle Huneven discusses her latest novel, Blame. Plus, our latest Underreported segments.

Philippe de Montebello

Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Fiske Kimball Professor in the History of Culture and Museums, Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, discusses his years as director of the Metropolitan and the cultural importance of museums. He is speaking at the Metropolitan ...

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The Tyranny of E-mail

The average corporate worker receives upwards of two hundred e-mails per day. It’s predicted that by 2011, there will be 3.2 billion e-mail users. John Freeman, one of America's preeminent literary critics and editor of Granta, talks about the nature of correspondence through the ages and looks at the constant ...

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Blame

Michelle Huneven discusses her novel Blame, a story of guilt and love, family and shame, sobriety and addiction, and life’s moral ambiguities.

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Backstory: Terrible (and Real) Ideas from the Cold War

The Cold War may have ended 20 years ago, but the constant threat of nuclear annihilation and the unlimited scientific potential of the atom led to some truly "out there" thinking, and we’re not just talking about Edward Teller’s idea to detonate an atomic bomb on the moon. The Kennedy ...

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Underreported: India's Maoist Insurgency

A group of Maoist rebels—also known as the Naxalite insurgency—has taken a violent foothold in 20 of India’s provinces. The group has burned schools, killed more than 900 security officers, and, in at least one province, detonated more than 1,000 improvised explosive devices over the past five years. The Indian ...

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William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

Sarah and Emily Kunstler were on the Leonard Lopate Show on June 15 to talk about their unconventional and personal portrait of prominent civil rights lawyer, "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe." The film opens at Cinema Village Friday, November 13. Listen to that interview here.

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