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Monday, January 04, 2010

On today’s show, Atul Gawande explains how using a simple checklist can prevent errors and save lives. Then Richard Ellis talks about how polar bears are being affected by the melting Arctic ice caps. And novelist Jonathan Dee describes his book about privileged New Yorkers. Plus, Griffin Dunne discusses his father, Dominick Dunne’s life and work.

The Checklist Manifesto

Atul Gawande, general surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, staff writer for The New Yorker, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, explains how more training and advanced technologies don’t seem to prevent experts from making costly mistakes, but ...

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On Thin Ice

Science writer Richard Ellis talks about how the polar bear has become a symbol of how climate change threatens life on the planet. In On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear, he looks at why the world population of polar bears has shrunk by half in ...

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Privileged Lives

Jonathan Dee talks about his novel The Privileges, about a couple who have always believed in a privileged life for themselves and their children, but that life isn’t arriving fast enough to suit them.

Event: Jonathan Dee will be reading along with Rich Benjamin and Colum McCann, with ...

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Griffin Dunne on Dominick Dunne

Griffin Dunne, son of the late Dominick Dunne, discusses his father’s life and last novel, Too Much Money. Dominick Dunne was an author, film producer, and special correspondent for Vanity Fair for 25 years, covering the lives and trials of celebrities.

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Leonard's Questions: Griffin Dunne

Griffin Dunne talks to us about his interests after appearing on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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