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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Michael Lewis offers a post mortem on how the global financial system crashed and burned—and who is to blame. Then, Jeff Daniels and Janet McTeer discuss starring in the latest incarnation of Yasmina Reza’s play “God of Carnage.” Also, Helen Simonson talks about her debut novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand—it’s about a romance between a retired English military officer and a Pakistani shopkeeper. And historian Nell Irvin Painter traces how the idea of the white race was invented, and how the cultural definitions of who is and isn’t white have fluctuated throughout history.

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God of Carnage

Actors Jeff Daniels and Janet McTeer talk about their roles in Yasmina Reza’s play “God of Carnage,” about two couples who meet to discuss a schoolyard incident between their sons. What starts out amiably turns sour, offering a commentary on modern-day marriage and parenting. "God of Carnage" is ...

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Helen Simonson discusses her debut novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, which tells the story of Major Ernest Pettigrew, a wry, courtly Englishman who lives a quiet life who strikes up an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village.

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The History of White People

Historian Nell Irvin Painter explains how the idea of the white race was invented, and why. In The History of White People she shows how the origins of American identity in the eighteenth century were tied to the elevation of white skin into the embodiment of beauty, power, and ...

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Leonard's Questions: Janet McTeer

Does Janet McTeer like Frederic or Kate Chopin? Find out.

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Leonard's Questions: Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels tells us his favorites after a recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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