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Friday, March 26, 2010

Guest host Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. She’ll talk with former Columbia University provost Jonathan Cole about the evolution of America’s higher learning institutions. Then, playwright Conor McPherson and actor Ciaran Hinds discuss their new film “The Eclipse.” And we’ll learn how animation changed between 1984 and 1994. Plus, our latest Please Explain looks at the science of happiness.

The Great American University

Former provost and dean of faculties and John Mitchell Mason Professor at Columbia University, Jonathan R. Cole discusses how it is that while America’s universities are the envy of the world, few understand how and why they’ve earned that reputation. In The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, ...

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The Eclipse

Ireland’s star screenwriter and playwright Conor McPherson, director of “The Eclipse,” and actor Ciaran Hinds talk about the film. Hinds plays a widower whose life converges with a beautiful author of supernatural fiction and a pop novelist at an international literary festival. It opens March 26 at the

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Waking Sleeping Beauty

Don Hahn and Peter Schneider discuss the years from 1984 to 1994, when a perfect storm of people and circumstances changed the face of animation forever. “Waking Sleeping Beauty,” directed by Hahn and produced by Schneider and Hahn, tells a story of clashing egos, out-of-control budgets, escalating tensions, and one ...

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Please Explain: The Science of Happiness

On today's Please Explain, we'll look into how happiness is studied, and what some recent research reveals about what makes people happy, and why it's sometimes not what they'd expect. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Department of Psychology, University of California Riverside joins us to discuss the psychology of happiness.

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A Side of Roast Leonard

On Thursday, March 25, host Andy Borowitz and a roster of all-star guests gathered at The Cooper Union's Great Hall to celebrate Leonard's 25 years on WNYC. Watch the video created for the event and see how people answer the question: "Lenny or Brian?"

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