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Friday, April 16, 2010

On today’s show we’ll learn about Yemen's political and cultural importance to the rest of the Middle East. Then, we’ll speak to a curator of the 2010 Whitney Biennial and one of the artists featured in the show. Also, Fernando Rojas’s racy Spanish tragicomedy Celestina has been called the first European novel—we’ll speak with the translator of a new edition. Plus, Please Explain is all about how to read food labels!


Victoria Clark, former correspondent and Moscow bureau chief for the Observer, discusses Yemen. The poorest state in the Arab world, it’s still dominated by its tribal makeup and, due to its instability, has become a perfect breeding ground for insurgent and terrorist movements. In Yemen: Dancing on the Heads ...

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2010 Whitney Biennial

Curator Gary Carrion-Murayari, one of the two organizers of the 2010 Whitney Biennial, and artist Josephine Meckseper discuss this year’s biennial, the museum’s 75th. The Biennial is the Whitney’s panoramic survey of the latest in American art, and it includes well established artists along with emerging artists from ...

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Translating Celestina

Peter Bush discusses his new translation of Celestina, by Fernando Rojas, the lively Spanish tragicomedy considered to be the first European novel. Published in 1499 and became Spain's first-ever bestseller, and Fernando de Rojas's mix of street wit, obscenity, and culture paved the way for Cervantes.

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Please Explain: Food Labels

Sugary cereals claim to be "heart healthy" and packages that say a food is "all natural" still have a list of mysterious ingredients. On today’s edition of Please Explain, Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New ...

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