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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

On today’s show, Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo tells his harrowing story of being kidnapped with his driver by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Then, Rita Tushingham helps us celebrate the 45th anniversary of David Lean's classic film “Doctor Zhivago.” And we’ll talk about the legacy of Lucia Chase, who reigned at the American Ballet Theater for over four decades. Plus, Molly Ringwald talks about her life since she starred in 1980s movies like “Sixteen Candles” and “Pretty in Pink.”

Days of Fear

Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo, talks about being kidnapped with his driver in Afghanistan and threatened with death if Italy didn’t remove troops from Afghanistan. When this demand wasn’t met, the driver was decapitated and the video of the murder was circulated worldwide by the Taliban. In Days of Fear: ...

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"Doctor Zhivago" at 45

May marks the 45th anniversary of “Doctor Zhivago,” David Lean’s romantic epic film, adapted from Boris Pasternak’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Rita Tushingham, who played Lara and Zhivago’s daughter Tonya Komarovskaya, talks about making the film, its legacy, and its state-of-the-art restoration.

"Doctor Zhivago" is being screened April 28th at ...

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The Life of Lucia Chase

Alex C. Ewing, chancellor emeritus of the North Carolina School of the Arts and former general director of the Joffrey Ballet-- and Lucia Chase's son--and Kevin McKenzie, art director of the America Ballet Theater, discuss the legacy of ballet great Lucia Chase. She brought Nureyev, Bujones, Kirkland, and eventually Baryshnikov ...

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Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald talks about her career, which took off when she starred in the John Hughes high school classics "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," and "Pretty in Pink," and about turning 40. In Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Shade of Lipstick, she shares personal ...

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Leonard's Questions: Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald told Leonard Lopate about her new book - and shared some of her favorites with us.

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