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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

We’ll get the results of the EU bank stress tests and look at whether they can help restore investor confidence around the world. Then, the New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why climate change and energy legislation have suffered a slow, agonizing death in the Senate. Also, legendary Hong Kong star Sammo Hung talks about his latest action film "IP Man 2." Plus, bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen discusses his latest venture: Star Island. And William Powers on how we, personally, can best adapt to our digital, mobile, over-connected age. 

The EU's Bank Stress Tests

Last week the European Union released the results of the stress tests it ran on almost 100 banks. Matthew Saltmarsh, staff reporter for the International Herald Tribune, discusses the results and whether they’ll help restore investor confidence to the troubled Euro-zone.

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The Death of Climate Change Legislation

The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert looks at the political and environmental implications of the comprehensive energy and climate change legislation that died in the U.S. Senate last week.

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Sammo Hung

Legendary actor and director Sammo Hung talks about starring in over 75 movies, as well as working as a producer, director, action-choreographer/stuntman in as many as 230 films. He received a Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York Asian Film Festival, and choreographed the action in the film “IP Man,” which will be released on DVD July 27. He’s joined by his wife, action heroine and occasional co-star, Joyce Mina Godenzi, who serves as translator.

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Carl Hiaasen

Journalist, columnist, and novelist Carl Hiaasen discusses his latest novel, Star Island, about a 22-year-old pop star about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster, and her “undercover stunt double,” who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by an obsessed paparazzo. He’ll also talk about the weekly column he’s been writing in the Miami Herald and his take on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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William Powers on the Digital Age

William Powers, former staff writer for The Washington Post, presents a new approach to the digital age by drawing on some of history's most brilliant thinkers, from Plato to Shakespeare to Thoreau, showing that digital connectedness is best balanced disconnectedness. Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age is part intellectual journey and part memoir, and it sets out to solve the conundrum of connectedness.

How do you deal with constant connectedness and information overload? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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Guest Picks: Carl Hiaasen

Novelist Carl Hiaasen came on The Leonard Lopate Show to discuss some of his favorite picks.

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