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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Evidence of the BP Oil Spill in The Gulf of Mexico (Dr. Oscar Garcia, FSU (SkyTruth)/flickr)

We'll start off the show by looking at the BP oil spill's potential long-term effects on the environment and people. Then James Mauro tells us about the 1939 New York City World's Fair. Also, comedienne Kristen Schaal tells us about her book, The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex, and her work in comedy. Plus, well get a sneak peak of unheard jazz recordings from the 1930s that were recently acquired by the National Jazz Museum.

More on the BP Oil Spill

BP’s well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico exposed multiple weaknesses in our preparations for a major disaster and our regulation of the companies drilling in deep waters.  We will speak with Tad Patzek, Professor and Chair, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, and Dave Valentine, professor of Geology at UC Santa Barbara. They will discuss the cleanup, the ecological damage it has caused, and how effective the proposed changes to rules and regulations will be in preventing future disasters.     

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Twilight at the World of Tomorrow

James Mauro discusses the 1939 World’s Fair, which took place at an important turning point for America—the window of time between the Great Depression and World War II. His book Twilight at the World of Tomorrow: Genius, Madness, Murder, and the 1939 World's Fair on the Brink of War describes how the fair began to symbolize the transformation from acute optimism to fear and dread. The novel tells the story of four men struggling against the impending global violence as the World’s Fair was taking place.

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Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal, who has appeared on "The Daily Show," "Flight of the Conchords," the recent movie, “Dinner for Schmucks,” and the upcoming film “Butter,” talks about her career in comedy. She’s also written a whole new kind of sex advice book with her real-life partner, Rich Blomquist, called: The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex.

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The Savory Recordings

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem recently acquired a trove of heretofore undiscovered jazz recordings known as the "Savory Recordings," which feature some of the biggest names in jazz: from Coleman Hawkins to Billie Holiday to Benny Goodman. Scholars and critics are already claiming that once these recordings are cleaned up, they will fundamentally alter jazz history. Director of the museum Loren Schoenberg will join us to discuss how he acquired the recordings. He'll be joined by Eugene Desavouret, the son of the recording genius, Mr. Savory, who will tell us about his father's storied recording past and why he kept the records locked up for so long.

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Guest Picks: Kristen Schaal

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