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Monday, September 13, 2010

Guest host Miles O’Brien fills in for Leonard Lopate. He’ll speak with Rebecca Traister about how the 2008 election was good for women, even though it didn’t give us our first female president or vice president. Then, Nancy Brinker discusses how her sister Suzy’s death from breast cancer in 1977 inspired her to change the way the world talked about and treated the disease. And Steven Kasher and artist Forrest Myers talk about the legendary New York space Max’s Kansas City. Plus, Former NFL player Don Maynard.

Big Girls Don’t Cry

Rebecca Traister, who covered the 2008 presidential election for Salon, explains how it was transformative for American women and for the nation. In Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women, she looks at the ways the campaign sparked some of the most difficult American conversations—on gender, race, generational difference, about sexism on the left and feminism on the right: discussions crucial to improving our nation.

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The Fight Against Breast Cancer

Ambassador Nancy Goodman Brinker discusses how her sister, Suzy’s death from breast cancer in 1977 inspired her to change the way the world talked about and treated breast cancer. She founded the organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one of the most influential health charities, and tells the story of creating it in Promise Me: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer.

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Max’s Kansas City

Steven Kasher and artist Forrest Myers (aka Frosty), talk about Max’s Kansas City, the gathering place for artists and musicians from the 1960s to the early 1980s. It was home to Andy Warhol and his entourage, as well as the iconoclastic New York music scene—the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and undiscovered musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Blondie, Iggy Pop, and Madonna. Kasher’s book Max’s Kansas City includes essays by Lou Reed, Lenny Kaye, Danny Fields, and Steven Watson, and photographs.

There's an exhibition of photographs from Max's Kansas City on view at the Steven Kasher Gallery Septermber 15-October 9.

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Don Maynard

Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Maynard talks about his time playing with the New York Jets. You Can't Catch Sunshine tells the story of his transformation from laid-back Texan to the toast of New York, and how his unlikely friendship with a newly minted quarterback named Joe Namath, resulted in the most unlikely upsets in football history: Super Bowl III.

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