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Friday, September 17, 2010

Guest host Miles O’Brien fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Vanity Fair writer Michael Joseph Gross takes us inside Sarah Palin’s increasingly secretive world. Then, filmmaker Ole Schell and model Sara Ziff, talk about their raw and personal video diary, “Picture Me.” Lionel Rogosin and Rob Hollander, co-founder of the Lower East Side History Project, talk about their documentary, “On the Bowery.” Plus, Please Explain is all about soda!

Sarah Palin’s Sound and Fury

Vanity Fair writer Michael Joseph Gross discusses the paradox of Sarah Palin. As the public voice grows louder, she has become increasingly secretive, walling herself off from old friends and associates, and attempting to enforce silence from those around her. Gross’s article “Sarah Palin’s Sound and Fury” is in the October issue of Vanity Fair.

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Picture Me

Filmmaker Ole Schell and model Sara Ziff, discuss their documentary “Picture Me:” a raw and personal video diary that charts model Sara Ziff’s rise from fresh face to high-fashion, and lifts the veil on the glamorous world of high fashion modeling. “Picture Me” opens September 17 at the Angelika Film Center.

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On the Bowery

Rob Hollander, cofounder of the Lower East Side History Project, and Michel Rogosin son of Lionel Rogosin, the legendary filmmaker of “On the Bowery,” talk about the 1957 film about life on the streets in downtown Manhattan. It won Best Documentary at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. “On the Bowery,” is showing at Film Forum September 17-23.

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Please Explain: Soda

Ever since Joseph Priestly discovered how to "impregnate water with fixed air" in the 18th century, carbonated beverages have been ubiquitous. Sodas have been used to cure diseases, fight alcoholism, and spread American culture around the globe. On this week's Please Explain, we’ll find out what soda is, what’s in it, and when it became so popular. We’re joined by Dr. Kelly Brownell, the co-founder and director of the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, and Darcy O'Neil, beverage master and author of the book Fix the Pumps, a history of soda from the 18th century to the present.

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Guest Picks: Ole Schell & Sara Ziff

When Ole Schell and Sara Ziff aren't directing documentaries, what do they enjoy in their free time? Find out what they told us after their recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


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