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Friday, October 01, 2010

John Thompson spent 18 years on death row. He joins us, along with litigator John Hollway, to discuss his long road to exoneration. Then, historian Mae Ngai tells the story of a family of Chinese immigrants in San Francisco. Also, John Canemaker of NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, discusses two of the great creative forces in early animation: Joe Grant and Joe Ranft. Plus, Please Explain is all about rubber!

From Death Row to Freedom

John Thompson, a wrongfully convicted death row inmate, and lawyer John Hollway discuss the long fight for Thompson’s exoneration. In Killing Time: An 18-Year-Old Odyssey from Death Row to Freedom John Hollway and co-author Ronald M. Gauthier tell the story of the quest for Thompson’s freedom, paint a portrait of life on death row, and reveal the corruption in the Louisiana police and DA’s office.

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The Lucky Ones

Historian Mae Ngai, uncovers the three-generational saga of a Chinese family and the lasting legacy of the immigrant experience in America. The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America is centered on the Tape family, the first of a brand-new social type—middle-class Chinese Americans.

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John Canemaker on Two Guys Named Joe

John Canemaker, director of the film animation program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, talks about two great animators: Joe Grant and Joe Ranft. Two Guys Named Joe: Master Animation Storytellers Joe Grant & Joe Ranft explains their unique influences on storytelling during two important periods in the history of animation.

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Please Explain: Rubber

Rubber is all around us: from sneakers to tires to basketballs. On today’s Please Explain, we'll find out where rubber comes from, how it’s created and used, and how it changed the world. We're joined by John Loadman, analytical chemist and author of  Tears of the Tree: The Story of Rubber--A Modern Marvel, and Joe Jackson, author of The Thief at the End of the World: Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of Empire.

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