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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Actress Cherry Jones and director Doug Hughes discuss the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” Then we’ll talk with Charles Busch, writer, director, and star of an outrageous comedy called “The Divine Sister,” along with one of the show’s other stars, Julie Halston. And three members of the Quarrymen, that’s the band John Lennon was in before the Beatles, share stories about growing up with John and the film “Nowhere Boy.” Plus, our latest Underreported segment looks at the political turmoil in Pakistan. And Backstory looks at the best way to clean up the toxic sludge spill in Hungary.

Cherry Jones and Doug Hughes

Actress Cherry Jones and director Doug Hughes discuss the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” Considered one of George Bernard Shaw’s greatest plays, the play tells the story of Kitty Warren (played by Cherry Jones), a mother who makes a terrible sacrifice for her daughter Vivie’s independence. This is the first time Jones and Hughes have worked together since “Doubt.” “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” opens October 3, at the American Airlines Theater.

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The Divine Sister

Charles Busch, writer and director of “The Divine Sister,” and Julie Halston, who stars in it, will discuss the play. It serves as an outrageous comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns—The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary’s, The Singing Nun, and Agnes of God. It's playing at SoHo Playhouse.

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The Quarrymen

Rod Davis, Len Garry, and Colin Hanton, founding members of “The Quarrymen,” discuss being in the band with John Lennon, before his days with the Beatles. This chapter of Lennon's life is the subject of the film “Nowhere Boy: The Extraordinary Untold Story of John Lennon,” that opens Friday, October 8, at Film Forum. Saturday marks what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday.

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Underreported: Update on Pakistan's Flood-Stricken Regions

It’s been more than two months since flood waters started rising in Pakistan. On today’s Underreported, as the waters from the worst flooding in 80 years continue to recede, we get an update on how relief efforts are going and the challenges that workers there face. Michelle Fanzo, Project Leader for the World Policy Institute, and Dorothy Blane, Country Director for Concern Worldwide, join us to discuss how the flooding continues to affect Pakistan and its government.


Backstory: Hungarian Sludge Spill

The toxic spill of red sludge from an alumina plant has finally reached the Danube River. On today’s Backstory segment, we’ll look into the messy method of producing aluminum and what can be done with all the so-called “red mud” that’s created in the process. We’ll speak with Dr. William Cary, a professor of ceramic engineering at Alfred University, Dr. Lex Van Geen, a geochemist at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and Gabor Figeczky, acting director of the World Wildlife Fund in Hungary.

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Guest Picks: Cherry Jones

Find out some of Cherry Jones's favorite picks!

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Guest Picks: Doug Hughes

What does director Doug Hughes listen to in his free time? He stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about some of his favorite picks.


Guest Picks: Charles Busch

Charles Busch stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about some of his favorite music, movies, tv shows, and more!


Guest Picks: Julie Halston

Julie Halston is a fan of baseball! Read more to find out some of her other favorite things.


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