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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Amy Sedaris in The Greene Space Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris kicks off our Cheap Craft Contest! Also, physics professor James Kakalios explains quantum mechanics in simple, easy to understand terms. And Kathy Reichs—who wrote the Bones bookstalks about Virals, her latest young adult novel. Plus, our latest Underreported segments.

Amy Sedaris kicks off our Cheap Craft Contest! Also, physics professor James Kakalios explains quantum mechanics in simple, easy to understand terms. And Kathy Reichs-- who wrote the Bones books-- talks about Virals, her latest young adult novel. Plus, our latest Underreported segments.

Crafting with Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris, America's most delightfully unconventional hostess, talks about the joys of crafting. Her new book Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People shows that crafting is pleasurable and constructive. It includes instructions for popular crafts and gifts: crab-claw clips, tinfoil balls, and crepe-paper moccasins, hints for getting inspired, and includes recipes for cooking your own edible crafts. She’ll also launch a listener craft contest!

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The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics

Physics professor James Kakalios explains complicated science through comic books and science fiction. In The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics: A Math-Free Exploration of the Science that Made Our World, he gives the basics of quantum mechanics using the work of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and Isaac Asimov, examples from Superman, X-Men, Star Trek, and The Incredible Shrinking Man, and plenty of illustrations.

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Virals

Kathy Reichs discusses her young adult novel Virals. It’s a thriller about a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

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Underreported: Protecting Human Rights in Egypt

Hossam Bahgat, founder and director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, discusses his work to protect civil and religious rights in Egypt, and the threat of violence and discrimination aimed at the country’s religious minorities. And, with Egypt’s parliamentary elections less than a month away, he describes the government’s crackdowns leading up to the vote. He received the Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism earlier this week.

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Underreported: Prospects for Indian-Pakistani Peace

President Obama travels to India this weekend, and while his trip may come at time of heightened tensions between in the region, but India and Pakistan have been feuding for decades. Ending that conflict has become a centerpiece of the President’s foreign policy. On today’s second Underreported segment Mira Kamdar, senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and an associate fellow at the Asia Society looks at prospects for a comprehensive (and elusive) peace deal between India and Pakistan, and what it could mean for U.S. interests in the region, including in Afghanistan.

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Backstory: The Fed's Balance Sheet

Yesterday the Federal Reserve announced it was buying $600 billion dollars in Treasury Bonds. We’ll find out why and what else is currently on the Fed’s swelling balance sheet on today’s Backstory segment. We’ll speak with Ryan Avent, online economics editor for The Economist.

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Lopate Books

Maiden Voyage

Welcome! This is the inaugural post of The Lodown, The Leonard Lopate Show’s blog. In the weeks and months ahead we’ll post about art, science, politics, culture, food, books, music and the occasional odd story we couldn’t turn into a segment.

We also want to hear your thoughts on the show and anything else that strikes your fancy.

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Guest Picks: Kathy Reichs

What is Kathy Reichs listening to right now? Read more to find out!

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