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Lasker Award Winners; Vibraphone VirtuosoGary Burton; "The Muslims Are Coming!"; Brooklyn Book Festival

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Richard Scheller and Blake Wilson talk about the research that’s earned them prestigious Lasker Awards this year. Grammy Award-winner Gary Burton looks back on his 50-year-long career as one of the few openly gay musicians in jazz. Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah talk about their film “The Muslims Are Coming!” And we’ll get a preview of this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival!

Lasker Award Winners

Lasker Award-winners Richard Scheller and Blake Wilson talk about the research that earned them this coveted science prize this year. Dr. Richard Scheller is receiving an award for discoveries concerning molecular machinery and regulatory mechanism that underlie the rapid release of neurotransmitters, and  Dr. Wilson is receiving an award for the development of the modern cochlear implant, a device that allows individuals with profound deafness to hear.

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Gary Burton on 50 Years in Jazz

Seven-time Grammy award winner Gary Burton talks about his 50 years in the jazz scene. He made his first recordings at age 17, has toured and recorded with a long list of famous jazz greats, and is one of only a few openly gay musicians in jazz. His autobiography Learning to Listen is one of the most personal and insightful jazz books ever written. Gary Burton is performing at the Blue Note through Sunday, September 22. More information and tickets here.

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“The Muslims Are Coming!”

Comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah discuss their documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!” Farsad and Obeidallah lead a group of Muslim-American standup comedians as they go on the road to counter Islamophobia using the only weapon they have: jokes. The film follows them to big cities, rural villages, and everything in between to do shows, meet locals, and counter the haters. “The Muslims Are Coming! opens September 20 at the Quad Cinema.

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Brooklyn Book Festival

Johnny Temple, the publisher of Akashic Books and chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, talks about the upcoming Brooklyn Book Festival, the largest free literary event in New York City. It takes place September 22, 10 am–6 pm, and Bookend events begin September 16.

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Antibiotic Resistance

Dr. Michael Bell, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control's division of health care quality promotion, talks about the CDC’s new report on antibiotic resistance, which found that at least 2 million Americans contract diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year, and that at least 23,000 die from those infections. This is the first time the effects of these infections have been quantified.

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Guest Picks: Gary Burton

Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton talks about his remarkable career, playing with a who's who of jazz -- and developing his trademark 4-mallet technique. He also told us what he's listening to these days!

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