Happy Cities?; Shahan Mufti on His Family and the History of Islam; Fun Home; Photography and the War in Vietnam

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Monday, November 04, 2013

On today’s show: we’ll explore whether densely populated cities are be better—or worse—for happiness, and what urban design has done to improve communities around the world. Shahan Mufti can trace his family’s roots back to the inner circle of the prophet Muhammed, and he describes the relationship between Islamic law and religion. Director Sam Gold, composer Jeanine Tesori, and lyricist Lisa Kron talk about their new musical, Fun Home, adapted from a bestselling graphic novel. Pete Hamill and Santiago Lyon and Hal Buell of the Associated Press discuss the role of photojournalism in reporting the war in Vietnam.

Does City Living Make Us Happy?

Charles Montgomery explores the intersection between urban design and the science of happiness, and looks at some of the world’s most dynamic cities—from Bogotá to medieval Tuscan hill towns to modern-day New York City.

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Shahan Mufti on His 1,400-Year Family History

Journalist Shahan Mufti tells his family’s history, which he can trace back 1,400 years to the inner circle of the prophet Muhammad. He offers a history of Pakistan by using the stories of his ancestors, many of whom served as judges and jurists in Muslim sharia courts of South Asia for many centuries. The Faithful Scribe is more than a personal history—it reveals the deepest roots of Islamic civilization in Pakistan.

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Fun Home at the Public Theater

Director Sam Gold talks about the musical “Fun Home,” along with Jeanine Tesori, who wrote the music, and Lisa Kron, who wrote the book and lyrics. It’s based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel about her volatile, brilliant father whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. “Fun Home” is playing at the Public Theater through December 1.

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A Photographic History of the War in Vietnam

Pete Hamill, reported from Vietnam in 1965, and Hal Buell and Santiago Lyon of the Associated Press discuss how photography tells the story of the war in Vietnam and talk about the new book Vietnam: The Real War, A Photographic History by the Associated Press, and the accompanying exhibition at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York.

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Guest Picks: Jeanine Tesori

Composer Jeanine Tesori was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about collaborating on the new musical, Fun Home, at the Public Theater. She also told us that she's been raiding lyricist Lisa Kron's backpack for snacks! Find out what else she's been up to...


Guest Picks: Sam Gold

Sam Gold was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about directing "Fun Home," a new musical at the Public Theater. He also told us he's a fan of puppets. Find out what else he's a fan of!


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