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Uniting the States; Sculptor Richard Serra; Tea Party "Town Hall"; Mike Tyson

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Simon Winchester talks about the inventors, explorers, and thinkers whose work shaped early America and united the nation. Richard Serra discusses his monumental sculptures and his new show at the Gagosian Gallery. Directors Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot on their documentary, “Town Hall, which follows two Tea Party candidates in Pennsylvania during the 2012 campaign season. Former heavyweight champion of the world, philosopher, and pigeon lover, Mike Tyson talks about his unlikely journey to and from the boxing ring.

Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, who United the Nation

Simon Winchester explains how America became “one nation, indivisible.” What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? His book The Men Who United the States: Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible explores this question, and follows America’s most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators, and builders who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States.

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Richard Serra

Sculptor Richard Serra discusses his monumental works and his new show at Gagosian Gallery. “Richard Serra: New Sculpture” is on view through January 25, 2014.

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“Town Hall” and the Tea Party

Directors Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot discuss their documentary “Town Hall,” which follows two impassioned Pennsylvania Tea Party activists in the lead-up to the 2012 election. They’re determined to restore their version of a theoretically “lost” America, but are faced with complicated, if not contradictory, decisions. It’s playing as part of DOC NYC November 17 and 20 at IFC Center.

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Dolphin-Killing Virus

A virus has been killing bottlenose dolphins off the East Coast, and it seems to be spreading south toward Florida. Marjorie Mooney-Seus, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, explains what we know about this disease and how it’s affecting ocean life.

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Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson, philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon, and onetime heavyweight champion of the world, talks about his life in and out of the ring.

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