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Interrogation and False Confessions; Dilbert Creator Scott Adams; Barbara Stanwyck's Life in Film; Gurus of How To

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

We’ll look at the widely used Reid Technique of Interrogation and whether it can compel innocent people to confess to crimes they didn’t commit. Scott Adams explains how he went from hapless office worker to the creator of Dilbert, the comic strip all about hapless office workers. We’ll look at Barbara Stanwyck’s long career in film. And our Gurus of How-To, Al and Larry Ubell, will be taking your calls and questions about home repair and sharing tips to keep your home warm this winter.

The Reid Technique and False Confessions

New Yorker contributor Douglas Starr examines the Reid Technique of interrogation and whether it can prompt innocent people to confess to crimes they didn’t commit. Police forces, the military, the F.B.I., the C.I.A., the Secret Service have been trained in the method, but a growing number of scientists and legal scholars have raised concerns about Reid-style interrogation leading to false confessions. His article “The Interview” appears in the December 9 issue of The New Yorker.

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A Life of Barbara Stanwyck

Victoria Wilson discusses her biography A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel True 1907-1940. Stanwyck's astonishing career in movies (88 in all) spanned four decades beginning with the coming of sound, and lasted in television from its infancy in the 1950s through the 1980s. The book that delves deeply into her rich, complex life and explores her extraordinary range of motion pictures, many of them iconic.

Film Forum's 4-week Stanwyck festival (December 6-31) celebrates the actress by screening 40 Stanwyck features, including "Stella Dallas," "Double Indemnity," "The Lady Eve," "Baby Face," "Meet John Doe"; "Sorry, Wrong Number," "Ball of Fire," and the original "Titanic."

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Scott Adams on Failure, Success, and Dilbert

Scott Adams tells how he went from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of the popular comic strip Dilbert. In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares of how he’s failed at just about everything he’s tried, including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants. But through those failures he discovered some unlikely truths that helped him move forward.

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The Gurus of How-To On Weatherizing Your Home for Winter

The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, answer questions and give advice on how to repair and maintain your home or apartment. Now that winter's here, they'll offer tips on keeping your furnace in fine form, making sure your pipes don't freeze, and making sure you're home is heated and insulated efficiently.

Call 646-616-7456 with your questions or leave a comment below!

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Sir Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen with Leonard Lopate

Guest Picks: Patrick Stewart

Sir Patrick Stewart was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with his co-star Ian McKellan, to talk about starring in No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot on Broadway. He also told us how to make his favorite sandwich. 

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Sir Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen with Leonard Lopate

Guest Picks: Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with his co-star Sir Patrick Stewart, to talk about the Broadway production of No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot. He also told what he's a fan of and gave us the recipe for his favorite comfort food!

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