Conflict and Crisis in Syria; Gold; “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”; Antibacterial Soap

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

A young Syrian, covered is dust, helps clear the debris after the Syrian airforce allegedly fired at a residential neighborhood. December 9, 2013 (MOHAMMED AL-KHATIEB/AFP/Getty)

The Director of the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies brings us up-to-date on the civil war in Syria and the humanitarian crisis it’s created, and suggests ways the conflict could be resolved. Matthew Hart examines our love for gold, and how it became the world’s most precious commodity. Jefferson Mays talks about playing eight different characters in the hit Broadway musical comedy “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” We’ll talk about the FDA’s proposed rule that would ban an active ingredient in many antibacterial soaps.

The Syria Dilemma

Nader Hashemi, Director of the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies, talks about the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria, which  as been going on for close to three years now. He’s the editor of The Syria Dilemma, a collection of writing from Syria experts, human rights activists, international relations scholars that tackle the thorny issues of how to resolve the seemingly intractable conflict in Syria.

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Gold: A History

Matthew Hart explores humans' long love affair with gold. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the price of gold skyrocketed—in three years more than doubling from $800 an ounce to $1900. This spike drove a global gold-mining and exploration boom bigger than the Gold Rush of the 1800s. In Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal, Hart tells how gold became the world’s most precious commodity. 

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Jefferson Mays Plays 8 characters in “A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder”

Jefferson Mays discusses playing the eight characters in “A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.” Monty Navarro has just received some great news from his late mother’s lifelong friend—he’s a long-lost member of a noble family and could become the next Earl of Highhurst. There are only eight minor issues, namely the other relatives who precede him in line for the title. Mays plays each of the eight heirs standing in the way of Monty’s fortune—a breathtaking, whiplash-inducing performance.  “A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder” is playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre.


David Sanger on NSA Panel Recommendations

David Sanger, National Security correspondent for the New York Times, discusses the limits on the NSA proposed by The Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.



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Antibacterial Soaps, The FDA & You

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would require manufactures of antibacterial soaps to demonstrate that their products are safe. Studies in animals have found that exposure to high doses of certain chemicals found in these products can cause hormonal and metabolic disruptions. Rolf Halden,director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University, talks about the chemicals and the questions about their safety.

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Guest Picks: Jefferson Mays

Jefferson Mays was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about playing not one, but eight, roles in the Broadway musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. He also told us what he's been reading and watching recently


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