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Jeff Daniels; a Divided Korea; Magritte at MoMA

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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Actor and musician Jeff Daniels talks about playing at 54 Below and his Emmy-winning role as Will McAvoy on HBO’s “The Newsroom.” Robert Carlin describes how North and South Korea have diverged since the end of World War II. Curator Anne Umland talks about the Surrealist work of René Magritte that’s on view at MoMA. Plus, New Yorker contributing writer James Carroll discusses Pope Francis. 

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Elliott Forrest

Jeff Daniels Gets Musical

Actor Jeff Daniels talks about his newfound music career and his Emmy-winning role on the HBO series The Newsroom. Bonus: Watch a video of him performing Dirty Harry Blues on Soundcheck.

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The Two Koreas

Robert Carlin discusses the division of Korea into North and South after World War II, and how the two countries and countries have diverged since. His book The Two Koreas looks at their struggle for supremacy.

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"Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary” at MoMA

Curator Anne Umland talks about the life and work of surrealist painter Rene Magritte. The exhibition “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary” is on view at MoMA through January 12.  

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James Carroll on Pope Francis

New Yorker contributing writer James Carroll discuses Pope Francis, and whether his recent statements about gays, women, capitalism and more might indicate a new direction for the Catholic Church.

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Guest Picks: Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently and talked to guesthost Elliott Forrest about his music career and his role as Will McAvoy on the HBO series, The Newsroom. He also told us about his love of hot dogs. With mustard.

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