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Anna Sale Guest Hosts; Teaching a Death Class; "Year of the Rooster"; Cartoonist Liza Donnelly; Masha Gessen on Putin and Pussy Riot

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pussy Riot (Wikipedia/Igor Mukhin)

Anna Sale fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Nurse Norma Bowe describes why she decided to teach a course on death at a New Jersey college—and why it has become one of the most popular classes on campus. Actors Bobby Moreno and Thomas Lyons and playwright Eric Dufault discuss the off-Broadway play, “Year of the Rooster.” Cartoonist Liza Donnelly talks about her new collection of cartoons about relationships, called Women on Men. And journalist Masha Gessen tells the story of Pussy Riot and why two of its members were recently released from prison.

A Class on Death Teaches About Life

Nurse Norma Bowe explains why she decided to teach a college course on death and why it became so popular.

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"The Year of the Rooster"

In the play “Year of the Rooster,” actors Bobby Moreno and Thomas Lyons play characters that are human and/or animal. They talk about their roles, along with playwright Eric Dufault, whose play is about the gritty subculture of American cockfighting, mixing lowbrow, foul-mouthed humor with references to Greek myths and legends. “Year of the Rooster” is at the Ensemble Studio Theater through February 1.

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Cartoonist Liza Donnelly on Drawing Women and Men

Cartoonist Liza Donnelly, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, talks about her new cartoon collection, Women on Men, about relationships.

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Masha Gessen on the Release of Pussy Riot Members

Journalist Masha Gessen looks at Pussy Riot's arrest and the recent release of two members of the band. She also discusses Vladimir Putin as a leader, gay rights in Russia, and the lead up to the Olympics in Sochi. She's the author of Words will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.

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