Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker on Stage; Animating Interviews; Escaping Slavery; Richard Powers' Novel; Special Ops

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker talk about starring in Amanda Peet’s play, “The Commons of Pensacola.” Blank on Blank founder David Gerlach on animating archival interviews with everyone from Kurt Cobain to Barry White. We’ll talk to a young woman from Egypt about being sold into slavery in Egypt at the age of 8, and how she was rescued. Richard Power discusses his latest novel, Orfeo. Linda Robinson explains how the American military has turned to its Special Operations Forces more and more over the years.

Sarah Jessica Parker on Returning to Theater

Sarah Jessica Parker stars in Amanda Peet’s new play “The Commons of Pensacola,” about trying to love your family even when you hate what they’ve done. Her mother is played by Blythe Danner. Both actresses discuss their roles today with Leonard Lopate.

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Carol Burnett with Leonard Lopate, Cartoonified

David Gerlach the founder and executive producer of Blank on Blank talks about his latest animated interview, which features an interview Leonard did with Carol Burnett on August 19, 2003.



Escaping from Child Slavery

Shyima Hall tells about being sold into slavery by her was desperately poor parents when she was 8 years old in Egypt. She moved to Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them 18 hours a day, seven days a week. When her captors moved to Orange County, California, they smuggled Shyima with them. She discusses how she was discovered and freed.  Her memoir Hidden Girl reveals how she overcame her harrowing circumstances how she helps others to rescue others in bondage.

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Richard Powers on His New Novel, Orfeo, and the "Bioterrorist Bach"

Richard Powers talks about his novel Orfeo, which tells the story of a composer's home microbiology lab, the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find music in surprising patterns, has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. He becomes fugitive after the police raid his home, and an Internet-fueled hysteria erupts, referring to him as the "Bioterrorist Bach."


Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare

Linda Robinson describes how special operations forces have become the go-to force for U.S. military endeavors worldwide. She followed the evolution of special ops in Afghanistan, their longest deployment since Vietnam, and looks at the challenges they face and the constant danger in which they operate. Her book  One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare explores what a tiny band of warriors can do, and cannot do, out on the wild frontiers of the next-generation wars.


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Guest Picks: Blythe Danner

Blythe Danner was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with her co-star Sarah Jessica Parker. They play mother and daughter in "The Commons of Pensacola." She also told us what she's been reading and what she listens to every day. 


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