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Climate Change and Weird Weather; the Plays "Machinal" and "Row After Row"; Please Explain

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Friday, February 07, 2014

On today’s show: We’ll find out how polar vortexes, drought in the west, and snow in the south are connected to climate change. Then, Rebecca Hall tells us about her acclaimed role in the Roundabout’s Broadway production of “Machinal.” And we’ll find out about the off-Broadway play “Row After Row,” about Civil War re-enactors. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about container ships, and how products move around in a globalized world.

It's Cold Outside, but the Planet's Still Heating Up

A look at the wacky weather we've been experiencing in the larger context of climate change. 

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Rebecca Hall on Her Role in "Machinal"

Rebecca Hall discusses her role in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Sophie Treadwell’s “Machinal.” Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, “Machinal.” Hall plays a young stenographer in the 1920s who realizes her life is nothing like she hoped it would be. She finds joy by having an illicit love affair, and she’ll go to any lengths to avoid returning to her routine existence. “Machinal” is playing at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. 

 

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“Row After Row,” a Play About Civil War Re-enactors

Playwright Jessica Dickey talk about her play “Row After Row,” along with actors P J Sosko and Rosie Benton, who star in it. "Row After Row" is a dark comedy about hard-core Civil War re-enactors in Gettysburg, and it's playing at City Center Stage II.

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Please Explain: Shipping Containers and How Cargo Moves around the World

Container shipping began 50 years ago and developed into a huge industry that has made the boom in global trade possible. Marc Levinson, author of The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, tells us how cargo moves around the works, and looks at the sweeping economic consequences containerization brought about.

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BJ Novak

Guest Picks: BJ Novak

B. J. Novak, an actor, screen writer, and director best known from the television series "The Office" tells us about his debut collection of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.

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