The Future of Big Coal; "Dinner with Friends"; Helen Oyeymi's Boy, Snow, Bird; Please Explain

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Friday, March 07, 2014

Fortune magazine’s Richard Martin explains why the American coal industry isn’t going down without a fight. Then, Donald Margulies talks about the Roundabout’s revival of his play, “Dinner with Friends,” with Darren Pettie and Jeremy Shamos who star in the production. Helen Oyeyemi discusses her latest novel, Boy, Snow, Bird. Set in 1953, it tells the story of a woman named Boy who moves to a small town in Massachusetts in search of beauty—and finds something much more complicated. Plus, our latest Please Explain is all about why sitting—on our couches, on the subway, at our desks, in our cars—can be so bad for us over the long term.

The Future of Big Coal

In 2012 U.S. coal consumption fell to its lowest level in 25 years, and as Wall Street looks toward more sustainable energy—and with the abundance of natural gas—coal mining companies are struggling. But the industry is not going down without a fight. Richard Martin, Fortune magazine contributor, writes about it in his article “Big Coal’s Last Stand.”

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"Dinner with Friends"

Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies talks about the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of his play “Dinner with Friends.” He’s joined by Darren Pettie and Jeremy Shamos, who star in it. “Dinner with Friends” is playing at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.

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Helen Oyeyemi's Novel Boy, Snow, Bird

Helen Oyeyemi talks about her novel Boy, Snow, Bird. In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking for a new life. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. When Bird has a baby who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white.

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How Sitting Too Much is Reducing Your Lifespan

Research shows that sitting for more than 2 hours a day is directly linked to health problems, and people who sit all day don't live as long. So how about a program of chairlessness?

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Guest Picks: Jeremy Shamos

The star of Dinner with Friends at the Laura Pels Theater told us what he's been reading and listening to recently.


Guest Picks: Donald Margulies

Playwright Donald Margulies was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about the revival of Dinner with Friends at the Laura Pels Theatre. He also told us how he likes his rice pudding.


Guest Picks: Darren Pettie

Darren Pettie stars in the Roundabout Theatre's revival of Dinner with Friends. He told what's he always listening to. 


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