Michael Sovern on 60 Years at Columbia; "A Doll's House" at BAM; Hospitals and PTSD; Robert Wagner on Hollywoon

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On today’s show: Michael Sovern describes serving as president of Columbia University throughout the 1980s and into the 90s, helping to turn the university  around after the student unrest of 1968. Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan talk about starring in BAM’s production of “A Doll’s House.” We’ll find out why hospitals still don’t have a systematic approach to diagnosing PTSD in civilians. Robert  Wagner looks back at Hollywood’s Golden Age—the stars, the parties, and the movie business he was a part of in the 1940s and 50s.

Sixty Years at Columbia University

According to the New York Times, "If any one person is responsible for Columbia's recovery, it is surely Michael Sovern." In his memoir, An Improbable Life: My Sixty Years at Columbia and Other Adventures, Sovern, who served as the university's president from 1980 to 1993, talks about growing and improving the university, addresses key issues in academia, and tells of his own life adventures.

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"A Doll's House" at BAM

Hattie Morahan, who plays Nora, and Dominic Rowan, who plays Torvald, discuss their roles in a new production of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” at BAM, and what new things it has to convey about gender relations, among other things. It's playing through March 23 at BAM.


A Growing PTSD Crisis Among Civilians

Americans in violent neighborhoods are developing PTSD at rates similar to combat veterans. But some doctors say they're afraid to screen for it because their patients won't be able to get treatment.

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Robert Wagner Remembers Hollywood's Golden Age

Actor Robert Wagner looks back at Hollywood’s golden age. In You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood’s Golden Age Wagner revisits the houses, restaurants, and other haunts of Hollywood’s elite from the 1940s and 1950s, offering an intimate view of their lives on and off screen. He also discusses the business of Hollywood and its evolution from an industry once dominated by moguls to one run by agents, and examines the careers of his peers, carefully considering why some survived and others faded.

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Guest Picks: Dominic Rowan

Dominic Rowan was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about starring as Torvald in BAM's production of Ibsen's classic play, A Doll's House. He also told us what about his love of Medieval art. Find out what else he's a fan of! 


Guest Picks: Hattie Morahan

Hattie Morahan was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about starring as Nora in a new production of Ibsen's A Doll's House at BAM. She also told us about her delicious-sounding dinner of comfort food. 


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