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U.S.-Russian Relations; Catherine Deneuve; Sarah Ruhl's Play "Stage Kiss"; Lobsters and Pain; Bananas

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

President Barack Obama meets with President Vladimir Putin at his dacha outside Moscow, Russia, July 7, 2009. (The White House/Wikipedia Commons)

On today’s show: Russia expert Angela Stent, who served as an adviser to Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, gives us her take on the unfolding situation in Ukraine and the other issues that are affecting U.S.-Russian relations. Catherine Deneuve, who’s been called “France’s greatest actress,” talks about her new film, “On My Way.” Sarah Ruhl tells us about "Stage Kiss,” her new play about two actors with a past who are cast as romantic leads,blurring the line between acting and real-life. We’ll take a look at a new study that shows that lobsters, squid and crabs feel pain. And we'll find out how the expected merger between Chiquita and Irish fruit seller Fyffes may affect the banana industry.

U.S.-Russian Relations Since the Fall of the USSR

All eyes are on Russia and its hold on the Crimea. Angela E. Stent discusses U.S.-Russian relations since the Soviet collapse and on the challenges ahead. She served as an adviser on Russia under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, argues that the same contentious issues—terrorism, missile defense, Iran, nuclear proliferation, Afghanistan, the former Soviet space, the greater Middle East—have been in every president's inbox, Democrat and Republican alike, since the collapse of the USSR. In The Limits of Partnerships: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-first Century she explores Russia's relationship with the Ukrains, and the future of U.S.-Russian relations.

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Catherine Deneuve "On My Way"

The great French actress Catherine Deneuve talks about her new film, “On My Way,” written specifically for her by writer-director Emmanuelle Bercot.  After being dumped by her married lover for a 25-year-old woman, former beauty queen Bettie impulsively sets off on a road trip adventure with an unexpected traveling companion, the 10 year old grandson she barely knows. “On My Way” opens at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on March 14.

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"Stage Kiss"

Two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Sarah Ruhl discusses her return to Playwrights Horizons with “Stage Kiss,” a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss – or when actors share a real one. 

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Do Lobsters and Squid Feel Pain?

New research indicates that invertebrates we like to eat—like lobsters, squid, octopi and crabs—may feel pain. Tamar Stelling talks about that research and about her article “Do Lobsters And Other Invertebrates Feel Pain?” which appeared in the Washington Post.

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Will This Banana Go Extinct?

A deadly fungus that's spread throughout Asia and into Africa could threaten production of America's most popular fruit.  

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