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Anita Hill; Itzhak and Toby Perlman on Music Education; Susan Minot's New Novel; Stonehenge

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

On today’s show: Anita Hill talks about what happened after she accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Her story is told in Freida Mock's new documentary “Anita: Speaking Truth to Power.” Then, the great violinist Itzhak Perlman and his wife Toby discuss their nonprofit music conservatory for young aspiring orchestral musicians. Susan Minot on her new novel, Thirty Girls. And we’ll find out why this sound could provide clues as to why Stonehenge was constructed.

Anita Hill on "Speaking Truth to Power"

Hill talks about her groundbreaking sexual harassment case against Clarence Thomas during his 1991 Supreme Court confirmation and its impact on the crusade for women’s rights.

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Itzhak and Toby Perlman on the Perlman Music Program

World famous violinist Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby Perlman, talk about the Perlman Music Program, a nonprofit music conservatory they run together for young aspiring orchestral musicians, which is marking its 20th anniversary this year. This August, the Perlmans are also participating in a retreat, Bows & Batons, in Saratoga Springs.

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Thirty Girls, a New Novel by Susan Minot

Susan Minot talks about her new novel, Thirty Girls, about two extraordinary young women confronting displacement, heartbreak, and the struggle to find meaning from events that test them. Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army who struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane is an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her center after a series of failed relationships.

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Gravitational Waves from the Big Bang

This week, scientists announced that they've found evidence of gravitational waves, a long-predicted twist in light from the Big Bang. The finding offers proof of the theory that the universe expanded extremely quickly in the first fraction of a second after it was born. Clara Moskowitz, an associate editor at Scientific American, explains what this discovery means and what it tells us about the creation of the universe. 

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Is Stonehenge a Giant Instrument?

Theories abound about the purpose of Stonehenge, and now there's a new hypothesis: The rocks making up the structure may have been used because of how they sound.

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Guest Picks: Susan Minot

Susan Minot was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her latest novel, Thirty Girls. She also told us that she's a fan of popcorn. Find out what else she's a fan of! 

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