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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sarah Jessica Parker fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: New Yorker writer Dexter Filkins talks about the challenge of war reporting. Then, artist Alex Katz discusses his long career. Jessie Mueller talks about playing Carole King in the Broadway musical, “Beautiful,” along with Doug McGrath, who wrote the show’s book. And playwright Terrence McNally on his play, “Mothers and Sons,” along with stars Tyne Daly and Frederick Weller.


Sarah Jessica Parker

Dexter Filkins: Covering War Distorts Everything

The New Yorker staff writer tells guest host Sarah Jessica Parker about his experiences covering war in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

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Artist Alex Katz

Alex Katz discusses his long career as a painter, printmaker, and sculptor. He's best known for his large-scale portraits and landscapes.

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Jessie Mueller and Doug McGrath on "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical"

Jessie Mueller, who plays Carole King in “Beautiful: The Carol King Musical,” talks about her role, along with Doug McGrath, who wrote the book for the show. It tells the story of how Carole Klein, an awkward teen living in Brooklyn, became a hit songwriter. She and her husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin become a songwriting powerhouse, churning out hits like “One Fine Day,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” and “The Loco-Motion.” “Beautiful” is playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

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"Mothers and Sons"

Playwright Terrence McNally talks about his play “Mothers and Sons,” along with stars Tyne Daly and Frederick Weller. The play is about a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led. “Mothers and Sons” is playing at the Golden Theater.

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