The Pursuit of Happiness: Arianna Huffington and Tony Shalhoub

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, poses for a portrait at the National Press Club, July 15, 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Albert H. Teich/Shutterstock)

On today’s show: Arianna Huffington talks about how we often sacrifice our well-being in pursuit of money and power—and what we can do to rebalance our lives. Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana discuss playing Moss Hart in the play “Act One,” which was just nominated for five Tonys. Zia Haider Rahman talks about his debut novel, In The Light of What We Know.

Arianna Huffington Tries to Teach Leonard About Meditation

Arianna Huffington looks at how our relentless pursuit of success has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses, and an erosion in the quality of our relationships, family life, and even our careers.

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Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana in "Act One"

Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana discuss Lincoln Center Theater’s production of “Act One,” which has been nominated for five Tony Awards. The play is written and directed by James Lapine, based on the autobiography by theater director, playwright, and screenwriter Moss Hart. Shalhoub and Fontana play Moss Hart at different stages of his life. “Act One” is playing at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater.

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In the Light of What We Know, a Novel by Zia Haider Rahman

Zia Haider Rahman discusses her debut novel, In the Light of What We Know, set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of this century. One September morning in 2008, an investment banker whose career and marriage are collapsing receives a surprise visitor at his West London townhouse. In the disheveled figure of a South Asian male carrying a backpack, the banker recognizes a long-lost friend, a mathematics prodigy who disappeared years earlier under mysterious circumstances.


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A Man May be Executed Because An Alcoholic Lawyer Botched His Case

In 1997, a Georgia jury imposed a death sentence on Robert Wayne Holsey for murdering a sheriff’s deputy. Holsey’s defense was led by Andy Price, an alcoholic attorney who drank a quart of vodka a night during the trial, faced his own criminal charges and was eventually disbarred and sentenced to prison for stealing from one of his clients. The death penalty is temporarily on hold in Georgia pending a ruling on whether the public is entitled to know how lethal injection drugs are made and who is providing them for executions. Marc Bookman, director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, looks at Holsey’s case and some of the problems with private court-appointed counsel in death penalty trials. His article “This Man Is About to Die Because an Alcoholic Lawyer Botched His Case” is in Mother Jones.

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Was Your Seafood Dinner Illegally Caught?

The United States imports nearly 90 percent of its seafood, and according to a new study, nearly a third of imported seafood is caught illegally. Journalist Richard Conniff talks about illegal catches, mislabeled fish, seafood trafficking, and what is being done about the problem.

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Guest Picks: Santino Fontana

Santino Fontana was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his role as Moss Hart in "Act One." (A role he shares with Tony Shalhoub.) He also told us that he's a fan of soup. Find out what else he's a fan of!


Guest Picks: Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his Tony-nominated performance as Moss Hart in "Act One." (A role he shares with Santino Fontana.) He also told us what he listens to when he's feeling nostalgic. 


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