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Watching the World and Remembering Dylan Thomas

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Friday, May 02, 2014

Please Explain is all about eyes and how they process what we see. Teju Cole talks about his latest novel, Every Day Is for the Thief. Then, we’ll mark the 100th birthday of Dylan Thomas with a special co-production with the BBC—we’ll explore Thomas’s childhood in Wales, his time in NYC, and we’ll hear from some of his fans, like President Jimmy Carter!

Please Explain: The Eye

On this week's Please Explain we'll find out how the human eye works and how it enables us to see the world around us. Dr. George A. Cioffi, Chairman and Ophthalmologist-in-Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, tells us how to keep our eyes healthy; why our vision changes; and how problems like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration affect our vision.

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Every Day Is for the Thief, a Novel by Teju Cole

Teju Cole talks about his new novel, Every Day Is for the Thief, about a young Nigerian living in New York City who goes home to Lagos for a visit, finding a city both familiar and strange. He taps into the energies of Lagos life—creative, malevolent, ambiguous—and slowly begins to make sense of the profound changes that have taken place in his country and in himself in the 15 years since he moved away.

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Celebrating Dylan Thomas’s 100th Birthday

President Jimmy Carter, author and activist Kevin Powell, and theater director Charlotte Moore share their remembrances of the poet.

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