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Creating a Star: Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig and the Future of Fusion Energy

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" at Broadway's Belasco Theatre ((c) Joan Marcus, 2014/Boneau/Bryan-Brown)

Actor Neil Patrick Harris talks about moving from television's "How I Met Your Mother" to Broadway's "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." We'll find out why the Antarctic Ice Sheet is collapsing and what it means for the planet's future. And we'll learn about the potential of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor to create energy without carbon and without radioactive waste.

Neil Patrick Harris Talks Hedwig and Broadway

He's starring as the titular rockstar in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," and the actor joins director Michael Mayer to talk about the production of the raucous musical, which has received eight Tony nominations.

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The Irreversible Melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Two studies released this week confirmed that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is collapsing and there is very little that can be done to stop or slow it. The melting ice could ultimately mean a 10-foot sea level rise. Thomas Wagner, Cryospere Program Scientist with NASA, explains why the ice sheet is melting and what it means for the planet's future.

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The Problems and Potential of Fusion Energy

In the south of France, scientists from around the world are constructing the most complex machine ever built. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor is the latest in a long line of expensive and promising attempts to create fusion energy on earth. Raffi Khatchadourian, a staff writer for The New Yorker, wrote about the project in his article "A Star in a Bottle," in the March 3 issue.

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Guest Picks: Michael Mayer

Director Michael Mayer was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," along with the show's star. Neil Patrick Harris. Mayer also told us what he's been reading, watching, and eating lately. 

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