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Gold and War, Baseball's Brawl, Aladdin on Stage

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

James Monroe Iglehart as Genie in 'Aladdin' on Broadway James Monroe Iglehart as Genie in "Aladdin" on Broadway (Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann/Disney)

On today’s show: Kwasi Kwarteng tells the story of how our obsession with gold has long been intertwined with war. We take a look at how racial tensions spilled onto the baseball field in 1965, when Juan Marichal and John Roseboro fought during a game between the Giants and the Dodgers. James Monroe Iglehart talks about his Tony-nominated role as the Genie in “Aladdin,” along with by Thomas Schumacher, one of the musical’s producers.

War and Gold

War-waging and financial debt have long been intertwined, and Kwasi Kwarteng looks at the history from the French Revolution to the emergence of modern-day China.

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The Story Behind Baseball's Ugliest Brawl

It started when a fight broke out between Giants pitcher Juan Marichal and Dodgers catcher John Roseboro. And it had its roots in the racial prejudices against blacks and Latinos both men faced.

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'Aladdin' on Broadway

An actor and producer talk about the new musical comedy based on the animated Disney film.

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Saving South Sudan

South Sudan, one of the world’s newest countries, is already in danger of becoming a failed state. A civil war, which erupted there in December 2013 shows little sign of abating. Robert Young Pelton traveled to South Sudan to search for rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar and ride along with the White Army in combat. His report "Saving South Sudan" filled the entire April issue of Vice magazine.

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Guatnanamo Suicides Update

New documents and testimony reveal more about three 2006 deaths at the detention center and a possible government cover-up.

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Guest Picks: Thomas Schumacher

Producer Thomas Schumacher was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about bringing Aladdin to the Broadway stage. He also told us about his unusual pets!

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Guest Picks: James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his Tony-nominated portrayal of Genie in the Broadway musical, "Aladdin." He also told us what he's a fan of!

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