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In the Balance: The Roberts Court and a Trauma Surgeon on Saving Lives

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

On today’s show: As the Supreme Court winds up its term this month, liberal legal scholar Laurence Tribe talks about whether the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of the Constitution. The doctor who helped save Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ life talks about his interesting road to becoming a leading trauma surgeon. Audra McDonald joins us to talk about playing Billie Holiday in the Broadway production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” We’ll find out why Americans are much more interested in our ancestry than people in other countries.

The Roberts Court and the Constitution

Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe looks at how the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution and examines the court’s recent rulings.

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Tales from a Trauma Surgeon

The doctor credited with saving Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ life after she was shot in 2011 talks about what he learned as a surgeon in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in inner-city, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

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Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” recounts Holiday's life story through the songs that made her famous.

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Our Ancestry Obsession

Why so many Americans are caught up in the trend to discover their roots.

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Tributes: Don Zimmer

Don Zimmer was a big man, physically, but he had a huge presence in the world of baseball for over 60 years, as a player, manager, coach, and adviser.  He was married on a baseball diamond in 1951, and, some would say, he never left the field – between playing infield with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the Mets (where he was an original member), and then as Yankee manager Joe Torre’s right-hand man and bench coach on four World Series championship teams.  He died recently at the age of 83.  And you can hear his conversation with Leonard Lopate from April 2001. 

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Guest Picks: Audra McDonald

5-time Tony winner Audra McDonald was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her role as Billie Holiday in Broadway's "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill." She also told us that she loves peanut butter cups. Find out what else she's a fan of!

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Tony Awards Preview: Our Interviews with the Nominees

Ahead of the Tony Awards tonight, hear conversations with Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald, and other Tony nominees who passed through the Lopate studio this year.

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