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Monday, July 14, 2014

From 'Omarina's Story.' Frontline continues its examination of a groundbreaking effort to stem the dropout crisis in America’s high-poverty schools. From "Omarina's Story." Frontline continues its examination of a groundbreaking effort to stem the dropout crisis in America’s high-poverty schools. (Courtesy of Frontline/Frontline)

On today’s show we’ll explore the re-emergence of school segregation 60 years after the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. Sylvia Jukes Morris talks about the influence of politician and playwright Clare Boothe Luce. We'll find out about a legal battle over a Navy submarine detection system that uses high-intensity underwater sound—and drives whales to strand themselves on beaches. And, why golf is catching on in China and how it’s changing Chinese culture.

Race, Class, and School Segregation 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education

A look at the whether school segregation is making a comeback across the country.

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Clare Boothe Luce, Mover and Shaker

She was a prolific journalist, magnetic public speaker, playwright, screenwriter, scuba diver, early experimenter in psychedelic drugs, and one of the first women in Congress.

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The Noise from a Secret Navy Program Was So Awful, Whales Beached Themselves

A crusading attorney stumbled one of the Navy's best-kept secrets. His fight to stop it took him all the way to the Supreme Court.

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Why a 'Rich Man’s Game' Is Catching on in China

China is in the midst of a golf boom—hundreds of new courses have opened in the past decade, despite it being illegal to build them. We'll look at how it's changing the culture.

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Lorin Maazel

Tribute: Lorin Maazel

The internationally renowned Lorin Maazel started at the podium quite young: he had been invited by Arturo Toscanini to conduct the NBC Symphony at the age of seven, and by 15, was leading several of the most important American orchestras. During his career, he conducted over 150 orchestras (including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra), and at least 5,000 opera and concert performances. He died at the age of 84 in Virginia, where he had been rehearsing the annual Castleton Festival, which he had founded. You can hear his interview with Leonard from 2009 about his rich, musical career.

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Charlie Haden.

Tribute: Charlie Haden

Time magazine described Charlie Haden as "one of the most restless, gifted and intrepid players in all of jazz." The multiple Grammy-winning bassist was a member of the revolutionary Ornette Coleman Quartet, and he continued to push the boundaries of jazz for over 5 decades. He contracted polio at the age of 15, and in 2010 developed post-polio syndrome. He was on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2004, when his album “Land of the Sun” had been released. 

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Tribute: Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer would say, “I am not a political person by nature. I don’t suppose if I had lived elsewhere, my writing would have reflected politics much, if at all.” But the South African novelist could not ignore the fabric of apartheid in her fiction. And the daughter of a watchmaker would come to win a Nobel Prize, in honor of her work. She died at the age of 90 in Johannesburg. And you can hear her interview with Leonard from 2002.

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