Taking a Beating: Politics in the Media, Concussions in Sports

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Derek Boogaard dressed for his first hockey game

Political reporter Matt Bai recounts the downfall of democratic presidential hopeful Gary Hart in 1987, and how it marked a turning point in how the media covered politics. Alan Cumming talks about his complicated relationship with his father about unearthing some deeply buried family secrets. Director Robert Wilson and composer Rufus Wainwright describe their contemporary take on Shakespeare’s sonnets. Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter John Branch examines the life and death of hockey player Derek Boogaard, which raised a lot of questions about violence and concussions in sports.