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A History of the World in 100 Objects

Monday, January 09, 2012

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, talks about selecting100 man-made artifacts that each provide an intimate glimpse of an important turning point in human civilization. The 100-episode BBC series A History of the World in 100 Objects, and its companion book, A History of the World in 100 Objects, stretches back two million years and covers the globe. From the very first hand axe to the ubiquitous credit card, each item tells a story, and together they relate the larger history of mankind.

Starting Tuesday, January 10, the Leonard Lopate Show will be airing the BBC series A History of the World in 100 Objects, an object a day for 100 days.

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“Norwegian Wood”

Friday, January 06, 2012

Tran Anh Hung talks about directing the film “Norwegian Wood,” based on Haruku Murakami’s novel. Set in Tokyo in the late 1960s, it follows Toru Watanabe, who has to choose between two women—and choose between his past and his future. It opens today at IFC Center.

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"Stick Fly"

Friday, January 06, 2012

Condola Rashad, Rosie Benton, and Tracie Thoms discuss the hit play, “Stick Fly.” During what is supposed to be a relaxing vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, two adult sons both decide to introduce their girlfriends to the parents—sibling rivalry flares, opinions clash, and class distinctions divide the family. “Stick Fly” includes original music by Alicia Keys, and is playing at the Cort Theatre.

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Fading Ads of New York City

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Acclaimed photographer and urban documentarian Frank Jump talks about his 20-year effort to document fading ads in the city. His book Fading Ads of New York City is a photo-documentary and a study of time and space, of mortality and living.

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Master Painters of India

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Curator John Guy discusses “Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100-1900,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition includes some 220 works selected according to identifiable hands and named artists, dispelling the notion of anonymity in Indian art. The high points of artistic innovation in the history of Indian painting are demonstrated through works by 40 of the greatest Indian painters, some of whom are identified for the first time.

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John Lithgow on Drama

Friday, December 30, 2011

John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle and discovery, telling about his road to becoming a star. His memoir, Drama: An Actor’s Education, is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, who brought theater to John’s life. He also looks at his collaborations with performers and directors, including Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse, Liv Ullmann, and Meryl Streep.

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Harry Belafonte on His Life and Work

Friday, December 30, 2011

Harry Belafonte talks about his life—as an actor musician, and passionate activist. In his memoir, My Song, he writes of his close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr.; his role as a conduit between Dr. King and the Kennedys; and his friendships with Paul Robeson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando, Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, Tony Bennett, Bill Clinton, and turns an admiring and critical eye on our country’s cultural past.

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"Blood and Gifts"

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Playwright J. T. Rogers talks about Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of “Blood and Gifts.” He’s joined by stars Jefferson Mays and Jeremy Davidson. The play tells the story of the secret spy war behind the Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980s. It’s playing through Sunday, January 8, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

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“The Road to Mecca”

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tony Award winners Jim Dale and Rosemary Harris talk about the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Athol Fugard’s play “The Road to Mecca.” The production begins Athol Fugard’s 80th birthday celebration. Throughout the season, Signature will explore the works of Fugard, the South African playwright, director and actor, who also was honored with a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Tony Awards this past season. “The Road to Mecca” is playing through March 4 at the American Airlines Theatre.

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Kenneth Branagh on "My Week with Marilyn"

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Actor Kenneth Branagh discusses his career and his role in “My Week with Marilyn,” playing Sir Lawrence Olivier. He was just nominated for a SAG Award this morning for his performance.

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Soprano Marina Poplavskaya on "Faust"

Monday, December 19, 2011

Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya discusses her role as Marguerite, the seduced-and-abandoned village girl whose “Jewel Song” is one of the most famous arias in opera, in “Faust,” at the Metropolitan Opera. "Faust" has a longer history at the Met than any other opera, and was the opening night production the very first season of the house, in 1883. The current production is directed by Des McAnuff, making his Met debut, and it runs through January 19.

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Rita Dove on Twentieth-Century American Poetry

Friday, December 16, 2011

Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U .S. Poet Laureate, discusses The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry . Featuring poems both classic and contemporary, this collection reflects both a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry and outlines its trajectory over the past century.

 

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“James X”

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Playwright/performer Gerard Mannix Flynn talks about the U.S. premiere of “James X.” An Irish government tribunal of inquiry into institutions responsible for cruel and inhumane treatment of children is in session. In the foyer, James X, one of those children, now a man, anxiously prepares to offer the testimony which he hopes will unshackle him from the past. “James X” is playing at 45 Bleecker Street.

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New Islamic Art Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Navina Haidar, curator in the department of Islamic Art, talks about the Metropolitan Museum’s new renovated Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia. The greatly enlarged, freshly conceived, and renovated galleries house the museum’s collection of Islamic art—one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of this material in the world.

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Leonard Lopate talks to Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Joanne Froggatt

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonnevillle and Elizabeth McGovern (who play Lord and Lady Grantham), and Joanne Froggatt (who plays Anna the downstairs maid) discuss the Emmy-winning series.

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America’s Film Legacy

Monday, December 12, 2011

Daniel Eagan discusses America’s Film Legacy, 2009-2010, a companion volume to his 2008 book, America’s Film Legacy, a guide to the 500 most significant films ever made in the United States as selected by the National Film Registry. The updated edition includes well-known movies, like "The Muppet Movie" and "Dog Day Afternoon," to more obscure films, like "A Study in Reds" and "Hot Dogs for Gauguin."

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John Hawkes and Sean Durkin on "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

Friday, December 09, 2011

Actor John Hawkes and writer-director Sean Durkin discuss the film "Martha Marcy May Marlene." It’s an unsettling psychological portrait of a young woman who has run away from a cult-like community on a farm in upstate New York and moves in with her sister and struggles to rejoin normal society. Hawkes, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Teardrop in last year’s Winter’s Bone, plays the community’s charismatic and manipulative leader. It’s Sean Durkin’s first film, and it won the Best Director Award at Sundance and the Cannes Prix de la Jeunesse.

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Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross in "Private Lives"

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross discuss their roles in the Noël Coward’s classic comedy “Private Lives.” Glamorous, rich and reckless Amanda and Elyot have been divorced from each other for five years. While honeymooning with their new spouses in Deauville, France, they meet again and their feelings for each other are rekindled. They hurl themselves headlong into love and lust without concern for scandal, new partners, or their past… for a little while, anyway. It’s playing at the Music Box Theatre.

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Martha Clarke and Alfred Uhry's “Angel Reapers”

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Choreographer Martha Clarke and writer Alfred Uhry discuss their latest collaboration, the dance/theater/music piece “Angel Reapers.” The work is suggested by the life of Ann Lee, founder of the Shaker movement, and the plot is woven throughout with movement, song and dance to bring to life this extraordinary 18th-century woman and the singular world she created. “Angel Reapers” is playing at The Joyce Theater through December 11. 

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The Life of Alice James

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Biographer Jean Strouse talks about the life of Alice James, sister of famed writers William and Henry, and the only daughter in a family of brilliant and eccentric men. Alice James is a singular portrait embedded in a family history that dazzled her age and still interests ours.

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