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Chemical Reaction

Monday, April 19, 2010

On today’s show, industrial hygienist Monona Rossol explains why the European Union is more stringent than the United States when it comes to regulating chemicals in everyday products. Then, Mark Kurlansky talks about how baseball changed one town in the Dominican Republic. Also, Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro discusses why so ...

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Translating Celestina

Friday, April 16, 2010

Peter Bush discusses his new translation of Celestina, by Fernando Rojas, the lively Spanish tragicomedy considered to be the first European novel. Published in 1499 and became Spain's first-ever bestseller, and Fernando de Rojas's mix of street wit, obscenity, and culture paved the way for Cervantes.

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2010 Whitney Biennial

Friday, April 16, 2010

Curator Gary Carrion-Murayari, one of the two organizers of the 2010 Whitney Biennial, and artist Josephine Meckseper discuss this year’s biennial, the museum’s 75th. The Biennial is the Whitney’s panoramic survey of the latest in American art, and it includes well established artists along with emerging artists from ...

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Bill Forsyth

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Award-winning independent Scottish writer and director Bill Forsyth talks about his career and making his films “Housekeeping,” “Local Hero,” and “Gregory’s Girl,” among others. 

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Have You Heard from Johannesburg

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Director Connie Field and anti-apartheid activist Adwoa Dunn-Mouton discuss “Have You Heard from Johannesburg,” Field's seven-film documentary on the worldwide movement to abolish South Africa’s racist system of Apartheid. “Have You Heard from Johannesburg” is playing at Film Forum April 14-27. More information, schedule, and tickets here.

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Stories from Africa and around the World

Thursday, April 15, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll speak with the filmmaker Connie Field and anti-apartheid activist Adwoa Dunn-Mouton, about the new documentary “Have You Heard from Johannesburg,” a chronicle of the worldwide movement of ordinary people to defeat apartheid in South Africa. And Lisa Shannon talks about her decision to give up a ...

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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Alex Timbers’s critically acclaimed rock musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” has returned to The Public after a sold-out run last spring as part of The Public’s Public LAB season. Ben Walker, who plays Andrew Jackson, and Michael Friedman, who wrote the music and lyrics, discuss the play. It's ...

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Razzle Dazzle

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mitzi Gaynor, Golden Globe nominee for the 1958 film “South Pacific” and Emmy Award winner for her many TV variety specials, discusses her career and her upcoming New York debut of “Razzle Dazzle: My Life Behind the Sequins.” She’s performing with a seven piece band in the Feinstein’s ...

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My Life Behind the...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

On today’s show, Charles Bowden talks about the troubled border town Juarez, Mexico, which has a higher murder rate than Baghdad. Then, Mitzi Gaynor describes what she calls her life behind the sequins! Also, the new rock musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is now playing at the Public Theater to ...

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Reality Hunger

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Reality TV has taken over the networks, and YouTube and Facebook dominate the Web. David Shields argues that our culture is obsessed with “reality” because we experience hardly any in our real lives. In Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, he explores the bending of form and genre and the blur ...

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Overcoming Speechlessness

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Alice Walker talks about her trips to Rwanda and the eastern Congo to witness the aftermath of the genocide in Kigali, and to the Gaza Strip. In Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel, she bears witness to cruelty she saw, and presents ...

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The Real World

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

On today’s show, Bill McKibben talks about how we can deal with the challenges of an already warming planet. Then, Alice Walker gives a first-hand account of the devastation she’s seen in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and the Gaza Strip. Historian Hugh Ambrose talks about the companion book he wrote to ...

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Wisdom

Monday, April 12, 2010

Stephen S. Hall explores the history of wisdom and its journey from philosophy to science. He looks at how wisdom became one of our most cherished ideals, and at the efforts of modern science to penetrate the mysterious nature of it. In Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience he reveals ...

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The Line

Monday, April 12, 2010

Novelist Olga Grushin discusses her latest book, The Line, about the universal symbol of scarcity and bureaucracy that exists wherever petty officials abuse their powers. It tells the story of what happens when a line begins to form for tickets to a concert by an exiled composer returning to ...

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An Angel from Hell

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ryan Conklin enlisted in the Army when he was 17, following 9/11. He served in Tikrit, Iraq, as a turret gunner with the 101st Airborne and was a member of the famed "Rakkasans" regiment—the most decorated regiment in the U.S. Army. When he returned home, he became a cast member ...

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Wise Ones

Monday, April 12, 2010

Live from Afghanistan, former NPR correspondent Sarah Chayes gives us an update on what’s happening there. Then, Army gunner Ryan Conklin describes what it's been like for him to serve on the front lines in Iraq. And Olga Grushin discusses her second novel, The Line. Also, science writer Stephen Hall ...

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Jesus of Nazareth

Friday, April 09, 2010

Movie director Paul Verhoeven talks about his lifelong fascination with the facts and fictions surrounding the life of Jesus. He’s written a work of scholarship that paints a portrait of Jesus the man and Jesus the radical prophet, Jesus of Nazareth. We'll also talk about his career as a ...

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The Lee Strasberg Notes

Friday, April 09, 2010

Lola Cohen and Anna Strasberg talk about Lee Strasberg’s unique teachings in actor training. Ms. Cohen is editor of The Lee Strasberg Notes, a document of the history and ongoing practice of Strasberg’s Method, based on unpublished transcripts of his classes on acting, directing, and Shakespeare.

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Acting Out

Friday, April 09, 2010

On today’s show, financial journalist Roger Lowenstein gives us a blow-by-blow account of the biggest financial crash since the Great Depression. Then, a look at “method acting” and Lee Strasberg… we’ll talk about his legacy with his widow and with acting teacher Lola Cohen. Also, Robocop director Paul Verhoeven (who ...

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In the Company of Angels

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Thomas E. Kennedy discusses his novel In the Company of Angels, about a Chilean exile in Copenhagen who was imprisoned and tortured by Pinochet's henchmen for teaching political poetry and a survivor of domestic abuse who and the two struggle to heal and to forgive those who have harmed ...

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