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MOMA Features South African Artist William Kentridge

Sunday, March 21, 2010

South African artist William Kentridge has a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art showcasing his stop-animation drawings. One of them is the film "Ubu Tells the Truth." Independent Producer Kara Oehler has the story:

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Friday, March 19, 2010

Actress Noomi Rapace and director Niels Arden Oplev discuss their new film “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” the first feature film based on the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s literary phenomenon “Millennium” trilogy. It opens March 19.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Little Bee

Friday, March 19, 2010

Chris Cleave, columnist for The Guardian newspaper in London, talks about his second novel, Little Bee, which tells the story of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British couple whose lives intertwine.

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Lives Intersecting

Friday, March 19, 2010

On today’s show, NPR's Deborah Amos reports on what the Sunni diaspora means for both Iraq and its neighbors. Then, Chris Cleave talks about his novel Little Bee, about a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan who can't escape her troubled past. And Actress Noomi Rapace and director Niels Anden Oplev discuss the ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Talking about Language

Friday, March 19, 2010

Linguist, lexicographer and the new "On Language" columnist for the New York Times Magazine, Ben Zimmer, talks about the latest in political language and about how he'll approach taking over for the late William Safire, the founder of the "On Language" column.

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The Room and the Chair

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Novelist, critic, and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Lorraine Adams discusses her new novel The Room and the Chair, which moves from a newsroom in Washington, D.C., to Afghanistan to a military intelligence office, and is a fast-moving, groundbreaking chronicle of today’s dangerous world.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rebecca Skloot discusses the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. Her book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of the Lacks family, the dark history of experimentation on ...

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Green Choices

Thursday, March 18, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll discuss the impact each of us can have on the health of the planet by doing small positive things. Then, we’ll learn about the life of Henrietta Lacks, who died of cancer in 1951, but whose cells were kept alive and have changed the course of ...

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Jimmy Cliff

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Reggae star Jimmy Cliff discusses his recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his career in music, as well as his upcoming tour, his first in five years.

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Sense and Security

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

John Kampfner tells us why he thinks so much of the world is happily trading democratic rights for a sense of security. Then, we’ll take a look at efforts to prevent the Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. And reggae star Jimmy Cliff on his recent induction into the ...

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The History of White People

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Historian Nell Irvin Painter explains how the idea of the white race was invented, and why. In The History of White People she shows how the origins of American identity in the eighteenth century were tied to the elevation of white skin into the embodiment of beauty, power, and ...

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Helen Simonson discusses her debut novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, which tells the story of Major Ernest Pettigrew, a wry, courtly Englishman who lives a quiet life who strikes up an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village.

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God of Carnage

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Actors Jeff Daniels and Janet McTeer talk about their roles in Yasmina Reza’s play “God of Carnage,” about two couples who meet to discuss a schoolyard incident between their sons. What starts out amiably turns sour, offering a commentary on modern-day marriage and parenting. "God of Carnage" is ...

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Wheeling and Dealing

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Michael Lewis offers a post mortem on how the global financial system crashed and burned—and who is to blame. Then, Jeff Daniels and Janet McTeer discuss starring in the latest incarnation of Yasmina Reza’s play “God of Carnage.” Also, Helen Simonson talks about her debut novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand—it’s ...

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The Arctic

Monday, March 15, 2010

Geopolitics expert Charles Emmerson discusses the Arctic, an area long at the margins but which has found its way to the center of global affairs. In The Future History of the Arctic he describes the forces that have shaped the Arctic’s history and introduces the players in politics, business, ...

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The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney

Monday, March 15, 2010

Paddy Moloney, leader of The Chieftains, discusses the group’s new album “San Patricio,” which was made with Ry Cooder and comes out March 9. It explores the story of the San Patricio battalion, a group of Irish-American conscripts who deserted the American side in the Mexican-American War to ...

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The Possessed

Monday, March 15, 2010

Elif Batuman describes literally and metaphorically following the footsteps of her favorite Russian authors –from Pushkin to Platonov. In The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them she examines how the great Russian writers lived, worked, and why they continue to influence readers today.

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Treasures and the Treasury

Monday, March 15, 2010

We’ll get two takes on Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner—from The New Yorker’s John Cassidy and The Atlantic’s Joshua Green. Then, Elif Batuman talks about the great Russian novelists...and the people who read them. And Paddy Moloney, leader of The Chieftains, the most popular traditional Irish music group in the world, ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Yours Ever

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thomas Mallon discusses the fading art of letter writing—the confessions and complaints and revelations sent from battlefields, frontier cabins, and luxury liners, along with travel bulletins, suicide notes, fan letters, and hate mail. In Yours Ever: People and Their Letters, he reveals the human experiences behind some of the ...

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Medicine in Translation

Friday, March 12, 2010

Danielle Ofri, an attending physician at New York’s Bellevue Hospital and the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review discusses the patients she has known who have braved language barriers, religious and racial divides, and the emotional and practical difficulties of exile in order to access quality health care. ...

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