Show rundown for 8/22/2008

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The Olympics

We'll have a preview of the final weekend Olympic events with Shira Springer of the Boston Globe. And as the Games come to an end, we'll ask our China-watcher how Chinese and Americans looked at the Olympics differently. Our guest is Claire Conceison, associate professor of drama at Tufts University and a researcher at Harvard University's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Her forthcoming book Voices Carry is the autobiography of the late Chinese actor and Vice Minister of Culture, Ying Ruocheng.

Vice-Presidential Politics

Who will the vice presidential running mates be? The question is still unanswered. But guest ABC News Senior Political reporter Rick Klein has the latest from the world of politics.


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TV Killed the Conventions

David Frum, former speechwriter for President Bush, says television has sucked the life out of the conventions because the political parties can't afford to have anything go wrong. He argues that if the cameras were turned off, the conventions could be useful again.

Milos Foreman

The Czech filmmaker Milos Foreman is our guest. The man who brought us One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Hair reflects back on his early days in Eastern Europe, the Prague Spring, and the events that followed. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is holding a retrospective of his work.

This program aired on August 22, 2008.


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