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Friday, January 23 – Friday, January 30

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Jeffrey Sachs

Benedict Cumberbatch

Sir Patrick Stewart

Paulette Brown

Ava DuVernay

Economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, analyzes President Obama’s State of the Union address and looks at how the Citizens United case, decided five years ago this week in a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling, has changed the nation’s political landscape.

Paulette Brown, president-elect of the American Bar Association, explores how implicit bias among police officers influenced the split-second decisions that led to the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and other African American men and boys.

Benedict Cumberbatch has earned an Academy Award nomination in the Best Actor category for his portrayal of British mathematician Alan Turing, who changed the course of World War II by breaking Nazi Germany’s Enigma code. Cumberbatch joins us to talk about his role in “The Imitation Game”.

The critically acclaimed film “Selma”, which tells the story of the struggles that led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, has generated a great deal of controversy over its depiction of President Lyndon B. Johnson and his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Selma” director Ava DuVernay joins us.

Sir Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “X-Men” fame joins us to talk about his starring role as a Juilliard dance instructor in the new independent film “Match”.