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The sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic church: That’s the subject of a documentary playing all this month on HBO – the filmmaker is ALEX GIBNEY—he won an Oscar for “Taxi to the Dark Side.” This new documentary is “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.”
Also: HAROLD MEYERSON talks about Obama’s State of the Union speech last night – and the Republican response. Harold is editor-at-large of The American Prospect and a columnist for the Washington Post op-ed page.
And for black history month, UCLA historian ROBIN KELLEY will look at the life and music of Thelonious Monk. Robin’s book Thelonious Monk, The Life and Times of an American Original, is out now in paperback. PLAYLIST: “‘Round Midnight,” “Well You Needn’t,” “Straight No Chaser,” “Sweet and Lovely” – 1947 Blue Note sessions. (originally broadcast 10-21-09)