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Guest Picks: Richard Hell

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Richard Hell was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his journey to New York as a teenager and starting pivotal punk bands like Television, the Heartbreakers, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids. He also told us what he's listening to these days -- find out below!

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Guest Picks: Clive Davis

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Music industry executive Clive Davis was on the Lopate Show recently to talk about his five decades working with everyone from Aretha Franklin and Carlos Santana to Patti Smith and Lou Reed. He also told us what he's a fan of -- and what he's listening to now!

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Guest Picks: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about the history of the high court and her place in it as the first female Supreme Court Justice. She also told us about what she's been reading, watching, eating, and playing recently!

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Guest Picks: Adam Platt

Friday, March 01, 2013

New York Magazine food critic Adam Platt was on the Lopate Show for our Food Fridays series. We talked about food trends, and he also told us about some of the books, music, and, yes, food, that he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Karen Russell

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Karen Russell was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to discuss her new collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. She also told us what she's been reading and listening to...and the allure of the "season packet" that comes with Stouffer's stuffing.

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Guest Picks: Chester Higgins

Monday, February 18, 2013

Photographer Chester Higgins was here on February 15 to talk about photographing the ruins of ancient Nubia. He shared a few of his favorite things.

What have you read or seen over the past year (book, play film, etc…) that moved or surprised you?
Amour - the ending
Thebes at War, by Naguib Mahfouz

What are you listening to right now?

Donald Byrd, he just died

What's the last great book you read?
Something from my research library. I jump all over the place. Mostly along the Nile researching archeological and anthropological rare books.

What's one thing you're a fan of that people might not expect?
"Downtown Abbey," with my wife
Assisting my gardener wife and gardening
Astronomy

What's your favorite comfort food?
Ethiopian, then Chinese

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Guest Picks: Doug Green

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Award-winning Western musician Doug Green (a.k.a Ranger Doug) was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with Vince Gill, to talk about their Western Swing band called The Time Jumpers. He told us that he's a fan of the Detroit Tigers. Find out what else Doug Green's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Vince Gill

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Country music star Vince Gill was on the Leonard Lopate Show -- along with Doug Green -- to talk about their Western Swing band, The Time Jumpers. The Nashville-based musician also told us about his favorite New York comfort food. Find out what else Vince Gill's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Phillip Lopate

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Leonard's brother Phillip Lopate was on the show recently to talk about his two latest books -- one is a collection of personal essays and the other is advice on writing and teaching. He also revealed his love of "Friday Night Lights."

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Guest Picks: Chris Terrio

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chris Terrio was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his Oscar-nominated screenplay for the film "Argo." He also told us what he's been reading, watching and listening to. Find out what Chris Terrio's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Bill and Judith Moyers

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bill Moyers and his wife Judith Moyers were on the Lopate Show with their son William C. Moyers to talk about confronting and treating William's addictions to drugs and alcohol and William's new book Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery. He shared a few of his favorite things with us.

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Guest Picks: William Cope Moyers

Monday, February 11, 2013

William C. Moyers came by with his parents, journalist Bill Moyers and Judith Moyers, to talk about confronting and treating William's addictions to drugs and alcohol. He's the author of the book Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery. He shared a few of his favorite things with us.

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Guest Picks: Lulu

Monday, February 11, 2013

British pop icon Lulu was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her career; her hits, including "To Sir With Love" and "Shout;" and making her US debut. She also shared what she's been listening to recently.

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Guest Picks: Ciaran Hinds

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Ciaran Hinds was on the Lopate Show on February 7, 2013, with Benjamin Walker, to talk about their roles in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." He shares his guest picks with us.

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Guest Picks: Benjamin Walker

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Benjamin Walker was on the Lopate Show on February 7, 2013, with Ciaran Hinds, to talk about their roles in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." He shares his guest picks with us.

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Guest Picks: Tommy Mottola

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Music executive Tommy Mottola was here on February 7 to talk about his memoir, Hit Maker. He shares some of his music favorites.  Find out what he's listening to!

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Guest Picks: Michelle Rhee

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Education advocate Michelle Rhee was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her experience as former chancellor of Washington, DC's public schools. She also told us what she's been reading and listening to these days!

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Guest Picks: Fisher Stevens

Friday, February 01, 2013

Fisher Stevens was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about directing Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin in "Stand Up Guys." He also told us what his favorite comfort food is. Should we be surprised it's popcorn?

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Guest Picks: America Ferrera

Friday, February 01, 2013

America Ferrera was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about starring in the off-Broadway play, "Bethany." We also asked her what she's been reading and listening to recently.

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Guest Picks: Alex Gibney

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Filmmaker Alex Gibney was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his latest film, "Mea Maxima Culpa." He also told us what he's been reading and watching -- and his rather fishy favorite comfort food!

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