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Guest Picks: Damien Echols

Monday, September 24, 2012

Guesthost Elliott Forrest spoke with Damien Echols. One of the Memphis Three, Echols was convicted of murdering 3 girls in 1993 and served almost 20 years of his sentence for a crime he didn't commit. He told us what he's been reading, watching and eating since his release.

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Guest Picks: Michael Chabon

Monday, September 17, 2012

Michael Chabon was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his latest novel, Telegraph Avenue (Benedict Cumberbatch and Chabon's love of vinyl records also came up along the way). He also told us that people seem to think that he likes everything...Find out what Michael Chabon really likes.

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Guest Picks: Errol Morris

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Filmmaker and author Errol Morris was on the Leonard Lopate Show to discuss his 20-year investigation into the case against Jeffrey MacDonald, who was convicted of killing his wife and daughters in 1970. He also told us about his love surfing bull-dogs. Find out what else Errol Morris is a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Elgin James

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Elgin James was on the Lopate Show to talk about his journey from being a gang member to making his first film, "Little Birds." He also told us about his love "Dawson's Creek." Find out what else Elgin's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Mike Birbiglia

Monday, August 20, 2012

Mike Birbiglia was on the Lopate Show (along with "This American Life" host Ira Glass) to talk about writing, directing and starring in the new film, "Sleepwalk With Me." He also told us what he's been listening to and that he's a fan of "Friday Night Lights." Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Denis O'Hare

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Denis O'Hare was on the Lopate Show, along with co-star Amy Adams, to discuss playing The Baker in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Into the Woods." He also told us about watching his son grow up and his love of science fiction. Find out what else Denis O'Hare's been reading recently.

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Guest Picks: Amy Adams

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Amy Adams was on the Lopate Show recently, along with co-star Denis O'Hare, to talk about playing The Baker's Wife in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Into the Woods." She also told us that she's a fan of crime documentaries. Find out what else Amy Adams has been watching recently!

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Guest Picks: Marjane Satrapi

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about writing and directing the film, "Chicken with Plums," based on her book. She also told us about throwing knives and why she listens to klezmer music...

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Guest Picks: Karen Thompson Walker

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Karen Thompson Walker was on the show to talk about her debut novel The Age of Miracles. Find out what books she's been reading lately.

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Guest Picks: Jenny Brown

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Jenny Brown, founder of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, has strong, passionate opinions about animal welfare. She shares some of her opinions about what to read and listen to.

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Guest Picks: Eddie Palmieri

Friday, August 03, 2012

9-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri was on the Lopate Show recently. He talked about his career and he also told us what his favorite comfort food is. (It sounds perfect for the summer heat!)

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Guest Picks: Cheryl Strayed

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Cheryl Strayed spoke to guesthost Julie Burstein on the Leonard Lopate Show recently. They discussed Strayed's advice column. She's collected some of her favorite columns in the book, Tiny Beautiful Things. And she also told us about some of her favorite things, tiny, beautiful or otherwise.

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Guest Picks: Andy Cohen

Monday, July 30, 2012

Bravo executive Andy Cohen spoke to guesthost Jonathan Capehart about his love of pop culture and bringing the Real Housewives to televisions everywhere. He shared some of the books he's read -- and loved -- recently.

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Guest Picks: Annie Baker

Friday, July 20, 2012

Annie Baker was on the Lopate Show to discuss her adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" at the SoHo Rep. She also told us that she's a fan of Texas. Find out what else Annie's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Michael Shannon

Friday, July 20, 2012

Michael Shannon was on the Lopate Show to discuss starring in the new adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" at the SoHo Rep. He also shared his, um,  unusual pairing of comfort foods.

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Guest Picks: Bob Massie

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Activist, environmental leader, and priest Bob Massie was on the Lopate Show to talk about his remarkable life. He also told us what he's reading and listening to these days!

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Guest Picks: Chris Hayes

Friday, July 13, 2012

MSNBC host Chris Hayes was on the Lopate Show to explain why Americans are more skeptical of our national institutions than ever. He also told us what his favorite comfort food is -- it sounds so good, it might be ours now, too!

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Guest Picks: Janet Groth

Friday, July 13, 2012

Janet Groth was on the Lopate Show recently to talk about her 2 decades working at The New Yorker. She also told us that she's fan of popcorn -- as long as it's made her way. Find out what else she's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Stan Greenberg

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pollster Stan Greenberg was on the Lopate Show, along with political strategist James Carville, to talk about how the middle class is getting squeezed in today's economy. He also told us he's a fan of the TV show "Homeland." Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: James Carville

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Political strategist James Carville was on the Lopate Show, along with pollster Stan Greenberg, to discuss how the middle class is getting squeezed in today's economy. He also told us that he's a fan of the weather. Find out what else James Carville's a fan of!

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