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Guest Picks: Jack Black

Monday, November 26, 2012

Jack Black was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to discuss his starring role as a mortician in the black comedy, "Bernie." He also talked about "Rize of the Fenix," the most recent album by his band Tenacious D. He also told us about his amazing-sounding comfort food. Find out what else Jack Black is a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Walter Murch

Monday, November 12, 2012

Film historian Walter Murch was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about translating the work of anti-totalitarian WWII journalist and writer Curzio Malaparte. He also told us about his love of particle physics and English muffins! Find out what else Walter Murch is up to these days.

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Guest Picks: Michael Leonhart

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Producer Michael Leonhart was on the Leonard Lopate Show, along with Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen, to talk about working on Fagen's latest album. He also told us what he's been reading, watching and eating recently!

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Guest Picks: Oliver Sacks

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Neurologist Oliver Sacks was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about hallucinations, how they're caused, and why we experience them so vividly. He also told us he's a fan of ferns. Find out what else Dr. Sacks is a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Hallie Foote

Monday, October 15, 2012

Actress Hallie Foote was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about starring in the off-Broadway production of "Him," written by her sister Daisy. The chocolate fan also told us what she's been reading and watching recently.

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Guest Picks: Daisy Foote

Monday, October 15, 2012

Playwright Daisy Foote was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about the new off-Broadway production of her play "Him," starring her sister Hallie Foote. She also told us what she's been reading and watching -- let's just say, she enjoys a good mystery.

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Guest Picks: Sherman Alexie

Monday, October 15, 2012

Writer Sherman Alexie was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his latest collection of stories -- his 20th! -- called Blasphemy. He also told us what he's been reading and listening to recently.

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Guest Picks: Stanley Tucci

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Stanley Tucci was on the Lopate Show recently to talk about his life-long love of cooking. He also told us about his love of fishing. Find out what else Stanley Tucci is a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Karl Ove Knausgaard

Monday, September 24, 2012

Writer Karl Ove Knausgaard was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his book, "My Struggle." He also told us why he has no more secrets -- and about his love of chocolate ice cream

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Guest Picks: Volker Schlondorff

Monday, September 24, 2012

Filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff was on the Lopate Show recently to talk about a new director's cut of his film, "The Tin Drum," as well as a new documentary, featuring conversations with director Billy Wilder. He also told us what his favorite comfort food is. (We were not exactly surprised.)

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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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