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Guest Picks: Simon Callow

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Simon Callow was on the Leonard Lopate Show talking about playing everyone from Hamlet to Juliet in the play "Being Shakespeare." You might know him from his roles in the movies "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "A Room with a View." He shared some of his favorite things with us—he had fabulous handwriting.

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Guest Picks: Rachel Dratch

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Rachel Dratch was on the Lopate Show recently, sharing some dating advice and revealing the origin of the Debbie Downer skit on "Saturday Night Live." She also told us what she's been reading and listening to recently.

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Guest Picks: Jane Alexander

Friday, March 30, 2012

Jane Alexander and playwright Edward Albee were on the Lopate Show recently to discuss the revival of "The Lady from Dubuque." She also told us about her love

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Guest Picks: Jeanette Winterson

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Novelist Jeanette Wintersonwas on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her memoir, Why Be Normal When You Can Be Happy? She also told us that she's a fan of fast cars and silence. Find out what she's been reading recently!

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Guest Picks: Kenneth Lonergan

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan was on the Lopate Show recently (along with actress J. Smith-Cameron) to discuss their new film, "Margaret." He also told us that his reading list spans Christopher Hitchens' and Manning Marable.

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Guest Picks: J. Smith-Cameron

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Actress J. Smith-Cameron was on the Lopate Show recently (along with Kenneth Lonergan) to discuss the film, "Margaret." She also told us about her love of 70's funk music and fried chicken. Find out what else she's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Abel Ferrara

Monday, March 19, 2012

Director Abel Ferrara, along with actor Willem Defoe, was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his new film, "4:44 Last Day on Earth." He told us about what he likes these days, including the Dalai Lama and eggplant parmigiana.

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Guest Picks: Sanjay Gupta

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dr. Sanjay Gupta was on the Lopate Show recently to talk about his first novel, Monday Mornings. He also revealed that he's learned to eat fire!

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Guest Picks: Tony Kaye

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Director Tony Kaye was on the Lopate Show recently, along with actor Adrien Brody, to discuss his latest film, "Detachment." He also told us what he's been

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Guest Picks: Adrien Brody

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Actor Adrien Brody was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his work on the new film, "Detachment," along with the film's director, Tony Kaye. He also revealed what his favorite comfort food is.

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Guest Picks: Mayim Bialik

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Actor and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik was on the Lopate Show to talk about her career - including her roles on "Blossom" and "The Big Bang Theory" - as well as how she found attachment parenting.

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Guest Picks: Nathan Englander

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Writer Nathan Englander was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his latest collection of short stories. He also told us about his new obsession with pottery and why he eats so many bagels.

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Guest Picks: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Monday, March 05, 2012

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was on the Lopate Show to discuss the future of American space travel, now that NASA's space shuttle program has ended. He also told us that he's a fan of Broadway musicals. Find out what else Neil's been reading and listening to.

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Guest Picks: Stephanie Blythe

Monday, February 27, 2012

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe spoke to Leonard Lopate recently about her three roles this season at the Metropolitan Opera. She also revealed that she's a big fan of birding. Find out what else Stephanie's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Will Ryman

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Artist Will Ryman was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss, "Anyone and No One," his latest exhibition of site-specific work in Chelsea. He also told us what he's been reading and watching recently!

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Guest Picks: Norbert Leo Butz

Friday, February 17, 2012

Norbert Leo Butz was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss starring in a revival of Paula Vogel's play "How I Learned to Drive." He also told us what he's been listening to recently!

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Guest Picks: Elizabeth Reaser

Friday, February 17, 2012

Elizabeth Reaser was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss her role in the revival of Paula Vogel's play, "How I Learned to Drive." She also told us about her love of sharks!

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Guest Picks: Flight Time Lang

Friday, February 17, 2012

Harlem Globetrotter Flight Time Lang was on the Lopate Show recently, along with teammate Tiny Sturgess. He revealed his love of chili dogs. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: William Wellman, Jr.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

William Wellman, Jr. was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his father's career as a director, including "Wings," which won the first Oscar for Best Picture. He also told us what he's been watching recently!

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Guest Picks: George Steel

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

George Steel, Artistic Director and General Manager of the New York City Opera was on the Lopate Show recently to give us a preview of the company's new season. He also revealed what he's listening to when he's not listening to opera!

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