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Guest Picks: Jeanine Tesori

Monday, November 04, 2013

Composer Jeanine Tesori was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about collaborating on the new musical, Fun Home, at the Public Theater. She also told us that she's been raiding lyricist Lisa Kron's backpack for snacks! Find out what else she's been up to...

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Guest Picks: Sam Gold

Monday, November 04, 2013

Sam Gold was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about directing "Fun Home," a new musical at the Public Theater. He also told us he's a fan of puppets. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Cheryl Henson

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cheryl Henson, Jim Henson's daughter, was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with Rick Moranis, to preview the 3rd Annual Puppets on Film Festival. She also told us what she's been reading and watching recently. 

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Guest Picks: Elizabeth Smart

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Elizabeth Smart was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about how she survived being kidnapped at the age of 14 and held for 9 months by her captors. A harpist, she also told us what she's been listening to recently.

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Guest Picks: Kelly Carlin

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Kelly Carlin was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her one-woman show, "A Carlin Home Companion," about life with her father, comedian George Carlin. She also told us that she's a fan of cycling. Find out what else she's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Norman Rush

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Writer Norman Rush was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his latest novel, Subtle Bodies. He also told us what he's reading and watching recently. Find out what he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Elizabeth Gilbert

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Elizabeth Gilbertwas on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her latest novel, The Signature of All Things. She also told what she's been reading recently -- and giving up music for talk radio/podcasts. 

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Guest Picks: Ursula von Rydingsvard

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ursula von Rydingsvard was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her sculpture, "Ona," which is permanently installed in the plaza at the Barclays Center. She also told us what she's been reading and listening to recently. (We do like her taste in radio stations...)

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Guest Picks: Greg "Freddy" Camalier

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his documentary, "Muscle Shoals," about FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama where a host of musical greats have recorded. And we were joined by FAME owner Rick Hall. Camalier also told us what his rather specific comfort food is. 

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Guest Picks: Rick Hall

Thursday, September 26, 2013

FAME studios founder Rick Hall was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his career, recording Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard and many, more musical greats in his studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He's the subject of a documentary called Muscle Shoals. He also told what he's been listening to recently. 

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Guest Picks: Kent Jones

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Kent Jones, the director of programming for the New York Film Festival, was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about this year's festival. He also told us what he's a fan of and revealed his (noncommittal) comfort food. 

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Guest Picks: Graham Nash

Monday, September 23, 2013

Graham Nash was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his life in music, starting Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and his memoir, Wild Tales. He also told us he's been listening to the music of Bulgaria. Find out what else Graham Nash likes in his Guest Picks!

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Guest Picks: Debora Spar

Monday, September 23, 2013

Barnard College President Debora Spar was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about why the choices that women in the US face today are more complex than ever. She also told us what she's been reading and watching. Find out what she's a fan of in her Guest Picks. 

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Guest Picks: Gary Burton

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton talks about his remarkable career, playing with a who's who of jazz -- and developing his trademark 4-mallet technique. He also told us what he's listening to these days!

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Guest Picks: Linda Ronstadt

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Linda Ronstadt was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her remarkable career, collaborating with everyone from Aaron Neville to Dolly Parton, and losing her voice a few years ago to what was later diagnosed as Parkinson's Disease. Find out what Linda Ronstadt's reading and listening to these days!

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Guest Picks: Margaret Atwood

Monday, September 16, 2013

Writer Margaret Atwood was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about MaddAddam, the final installment her dystopian trilogy. She also told us what she's been reading recently -- and it's a long reading list. Find out what's on it in her Guest Picks!

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Guest Picks: Richard Wolffe

Monday, September 16, 2013

MSNBC.com editor Richard Wolffe was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about what happened behind the scenes of Pres. Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. He also told us about his love of cooking. Find out what else Richard Wolffe's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Jonathan Lethem

Friday, September 13, 2013

Jonathan Lethem was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his latest novel, Dissident Gardens. He also told us he's a fan of Molly Ringwald movies. Find out what else Jonathan Lethem likes!

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Guest Picks: Geoffrey Keezer

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jazz pianist and composer Geoffrey Keezer performed live on the Leonard Lopate Show recently. He also told us what he's been listening to lately -- and it's a lot! Find out what's on his iPod...

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Guest Picks: Billy Crystal

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Billy Crystal was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his career; that night he opened for Blood, Sweat & Tears; and coping with growing older. He also told us that he's a fan of scrimshaw. Find out what else Billy's a fan of! 

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