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Guest Picks: M. Night Shyamalan

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about how he became interested in educational reform and how we can close the achievement gap. He also told us what he's been reading and watching recently! 

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Guest Picks: Edwidge Danticat

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Edwidge Danticat was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her novel, Claire of the Sea Light. She also told us about her love of soup. Find out what else she's a fan of! 

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Guest Picks: Haifaa Al Mansour

Monday, September 09, 2013

Director Haifaa Al Mansour was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her film, "Wadjda." It's the first feature film to be shot entirely in Saudia Arabia and it tells the story of a girl who wants to buy bicycle. She also told us who she's following on Twitter.

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Guest Picks: Lee Child

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Lee Child was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about Never Go Back, the latest installment in his Jack Reacher series. He also told us what he's been reading recently.

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Guest Picks: Ira Berkow

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Former New York Times columnist Ira Berkow was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about following the New York Mets for the last 50 years. He also told us that he's a fan of Little Richard. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Marisha Pessl

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Marisha Pessl was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her most recent novel, Night Film. She also told us what she's been reading and about her favorite comfort food.

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Guest Picks: Béla Fleck

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Grammy Award-winning banjo player Béla Fleck performed live on the Leonard Lopate Show recently. He also revealed that he's a Barbra Streisand fan. Find out what else Béla Fleck's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Danny Strong

Monday, August 19, 2013

Screenwriter Danny Strong was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, alongside actor Lee Daniels, to talk about their new film, "The Butler." While he was here, he revealed his most listened to Pandora station, and a few more of his favorite things.

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Guest Picks: Destin Cretten

Monday, August 19, 2013

Film director Destin Cretten recently appeared on the Leonard Lopate Show alongside actress Brie Larson to talk about the new film "Short Term 12." He also told us about what movies he's watching and his secret love of Christmas music.

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Guest Picks: Brie Larson

Monday, August 19, 2013

Brie Larson recently stopped by the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her new film "Short Term 12" along with director Destin Cretten. She also revealed her eclectic taste in music and her love of melted cheese.

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Guest Picks: Rachel Dratch

Friday, August 09, 2013

Rachel Dratch was on the Leonard Lopate Show, along with Michael Friedman, to talk about her role in Shakespeare in the Park's musical adaptation of "Love's Labour's Lost." She also told us what she's a fan of -- and no, we weren't expecting it.

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Guest Picks: Michael Friedman

Friday, August 09, 2013

Michael Friedman was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with Rachel Dratch, to talk about writing the songs for Shakespeare in the Park's musical adaptation of "Love's Labour's Lost." He also told us what his favorite comfort food is. 

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Guest Picks: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

When she was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her latest novel, Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie shared that she's a fan of the TV show "Scandal," among other things.

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Guest Picks: Jack O'Brien

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Director Jack O'Brien was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about what he calls his "accidental career" directing operas and Broadway plays and musicals. Find out why he says, "All I hear is Shakespeare" -- and what he's reading these days.

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Guest Picks: Robert Klein

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Comedian Robert Klein was on the Leonard Lopate Show, along with writer Lawrence Richards, to talk about the Borscht Belt in the Catskill Mountains of New York and the comedians it produced. He also told us about his wide-ranging musical tastes. Find out what he's listening to below!

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Guest Picks: Lawrence Richards

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lawrence Richards was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with Robert Klein, to talk about the Borscht Belt in the Catskill Mountains of New York and the comedians it produced. He also told us which comedian he's a fan of today. Find out below!

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Guest Picks: Richard Russo

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Novelist Richard Russo was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his memoir, Elsewhere. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer also told us what 

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Guest Picks: David Morse

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Actor David Morse  was recently on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his role in “The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin,” along with co-star Rich Sommer. He told us about his pizza allergy, and a few of the things he enjoys.

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Guest Picks: Rich Sommer

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Actor Rich Sommer was recently on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his role in “The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin,” along with co-star David Morse. He told us about his love of board games and a few more of his favorite things.

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Guest Picks: Jonathan Tolins

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Playwright Jonathan Tolins was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with actor Michael Urie, to talk about his play, "Buyer & Cellar." It turns out he's a fan of everything from Bach Cantatas to the Real Housewives!

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