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Guest Picks: Michael Bacon

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Michael Bacon was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently (along with Nellie McKay and Philippe Quint) to talk about the soundtrack for "Downtown Express." He was musical director on the film. He also told what he's a fan of -- and he's a fan of a lot of unexpected things. 

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Guest Picks: Darlene Love

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Singer Darlene Love was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her days as a backup singer. She's featured in the documentary, "Twenty Feet from Stardom," and we were also joined by former backup singer Merry Clayton and director Morgan Neville. Darlene Love told us what she's been listening to, ever since she saw the documentary. 

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Guest Picks: Chris Hayes

Monday, June 17, 2013

MSNBC host Chris Hayes was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his book Twilight of the Elites. He also told us about the film he thinks everyone should see...

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Guest Picks: Tom Drury

Friday, June 14, 2013

Novelist Tom Drury was on the show Friday, June 14, and he mentioned that his last interview with Leonard was partly what inspired this new novel, Pacific, which picks up where his debut novel left off 20 years ago. Find out what else inspires him!

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Guest Picks: Trevor Noah

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Comedian Trevor Noah was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his off-Broadway, one-man show, "Born a Crime," about being born mixed-race in South Africa during Apartheid. He also told us, among other things, what he's been listening to these days.

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Guest Picks: Courtney B. Vance

Friday, June 07, 2013

Courtney B. Vance was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his role as Hap Hairston in Nora Ephron's final play, "Lucky Guy." He also told us what he's reading these days.

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Guest Picks: George C. Wolfe

Friday, June 07, 2013

Director George C. Wolfe was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about bringing Nora Ephron's final play, "Lucky Guy," to Broadway. He also told us what he's a fan of -- let's just say he's got a sweet tooth.

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Guest Picks: Greta Gerwig

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Greta Gerwig was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with director Noah Baumbach, to talk about co-writing and starring in the film "Frances Ha." She also told us that she's a fan of musical theater. Find out what else Greta's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Dwight Gooden

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Former pitcher Dwight Gooden was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his amazing career and his struggles with drug addiction. Find out what he's been reading and watching recently!

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Guest Picks: Colum McCann

Monday, June 03, 2013

Writer Colum McCann was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his novel, TransAtlantic. He also told us what he's been reading lately, and what his favorite comfort food is.

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Guest Picks: Andrea Martin

Friday, May 31, 2013

Andrea Martin and two of her fellow stars from the musical "Pippin" were on the Leonard Lopate Show May 31, 2013. She shared a few of her favorite things with us!

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Guest Picks: Terrence Mann

Friday, May 31, 2013

Terrence Mann and two of his fellow stars from the musical "Pippin" were on the Leonard Lopate Show May 31, 2013. He shared a few of his favorite books and foods with us.

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Guest Picks: David Byrne

Friday, May 31, 2013

David Byrne was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about bringing his disco musical "Here Lies Love" to the stage of the Public Theater. He also told us what music he's listening to right now!

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Guest Picks: Danny Meyer

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Restaurateur Danny Meyer was on the Lopate Show's Food Fridays series recently to talk about the food that chefs cook for each other for the family meals at each of his restaurants. He also told us what toppings he puts on his favorite pizza.

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Guest Picks: David Sedaris

Monday, May 20, 2013

David Sedaris was on the Lopate Show to talk about his latest book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls. He shared a few of the books he's been enjoying lately.

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Guest Picks: Jim Gaffigan

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Comedian Jim Gaffigan was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his book, Dad Is Fat, and the ups and downs of being the father of 5 young kids. He also told us which Ben Folds song every dad should listen to. Find out what it is!

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Guest Picks: Alan Cumming

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Alan Cumming was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his one-man production of "Macbeth." He also told us that the last great book he read was like plant porn. Find out what he's reading, watching and listening to!

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Guest Picks: Colin Quinn

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Colin Quinn was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his off-Broadway play, "Colin Quinn Unconstitutional." He also told us that he's a fan of Wendy Williams. Find out what else Colin Quinn's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Lauren Graham

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about writing her debut novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe. She also told us what's on the playlist she's making for the actors who play her kids on the comedy series Parenthood.

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Guest Picks: James Salter

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Writer James Salter was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his novel, All That Is. He also told us what he's been reading recently. 

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