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Guest Picks: Michael Pollan

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Michael Pollan was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about how cooking transforms nature into culture (and dinner). He also told us what his favorite comfort food is and about love of Cracker Jacks!

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Guest Picks: Philippe Petit

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Philippe Petit was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about how knots have made all the difference in his famous tightrope-walking performances. He also told us what he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Billy Ray Cyrus

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Billy Ray Cyrus was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his family, his career, and yes, his "Achy Breaky Heart." He also told us what he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: John Lurie

Monday, April 15, 2013

Actor, filmmaker, musician, and soon-to-be writer John Lurie was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently and he shared a few of his favorite things. Just a few, though, because he loves everything...

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Guest Picks: Carol Burnett

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Carol Burnett was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her relationship with her late daughter Carrie, who died of cancer at the age of 38. She also told us what she's a fan of - enchiladas, anyone?

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Guest Picks: Julia Sweeney

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Comedian, writer and performer Julia Sweeney was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her latest memoir, If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother. She also told us what she's been watching and listening to!

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Guest Picks: Lemony Snicket

Monday, April 01, 2013

Lemony Snicket was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about collaborating with illustrator Jon Klassen on the new children's book, The Dark. He also told us what he's been reading and listening to.

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Guest Picks: Jon Klassen

Monday, April 01, 2013

Illustrator Jon Klassen was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about collaborating with Lemony Snicket on their book, The Dark. He also told us what he's a fan of -- pierogies, anyone?

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Guest Picks: Simone Dinnerstein

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about WQXR's Bach 360 Festival. She also told us about some of her favorite things!

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Guest Picks: Annie Baker

Monday, March 25, 2013

Playwright Annie Baker was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about the off-Broadway production of her play, "The Flick." She also told us what she's been reading and listening to recently.

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Guest Picks: David Henry Hwang

Thursday, March 14, 2013

David Henry Hwang was on the Leonard Lopate Show to discuss his play, "The Dance and the Railroad," at the Signature Theatre Company. He also told us what he's a fan of -- teen pop music, anyone? Find out what else he likes.

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Guest Picks: John Sexton

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New York University president John Sexton was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about how he uses baseball as a metaphor for spirituality in his course, which has become one of the most popular on campus. He also told us what he's been listening to -- it's quite a mix!

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Guest Picks: David Shiner

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

David Shiner was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with co-star Bill Irwin, to talk about the off-Broadway production of "Old Hats." He also told us that he's a fan of India. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Bill Irwin

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Bill Irwinwas on the Leonard Lopate Show, along with his co-star David Shiner, to talk about the off-Broadway production of "Old Hats." He also told us what he's been reading and what he's listening to (always).

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Guest Picks: Richard Hell

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Richard Hell was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his journey to New York as a teenager and starting pivotal punk bands like Television, the Heartbreakers, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids. He also told us what he's listening to these days -- find out below!

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Guest Picks: Clive Davis

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Music industry executive Clive Davis was on the Lopate Show recently to talk about his five decades working with everyone from Aretha Franklin and Carlos Santana to Patti Smith and Lou Reed. He also told us what he's a fan of -- and what he's listening to now!

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Guest Picks: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about the history of the high court and her place in it as the first female Supreme Court Justice. She also told us about what she's been reading, watching, eating, and playing recently!

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Guest Picks: Adam Platt

Friday, March 01, 2013

New York Magazine food critic Adam Platt was on the Lopate Show for our Food Fridays series. We talked about food trends, and he also told us about some of the books, music, and, yes, food, that he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Karen Russell

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Karen Russell was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to discuss her new collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. She also told us what she's been reading and listening to...and the allure of the "season packet" that comes with Stouffer's stuffing.

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Guest Picks: Chester Higgins

Monday, February 18, 2013

Photographer Chester Higgins was here on February 15 to talk about photographing the ruins of ancient Nubia. He shared a few of his favorite things.

What have you read or seen over the past year (book, play film, etc…) that moved or surprised you?
Amour - the ending
Thebes at War, by Naguib Mahfouz

What are you listening to right now?

Donald Byrd, he just died

What's the last great book you read?
Something from my research library. I jump all over the place. Mostly along the Nile researching archeological and anthropological rare books.

What's one thing you're a fan of that people might not expect?
"Downtown Abbey," with my wife
Assisting my gardener wife and gardening
Astronomy

What's your favorite comfort food?
Ethiopian, then Chinese

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