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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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Guest Picks: William Friedkin

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Pioneering director William Friedkin was a guest on the show May 1, with guest host Anna Sale. He pointed out that on May 1, 1941, Orson Welles' masterpiece "Citizen Kane" opened. It's the film that made Friedkin want to become a filmmaker. He shared a few of his favorite things with us while he was here.

 

 

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Guest Picks: Jim Parsons

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Jim Parsons was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his role as Sheldon Cooper in the hit TV series "The Big Bang Theory" and his role in the upcoming HBO version of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart." He also told us what he's been reading and watching recently. 

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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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