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Tribute: Julian Bond

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The key figure in the Civil Rights Movement served as a leader of S.N.C.C., president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and chairman of the N.A.A.C.P. He died at the age of 75.

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Tribute: Frank Gifford

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

In 2008, Frank Gifford came by the studio to talk about his career as a player for the New York Giants, his life as a sportscaster, and his book about the 1958 NFL Championship game.


Tribute: Theodore Bikel

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Austrian-born actor created the role of Captain von Trapp on Broadway, and helped found the Newport Folk Festival. He died at the age of 91.


Tribute: E.L. Doctorow

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The author made the past come alive through novels like Ragtime and The Book of Daniel. Listen to some of his classic WNYC appearances here. 


Tribute: Marlene Sanders

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Marlene Sanders was a woman of many firsts – the first network newswoman in Vietnam, the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast, and the first woman to become a VP at ABC News.


Tribute: Roger Rees

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Roger Rees may be familiar to fans of Cheers and The West Wing,  but he was primarily a denizen of the stage. He died at the age of 71. You can hear some of our interviews with Rees. 


Tribute: Omar Sharif

Monday, July 13, 2015

Omar Sharif had the charisma and deftness to defy ethnic typecasting with his iconic roles in films like Lawrence of Arabia. In 2003, we spoke to him about his film, Monsieur Ibrahim.


Tribute: Jerry Weintraub

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Weintraub produced Robert Altman’s “Nashville,” as well as “Diner,” “The Karate Kid,” and “Ocean’s Eleven.” He died at the age of 77.


Tribute: Patrick Macnee

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Known for his suave role as the mysterious, umbrella-wielding secret agent John Steed in the British television series, “The Avengers,” Macnee died of natural causes at the age of 93. 


Tribute: James Salter

Monday, June 22, 2015

James Wolcott described James Salter as America’s most “underrated underrated writer.” He died at the age of 90. Listen to his interview with Leonard from 2005.


Tribute: Gunther Schuller

Monday, June 22, 2015

Schuller won a Pulitzer Prize for Music, and advocated a fusion of jazz and classical music which he coined “Third Stream." He died at the age of 89.


Tribute: Christopher Lee

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The prolific movie actor spoke with Leonard in 2002. He was best known for his many appearances as the evil Saruman in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” series.

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Tribute: Michael Blake

Friday, May 15, 2015

Michael Blake spent several years living out of his car and on friends' couches while writing a novel that was unsuccessful, until it became a film starring his friend Kevin Costner. 


Tribute: Ruth Rendell

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The world of carefully plotted mystery novels has lost another key practitioner of the genre: Baroness Rendell of Babergh, otherwise known as Ruth Rendell died at age 85. 


Tribute: Richard Corliss

Friday, April 24, 2015

Richard Corliss was TIME magazine’s longest-serving movie critic -- for 35 years.


Tribute: Bernard Stollman

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In the early 1960s, Bernard Stollman started the iconoclastic music label ESP-Disk. 


Tribute: Eduardo Galeano

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Uruguayan writer Eduardo Germán María Hughes Galeano (otherwise known simply as Eduardo Galeano) mixed up history, political satire, and anti-capitalism in over 30 books.

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Tribute: Stan Freberg

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Stan Freberg called himself a “guerrilla satirist." Advertising Age called him the father of the funny commercial. He died at 88, and you can hear his interview from June of 1989.

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Tribute: Cynthia Lennon

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Cynthia Powell met John Lennon when they were art students, and he was a struggling musician. She died at the age of 75. You can hear her interview with Leonard from December of 2005.


Tribute: Albert Maysles

Monday, March 09, 2015

Filmmaker Albert Maysles, with his brother David, helped change documentary film over the course of his long career.