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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. 

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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. 

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Tribute: Richard Corliss

Friday, April 24, 2015

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

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Tribute: Bernard Stollman

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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

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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.

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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. 

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Tribute: Leonard Nimoy

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, who played the iconic role of the cold and calculating officer Mr. Spock in "Star Trek," died today at the age of 83. Listen to our 2002 interview with Nimoy here.

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Tribute: Bruce Sinofsky

Thursday, February 26, 2015

When Bruce Sinofsky died recently from complications of diabetes at the age of 58, Damien Echols, one of the “West Memphis 3,” tweeted: “I will never forget his part in saving my life.”

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Tribute: Philip Levine

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Philip Levine's poetry celebrated grease monkeys, firefighters, and milkmen. Levine was appointed U.S. Poet Laureate for 2011–2012. He died at 87. He spoke to Leonard in 1991.

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Tribute: Dean Smith

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dean Smith is a “coaching legend,” coaching for 36 years at UNC Chapel Hill. He died at the age of 83. And you can enjoy Leonard’s interview with him here

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Tribute: Martin Gilbert

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Martin Gilbert is ranked as one of the most prolific historian in his field: he penned some 90 books! He died at 78, and you can still hear some of his interviews with Leonard here.

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Tribute: Lesley Gore

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lesley Gore became a pop music star for her hits: "It’s My Party” and “Judy’s Turn To Cry.” She passed away on February 16, 2015. Listen to her 2005 interview on the show. 

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David Carr, Investigating His Own Life

Friday, February 13, 2015

NYTimes media columnist David Carr died Thursday at the age of 58. He covered the media industry for 25 years, but in this interview, which first aired in 2008, he told us his own story.

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Tribute: Walter Liedtke

Friday, February 06, 2015

One of the people who died during the Metro-North train crash had been a guest on our show many times – Walter Liedtke, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Tribute: Robert Stone

Thursday, February 05, 2015

We were lucky to have had the brilliant writer Robert Stone on our show a couple of times over the years. He died at the age of 77, and we bring you one of our interviews with him.

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Tribute: Carl Djerassi

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Carl Djerassi once described himself as an “intellectual polygamist,” but he may be best known as the chemist who created the birth control pill.

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Tribute: Rod McKuen

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rod McKuen called “the unofficial poet laureate of America,” he sold millions of copies of books of verse, and also branched out into songwriting. He died at the age of 81.

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Tribute: Mario Cuomo

Friday, January 02, 2015

Mario Cuomo, the 52nd  gov of New York State for 12 years, from 1983-1994, was on the show twice, to discuss his legacy, his politics, and his admiration for Lincoln. 

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