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“The City of Conversation” at Lincoln Center Theater

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tony Giardina talks about his new play “The City of Conversation,” along with Jan Maxwell, who stars in it. Maxwell plays political hostess Hester Ferris, a mover and shaker in the nation’s capital, and the play is about the political gains and personal losses that her choices inflict on her family from the waning days of the Carter administration to the beginning of the Obama presidency. “The City of Conversation” is playing at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center through July 26.

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Bill Geist and Willie Geist on Their Father-Son Conversations

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bill Geist, the award-winning, long-time special correspondent for "CBS: Sunday Morning," and his son Willie Geist, the Today Show host and member of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," discuss their conversation that started years and years ago. In their book, Good Talk Dad: The Birds and the Bees…and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have, they riff on fatherhood, religion, music, sports, summer camp disasters, driving lessons gone horribly wrong, being on TV, and their wonderfully odd family life. 

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Think Like a Mathematician and Avoid Being Wrong

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jordan Ellenberg explains why math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do. In How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, Ellenberg reveals the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world and explains how math is actually a science of not being wrong that’s been hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument.

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What's Behind the Protests in Brazil Ahead of the World Cup

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The World Cup gets underway today, but protests have continued across Brazil this week.  Vincent Bevins, a special correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, explains why Brazilians are so dissatisfied and what the protests mean for the country’s presidential election and the 2016 Olympics. 

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Meet the Man Who Built and Bilked American Soccer

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Chuck Blazer is largely responsible for turning American soccer into an athletic and economic powerhouse. And he's shared in Major League Soccer's success -- he's made more than $21 million dollars from the sport. Ken Bensinger, a staff writer at Buzzfeed, talks about the role Blazer played in soccer’s rise in America and allegations about his business practices. His article is Mr. Ten Percent

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Coming Close: America in Afghanistan; Bill and Willie Geist on Father-Son Talks; Mathematical Thinking

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Anand Gopal explains how the US came close to victory in Afghanistan and what led to the resurgence of the Taliban. CBS "Sunday Morning" correspondent Bill Geist and his son Willie Geist, host of the "Today Show" and MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," share some of their father-son conversations over the years. Find out how math is a lot more than just addition, subtraction and long division...it’s also the science of not being wrong.

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How the US Came Close to Victory in Afghanistan

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Anand Gopal explains how the United States came close to victory in Afghanistan and what led to the resurgence of the Taliban. In No Good Man Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes, he tells that story through the lives of three Afghans caught in America’s war on terror: a Taliban commander, who rises from scrawny teenager to leading insurgent; a US-backed warlord, who uses the American military to gain personal wealth and power; and a village housewife trapped between the two sides, who discovers the devastating cost of neutrality. 

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John Cameron Mitchell and Denis O’Hare on Reading Nabokov

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Writer and actor John Cameron Mitchell and actor Denis O'Hare discuss performing two-hander adaptations of works by Vladimir Nabokov on Wednesday, June 11. Luminous Nictitation – an Evening of Russian Metafictional Absurdity is the second installment of A Good Read, a new ongoing reading series of classic works of prose and poetry at Joe’s Pub at The Public that's curated by Mitchell. 

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Guest Picks: Denis O'Hare

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Denis O'Hare was on The Leonard Lopate Show with John Cameron Mitchell to talk about his new performance adapting Nabokov for a staged reading. He also told us about his love of bad science fiction. Find out what else Denis O'Hare's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: John Cameron Mitchell

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

John Cameron Mitchell was on The Leonard Lopate Show with Denis O'Hare to talk about his new performance adapting Nabokov for a reading. He also told us about his favorite Broadway play this season and his love of Barry Manilow. Find out what else he's a fan of! 

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Porochista Khakpour on her novel ‘The Last Illusion’

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Porochista Khakpour talks about her new novel, The Last Illusion, a fabulist novel about a feral boy coming of age in New York that's based on a legend from the medieval Persian epic The Shahnameh, the Book of Kings. Khakpour tells the story of Zal, whose demented mother is horrified by the pallor of his skin and hair and becomes convinced she has given birth to a “White Demon.” She hides him in a birdcage and where he lives for the next decade. Freed from his cage and adopted by a behavioral analyst, Zal awakens in New York to the possibility of a future. 

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Spending Time and Money: The Koch Brothers and James Cameron Mitchell on Reading Nabokov

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Find out how the Koch Brothers amassed such large fortunes – and how they’ve been using that money in an attempt to change American politics. John Cameron Mitchell and Denis O’Hare discuss performing a reading of Vladimir Nabokov’s work. Porochista Khakpour talks about The Last Illusion, her fantastical novel about a feral boy coming of age in New York. Plus, our “gurus of how-to,” Al and Larry Ubell, share tips about staying cool in the summer heat – and take your calls and questions about home repair

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The Ubells Share Tips for Staying Cool in the Summer Heat

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Our gurus of how-to, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, share their tips and shortcuts for staying cool as the temperature climbs this summer. If you have a question, you can answer questions and share advice about home repair.

Call 212-433-9692 with your questions or leave them in the comments below!

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How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Daniel Schulman, a senior editor at Mother Jones, looks at how the Kochs became one of the most influential dynasties of the modern age. In his biography Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty, he traces the complicated lives and legacies of the four tycoons, as well as their business and social ambitions. Schulman also looks at how Charles and David Koch have spent years and millions of dollars building their influence within the Republican Party. 

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How New York Went from Natural Paradise to Man-Made Wonder

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Today, the topography of New York City contains skyscrapers, subways, and iconic bridges. But New York was once home to oyster reefs, whales, and blueberry bog thickets. In his book, Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York, Ted Steinberg brings a vanished New York back to life and tells the story of the ongoing struggle between the metropolis we know today and the natural world. 

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Life Aboard an Aircraft Carrier

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Geoff Dyer describes living aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, navigating the routines and protocols of “carrier-world,” from the elaborate choreography of the flight deck through miles of walkways and hatches to the kitchens serving meals for a crew of five thousand to the deafening complexity of catapult and arresting gear. In Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, Dyer records the daily life on board the ship, revealing it to be a prism for understanding a society where discipline and conformity, dedication and optimism, become forms of self-expression. 

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How the Poor Can Save Capitalism

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

John Hope Bryant, founder of the nonprofit Operation HOPE, says business and political leaders are ignoring the one force that could truly re-energize the stalled American economy: the poor. After decades of deprivation, poor Americans lack bank accounts, decent credit scores, and any real firsthand experience of how a healthy free enterprise system functions. In How the Poor Can Save Capitalism, he argues that if we give poor communities the right tools, policies, and inspiration, they’ll be able to lift themselves up into the middle class and become a new generation of customers and entrepreneurs. 

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Boris Fishman on His Novel, 'A Replacement Life'

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Boris Fishman talks about his novel A Replacement Life, which tells the story of Slava Gelman. A young Russian Jewish immigrant, he dreams of becoming an acclaimed journalist. When he realizes his career has hit a dead-end, he makes a decision that blurs his notions of truth, honor, and right and wrong. 

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Don't Look Back

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

John Hope Bryant, the founder of Operation HOPE, explains how the poor can help revitalize our economy. We’ll find out what life is like aboard an aircraft carrier that’s home to 5,000 sailors and pilots. Boris Fishman on his novel, A Replacement Life, about a man who’s asked to forge a claim for Holocaust restitution. And a look at the fight between nature and man in one of the most man-made spots on Earth -- New York City.

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Lopate's Conversations with Tony Winners Audra McDonald, Neil Patrick Harris & more

Monday, June 09, 2014

On June 8, the Tony Awards were handed out. You can hear Leonard's conversations with some of the night's big winners!

Neil Patrick Harris and director Michael Mayer spoke to Leonard about “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Harris won Best Leading Actor in a Musical, Mayer won Best Director of a Musical, and the production was named Best Revival of a Musical. 

Audra McDonald won her record sixth Tony for playing Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," which was won for Best Sound Design.  

The revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" received 5 nominations. Leonard spoke to Sophie Okonedo, who won the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play. The play was named Best Revival of a Play and director Kenny Leon won Best Direction of a Play. 

Mark Rylance won the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his work in "Twelfth Night."

"A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" won the award for Best Musical. Leonard spoke to Jefferson Mays, who plays 8 different roles in the production.

James Monroe Iglehart won Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Genie in the new musical “Aladdin.”

Jessie Mueller won the Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Carole King in "Beautiful – The Carole King Story." 

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