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Guest Picks: Audra McDonald

Thursday, June 05, 2014

5-time Tony winner Audra McDonald was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her role as Billie Holiday in Broadway's "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill." She also told us that she loves peanut butter cups. Find out what else she's a fan of!

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Our Ancestry Obsession

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Sites like Ancestry.com and 23andMe have exploded in popularity in recent years. Maud Newton explores our obsession with our roots—and the proliferation of amateur genealogists—in her article "America's Ancestry Craze" in the June issue of Harper's.

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Tony Awards Preview: Our Interviews with the Nominees

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards were announced on April 29. Here are our interviews with the nominees, including Idina Menzel, Stephen Fry, and Audra McDonald.

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In the Balance: The Roberts Court and a Trauma Surgeon on Saving Lives

Thursday, June 05, 2014

On today’s show: As the Supreme Court winds up its term this month, liberal legal scholar Laurence Tribe talks about whether the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of the Constitution. The doctor who helped save Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ life talks about his interesting road to becoming a leading trauma surgeon. Audra McDonald joins us to talk about playing Billie Holiday in the Broadway production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” We’ll find out why Americans are much more interested in our ancestry than people in other countries.

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The Roberts Court and the Constitution

Thursday, June 05, 2014

From Citizens United to its rulings on the Affordable Care Act and gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. Laurence Tribe talks about the extent to which the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution and digs into the court’s recent rulings. In Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution, written with Joshua Matz, looks at why political gridlock, cultural change, and technological progress mean that the court’s decisions on key topics—including free speech, privacy, voting rights, and presidential power—could be uniquely durable.

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Tales from a Trauma Surgeon

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Dr. Peter Rhee played a vital role in saving Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ life in Arizona in 2011 when she was a victim of an act of violence that left six dead and 13 wounded. Born in South Korea, Rhee moved with his family to Uganda where he watched his father remove a spear from a man’s belly—and began his lifelong interest in medicine. In Trauma Red: The Making of a Surgeon in War and in America’s Cities Dr. Rhee chronicles the cases he’s handled over two decades on two distinct battle fronts: In Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served as a frontline US Navy surgeon, and in the urban zones of Los Angeles and Washington, DC, where he has been confronted by an endless stream of victims of violence and accidents.

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Pen and Paper Lyrics, Space-Age Sounds

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Bill Frisell talks about his upcoming release, “Guitar in the Space Age!” as well as his June 6-7 performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center with fellow guitar master Greg Leisz on electric and pedal steel guitars, and his trio partners Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums.

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Six Words of Advice

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Words of wisdom are usually short and direct. Larry Smith, founder and editor of Smith magazine and the six-word memoir project, talks about his latest Six-Word Twitter Festival soliciting the best advice given or received in six words. Share yours!

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Debt, Recession, and Words of Advice

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

On today’s show: Atif Mian explains why severe recessions continue to happen and whether we could have prevented the Great Recession and its consequences. Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell talks about his upcoming album, “Guitar in the Space Age!” and about performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Larry Smith, the founder of Six-Word Memoirs, kicks off the Six-Word Twitter Festival with this challenge: What’s the best advice you’ve given or received—in six words? Howard French discusses how China has become a major investor in Africa.

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Debt and the Great Recession

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Great American Recession resulted in the loss of eight million jobs between 2007 and 2009, and more than four million homes were lost to foreclosures. Is it a coincidence that there was a dramatic rise in household debt in the years before the recession—that the total amount of debt for American households doubled between 2000 and 2007 to $14 trillion? Definitely not, says Atif Mian. In House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again, Mian and co-author Amir Sufi explain how the Great Recession and Great Depression, as well as the current economic malaise in Europe, were caused by a large run-up in household debt followed by a large drop in household spending.

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China in Africa

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

China’s presence in Africa has been growing and it is shaping, and reshaping, the future of millions of people. Howard French, prizewinning foreign correspondent and former New York Times bureau chief in Shanghai and in West and Central Africa, talks about China’s economic, political, and human presence across the African continent. In China’s Second Continent, French crafts a layered investigation, looking at policy-shaping moguls and diplomats and the ordinary men and women navigating the street-level realities of cooperation, prejudice, corruption, and opportunity in Africa.

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Parenting: One More Thing To Be Competitive About

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

From sleep training to attachment parenting to breastfeeding, there are many ways to approach raising children—some methods work well for one family while they fail in another. Hillary Frank, host of the podcast The Longest Shortest Time, and Kate Bowman-Johnston explore parenting debates and whether it’s possible for moms to share their parenting triumphs without making each other feel bad.

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Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose in 'A Raisin in the Sun'

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Academy Award-nominee Sophie Okonedo and Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose talk about their roles in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.” Originally produced in 1959, the play was the first written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway, where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Set on Chicago’s South Side, A Raisin in the Sun” revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family. “A Raisin in the Sun” is playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre through June 15.

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Guest Picks: Anika Noni Rose

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Anika Noni Rose was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her Tony-nominated portrayal of Beneatha in the Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun." She also told us that she loves to surf. Find out what else she's a fan of!

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Pink Slime is Making a Comeback

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The market for finely textured beef—dubbed "pink slime"—had all but collapsed in 2012 after news reports revealed what it's made of, but this year's rising beef prices have brought back the demand for the inexpensive ingredient. The Wall Street Journal's Kelsey Gee co-wrote the article "Pink Slime Back in Favor as Prices Soar for U.S. Beef," and she talks about why food makers are returning to pink slime.

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John Wayne: the Life, the Legend

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

John Wayne was one of Hollywood’s most famous and most successful actors, but he was more than that. He became a symbol of America itself. Wayne projected dignity, integrity, and strength in all his films, even when his characters were flawed, and whatever character he played was always prepared to confront injustice in his own way. Scott Eyman discusses John Waye’s life and career. His new biography, John Wayne: The Life and Legend, traces Wayne’s life from his childhood to his stardom in Stagecoach and in some of his other greatest films, among them She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet Man, and The Searchers.

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Fathers and Mothers on Adventures in Parenting

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Brian Gresko and a panel of fathers talk about the terrifying and exhilarating challenge that is fatherhood. Then, Hillary Frank, who hosts the podcast “The Longest Shortest Time,” and Kate Bowman-Johnston discuss how to talk about your parenting successes without sounding competitive or condescending. Also Tony nominees Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose on starring in the new revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.” Plus Scott Eyman looks at the life of John Wayne, the actor who came to epitomize the Western film throughout his long, successful career.

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The Terror and Joy of Fatherhood

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Becoming a father can be one of the most profoundly terrifying, exhilarating, life-changing occasions in a man’s life. Brian Gresko, editor of the essay collection When I First Held You, and contributors Lev Grossman and Matthew Specktor talk about fatherhood and how being a father changed the way they saw the world—and themselves.

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The Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics

Monday, June 02, 2014

Kenneth Vogel gives a tour of a new political world dramatically reordered by ever-larger flows of cash. Vogel talks about the secret gatherings of big-spending Republicans and Democrats alike—from California poolsides to DC hotel bars—to expose the way the mega-money men (and a few women) are dominating the new political landscape. His book Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics is about the multimillionaires and billionaires getting involved in politics, including casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, nouveau cowboy Foster Friess, Texas trial lawyer couple Amber and Steve Mostyn, Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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The Final Days of the Soviet Union

Monday, June 02, 2014

The narrative that the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War was linked to the triumph of democratic values over communism has persisted in American public discourse for decades, but prize-winning historian Serhii Plokhy shows that the collapse of the Soviet Union didn’t have much to do with the United States. In The Last Empire, Plokhy draws on recently declassified documents and interviews with key participants to present an account of the Soviet Union’s final months and argues that the key to the Soviet collapse was the inability of the two largest Soviet republics, Russia and Ukraine, to agree on the continuing existence of a unified state. He talks about the parallels between the countries then, and today.

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