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Is There A Way To Avoid Another Mass Extinction?

Monday, December 01, 2014

Five times in Earth’s past, life has been nearly extinguished, the vast majority of plants and animals annihilated in a geologic instant. University of California, Berkeley Paleontologist Anthony Barnosky suspects that the wheels may already be in motion to trigger the sixth mass extinction. Only this time, instead of volcanoes or asteroids, humans are the trigger. As humans reduce habitat for other species and alter the atmosphere, we are pushing plants and animals toward extinction around 12 times faster than normal rates. In Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth, Barnosky says that it is not too late to halt that trend. He is the contributor and expert in the new documentary “Mass Extinction– Life At The Brink” which airs on Smithsonian Channel on Monday, December 1 at 9:00 pm ET.

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Jeff Koons Makes the Obvious Beautiful

Monday, December 01, 2014

Published to coincide with Jeff Koons’s 2014–2015 retrospective, a new book, Jeff Koons: Conversations with Norman Rosenthal , provides the most revealing portrait that exists of Jeff Koons’ singular personality and artistic vision. He discusses works across his thirty-five -year career with his long-time friend and collaborator Norman Rosenthal, who conducted these interviews over three years. As well as examining all his major series in depth, from his first inflatables to his latest series on antiquities, the interviews shed new light on the artist’s interest in other artists’ works, reveal the significance of his youth and family life on his art, and explain the key concepts of his practice, such as his ideas on self-acceptance, ecstasy and sex. 

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Adolph Green, Legendary Writer and Lyricist, at 100!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Adam Green talks about the centennial of his father, legendary writer and lyricist Adolph Green (1914-2002) – who with Betty Comden co-authored such smash hits such as On the Town, Singin’ in the Rain, and It’s Always Fair Weather – will be celebrated at Film Forum with a special screening of Vincente Minnelli’s The Band Wagon (1953), on Monday, December 1 at 8:10. Green is Vogue magazine’s theater critic and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and he will be introducing the screening. He is currently at work on his first book, a memoir of his father. 

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From Playing The Ukulele at Seven to Winning 10 Grammys: George Benson's Life In Music

Monday, December 01, 2014

10-time Grammy winning musician and singer-songwriter George Benson looks back on his life, from being a child prodigy, to having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, to writing his autobiography, Benson.

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Music, Movies, and Mass Extinction

Monday, December 01, 2014

University of California, Berkeley Paleontologist Anthony Barnosky suspects that the wheels may already be in motion to trigger the sixth mass extinction. George Benson discusses his early start in the world of Jazz. Adam Green talks about the centennial of his father, legendary writer and lyricist Adolph Green (1914-2002) – who with Betty Comden co-authored such smash hits such as On the Town, Singin’ in the Rain, and It’s Always Fair Weather. A new book provides the most revealing portrait that exists of Jeff Koons’ singular personality and artistic vision.

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Leonard Lopate Weekend: Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Caro & Garry Trudeau!

Friday, November 28, 2014

This week: Gilbert Gottfried talks about his career in standup, movies and his new podcast (first). Robert Caro joins us to revisit his biographray of Robert Moses, The Power Broker (20:52). Plus, Garry Trudeau previews the second season of Alpha House on Amazon (48:30)

 

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Andrea Martin, Adolescence, Abraham Lincoln

Friday, November 28, 2014

 

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Adolescence Is Like Driving a Sports Car with Bad Brakes

Friday, November 28, 2014

The teenage brain is like a car with a "great accelerator but bad brakes," says psychologist Dr. Laurence Steinberg, and we need to change the way we teach and parent teens.
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Dark Days Before Lincoln Issued the Emancipation Proclamation

Friday, November 28, 2014

A look at the tumultuous six months leading up to the Lincoln's issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, possibly the most challenging time in his challenging presidency.
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Fleeing Vichy France and Leaving an Art Collection to be Stolen by Nazis

Friday, November 28, 2014

Anne Sinclair tells the story of her grandfather, who fled Vichy France in 1940, saving his family but leaving behind his gallery and collection of works by Monet, Cézanne, and others. 
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Andrea Martin: Perky, Funny, Scene-Stealer

Friday, November 28, 2014

Multiple Tony and Emmy-awarding winning actress Andrea Martin shares stories from her life in show business—from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" to "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and more.
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Robert Caro, Robert Moses, and New York, 40 Years after The Power Broker

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Forty years ago, Robert Caro’s Pulitzer Prize winning book The Power Broker revealed the hidden story of how Robert Moses shaped New York City, and New York State. Caro will join us to discuss the upcoming PEN auction of an annotated edition of The Power Broker, which he revisited for the first time in 40 years. First Editions/Second Thoughts (FEST), an auction of one-of-a-kind books and works of art to be held December 2 at Christie’s New York, is expected to raise substantial funds to support PEN's mission to defend freedom of expression and to celebrate the literature that such freedom makes possible. The full collection of annotated works will be on public view at Christie’s starting November 17.

 

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Inspired By Real Congressmen, Garry Trudeau Creates a Sitcom

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Alpha House, written by Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Trudeau, is a comedy about four senators (John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, and Matt Malloy) who rent a house together in Washington DC. The series is inspired by real-life Congressmen who share a home in D.C.: Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Representative George Miller. The show began its second season on Amazon Studios on October, and in the new season, the Senators are maneuvering the hallways of Capitol Hill with a looming midterm election and an unclear political future. Three of the Republican Senators survived bruising primaries, and now facing strong Democratic challengers. They will use every trick in the book to woo voters on the road to re-election. 

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The Iconic Voice of Gilbert Gottfried: From Standup to Movies, and Now a Podcast

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gilbert Gottfried, who has appeared in the hit comedy documentary "The Aristocrats," and became an instantly recognizable voice as the cracking parrot, Iago, in the Disney classic "Aladdin," tells us about his life and career in the world of comedy and his new podcast Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast. He will headline Thanksgiving Weekend at Carolines on Broadway, with performances on November 26, 28 and 29.

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Power Brokers From New York to DC to Moscow

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Anna Arutunyan, who traveled throughout Russia to report on modern Russian politics, writes about Vladimir Putin's political stranglehold. Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Trudeau on his new comedy about four senators who live together in DC, Alpha House. Gilbert Gottfried on his life in comedy, films, starting a podcast, and headlining Carolines. And forty years ago, Robert Caro’s Pulitzer Prize winning book The Power Broker revealed the hidden story of how Robert Moses shaped New York City, and New York State, and he reflects on that time, and discusses how New York has changed ever since. 

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In a Modern World, Vladimir Putin Keeps Power Concentrated Using Medieval Methods

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Vladimir Putin, named by Forbes magazine in 2013 as the most powerful man in the world, confounds world leaders and defies assumptions. He runs a neo-feudal world where iPads, WTO membership, and Brioni business suits conceal a power structure straight out of the Middle Ages. Anna Arutunyan, who traveled throughout Russia to report on modern Russian politics, reports on the internal politics that keeps Putin so firmly in place in The Putin Mystique: Inside Russia’s Power Cult.

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A Broadway Debut for Sting in "The Last Ship"

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

16 Grammy winner Sting tells us about his debut as a Broadway composer in "The Last Ship" a new musical inspired by his own childhood. In a close-knit English seafaring town, life revolves around the local shipyard. But Gideon Fletcher dreams of a different future, and sets out to travel the world. He returns home years later, only to find the shipyard's future in grave danger. Fred Applegate and Rachel Tucker, who star in the show, join us in the studio. The Last Ship is playing at the Neil Simon Theater.

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2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients on the Lopate Show

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Yesterday, President Obama presented Medals of Freedom to nineteen individuals. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor. Among the recipients were several people who have been guests on the Leonard Lopate Show. To get a sense of these incredible people and their accomplishments, consider a listen to these past interviews.

Isabel Allende on her second memoir, The Sum of Our Days

Tom Brokaw on how the 1960s changed America

Stephen Sondheim on half a century of songwriting

Marlo Thomas on Growing Up Laughing

You can view the full list of Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients here.

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Should You Feast Responsibly on Thanksgiving, Or Just Dig In?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The turkey might be the star for many on Thanksgiving, but there is so much more to consider when you are cooking the meal, hosting guests, or arriving as a guest yourself. Dan Pashman, creator and host of WNYC's James Beard Award-nominated podcast The Sporkful tackles the tough Thanksgiving questions. What’s a good drink to accompany cooking thanksgiving dinner? How do you feast responsibly if you are dieting? And what do you do with all those leftovers?

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Sting's Broadway Debut and the Future of 3-D Printing

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sting debuts as the lyricist and composer of a new Broadway musical, The Last Ship. Dan Pashman discusses Thanksgiving etiquette for the host and guests. Jerome Groopman on medical advances thanks to 3-D Printing. Andrew Roberts reveals a new side of Napoleon.

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