The season for beach reading might be drawing to a close, but if you're looking for a good book to read, here are some recommendations from producers and contributors of the Lopate Show.
Director Haifaa Al Mansour was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her film, "Wadjda." It's the first feature film to be shot entirely in Saudia Arabia and it tells the story of a girl who wants to buy bicycle. She also told us who she's following on Twitter.
Famed television interviewer David Frost was best known for his conversations with former president Richard Nixon. He died this weekend, and you can hear Leonard's 2007 conversation with Frost about his experience preparing for the Nixon interviews below.
This month we’re bringing back our Food Fridays series! This fall, we’ll be talking about food and cooking with some of the city’s leading chefs, farmers and experts from across the country. (And we’ll have plenty of recipes to share, too.) And we want to know what you’d like to hear. Tell us what you liked about Food Fridays this past spring, and what you’d like us to discuss this fall. Share your thoughts below!
When Julie Harris was asked, later in her life, what she would do today, if she learned that the world would end tomorrow, she replied, "I'd go to the theater." The actress spent her life on the stage, becoming the most decorated performer in the history of Broadway for her roles in "The Member of the Wedding," "I Am a Camera," "Forty Carats," "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln," "The Belle of Amherst," and "The Gin Game." She died at the age of 87. We were lucky enough to have had her on our show. And you can listen to her interview from 1996 below.
Marian McPartland, the renowned jazz pianist and host of NPR’s “Piano Jazz,” had a career that spanned six decades. And she had no intention of stopping! “Retire? Why retire?” she asked an AP reporter in 2007. “I’ve got a job, I’m making money, and I like what I do. Why retire?” She told of the difficulty of breaking into the jazz scene as a woman in the ‘50s in her collection of essays, You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby. After a set, a man approached her: “You know, you can’t be a respectable woman the way you play piano,’” she wrote. “For some reason or another, this struck me as a great compliment.” Marian McPartland’s career just ended when she died at the age of 95. She was on the Leonard Lopate Show several times, including a live performance in our studios – and can hear them below.
The laconic Elmore Leonard once noted, “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” His ultimate object, he wrote, was “invisibility.” Even punctuation was avoidable. Dialogue and blank space ruled. In the process, he wrote countless bestsellers over his long career, starting out with Westerns. His novels and short stories often became films, including “Hombre,” “3:10 to Yuma, “The Tall T,” “Get Shorty” and “Out of Sight.” He died at the age of 87, but you can hear many of his interviews with Leonard over the years below...and his sense of humor comes through loud and clear.
1 large eggplant (about 1 pound), scrubbed, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch cubes
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, more to taste
1/4 cup crème fraiche or sour cream
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
3 tablespoons basil, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, more to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Serves 2 as a main dish, 4 as a side
1 1/2 pounds Italian eggplant (about 4), cut into 1-inch chunks
1 small zucchini, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 small red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 large rosemary branches
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt, for seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper, for seasoning
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, unpeeled
Fresh lemon juice, as needed (optional)
For the Polenta:
1 bay leaf
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup polenta or coarse cornmeal (see What Else?)
1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 small ears)
Fresh ricotta, for serving
Fresh torn basil leaves, for serving (optional)
Junot Diaz stopped by August 16 to talk about The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao for the Lopate Show Book Club. Watch him talk about why Watership Down made such a big impression on him, writing advice, and reading while walking.