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Monday, November 15, 2010

John and Patricia Adams talk about founding the Natural Resource Defense Council. Then, Dick Cavett discusses his life in the host’s seat. Also, Susan Cheever discusses her biography of Little Women author Louisa May Alcott. And we’ll get a tasting of some of the heritage apples that grow in New York State. Plus, the New Yorker’s Ian Frazier talks about his travels in Siberia.

A Force for Nature

John H. Adams and his wife Patricia Adams talk about founding the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the organizations mission to protect the environment. Their memoir A Force for Nature: The Story of NRDC and Its Fight to Save Our Planet, gives an account of the NRDC’s founding in 1970, and its evolution from a small grassroots environmental advocacy group to an international powerhouse with 1.2 million members.

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Dick Cavett

Legendary talk show host Dick Cavett host of The Dick Cavett Show, which aired on ABC from 1968 to 1975 and on PBS from 1977 to 1982, discusses the great figures he has known and shares his thoughts on culture and politics today. In Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets, he tells his best tales and he recounts great moments with the legendary entertainers who crossed his path.

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Susan Cheever on Louisa May Alcott

Susan Cheever discusses the life of writer Louisa May Alcott. Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography is an account of Alcott’s life, based on extensive research, journals, and correspondence, that portrays her as an idealists who led the charge in support of antislavery, temperance, and women’s rights.

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Empire State Apples

It’s the tail end of apple season. Steve Clarke of Prospect Hill Orchard in Milton, New York, joins us to taste some of the local and antique varietals found in New York State—from the Newtown Pippin to the Black Twig. We'll also speak with Emily Vaughn, biodiversity coordinator with SlowFoodUSA.

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Ian Frazier’s Travels in Siberia

Ian Frazier talks about Siberia, the vast, storied expanse of Asiatic Russia that takes up one-seventh of the land on earth. In Travels in Siberia, he writes about the geography, the resources, the native peoples, the history, the climate, and the bugs. The book is a historical travelogue, an account of Russia since the end of the Soviet Union, and a personal reflection.

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Guest Picks: Dick Cavett

Dick Cavett stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about some of his favorite picks.

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