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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth discusses his latest novel, Nemesis. Then, we'll hear about the life and career of maverick television producer and talk show host David Susskind. We’ll get a preview of works on display at the New York branch of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Amy Sedaris checks in on our Cheap Craft Contest! Plus, director Doug Liman describes filming the story of what happened when Valerie Plame Wilson was outed as a covert CIA operative, in the movie “Fair Game.”

Philip Roth on Nemesis

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth discusses his latest novel, Nemesis. It’s about a wartime polio epidemic in the summer of 1944 and the effect it has on a Newark community. It explores the emotions such a pestilence can breed: fear, panic, anger, bewilderment, asks questions about the kind of accidental choices that fatally shape a life, and how an individual can withstand the onslaught of circumstance.

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The Life of David Susskind

Stephen Battaglio discusses maverick television producer and talk show host David Susskind: one of the most important cultural figures of the 1950s through the 1970s. The biography David Susskind: A Televised Life tells the story of how a flamboyant impresario who began his career as an agent helped to define a fledgling television industry. The book is as much of a biography of an expansive and glamorous time in the television business as it is the life of one of its most colorful and important players.

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Infinity of Nations at the National Museum of the American Indian

Cecile Ganteaume, curator of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will discuss the New York branch’s exhibition Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, a permanent exhibition of some 700 works of Native art from throughout North, Central, and South America that shows the breadth of the museum's renowned collection and highlights the historic importance of many of these objects.

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Amy Sedaris on Our Listener Craft Contest

Amy Sedaris returns to talks about our listener craft contest! She'll talk about some of her favorite projects and holiday crafting. Her new book is Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.

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Director Doug Liman on "Fair Game"

Director Doug Liman, discusses his film “Fair Game,” starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. It’s a glimpse into the dark corridors of political power, based on the real-life undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. Her career was destroyed and her marriage strained when her covert identity was exposed by a politically motivated press leak. “Fair Game” is playing at the Angelika and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

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Guest Picks: Philip Roth

Find out some of Philip Roth's favorite picks!

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