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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

New York Times media reporter Bill Carter gives a behind-the-scenes account of the 2009/2010 late-night season, when NBC decided to move Jay Leno into prime time to make room for Conan O'Brien to host the Tonight show. Then, we’ll find out about folklorist and archivist Alan Lomax, who played a pioneering role in introducing folk music to the American public. Also, we’ll hear from a New Yorker who’s attempting to live in 52 neighborhoods in 52 weeks. Plus, Roseanne Barr offers her observations on hypocrisy, hubris, and modern life, and her new memoir Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm.

The War For Late Night

New York Times media reporter Bill Carter discusses the dramatic 2009/2010 late-night season, when NBC moved Jay Leno into prime time and gave Conan O'Brien The Tonight Show to host. The War For Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television West Crazy tells what happened after the move, which critics called a train wreck—Leno's show was panned and ratings for Conan's new Tonight show plummeted, presenting a prime opportunity for rival David Letterman.

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Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World

John Szwed discusses folklorist, archivist, anthropologist, singer, political activist, talent scout, ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, concert and record producer, Alan Lomax, who is best remembered as the man who introduced folk music to the masses. Szwed’s biography Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World tells his story. Lomax brought Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Burl Ives to the radio, brought white and black performers together, and was tracked by the FBI and MI5.

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Living in 52 Neighborhoods in 52 Weeks

Ed Casabian explains how he set out on a New York odyssey, living in 52 neighborhoods in 52 weeks.

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Roseanne Barr on Roseannearchy

TV star Roseanne Barr offers her observations on hypocrisy, hubris, and modern life. Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm discusses the humor of everyday life with musings on more serious topics, such as class warfare, feminism, the cult of celebrity, and Kabbalah.

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Guest Picks: Ed Casabian

Ed Casabian stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about some of his favorite picks.

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Guest Picks: Roseanne Barr

What is Roseanne Barr a fan of that you wouldn't expect? Read more to find out!

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