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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

We’ll explore why so many people who emigrated from Hong Kong to North America are returning home. Then, musician and journalist Alan Paul discusses his unlikely success at the top of the rock charts in China. Also, director Jordan Scott and actress Eva Green talk about their new film called “Cracks.” Plus the Gurus of How-To, Alvin and Lawrence Ubell, take your calls on home repairs!

Return Migrations and Identity

Nearly a million residents of Hong Kong migrated to North America, Europe, and Australia in the 1990s; recently many of these immigrants have returned to their homeland. In Return Migrations and Identity, psychology professor Nan Sussman chronicles this global trend and explains why there is a unique relevance for Hong Kong. She’s joined by Byron Shen, a Chinese immigrant who came to the United States for his Ph.D. at the University of California and then worked for a biotech company before returning to Shanghai in 2007.

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Big in China

Blues artist and journalist Alan Paul chronicles his journey to the top of the rock charts in China. In Big in China, he tells how, when his wife was offered a job as the China bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, he saw it as an opportunity to shake up their suburban life. He found himself as the leader of the Chinese American blues band Woodie Alan.

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Jordan Scott and Eva Green on the Film "Cracks"

Director Jordan Scott and actress Eva Green discuss the film “Cracks.” Scott talks about what it was like to make her first feature film after growing up with such a famous father, film director Ridley Scott. “Cracks”, adapted from Sheila Kohler’s 1999 novel, is a slow burning drama set in a remote English boarding school during the 1930s. “Cracks” is playing at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinema.

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The Gurus of How-To

The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, are here to offer advice on spring cleaning, combatting drafts, fixing your furnace, and tackling other home repair issues.

Call 646-829-3985 with your questions or leave a comment.

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Great Interviews with Award-Winning Authors

A number of authors who have recently won awards for their work have been guests on the Leonard Lopate Show, where they talked about their books and their careers as writers.

Jennifer Egan won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for her novel A Visit from the Good Squad. She was on the Lopate Show on June 10, 2010, to talk about the book, life in Brooklyn, and composing stories in PowerPoint. Listen to that interview here.

Isabel Wilkerson won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction for her book The Warmth of Other Suns, about the history of migration of African Americans who left the South for northern and western cities. You can listen to her interview with Leonard here.

Darin Strauss won the the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography for Half a Life, about being in a car accident as a teenager that killed a classmate. In October he spoke with Leonard about the accident and of writing about it, and you can listen to that interview here.

Deborah Eisenberg won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg, a compilation of her short stories. She was on the Leonard Lopate Show April 5, 2010, to talk about her writing career and her craft. You can listen to that interview here.

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