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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Howard Schultz explains why he returned as the CEO of Starbucks eight years after he’d stepped down, and how he’s trying to return the company to its core values. Then, a look at the growing popularity of wines from Argentina! Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato discusses starring in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Le Comte Ory.” Plus, Pulitzer Prize-winner Joseph Lelyveld discusses the life of Mahatma Gandhi and his commitment to non-violent protest.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

Chairman, president, and CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz, explains why he returned as the CEO eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company. He discusses his mission to return to Starbucks' core values in order to restore its financial health and soul. He tells his story in Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul, which gives an account of how Starbucks struggled and recreated itself in the midst of the financial crisis.

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Vino Argentino

Laura Catena talks about the wines and culture of Argentina. Vino Argentino: An Insider's Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina is part wine primer, part cultural exploration, and part introduction to the Argentine way of life.

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Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato discusses starring in Rossini's comic opera “Le Comte Ory” in the first-ever Met performance of the opera. She's best-known for two hit runs in Rossini's “Barber of Seville.” Her new CD Diva/Divo is half arias from female roles and half arias where she plays men. “Le Comte Ory” is playing at the Metropolitan Opera.


Mahatma Gandhi's Life and Legacy

Pulitzer Prize–winner Joseph Lelyveld discusses the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi—his legacy in India’s imagination and in shaping its struggle for independence as a mass movement. Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India shows how Gandhi’s sense of mission, social values, and philosophy of nonviolent resistance were shaped in South Africa. Gandhi emerges as one of history’s most remarkable self-creations: a prosperous lawyer who became an ascetic in a loincloth, and was wholly dedicated to political and social action.

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Guest Picks: Joyce DiDonato

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her role in "Le Comte Ory" and shared some of her favorite picks with us.

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Farley Granger, Dead at 85

If you ever saw Alfred Hitchcock’s amazing film, “Strangers on a Train,” you’ll remember Farley Granger– he played the tall, dapper socialite tennis pro.  He’d also been in an earlier Hitchcock movie, “Rope.”  Granger just died at the age of 85.  He had come by the show back in 2007 to speak with Leonard Lopate about the ups and downs of his career in Hollywood for his memoir, Include Me Out.

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