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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

On today’s show: Grammy winning Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Booker T not only discusses his new album, but he’ll also be performing live in our studio! We’ll speak with actress Vera Farmiga and director Malcolm Venville about the new movie “Henry’s Crime.” Annia Ceizadlo spent her honeymoon in Baghdad in 2003, and she tells us about life love, and food in a war zone. We’ll also look at how a growing movement of young farmers is trying to change our eating habits.

The Leonard Lopate Show is live in the Greene Space April 13 at 7 pm! Find out more and get tickets here!

Booker T Performs Live

Grammy-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Booker T. Jones performs live and talks about his new album “The Road from Memphis,” coming out May 10. Guest vocalists on the album include Lou Reed, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Matt Berninger of the National, and Sharon Jones.

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Vera Farmiga and Malcolm Venville on "Henry’s Crime"

Actress Vera Farmiga and director Malcolm Venville discuss the film “Henry’s Crime.”  The film is about two ex-cons who hatch a plan to infiltrate a theater in order to dig a tunnel to an adjacent bank vault and rob it. One of the thieves, Henry (played by Keanu Reeves), who has never set foot on a stage in his life, auditions and takes a leading role in "The Cherry Orchard," and unexpectedly falls in love with the lead actress (played by Vera Farmiga). “Henry’s Crime” opens April 8 in New York at Landmark Sunshine Theater and Clearview Cinemas on 1st Avenue and 62nd Street.


Food, Love, and War

Annia Ciezadlo gives an account of civilian life during wartime. She spent six years living in Baghdad and Beirut, where she broke bread with Shiites and Sunnis, warlords and refugees, matriarchs and mullahs. Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War is about the hunger for food and friendship in times of war, and she writes about food and the rituals of eating to show a side of the Middle East that most Americans never see.

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The Sustainable Food Movement

Katherine Leiner talks about the new food revolution and new generation of taking up sustainable farming and focusing on healthy, natural food. She’s joined by Jen Small and Mike Yezzi, who raise heritage pigs at Flying Pigs Farm. In Growing Roots: The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and Food Activists, she profles farmers, beekeepers, fishermen, chefs, food activists, and cheesemongers.

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Guest Picks: Katherine Leiner

What is Katherine Leiner a fan of that you wouldn't expect? Find out what she told us after her recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


Guest Picks: Mike Yezzi

Mike Yezzi stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about some of his favorite movies, books, and more.


Knowing What They Know

Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that federal prosecutors in New Jersey are now investigating whether some smartphone applications are illegally grabbing or transmit your personal information without the proper disclosure. It’s an issue that came up during Leonard’s discussions with WSJ editor Julia Angwin in August 2010 and last month.

The online music service Pandora is one of the companies that has received a subpoena, but the WSJ tested 101 apps and found that 56 of them were transmitting information about the device without the user’s consent.

Do you think that you’ll change the way you use your smartphone? Will you cut back on the apps you use on your iPhone or Droid? Should information gathering be a criminal offense? Let us know what you think in the comments section below

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Guest Picks: Jen Small

Jen Small shares some of her favorite picks with us.


Guest Picks: Malcolm Venville

What is Malcolm Venville's favorite comfort food? Read more to find out.


Guest Picks: Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga is a fan of salsa dancing. Find out what else she told us after her recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


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