Destruction and Creation

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

On today’s show: We’ll find out how New York University’s plans to add 6 million square feet of new construction to its Greenwich Village campus will affect the neighborhood. Pablo Picasso’s granddaughter and biographer John Richardson discuss a new exhibit of the artist’s work inspired by Marie-Therese. Erin Brockovich discusses her first novel, Rock Bottom. And: New Yorker contributor James Stewart talks about the impact of what he calls “the perjury epidemic” that is sweeping through the country’s courts.

NYU's Expansion Plan

New York University's plan to add 6 million square feet of new construction to its campus in the next 20 years, half of that in Greenwich Village, has neighborhood residents up in arms. Urban critic and journalist Roberta Brandes Gratz, author of The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, and Vin Cipolla, President of the Municipal Arts Society, discuss what those plans mean for the Village, and how this fits in with larger, citywide development issues.

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Picasso and Marie-Thérèse

Diana Widmaier Picasso, art historian and granddaughter of Pablo Picasso and Marie-Thérèse, and Picasso biographer John Richardson, discuss organizing the Gagosian Gallery’s new exhibition, Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L’amour fou. It brings together the paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints inspired by one of Picasso’s most ideal models and enduring passions. She became the catalyst for some of his most exceptional work, from groundbreaking paintings to an inspired return to sculpture in the 1930s, yet her true identity remained a secret from even Picasso’s closest friends.

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Erin Brokovich on Her Novel, Rock Bottom

Environmental and consumer advocate Erin Brokovich talks about her debut novel, Rock Bottom, the first in a series of thrillers. It tells the story of Angela Joy Palladino, who became pregnant at 17 and fled her hometown in West Virginia as a pariah. Years later, she takes a job with a lawyer crusading against mountaintop removal mining, and has to return to that town. She winds up facing the betrayal of those once closest to her and confront the harrowing past she thought she had left behind.

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James Stewart on Perjury

James Stewart discusses what he sees as an epidemic of perjury sweeping our country, undermining the foundation of our courts, and explains why he thinks it’s symptomatic of a broader breakdown of ethics in American life. Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff goes behind the scenes of the trials of Martha Stewart, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Barry Bonds, and Bernard Madoff, and includes interviews with prosecutors, investigators, and participants speaking for the first time. The book looks at age-old tensions between greed and justice, self-interest and public interest, loyalty and duty.

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Pulitzer Prize Winners

Among the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winners are writers Jennifer Eagan, Eric Foner, Ron Chernow, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, who were all guests on the Leonard Lopate Show last year. You can listen to their conversations with Leonard below.

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Matzoh and More: Our Comprehensive Passover Round-Up

Last night was the first night of Passover, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the Jews' escape from slavery in Egypt, and, for some, marks the beginning of spring. Here at the Lopate Show, we've discussed Passover traditions both serious and light over the past few years. Below, you can find a list of some of our favorite segments, as well as some of our favorite Passover recipes. If you celebrate Pesach, let us know in the comments about some of your traditions!


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