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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

On today’s show: Moby discusses his new album and new book of photographs. Then we’ll look at how the Berlin Crisis in 1961 shaped the Cold War. Geoff Dyer discusses his collection of essays and other writings, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition. Plus, word maven Patricia T. O’Conner stops by to talk about how many of our favorite movie lines were all made up on the spot.

Moby on Insomnia, Travel, and "Destroyed"

Moby talks about his new album and book of photographs, “Destroyed.” The book Destroyed features 55 photographs taken all over the world, and helps to show the strange and disconcerting life of touring that is rarely seen—time spent isolated in anonymous, mundane spaces like hotel rooms, airports, and backstage waiting areas. Songs on the album “Destroyed” were written mostly late at night, in hotel rooms around the world when cities had gone to sleep. Clic Gallery in New York City will host “Destroyed: Photographs by Moby,” an exhibition May 12-June 26 featuring photos and multimedia work from “Destroyed.”

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Berlin 1961

In June 1961, Nikita Khrushchev called Berlin "the most dangerous place on earth." American and Soviet fighting men and tanks stood only yards apart. Frederick Kempe talks about what made Berlin so dangerous. His book Berlin 1961 is based on a wealth of new documents and interviews, filled with fresh insights, and is a masterly look at key events of the 20th century, with powerful applications to these early years of the 21st century.

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Geoff Dyer's Essays and Reviews

Novelist and essayist Geoff Dyer talks about writing criticism on a wide array of subjects—music, literature, photography, and travel journalism. Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews is a collection of 25 years of essays, reviews, and misadventures.

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Patricia T. O’Conner on Memorable Movie Lines

Our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner talks about famous improvised movie lines. She also answers questions about our confounding and complex English language. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, has recently been published in paperback, and a paperback version of Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman, was recently issued.

Do you have a question about language and grammar, or about the origins and meanings of certain cat expressions? Call us at 646-829-3985 or leave a comment below!

What are some of your favorite movie lines? Have you adopted any into your speech? Let us know!

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Guest Picks: Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about writing criticism on a variety of subjects, and shared some of his favorite picks with us.

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James Beard Awards

The annual James Beard Foundation Awards were held in New York on Monday night, and a few of those honored have been guests on the Leonard Lopate Show in recent years. Food is one of Leonard’s favorite subjects, and he's had some rich conversations with chefs and cookbook writers.

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