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Monday, June 06, 2011

On today’s show: We’ll delve deep into the subconscious brain. Novelist Oscar Hijuelos talks about his memoir Thoughts Without Cigarettes. Former Mets star Shawn Green discusses his career and how he managed to stay calm and focused, both on and off the field. David McCullough tells us about the American artists, writers, and other pioneers who headed to Paris from 1830 to 1900—and how they influenced American culture.

The Secret Lives of the Brain

Renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain and looks at how it affects our conscious brain and behavior. In Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, he explores damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions to reveal the mind and all its complexity.

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Oscar Hijuelos on Thoughts Without Cigarettes

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos talks about the real people and places that have influenced his life and, in turn, his writing. His memoir Thoughts Without Cigarettes is an account of growing up in Manhattan's Morningside Heights, his stay at a Dickensian home for terminally ill children, and his quest for his true identity into adulthood, revealing the true stories and indelible memories that shaped his work.

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Shawn Green on the Way of Baseball

Shawn Green describes striving to find stillness and focus within the rip-roaring world of Major League Baseball. In The Way of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95 mph, he shares the secrets to remaining focused both on and off the field, and how he learned to approach the sport with a clear mind.


David McCullough on Americans in Paris

David McCullough tells the untold story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and thinkers who set off to work in Paris between 1830 and 1900, and how their achievements there profoundly altered American history. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris tells the stories of these pioneers, including Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America; James Fenimore Cooper and Samuel F. B. Morse; pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk; Oliver Wendell Holmes; writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and Henry James; and painters Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent, among others.

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Guest Picks: Shawn Green

Famed baseball player Shawn Green stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his new book, and shared some of his favorite books, comfort food and much more.


Guest Picks: Oscar Hijuelos

Oscar Hijuelos shares some of what he's been reading and watching lately after appearing on The Leonard Lopate Show.


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