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Monday, June 13, 2011

Guest host Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard. He’ll speak with comedian and actor Simon Pegg about his memoir, Nerd-Do-Well, and his roles in the cult hit movies “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” The artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet joins two of the company’s principal dancers to talk about its return to New York for the first time since 1988. New Yorker editor John Donohue talks about how chefs cook for their families. Plus, we’ll talk about the documentary “Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times.”

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Andy Borowitz

Supergeek Simon Pegg

Comedian, actor, writer, and self-proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg talks about his first forays into comedy and his surprise cult hits "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz." In Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid, he describes his obsession with science fiction, his enduring friendship with Nick Frost, and meeting and working with movie heroes like Peter Jackson, Kevin Smith, and Quentin Tarantino.

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Royal Danish Ballet

Nikolaj Hubbe, artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet, and principal dancers Alban Lendorf and Amy Watson talk about the company and its first performances in New York since 1988. Founded in 1748, the Royal Danish Ballet is the world’s third oldest ballet company, but it does not live in the past—it performs dances from the neoclassical works by George Balanchine to Danish choreographers to contemporary choreographers such as John Neumeier, Maurice Béjart and Jiri Kylián. The Royal Danish Ballet will present six evenings of its work June 14-19 at David H. Koch Theater.

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John Donohue: A Man with a Pan

John Donohue, an editor at The New Yorker, talks about the joys—and perils—of feeding families. In Man with a Pan, 21 writers and chefs—from Mario Batali to Mark Bittman to Steven King—write about cooking for their families. It’s a celebration of those who toil behind the stove trying to nourish and please their friends and loved ones.

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A Year Inside the New York Times

Andrew Rossi, director of “Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times,” and New York Times writer Brian Stelter and editor Bruce Headlam, both featured in the documentary, talk about the transformation of the media industry as the Internet is surpassing print as our main news source and newspapers are going bankrupt. In the tradition of fly-on-the-wall documentaries, the film shows the inner workings of the New York Times newsroom and the Media Desk. “Page One” opens at the new theater at Lincoln Center and at the Angelika Film Center on June 17.

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Tony Award

Leonard's Conversations with This Year's Tony Award Winners

On June 12, the 65th Annual Tony Awards took place. Leonard has spoken to a number of the winners of the last few months and you can listen to those conversations by following the links.

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