John Hodgman Expands His Areas of Expertise

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Guest host John Hodgman fills in for Leonard! He’ll speak with Amy Sedaris about starring in the new film “The Best and the Brightest.” Mark Adams talks about the discovery of Machu Picchu and the allegations of smuggling against the site’s discover. Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin explains the ways different cultures relate to sharks—from the Jaws to sharks fin soup. Plus, Dick Cavett discusses his career...and even performs some magic tricks on the air.

Amy Sedaris on "The Best and the Brightest"

Amy Sedaris talks about the new film “The Best and the Brightest,” which she and John Hodgman star in, along with Neil Patrick Harris and Bonnie Somerville. It’s a modern-day comedy about a couple’s struggle to get their daughter into a private kindergarten. An innocent ploy turns into sexual blackmail and creative persuasion. “The Best and the Brightest” opens June 24  at the Quad Cinema. Amy will also discuss “Great Speeches & Other Outbursts,” a benefit for 826NYC hosted by Sarah Vowell at Symphony Space June 20. Hodgman and Sedaris will be performing along with Ira Glass, John Oliver, Eric Bogosian, and others.

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Rediscovering Machu Picchu

Mark Adams describes the discovery of Machu Picchu and his own investigation into allegations that the Yale professor who discovered the ruins, Hiram Bingham III, was not the hero he’s made out to be. Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time retraces Adams’s journey to Machu Picchu, with a crusty, antisocial Australian survivalist and several Quechua-speaking, coca-chewing mule tenders as his guides. The book will be released June 30.

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The Hidden World of Sharks

Juliet Eilperin, environmental reporter for The Washington Post, looks at the ways different people and cultures relate to sharks, the ocean’s top predator. She reminds us why sharks remain among nature’s most awe-inspiring creatures. Demon Fish: Travels through the Hidden World of Sharks takes us from Belize to South Africa to show us how sharks live and why they are at risk of extinction.

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The Magic of Dick Cavett

TV talk show legend and New York Times columnist Dick Cavett talks about his return to public life and his shows with Dave Hill at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and other venues. He’ll also explain the art of interviewing, comedy, and he’ll be performing magic tricks on the air! Dick Cavett’s latest book is Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets.

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