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Monday, August 22, 2011

On today’s show, Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. First, we'll talk about this year's crop of summer movies with film critics Richard Corliss and Kevin Lally. Heavy metal rocker Alice Cooper tells us about “Welcome 2 My Nightmare,” a follow-up to his 1975 album. Ben Model discusses the television career and legacy of Ernie Kovacs. Plus, Stephen Tignor describes the fierce rivalry between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, and how it changed the game of tennis.

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Summer Stuff: Movie Roundup

Blockbusters are an important part of summer, so for our latest Summer Stuff segment, we’re talking about summer movies! Richard Corliss, Time magazine film critic, and Kevin Lally, executive editor of Film Journal International and author of Wilder Times: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder, join us to talk about this year’s crop of summer movies—the good and the bad, the successes and surprises.

Plus, we’ll be taking calls, so let us know which movies you liked best! Leave a comment below, or call 646-829-3985!

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Alice Cooper and His Nightmare

Alice Cooper discusses his new album, “Welcome 2 My Nightmare,” which picks up where his original “Welcome To My Nightmare,” recorded in 1975, left off. He’s created it with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, and the album ranges from trashing disco, to garage punk, to pop balladry, and rock and roll.

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The Ernie Kovacs Collection

Film and television historian Ben Model talks about curating The Ernie Kovacs Collection, a 6-DVD box set, which is the first-ever comprehensive collection of Kovacs’ work. Kovacs, whose offbeat humor graced the airwaves for just a decade in the 1950s and 1960s, was funny but never offensive, and his humor and flair for improvisation influenced generations of TV funnymen: from Johnny Carson and Monty Python, to David Letterman, Pee Wee Herman and “Saturday Night Live.”

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Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and Tennis’ Fiercest Rivalry

Stephen Tignor, Executive Editor of Tennis magazine, talks about the golden age of tennis in the 1970s. In High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and the Untold Story of Tennis’ Fiercest Rivalry, he writes of the 1981 U.S. Open final, when the Swede Bjorn Borg lost to his brash young rival, John McEnroe, bringing about the end of an era. Tignor chronicles the lives and careers of the players who made those days of tennis so memorable—Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ilie Nastase, Vitas Gerulaitis, and Ivan Lendl.

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