Rock and Roles

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. Rock legend Robbie Robertson discusses his new album, “How to Become Clairvoyant.” Then, actor Hal Holbrook discusses his life and long road to stardom. Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm explains her prescription to revive American industries. Plus, word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls on the English Language!


Andy Borowitz

Robbie Robertson

Rock legend Robbie Robertson discusses his long career in music and his new CD, “How to Become Clairvoyant.” He talks about his days performing with Bob Dylan and the Band, making “The Last Waltz,” and composing the scores to the Marin Scorsese films “Raging Bull,” “King of Comedy,” and “The Color of Money.”

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Hal Holbrook

Actor Hal Holbrook talks about growing up behind disguises and his lifelong search for himself. His memoir Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain is an account of war, marriage, and the work of honing his craft, the dark side of fame, and performing as the iconic Mark Twain, the man with whom his career would forever be associated.

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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm

Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan served two terms during the financial crisis that caused America’s major car companies to teeter on the brink of bankruptcy. Her plans for education reform, economic revitalization, clean energy, and infrastructure development were sidelined by a perfect economic storm. In A Governor’s Story, she tells how she managed the economic crisis in Michigan, and shares the ideas helping American industry recover nationwide.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner on Nonverbal Communication

Our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner talks about non-verbal language—from the nod to the shrug to ruder gestures. She’ll also tackle listener questions about the English language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, is now out in paperback, along with Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman.

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