Fertile Ground

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Leonard returns from his vacation! On today’s show, he speaks with guitarist and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham about his time in Fleetwood Mac and his new solo album. Then Salman Rushdie joins us to discuss his novel Midnight’s Children, the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s September pick. Novelist Jonathan Franzen tells us about his latest novel, Freedom. And New York magazine contributing editor Lisa Miller looks at the rise in women having children in their late 40s and even into their 50s.

Lindsey Buckingham

Guitarist/singer Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac talks about his career in music with that band and as a solo musician, and discusses his new album, “Seeds We Sow.” He’s not only the male lead singer and guitarist for Fleetwood Mad but also penned some of their biggest hits.

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September’s Book: Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie joins us for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! We’re talking about his 1981 novel, Midnight’s Children. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947 – the moment that India became an independent nation. His health and well being are tightly tied to his country's, and he is magically, telepathically linked to the 1,000 other children born during India's first hour of life. Salman Rushdie will answer your questions about his magical realist book, which was awarded the 1981 Booker Prize and the James Tait Prize, and it was voted the "Best of the Booker" in 1993 and in 2008.

His most recent novel, Luka and the Fire of Life has just been released in paperback.

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Jonathan Franzen Talks about Freedom

Jonathan Franzen talks about his latest novel, Freedom. It’s an epic of contemporary love and marriage that comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty—the thrills of teenage lust, the compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. It tells the story of Walter and Patty Berglund as they struggle to come to terms with an ever more confusing world.

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Parents of a Certain Age

Lisa Miller talks about the rising age of motherhood and looks at whether women in their late 40s and 50s are too old to get pregnant. Her article “Parents of a Certain Age” appears in the October 3 issue of New York magazine. Lisa Miller is a contributing editor at New York magazine, the author of Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife, and writes about religion for the Washington Post.

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