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Friday, November 04, 2011

Olivia Harrison, George Harrison’s widow, discusses her late husband’s life and work—before and after The Beatles. Then Stephen Karam talks about his hit play, “Sons of the Prophet,” and we’ll be joined by two of the stars of the production, Joanna Gleason and Santino Fontana. Gregory Maguire describes Out of Oz, the final volume in his best selling series about The Wizard of Oz. Plus, on Please Explain, we find out all about the flat tax!

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

George Harrison’s widow Olivia Harrison talks about his life, from his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool to his astonishing Beatles years to his days as an independent musician, movie producer, and bohemian squire. George Harrison: Living in the Material World  includes a record of Harrison’s deep interest in Indian music, a trove of photographs, and stories and reminiscences from Harrison’s friends, including Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and others.

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"Sons of the Prophet"

Playwright Stephen Karam talks about his dark comedy “Sons of the Prophet,” with stars Joanna Gleason and Santino Fontana.  It’s about a man who suffers from chronic pain and carries the fate of his reeling family on his shoulders. His health, sanity, and insurance premium are on the line. It’s been called the funniest play about human suffering you’re likely to see. “Sons of the Prophet” is playing at the Laura Pels Theatre through January 1, 2012.

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Gregory Maguire on the Wicked Years

Gregory Maguire discusses his bestselling series, the Wicked Years, inspired by The Wizard of Oz and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical “Wicked.” His latest book is the conclusion to the series: Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years.

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Please Explain: The Flat Tax

Herman Cain has gotten a lot of attention for his 9-9-9 tax plan, Governor Rick Perry recently unveiled his own flat tax proposal, and there have been numerous presidential candidates who have made a flat tax plan the basis of their campaigns. Joseph J. Thorndike is the director of the Tax History Project at Tax Analysts and a contributing editor for Tax Notes magazine looks at the history of the flat tax, how it compares to our current tax system, and what the proposed flat tax plans would mean for the U.S. economy.

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Guest Picks: Joan Didion

Writer Joan Didion was on the show to discuss her most recent book, Blue Nights, and she also revealed that she's not a fan of cricket.

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Santino Fontana, Joanna Gleason, Stephen Karam

Guest Picks: Santino Fontana

Actor Santino Fontana was on the Lopate Show to talk about his role in the off-Broadway play, "Sons of the Prophet." He also shared his love of soup!

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Santino Fontana, Joanna Gleason, Stephen Karam

Guest Picks: Joanna Gleason

Actress Joanna Gleason was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss her role in the off-Broadway play, "The Sons of the Prophet," and she also shared what she's been reading lately and her love of the tango!

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Santino Fontana, Joanna Gleason, Stephen Karam

Guest Picks: Stephen Karam

Playwright Stephen Karam was on the show to discuss the off-Broadway production of his play, "Sons of the Prophet," and he also told us what he's been reading and watching recently.

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Gregory Maguire

Guest Picks: Gregory Maguire

Writer Gregory Maguire was on the show recently to discuss the last novel in his series The Wicked Years, based on The Wizard of Oz, and he shared his love of pesto sauce!

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