Agent of Change

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Kati Marton, Richard Holbrooke’s widow, joins David Rohde and James Traub to talk about the legacy of the renowned American diplomat. Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn’s son Ignat Solzhenitzyn discusses the recent translation of Apricot Jam, a collection of his father’s stories. We’ll look at the life and times of Lillian Lorraine, a Ziegfeld Follies girl who became an actress. And we’ll examine the case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a Russian oligarch who turned against Putin’s regime and wound up in prison.

Remembering Richard Holbrooke

Kati Marton, Richard Holbrooke’s widow;James Traub, contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine; and Reuters columnist David Rohde, talk about the career of Richard Holbrooke, who was a pivotal player in U.S. diplomacy for more than 40 years and who died last December. Most recently special envoy for Iraq and Afghanistan under President Obama, Holbrooke also served as assistant secretary of state for both Asia and Europe, and as ambassador to both Germany and the United Nations, and played a key role in brokering a peace agreement in Bosnia that led to the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords. The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World is a tribute to his work as a public servant and a backstage history of the last half-century of American foreign policy.

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Apricot Jam and Other Stories

Ignat Solzhenitsyn discusses his father Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Apricot Jam and Other Stories, available for the first time in English. After years of living in exile, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia in 1994 and published this series of stories, all focusing on Soviet and post-Soviet life, illuminating the Russian experience under the Soviet regime.

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Lillian Lorraine

Nils Hanson talks about Lillian Lorraine, who was in Ziegfeld's 1910 Follies and went on to become one of the most famous entertainers—and target for tabloid gossip—in America. The biography Lillian Lorraine: The Life and Times of a Ziegfeld Diva recounts her meteoric rise and fall from grace.

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Director Cyril Tuschi; Pavel Khodorkovsky, Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s son; and New York Times business writer Joe Nocera, discuss Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was once the richest man in Russia and is now one of the world’s most famous political prisoners. In the documentary “Khodorkovsky,” filmmaker Tuschi shows that Khodorkovsky’s tax embezzlement charges are bogus, and that his real crime was challenging Vladimir Putin. The film opens November 30 at Film Forum.

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The Best Books We Read in 2011

We’re nearing the end of the year, the season of best-of lists. The Leonard Lopate Show staff loves books and we read a lot of them! Here are some staff picks for the best books we’ve read this year—many of them were published in 2011, but some are older and worthy of attention.

What were the best books you read this year? Let us know by leaving a comment!


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Guest Picks: Camille Mana

Actress Camille Mana was on the Lopate Show to talk about her role in the play "Asuncion." She revealed that she's a fan of deserts, any and all.


Guest Picks: Justin Bartha

Actor Justin Bartha was on the Lopate Show to talk about his role in the play "Asuncion." He revealed his love of peanut butter, among other things.


Guest Picks: Jesse Eisenberg

Actor and playwright Jesse Eisenberg was on the Lopate Show to talk about his play "Asuncion," and he shared a few of his favorite things!


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