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Thursday, December 29, 2011

The giant garbage patch in the Pacific ocean grows larger each year, and Captain Charles Moore, who discovered the floating mass of trash, tells how all that plastic got there and what we can do about it. Fanae Aaron and chef Marc Murphy of Landmarc explain how to get your kids to eat their vegetables. Lee Child discusses his latest crime thriller, The Affair. Plus, composer, arranger, guitarist, and producer Nile Rodgers tells about his role in shaping pop music.

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Plastic Ocean

Captain Charles Moore, environmentalist and researcher, talks about discovering of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the summer of 1997, when he was sailing from Honolulu to California. In Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Ocean Moore looks at the secret life and hidden properties of plastics—from milk jugs to polymer molecules small enough to penetrate human skin or be unknowingly inhaled.

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What Chefs Feed Their Kids

Fanae Aaron and Chef Marc Murphy talk about the special challenges of cooking for children. Aaron sought out advice from a diverse group of 20 award-winning chefs who are also parents—including Murphy, Eric Bromberg, Zack Gross, Ana Sortun, Piero Selvaggio, and Floyd Cardoz. What Chefs Feed Their Kids: Recipes and Techniques for Cultivating a Love of Good Food includes stories, tips, and 75 recipes.

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Lee Child on The Affair

Bestselling writer Lee Child talks about his latest crime thriller, The Affair. Elite military cop Jack Reacher sets off on an undercover mission to solve the mystery of a murder of a young woman in Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997.

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Nile Rodgers on Family, Disco, and Destiny

Nile Rodgers, composer, arranger, and guitarist, explains how he became one of the most influential music producers in the history of popular music. In the 1970s and 1980s, he wrote and produced the songs that defined pop music: “Le Freak,” “We Are Family,” “Like a Virgin,” “Modern Love,” “The Reflex,” and “Rapper’s Delight,” to name a few. He worked with everyone from Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, from Madonna to INXS.  In Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny he tells about his upbringing, how he got his start in music, and how he pioneered his trademark sound.

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Guest Picks: Daniel Eagan

Daniel Eagan was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss updating his book, America's Film Legacy. He also told us that he's a fan of supermarkets!

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Guest Picks: Rozanne Gold

Chef Rozanne Goldwas on the Lopate Show recently to share her recipes and ideas for ringing in 2012 on any budget. She also shared what her favorite comfort food is and her love of cheap ice cream.

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Guest Picks: Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant, the co-creator of the BBC's "The Office" and the series "Extras," was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his first stand-up comedy tour. He also told us, among other things, that his favorite comfort food is fish and chips.

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Guest Picks: Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branaghwas on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to discuss his career as an actor and director -- and to discuss his role as Sir Laurence Olivier in the film, "My Week with Marilyn." He also revealed that his favorite comfort food is fish and chips. (It must be an English thing.)

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