The Spice of Life

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Harry Belafonte (Melissa Eagan)

Harry Belafonte talks about how he got his start in music, his role in the civil rights movement, and his continued commitment to social activism. Paula Wolfert tells us about Moroccan food, from tasty tagines to lamb with couscous and dates. Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides discusses his much anticipated new novel, The Marriage Plot. Plus, John Lithgow describes how his father influenced his life and career.

Harry Belafonte on His Life and Work

Harry Belafonte talks about his life—as an actor musician, and passionate activist. In his memoir, My Song, he writes of his close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr.; his role as a conduit between Dr. King and the Kennedys; and his friendships with Paul Robeson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando, Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, Tony Bennett, Bill Clinton, and turns an admiring and critical eye on our country’s cultural past.

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The Food of Morocco

Paula Wolfert talks about her new cookbook, The Food of Morocco—from tender Berber skillet bread to spiced harira, from chicken with preserved lemon and olives to steamed breast of lamb stuffed with couscous and dates. She explains the essential elements of Moroccan flavor and tells where to get hard-to-find ingredients.

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Jeffrey Eugenides on The Marriage Plot

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides discusses his latest, The Marriage Plot, a tale of modern love. It follows Madeleine, Leonard, and Mitchell, who meet at Brown University, where Madeleine immerses herself in works by Jane Austen and George Eliot, examining the marriage plot at the heart of the great English novels. The story follows the three college graduates as they embark on the world, searching for where they belong—and who they belong with.

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John Lithgow on Drama

John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle and discovery, telling about his road to becoming a star. His memoir, Drama: An Actor’s Education, is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, who brought theater to John’s life. He also looks at his collaborations with performers and directors, including Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse, Liv Ullmann, and Meryl Streep.


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