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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Director Alexander Payne stops by to discuss his latest, critically acclaimed film, “The Descendants,” as well as his other films. For the first Leonard Lopate Show Book Club of 2012, Gary Shteyngart talks about his satirical novel, Absurdistan! We’ll kick off the BBC series, A History of the World in 100 Objects, with the Mummy of Hornedjitef! Plus, we’ll get a preview of the New Hampshire primary! Plus, NPR’s Mike Pesca and his two “Hang Up and Listen” collaborators talk about football.

Alexander Payne on "The Descendants" and Filmmaking

Director Alexander Payne talks about his career as a filmmaker (directing “Election,” “About Shmidt,” and “Sideways,” among others) and his latest film, “The Descendants,” which stars George Clooney as a widower dealing his wife’s catastrophic injury in a boating accident and is trying being a better father to his two daughters.

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January's Book: Absurdistan, by Gary Shteyngart

Our first book club pick of 2012 is Gary Shteyngart’s novel, Absurdistan. It tells the story of Misha Vainberg, a young Russian immigrant whose hopes of a U.S. visa are dashed by his father. Forced to leave New York, Misha moves to Absurdistan, a tiny, oil-rich nation where he finds, among other things, civil war, corruption, and love. Get your copy today and start reading this slapstick satire, which the New York Times named one of the 10 best books of 2006!

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New Hampshire Primary Preview

As Republican primary voters in the Granite State head to the polls today, Brendan Nyhan, Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, describes the last few days of campaigning, this weekend’s debates, and what we can expect tonight.

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Mike Pesca, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin Toss Around Football

Mike Pesca, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin, the hosts of “Hang Up and Listen,” Slate’s sports podcast, talk about college football’s national championship game and the college football system. They’ll also discuss the NFL playoffs and the highlights and lowpoints of the year in football.  

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Guest Picks: Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne spoke to Leonard Lopate recently about directing the critically acclaimed film, "The Descendants." He also told us what he's been reading and watching recently - 1970's learn-to-read filmstrips for toddlers, anyone?

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