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Friday, February 10, 2012

Claressa Shields (Sue Jaye Johnson)

On today’s show: Gary Oldman talks about his career and his Oscar-nominated role in the film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. William Wellman’s son tells us about his father’s many contributions to cinema, including Wings, the first film to win the Academy Award for best picture. Women’s boxing is included in the Olympics for the first time this year, and we’ll speak to a 16-year-old girl who hopes to compete, along with her coach and to a former pro fighter. The Peruvian Paracas Textile is the subject of today’s installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects. Plus, on our latest Please Explain, our How to Save the World series continues with a look at garbage and waste management.

Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman talks about his film career and his Oscar nomination for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

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The Films of William Wellman

William Wellman, Jr., discusses the work of his father, filmmaker William Wellman, who directed the silent epic Wings (1927), the very first Best Picture Oscar winner, as well as The Public Enemy, the original A Star is Born, and the Western The Ox-Bow Incident. A retrospective of his work is running at Film Forum from February 10 through March 1.

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Women's Boxing

Boxer Claressa Shields, a 16-year old girl from Flint, Michigan, whose is set on getting to the 2012 Olympics, and her coach, Jason Crutchfield, and and former pro fighter Christy Halbert talk about the sport of boxing and the field of women boxers. They will be appearing at the Greene Space event, “Women Box: Fighting to Make History,” on February 10.

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Please Explain: How to Save the World—the Future of Garbage

Wherever humans go, they leave trash behind. The average American throws away over 1,130 pounds of waste per year. On this week’s Please Explain, we continue our series How to Save the World, looking at how we dispose of garbage, how recycling and composting and smaller packaging can cut down on the amount of garbage people throw away around the world, and how garbage can be used as a renewable, green energy source. Joining us are Nickolas J. Themelis, Director, Earth Engineering Center, and professor in the School of Engineering at Columbia University, and Elizabeth Royte, author of Garbage Land and Bottlemania.

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Author Alice Munro on the Lopate Show

Every month, as part of the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club's e-newsletter, we're bringing an author interview from our archives. This month, listen to a rare 2002 conversation that Leonard had with Canadian writer Alice Munro. She had just published her short story collection, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.


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Vote For the Objects That Tell the Story of New York

To compliment the BBC series The History of the World in 100 Objects, We asked listeners to nominate the objects that they felt best told the story of New York. And wow, did we get a lot of responses!

Now it's time to narrow down that list to the top 10.

Select objects from the list below that you think most vividly represent New York. You can vote as many times as you want! We'll announce the winners on our blog The Lodown next week!

SEE full descriptions and a selection of photos of all the nominated items.

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Things We Learned This Week

The Lopate Show's week in review.


Guest Picks: Gary Oldman

Actor Gary Oldman was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his Oscar-nominated portrayal of George Smiley in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." He also told us what he's been listening to and that he likes to keep it simple when it comes to comfort food!


Tributes: Ben Gazzara

Ben Gazzara’s career spanned originating the role of Brick in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Broadway, to appearing in the Coen brothers’ “The Big Lebowski,” on film – as well as a number of John Cassavetes’ movies.  The New York native studied acting at the New School and the Actors Studio, where his classmates included Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, James Dean, Julie Harris, and Geraldine Page.  He died at the age of 81, recently.  And you can hear his interview with Leonard from 2004, for his memoir, In the Moment.


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