As the World Turns

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. She’ll speak with Vanity Fair contributing editor Craig Unger about Karl Rove’s influence on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and on fundraising for the Republican Party. We’ll find out about animal abuse in agribusiness, and one woman’s work to expose it and to create a shelter for injured farm animals. Karen Thompson Walker talks about her debut novel, The Age of Miracles, about what happens when the earth’s rotation slows down. Plus, our gurus of how-to, Alvin and Larry Ubell answer your questions about home maintenance and repair!


Julie Burstein

The Influential Karl Rove

Vanity Fair contributing editor Craig Unger traces Karl Rove’s influence on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign through the money he has raised with a network of super-PACs and nonprofits—a figure approaching $1 billion—and through his allies in advisory positions on the campaign. His article “Boss Rove” appears in the September 2012 issues of the magazine. Craig Unger's book Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power will be published by Scribner in September.

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Rescuing Abused Farm Animals

Jenny Brown talks about why she left her career as a film and television producer after going undercover and exposing horrific animal abuse in Texas stockyards. Her memoir, The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals, tells how she co-founded the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

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Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles

Karen Thompson Walker talks about her debut novel,  The Age of Miracles. It’s a coming-of-age story that begins when Julia, a California teenager, along with the rest of the world, discovers that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. She struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, along with the normal disasters of everyday life.

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The Gurus of How-To on Heat, Humidity, and Hail Storms

The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, are here to offer advice on home repair matters, from air conditioning to roofing.

Call 212-433-9692 with your questions or leave a comment below!

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Guest Picks: Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown, founder of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, has strong, passionate opinions about animal welfare. She shares some of her opinions about what to read and listen to.

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Remembering Robert Hughes

Robert Hughes brought great gusto and eloquence to the craft of art criticism.  The native Australian could be scathing in his opinions, saying the art world had "finally turned into a kind of entropic, institutionalized parody of its old self.”  He just died August 6, at the age of 74. You can hear his interview with Leonard from 2006, when he described his life before, and after, a traumatic car crash in 1999, from which he’d never quite recovered.


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