Bubbling Up

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Leonard returns! He’ll speak with Guy Lawson about hedge fund fraud, a “secret market,” and a mysterious cabal known as the Octopus. We’ll take a look at the ongoing battle of what may have been Jackson Pollock’s last painting. Julian Tepper discusses his first novel, called Balls. Plus, Sandor Katz talks about the historical and cultural importance of fermentation, and talks about his how-to guide to fermenting your own foods!

Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street’s Wildest Con

Guy Lawson discusses a massive hedge fund fraud and the search for a “secret market” beneath the financial market. His book Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street’s Wildest Con tells the story of hedge fund manager Sam Israel, and his year-long adventure in “the Upperworld.”

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Jackson Pollock’s Last Painting

Vanity Fair contributor Leslie M. M. Blume discusses the ongoing battle over what may have been Jackson Pollock’s last painting. When she first saw Jackson Pollock's purported final painting, "Red, Black, & Silver," on the bedroom mantelpiece of Pollock's mistress Ruth Kligman, she knew she'd stumbled upon something special. She chronicles the torturous tug-of-war over the painting's authenticity in her article “The Canvas and the Triangle,” which appears in the September issue of Vanity Fair.

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Balls: A Novel

Julian Tepper talks about his first novel, Balls. The story follows 30-year-old Henry Schiller, a songwriter and lounge-player in love with a woman far younger and more musically gifted than he is. His crisis deepens when he discovers he has testicular cancer.

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The Art of Fermentation

Sandor Katz explains fermentation in terms of biological and cultural evolution, health and nutrition, and even economics. His comprehensive book The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World is guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation and explains the processes behind fermentation, parameters for safety, and techniques for effective preservation.

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Tributes: Helen Gurley Brown

In 1962, Helen Gurley Brown wrote Sex and the Single Girl, arguing that women could have it all – career, fun, and a satisfying sex life. Then she took over Cosmopolitan in 1965, and redefined what a women’s magazine could be. She ran the magazine for over 30 years. Throughout her career, she identified herself as a “mouseburger,” an ordinary woman who had worked extraordinarily hard for her successes. Often controversial, Gurley Brown considered herself a feminist, despite being criticized by Betty Friedan and others. She spoke to Leonard in February of 2000, when her memoir I’m Wild Again was published. You can listen to that conversation below.


Remembering David Rakoff

Writer David Rakoff died Thursday at the age of 47. His humorous essays examined a wide range of subjects, from his annoyance at first-world problems to undertaking a 21-day fast to his own bout with cancer. His most recent essay collection, Half Empty, won the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor. He was a frequent contributor to This American Life, and the author of the essay collections Don’t Get Too Comfortableand Fraud. He responded to our Guest Picks question “What’s one thing you are a fan of that people might not expect?” with “As someone often seen as hating everything and being immune to pleasure, which isn’t true, I love everything (except sports). I’m just scared of it.” He was on the Leonard Lopate Show a number of times, and was always a generous guest. You can listen to those interviews below.

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