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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Denis O'Hare and Amy Adams in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Into the Woods," part of The Public Theater's 50th Anniversary season at The Delacorte, July 24 - September 1. (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)

On today’s show: we’ll look at the political infighting and potential boondoggles that have prolonged the reconstruction of the World Trade Center. Amy Adams and Denis O’Hare talk about starring in the Public Theater’s production of “Into the Woods." Frank Langella discusses his new film, “Robot and Frank.” And Patricia T. O'Connor takes your calls on our vexing English language and examines why British singers often don’t  sing with an accent!

The Truth about the World Trade Center

Reporter Scott Raab, Writer At Large for Esquire magazine, has had unprecedented access to the behind-the-scenes dealings of rebuilding the World Trade Center and has been reporting on it for seven years. In “The Truth about the World Trade Center,” he exposes the political infighting, corruption, and boondoggles that are disrupting the World Trade Center project. The article appears in the September issue of Esquire.

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Amy Adams and Denis O'Hare on "Into the Woods"

Amy Adams, who stars as the Baker’s Wife, and Denis O’Hare, who stars as the Baker, talk about their roles in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s “Into the Woods.” The production is part of the 50th Anniversary season at The Delacorte, home of Shakespeare in the Park.

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Frank Langella on "Robot and Frank"

Frank Langella talks about his new film, “Robot and Frank.” Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone, so his son he him Frank a humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. “Robot and Frank” opens August 17 at the Paris Theater and the Angelika Film Center.

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Patricia T. O'Conner on Accents in Song

Our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner looks at English accents in song. She’ll also answer questions about language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, is available in paperback, as is  Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman.

If you have a question about language and grammar, leave a comment or call us at 212-433-9692!

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Guest Picks: Denis O'Hare

Denis O'Hare was on the Lopate Show, along with co-star Amy Adams, to discuss playing The Baker in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Into the Woods." He also told us about watching his son grow up and his love of science fiction. Find out what else Denis O'Hare's been reading recently.

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Guest Picks: Amy Adams

Amy Adams was on the Lopate Show recently, along with co-star Denis O'Hare, to talk about playing The Baker's Wife in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Into the Woods." She also told us that she's a fan of crime documentaries. Find out what else Amy Adams has been watching recently!

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Guest Picks: Marjane Satrapi

Graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about writing and directing the film, "Chicken with Plums," based on her book. She also told us about throwing knives and why she listens to klezmer music...

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