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Monday, September 17, 2012

Wyclef Jean tells about his journey from Haiti to the housing projects of Brooklyn to Newark and onto the world stage as a member of the Fugees. Director Penny Marshall talks about her life and career in front of—and behind—the camera. Michael Chabon discusses his latest novel, Telegraph Avenue. Plus, a look at how ACT Up began when a group of AIDS patients and activists taught themselves the science and policy behind the virus and ended up changing how the public and the government dealt with the epidemic.

Wyclef Jean's Immigrant Story

Wyclef Jean recounts his path from his impoverished childhood in "Baby Doc" Duvalier's Haiti and the projects of Brooklyn to Newark to the stage. In Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story, he writes of his upbringing and family, his time in the Fugees and his solo career, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and his efforts to help rebuild his homeland, including the controversy surrounding Yéle, his aid organization, and his exploratory bid for president of Haiti.

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Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall, the director of "Big" and "A League of Their Own" and Laverne from "Laverne & Shirley," talks about her life and her career. Her memoir My Mother Was Nuts covers her life from her Bronx childhood to her breakout role on "The Odd Couple," her exploits in Hollywood, her friendships, and marriages. 

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Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue

Michael Chabon talks about his latest novel, Telegraph Avenue. Set in 2004, the story centers on longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland, and their wives, who are semi-legendary Berkeley midwives. Their businesses, professional existence, and friendships are tested.

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“How to Survive a Plague”

David France, director of the documentary “How to Survive a Plague,” and Peter Staley, who is featured in the film, tell the story of a group of young AIDS activists who taught themselves science and policy to try to save their own lives, and ended up saving 6 million others. “How to Survive a Plague” opens September 21 at IFC Center.

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Guest Picks: Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his latest novel, Telegraph Avenue (Benedict Cumberbatch and Chabon's love of vinyl records also came up along the way). He also told us that people seem to think that he likes everything...Find out what Michael Chabon really likes.


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