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Monday, November 26, 2012

Jack Black talks about his career in movies, music, and his latest role in the film "Bernie." Then Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Applebaum gives a glimpse behind the iron curtain, and reveals how communism took over Eastern Europe after WWII. And the great Tony Bennett shares the lessons he's learned over the course of his long career, working with everyone from Duke Ellington to Bill Evans to Lady Gaga.

Jack Black

Jack Black talks about his latest movie, “Bernie,” a black comedy based on a true story of a mortician in small-town Texas who strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow. He’ll also discuss his career in movies and music, and his band Tenacious D and its latest album, “Rize of the Fenix.

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Life Behind the Iron Curtain, 1944–56

Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Applebaum discusses how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed the individuals who came under its sway. Her history Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–56 draws on newly opened East European archives, interviews, and personal accounts translated for the first time to show in detail the dilemmas faced by millions of individuals trying to adjust to a way of life that challenged their beliefs and took away everything they had.

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The Zen of Tony Bennett

Legendary singer, artist, and performer Tony Bennett discusses his life, his six-decade career in music, and his new memoir, Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett. He’s won 17 Grammys, sung for 10 presidents, and performed for royalty, never compromising his vision or values. His memoir is a collection of reflections and philosophies from his life and career, stories of friends and family and the essential lessons they’ve taught him.

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Guest Picks: Tony Bennett

Legendary singer Tony Bennett was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about the lessons he's learned over the course of his incredible, long career in music. He also shared some of his favorite things!

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Guest Picks: Jack Black

Jack Black was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to discuss his starring role as a mortician in the black comedy, "Bernie." He also talked about "Rize of the Fenix," the most recent album by his band Tenacious D. He also told us about his amazing-sounding comfort food. Find out what else Jack Black is a fan of!

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