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Monday, December 10, 2012

On today’s show: National Book Award-winning author Andrew Solomon looks into how parents learn to cope with unique children. John Glassie talks about about the life of Athanasius Kircher, an unconventional 17th century priest-scientist who was seen as either a great genius or a colossal crackpot—or both. We’ll examine the underground rock and roll scene in China. Plus, historian David Nasaw tells about the life of Joseph P. Kennedy.

Andrew Solomon on Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

National Book Award–winning author Andrew Solomon tells the stories of families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. In Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, he looks at how these parents not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so.

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A Man of Misconceptions

John Glassie tells the unconventional story of Athanasius Kircher, the legendary 17th-century priest-scientist whose interests ranged from optics to music to magnetism to medicine. His inventions and theories for everything made him famous across Europe. Glassie’s book A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change traces Kircher's rise, success, and eventual fall as he attempted to come to terms with a changing world.

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Rock and Roll in China

Jonathan Campbell talks about the evolution of rock and roll in China, and how it has evolved from a Western import into something uniquely Chinese. Red Rock looks at music's journey from the Mao years to present day, considering the people and the events that have created Chinese rock's identity.

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The Remarkable and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

Celebrated historian David Nasaw discusses his new biography of Joseph P. Kennedy, the founder of the 20th century's most famous political dynasty. Nasaw was granted unrestricted access to the Joseph P. Kennedy papers in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and in The Patriarch: The Remarkable and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy he tracks Kennedy's rise from East Boston outsider to supreme Washington insider.

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Guest Picks: Rupert Holmes

Writer, composer, and lyricist Rupert Holmeswas on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about the Broadway revival of his show, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." He also told us what he's been reading and listening to recently. Find out what he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Jessie Mueller

Jessie Mueller was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her starring role in the Broadway revival of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." She also told us about some of her favorite things. Find out what she's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Jim Norton

Actor Jim Norton was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about starring in the Broadway revival of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." He also told us what he's been reading and listening to recently. Find out what he's a fan of!

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