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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Norbert Leo Butz as Jack and Katie Holmes as Lorna in "Dead Accounts," by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Jack O'Brien. At Broadway's Music Box Theater. ((c) 2012, Joan Marcus)

Norbert Leo Butz, Judy Greer, and Katie Holmes talk about starring in the Broadway play “Dead Accounts.” Then, Orhan Pamuk discusses an early novel of his, called Silent House, which has been translated into English for the first time. On the Media’s Bob Garfield talks about his novel Bedfellows, about an ad executive who gets into the discount mattress business only to run into complications with the mafia. And the gurus of how-to, Al and Larry Ubell, take your calls on home repair!

"Dead Accounts"

Norbert Leo Butz, Judy Greer, and Katie Holmes talk about the play “Dead Accounts.” Jack’s (played by Norbert Leo Butz) unexpected return throws his family into a frenzy, and his sister Lorna, (played by Katie Holmes), needs answers. Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy tackles the issues of corporate greed, small town values, and whether or not your family will always welcome you back with no questions asked. It’s playing at the Music Box Theatre.

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Orhan Pamuk's Silent House

Orhan Pamuk talks about his second novel, Silent House, now translated into English for the first time. It tells the story of a Turkish family gathering in the shadow of the impending military coup of 1980, and how the growing political cataclysm issuing from Turkey’s tumultuous century-long struggle for modernity affects the family.

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Bob Garfield's Novel, Bedfellows

On the Media’s Bob Garfield talks about his new novel, Bedfellows. Jack Schiavone wants to rebuild his life after an embezzlement scandal saw him drummed out of his high-paying advertising job. So he’s reinvented himself as “Mr. Mattress,” a discount bedding franchisee in Ebbets Beach, Brooklyn. He has a nice, quiet life until he gets sucked into a simmering mob war.

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The Gurus of How-To Winterize

The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, answer questions and share their advice on how to repair and maintenance. 

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Guest Picks: Norbert Leo Butz

Actor Norbert Leo Butz was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently -- along with his co-stars Katie Holmes and Judy Greer -- to talk about the Broadway production of the new play "Dead Accounts." He also told us he's a fan of Gregorian chants. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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