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Friday, December 28, 2012

Leonard Lopate and Nora Ephron in the WNYC studios in 2010 (Melissa Eagan)

On today’s show: We’ve reached into our archives to replay some of my interviews with people who passed away this year.
First, author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. Then Rodney King and his fiancé Cynthia Kelley. And writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron talks about aging, memory, and the perfect pie. In the second hour cookbook writer Marion Cunningham discussed about getting back to basics when she was on the show in 1999. Then we’ll replay a 2005 interview with reporter Anthony Shadid about his time covering the war in Iraq. Plus, author David Rakoff looked at the positive side of pessimism when he was here in 2010.

You can see all of our tributes here, and listen to interviews with people such as George McGovern, Robert Hughes, Ray Bradbury, and Mike Wallace.

Maurice Sendak

Celebrated children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died in May at the age of 83. To remember him, we’re re-airing a selection of my 1992 interview with him about his book I Saw Esau, a collection of more than 170 insults, riddles, jeers, and jump-rope rhymes, edited with Iona and Peter Opie. He was known to be reclusive, and I was honored that he came to our studio for our conversation.


Rodney King

Rodney King was found dead on June 16 in his home swimming pool. He and his fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, were on our show on  April 25th, when his memoir, The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption, was published. He spoke honestly and movingly about the high speed car chase that ended with a brutal police beating in 1991, the resulting trials, healing from his injuries, and dealing with addiction. We're replaying selections from that interview.

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Nora Ephron

journalist, essayist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron died in June, at the age of 71. She was on our show a number of times, and was always funny and generous. To remember Nora Ephron, we’re re-airing a selection of my 2010 conversation with her about her book I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections.

You can listen to other interviews with Nora Ephon here.

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Marion Cunningham

Marion Cunningham encouraged home cooks to embrace the joys of the kitchen, and counted James Beard, Judith Jones, Ruth Reichl, and Alice Waters among her friends and admirers. She died in July at the age of 90, and to remember her and her legacy, we’re re-airing selections of an interview I did with her in May 1999, about her book Learning to Cook.


Anthony Shadid

New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid died on February 16, at the age of 43, while on assignment covering the conflict in Syria. He was a guest on the Leonard Lopate Show many times, discussing in depth the politics and turmoil in across the Middle East. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting, and to remember him we’re re-airing an interview with him from September 2005, about his book Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War, about his time reporting on the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Listen to all of Anthony Shadid's interviews on the Leonard Lopate Show here.


David Rakoff

Writer and humorist David Rakoff's writing was witty and sardonic and very funny. He died in August at the age of 47. He was on the Lopate Show in October 2010 to talk about his book Half Empty, which won the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor. We’re replaying a selection of that interview now to remember him.

Listen to other interviews with Dakid Rakoff here.

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