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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On today’s show: Leonard’s brother Phillip Lopate talks about his two new books—one is advice to writers and professors, the other is a collection of his personal essays called Portrait Inside My Head. Country music superstars Vince Gill and Doug Green discuss their Western swing band called The Time Jumpers. Manil Suri on his latest novel, The City of Devi, which is set in Mumbai. Plus, our gurus of how-to, Alvin and Lawrence Ubell, are here to take calls and questions about home repair!

Phillip Lopate on His Writing Life

Author Phillip Lopate discusses his latest books, Portrait Inside My Head, a collection of personal essays on memory, culture, parenthood, the trials of marriage, and New York’s storied past and present, and To Show and to Tell, which combines more than 40 years of lessons from his career as a writer and professor in a nuts-and-bolts guide to writing literary nonfiction.

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Vince Gill and Doug Green, The Time Jumpers

Vince Gill and Doug Green talk about their Western Swing band, The Time Jumpers. They were nominated for Grammy awards for Best Country Album and Best Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group – Country). Since 1998, The Time Jumpers have had a standing Monday night engagement in Nashville.

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The City of Devi, by Manil Suri

Manil Suri talks about his novel The City of Devi. It’s a comedic portrayal of individuals and fate, which upends assumptions of politics, religion, and sex, at the end of the world. It’s set in Mumbai after it has emptied under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation; gangs of marauding Hindu and Muslim thugs rove the desolate streets. A woman searching for her missing husband meets a gay a Muslim searching for his lover.


Gurus of How-To Fix Your Home

The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, answer questions and share their advice on how to repair and maintenance. They’ll tackle winter home repair and more.

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Guest Picks: Doug Green

Award-winning Western musician Doug Green (a.k.a Ranger Doug) was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with Vince Gill, to talk about their Western Swing band called The Time Jumpers. He told us that he's a fan of the Detroit Tigers. Find out what else Doug Green's a fan of!


Guest Picks: Vince Gill

Country music star Vince Gill was on the Leonard Lopate Show -- along with Doug Green -- to talk about their Western Swing band, The Time Jumpers. The Nashville-based musician also told us about his favorite New York comfort food. Find out what else Vince Gill's a fan of!


Guest Picks: Phillip Lopate

Leonard's brother Phillip Lopate was on the show recently to talk about his two latest books -- one is a collection of personal essays and the other is advice on writing and teaching. He also revealed his love of "Friday Night Lights."


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