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Burt Bacharach, Saul Bellow's Life, The Great Gatsby, and "Venus and Serena"

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Monday, May 06, 2013

On today’s show: Songwriter Burt Bacharach talks about his life and career in music. Greg Bellow looks at his complex relationship with his father, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow. We’re airing a conversation recorded in the Greene Space in March with the BBC World Book Club. on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Plus, “Venus and Serena,” a new documentary about how the Williams sisters broke new ground and came to dominate women’s tennis.

Burt Bacharach on his Life in Music

Burt Bacharach, award-winning songwriter and composer, talks about his life and music—from his tumultuous marriages and the tragic suicide of his daughter to his collaborations with Hal David, Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, and others. His new memoir is called Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music.

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Saul Bellow's Son Remembers His Father

Greg Bellow, son of Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow, talks about Saul as a father, a side of him unknown to most others. Saul Bellow’s Heart: A Son’s Memoir is an affectionate yet honest look inside the life of one of America's greatest 20th century writers.

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May's Book: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

We're broadcasting a discussion recorded in the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in March. The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club joined the BBC World Book Club for a conversation about The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, with writer Jay McInerney and literature professor Anne Margaret Daniel. They answer questions from around the world about what makes The Great Gatsby one of the great classics of 20th-century American literature.

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“Venus and Serena”

Director Michelle Major talks about her documentary Venus and Serena,” about the remarkable lives of the greatest sister-act in professional tennis. The Williams sisters broke new ground for female and African American athletes everywhere, dominating the women’s game for over a decade. “Venus and Serena” is currently playing on demand and on iTunes and will be opening at the Village East Cinema May 10.

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