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Hedge Fund Collapse; Marriage and the Movies; Colum McCann's TransAtlantic; the World After Oil

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Monday, June 03, 2013

Securities analyst turned investigative reporter Barbara Dreyfus describes what led to the largest hedge fund collapse in history when Amaranth Advisors imploded. Jeanine Basinger charts the history of marriage in the movies. Colum McCann talks about his latest novel, TransAtlantic. And we’ll learn how reducing our dependence on oil could transform almost every aspect of American society.

The Story Behind Wall Street’s Largest Hedge Fund Disaster

Securities analyst turned investigative reporter Barbara Dreyfus tells the story of Brian Hunter, John Arnold, Amaranth Advisors, and the largest hedge fund collapse in history. At its peak, hedge fund Amaranth Advisors LLC had more than $9 billion in assets. A few weeks later, it completely collapsed. Her book  Hedge Hogs: The Cowboy Traders Behind Wall Street’s Largest Hedge Fund Disaster charts the paths of two traders who dominated the speculative energy market, and traces the rise of the hedge fund industry.

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Marriage and the Movies

Film historian Jeanine Basinger discusses the history of marriages in movies and what they tell us about ourselves. In I Do and I Don’t she examines the many ways Hollywood has approached the subject, from Blondie and Dagwood to the couple in the Iranian film “A Separation,” and from Tracy and Hepburn to Coach and Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights.

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Colum McCann's TransAtlantic

Colum McCann discusses his new novel, TransAtlantic. It tells three parallel stories of ocean crossings—set in Newfoundland in 1919, Dublin in the 1840s, in New York in 1998. The novel tells the stories of iconic crossings connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in history.

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The World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs

Many experts agree that energy is the defining issue of this century. Ecologist Eric Sanderson explores the interconnections between oil and money, cars and transportation, and suburbs and land use. In Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs he charts a path toward renewed economic growth, enhanced national security, revitalized communities, and a sustainable environment.

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Colum McCann at WNYC June 3, 2013

Guest Picks: Colum McCann

Writer Colum McCann was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his novel, TransAtlantic. He also told us what he's been reading lately, and what his favorite comfort food is.

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Tributes: Jean Stapleton

Jean Stapleton may be remembered for her television work, especially portraying Edith Bunker, the slow-witted housewife with a huge heart in the groundbreaking series, “All in the Family.”  Her screechy duet with Carroll O’Connor, singing “Those Were The Days” opened that show.  Yet both before and after that hit sitcom, she made a name for herself on the stage, appearing in everything from “Damn Yankees” and “Funny Girl” (opposite Barbra Streisand), as well as in works by Harold Pinter and Eugene Ionesco.  Off Broadway, she was an incredible Julia Child in the one-woman mini-musical, “Bon Appétit.”  She died at her home here in New York City at the age of 90.  And you can hear the three-time Emmy-winning actress speak with Leonard, in her own, natural voice, in April of 2002.

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Tributes: Andrew Greeley

At one point, Andrew Greeley mockingly suggested that his obituary would read, “Andrew Greeley, Priest; Wrote Steamy Novels.”  But, in addition to writing sexually frank novels, the Roman Catholic priest was also quite an equal-opportunity maverick, taking on both scandals in the American Catholic church, as well as secular intellectuals.  Andrew M. Greeley died in his sleep at the age of 85.  And you can hear his interview with Leonard from June of 1991.

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