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Dwight Gooden; the History of Superman; the Novel, Sparta; "Dirty Wars"

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

On today’s show: Dwight Gooden talks about his years with the Mets, winning 3 World Series, pitching a no-hitter, and how he finally conquered his addictions on reality television. Larry Tye tells the history of Superman, one of popular culture’s most enduring heroes. Roxana Robinson discusses her new novel, Sparta. Jeremy Scahill and Richard Rowley discuss their new documentary “Dirty Wars.”

Dwight Gooden

Major League pitcher Dwight Gooden talks about his memoir of his talent, addiction, and recovery. In Doc, the Mets’ beloved Dr. K shares the intimate details of his life and career, revealing all the extraordinary highs and lows: The hidden traumas in his family; the thrill and pressure of being a young baseball phenom in New York; his self-destructive drug binges; and his three World Series rings.

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The High-Flying History of Superman

Larry Tye tells the history of Superman, who after 75 years remains one of America’s most enduring heroes. In Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero, Tye looks at the history of the Man of Steel and also of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.

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Roxana Robinson's Novel Sparta

Roxana Robinson talks about her new novel, Sparta, about a Marine who returns home to Katonah, New York, after serving four years in Iraq. As he attempts to reconnect with his family and his girlfriend and to find his footing in the civilian world, he learns how hard it is to return to the people and places he used to love.

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"Dirty Wars"

Jeremy Scahill and Richard Rowley talk about the documentary “Dirty Wars.” Directed by Rowley, “Dirty Wars” follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill as he covers America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond. The film unfolds through Scahill’s investigation and personal journey as he chases down one of the most important stories of our time. "Dirty Wars" opens at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

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Guest Picks: Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with director Noah Baumbach, to talk about co-writing and starring in the film "Frances Ha." She also told us that she's a fan of musical theater. Find out what else Greta's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Dwight Gooden

Former pitcher Dwight Gooden was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his amazing career and his struggles with drug addiction. Find out what he's been reading and watching recently!

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