Guest Host Andy Borowitz; Are Cities Good for You?; Led Zeppelin and The Who in 1973; The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells; Patricia T. O'Conner

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard. Leo Hollis argues that cities are good for you. Michael Walker recounts 1973 tours by Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Alice Cooper, and how they changed rock and roll. Andrew Sean Green discusses his new novel, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. And our word maven, Patricia T. O'Conner, tells how Jane Austen changed the English language.


Andy Borowitz

Are Cities Good for You?

Cities can deliver a better life and a better future world, argues Leo Hollis. In  Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis, he asks: Where do cities come from? Can we build a city from scratch? Does living in the city make you happier or fitter? Is the metropolis of the future female? What is the relationship between cities and creativity? And are slums really all that bad?

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On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973

The unprecedented rock tours by Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Alice Cooper—and the albums that inspired them—changed the landscape of rock and roll in 1973.Michael Walker talks about how these superstar bands changed the rock concert experience and redefined superstardom for our modern times. He describes how in What You Want Is in the Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born.

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Andrew Sean Greer's Novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

Andrew Sean Greer talks about his new novel, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, about a woman who finds herself transported to the “other lives” she might have lived when she undergoes electroshock therapy.

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Patricia T. O’Conner on Jane Austen's English

Our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner, talks about the many contributions Jane Austen made to the English language. She’ll also answer questions about language and grammar.

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Lydia Davis

Video: Questions for Lydia Davis

Writer and translator Lydia Davis was awarded the Man Booker International Prize in May. Here she talks about her favorite books, the challenges of translating Madame Bovary, and why she likes the often overlooked city of Dijon, France. Listen to her discussing Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club.


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