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Rebuilding at Ground Zero; Peter von Ziegasar's Memoir; "Short Term 12"; "The Butler"

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Urban anthropologist Elizabeth Greenspan talks about the tension between commerce and commemoration at Ground Zero. Peter von Ziegesar talks about growing up among Long Island’s Gilded Age families and becoming the keeper of his homeless, schizophrenic step-brother. Then, the director and the star of the film “Short Term 12,” about the employees of a facility for at-risk teens. And director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong discuss their new film, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” about a black man who worked at the White House over the course of eight administrations, covering much of the civil rights era.

Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center

Elizabeth Greenspan talks about the tension between commerce and commemoration at the World Trade Center site. Plans to rebuild at the site often have been conflicting, and there have been disagreements over what the site should represent and what it should become. In Battle for Ground Zero: Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center, based on years of Greenspan’s reporting on Ground Zero for the Atlantic Monthly and other publications, she details the building of One World Trade Center.

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Peter von Ziegesar's Looking Glass Brother

Peter von Ziegesar discusses his homeless and schizophrenic stepbrother, who he came to take care of. The Looking Glass Brother is about growing up among Long Island’s gilded age families and tells the story of how his stepbrother, Little Peter, came into his life.

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“Short Term 12”

Director Destin Cretton and actress Brie Larson talk about the film “Short Term 12.” Larson plays Grace, a 20-something supervisor at a facility for at-risk teenagers, where she forms a connection with a gifted but troubled new girl. “Short Term 12” opens at Landmark Sunshine Cinemas and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center.

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Lee Daniels on "The Butler"

Director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong discuss their new movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” It tells the story of White House butler Cecil Gaines, who serves during eight presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986, and traced the civil rights movement. The film was inspired by Wil Haygood’s 2008 Washington Post article “A Butler Well Served by This Election” about the real life of former White House butler Eugene Allen. “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” opened nationwide August 17.

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Video: Questions for Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz stopped by August 16 to talk about The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao for the Lopate Show Book Club. Watch him talk about why Watership Down made such a big impression on him, writing advice, and reading while walking.

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Guest Picks: Danny Strong

Screenwriter Danny Strong was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, alongside actor Lee Daniels, to talk about their new film, "The Butler." While he was here, he revealed his most listened to Pandora station, and a few more of his favorite things.

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Guest Picks: Destin Cretten

Film director Destin Cretten recently appeared on the Leonard Lopate Show alongside actress Brie Larson to talk about the new film "Short Term 12." He also told us about what movies he's watching and his secret love of Christmas music.

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Guest Picks: Brie Larson

Brie Larson recently stopped by the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her new film "Short Term 12" along with director Destin Cretten. She also revealed her eclectic taste in music and her love of melted cheese.

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