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Barnard President Debora Spar; Zoë Heller and the Lopate Show Book Club; Graham Nash

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Monday, September 23, 2013

On today’s show: Barnard College president Debora Spar talks about how American women’s lives have changed over the past 50 years, and why the challenges women face are more complex than ever. We’ll get a peek into the life of Huguette Clark, the eccentric and reclusive heiress who died in 2011. Zoë Heller joins us for September’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about her novel Everything You Know! Graham Nash talks about his career with The Hollies and then with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Barnard President Debora Spar on Women, Power, and Perfection

In Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, Power draws on her own personal experience as one of the youngest female professors to be tenured at Harvard Business School and as a mother of three.

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The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark

Journalist Bill Dedman tells the story of a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades. Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune describes the battle over her $300 million inheritance.

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September's Book: Everything You Know, by Zoë Heller

The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s September selection is Zoë Heller’s first novel, Everything You Know. It’s a cynical dark comedy about a hack writer and accused murderer who becomes engrossed in his estranged daughter’s diaries after she commits suicide. They lead him to confront his failings as a father and in life. The New York Times called it “an acerbic, sneakily touching novel about the rehabilitation of a monster.”

Do you have a question for the author—leave it as a comment!

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Graham Nash Tells Wild Tales

Legendary musician Graham Nash talks about his life, from his lower-class childhood in post-war England to his early days in the British Invasion group The Hollies to his time as the lover and muse of Joni Mitchell to reaching superstardom with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. In his memoir Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life he also writes about his career as a solo musician and political activist.

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Guest Picks: Graham Nash

Graham Nash was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his life in music, starting Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and his memoir, Wild Tales. He also told us he's been listening to the music of Bulgaria. Find out what else Graham Nash likes in his Guest Picks!

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Guest Picks: Debora Spar

Barnard College President Debora Spar was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about why the choices that women in the US face today are more complex than ever. She also told us what she's been reading and watching. Find out what she's a fan of in her Guest Picks. 

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