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Friday, January 29, 2010

Today, Leonard Lopate kicks off the show with a special Please Explain on Indian music, with two musicians who’ll give live demonstrations! Then, Robert Bonfiglio—a man who has been called “America’s leading harmonica virtuoso” stops by to perform! Also, T. C Boyle on his new collection Wild Child and Other Stories. Plus, author James Patterson has revolutionized book publishing by writing multi-series and employing his own marketing staff—we’ll talk to Sarah Crichton and the New York Times writer Jonathan Mahler about whether is method will save or savage the publishing industry!

Please Explain: Indian Classical Music

Hindustani music, a classical musical tradition of northern and central India, can be traced back to Vedic times, around 1000 BC. On today’s edition of Please Explain we’ll take a look at India’s rich culture of music and its trademark instruments. Tabla player Dibyarka Chatterjee, and sitar player ...

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Robert Bonfiglio, Harmonica Virtuoso

Harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio, plays for us, and discusses his performance with the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. He’ll be performing the “Concerto for Harmonica” written by Henry Cowell, who is often called the father of American classical music, in a program devoted exclusively to the ...

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Wild Child

T. C. Boyle talks about his new collection of stories, Wild Child and Other Stories. The title story is an original retelling of the story of Victor, the feral boy who was captured running naked through the forests of Napoleonic France, and many other stories explore the force of ...


James Patterson, Inc.

Even if you’ve never read one of James Patterson’s best-selling thrillers, you may have seen ads for his books on the subway or even on television. Sarah Crichton, Little, Brown’s publisher from 1996 to 2001, and now publisher of Sarah Crichton Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and ...

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