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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Airline pilot and Salon.com columnist Patrick Smith talks about all things airplane related. Then, our summer reading series Underappreciated is all about the life and work of Yasunari Kawabata: the first Japanese writer to win a Nobel Prize for literature. Also, Martin Amis discusses his new novel, The Pregnant Widow. Plus, our Gurus of How-To, Al and Larry Ubell, answer your questions about home repair.

Ask the Pilot

Pilot and Salon.com “Ask the Pilot” columnist Patrick Smith talks about flying -- what causes turbulence, which airports are well-designed, the TSA and airport security. Plus: Your questions answered.

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Underappreciated: Yasunari Kawabata

For this week’s installment of Underappreciated, Martin Holman, literary translator, professor, and puppeteer, discusses the work of Yasunari Kawabata. After a tragic childhood, during which Kawabata lost nearly every one of his close family members, he achieved recognition from a number of his short stories shortly after he graduated from university. Kawabata received particular acclaim for The Dancing Girl of Izu in 1926. He went on to publish several successful novels, and in 1968: Kawabata became the first Japanese to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. However, he has fallen out of the English-reading public's attention since then.

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Martin Amis on The Pregnant Widow

Martin Amis talks about his new novel, The Pregnant Widow, set in 1970, when the youth of Europe were experiencing the chaotic, ecstatic changes of the sexual revolution. It tells the story of 20-year-old Keith Nearing, a college student spending the long, hot summer in a castle in Italy with his friends. The novel is a portrait of young lives being carried away on a sea of change.

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The Gurus of How-To

Larry Ubell and Al Ubell, the Gurus of How-To, answers your questions about home repair. Call 212-433-9692 with your questions or leave a comment.

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Guest Picks: Martin Amis

Martin Amis stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about some of his favorite books, music and more.

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