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Guest Host: Christopher Walken

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Actor Christopher Walken fills in for Leonard Lopate today! He'll speak with director Jack O'Brien and Richard Easton about their work in theater. Then, actress Zoe Kazan discusses her roles on Broadway and in Hollywood. And the dancer Jacques D'Amboise talks about his life as a dancer and his nonprofit dance foundation. Plus, Lidia Bastianich and her mother, Erminia Motika, talk about cooking—and eating—Italian food!

Jack O’Brien and Richard Easton

Three-time Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien, director of Tom Stoppard's trilogy of plays “The Coast of Utopia,” director and producer of the musical “Hairspray,” director of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” and many other plays, discusses his career in theater. He's joined by Richard Easton, who starred in "The Coast of Utopia" and won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play in 2001 for his role in Tom Stoppard's "The Invention of Love."

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Zoe Kazan

Actress Zoe Kazan, who starred with Christopher Walken in “A Behanding in Spokane,” talks about her family and her roles on stage and screen– including her role in the upcoming production of “Angels in America.”

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Jacques D’Amboise and Eddie Izzard

Jacques D’Amboise, one of the finest classical dancers of our time, discusses his work in the field of arts education. In 1976, while still a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, he founded the National Dance Institute, a model program that exposes thousands of school children to the magic and discipline of dance. He's joined by Alex Shimizu, a 15-year-old dancer in the National Dance Institute. They’ll talk with Christopher Walken about the challenges and rewards of dance. And the actor Eddie Izzard drops by!

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Lidia Bastianich and Her Mother

Chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich and her mother, Erminia Motika, talk about Italian food. They’ll speak with Christopher Walken about their shared roots in Astoria, Queens. Lidia Bastianich is the author of many cookbooks, including her most recent book: Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes.

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Guest Picks: Zoe Kazan

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Guest Picks: Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard shares some of his favorite picks with us after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Guest Picks: Jacques D'Amboise

Jacques D'Amboise came on The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his favorite music, and more.

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Guest Picks: Alex Shimizu

What is Alex Shimizu listening to? Find out what he revealed to us after his appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show

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