Striking a Chord

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Guest host Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. He’ll speak with diplomat Mitchell B. Reiss about whether or not we should talk to terrorists. Then, Matt Burgess discusses his novel, Dogfight, A Love Story. Plus, Arianna Huffington and Patti LuPone!

Negotiating with Evil

Mitchell B. Reiss discusses his experiences at the center of some of America’s most sensitive diplomatic negotiations—from forging peace in Northern Ireland to stemming the nuclear crisis in North Korea. In Negotiating with Evil: When to Talk to Terrorists, he addresses two vital questions: Should we talk to terrorists? And How should we conduct the negotiations with them in order to gain what we want?

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Matt Burgess talks about his novel, Dogfight, A Love Story, about a young drug dealer having a very bad weekend. Burgess brings Queens to life in all its distinctive glory.

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Arianna Huffington on the Middle Class

Arianna Huffington discusses the plight of the middle class, why she sees it disappearing, and what it means for America. Her book Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream lays out the threats to middle-class stability: shrinking industry and fewer blue-collar jobs, a weakening education system, economic turmoil, and a loss of faith in our political system. She also addresses what can be done to restore and strengthen the middle-class.

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Patti LuPone

The legendary Patti LuPone, known for her roles in Evita, Les Misérables, Anything Goes, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, and Gypsy, talks about her life both onstage and off. In Patti LuPone: A Memoir, she tells stories about the life of a working actor, how she developed and honed her Tony Award–winning performances, and how she knew, even at the age of four, that she was destined for the stage.

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Guest Picks: Matt Burgess

Matt Burgess stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about how he would spend his last day in New York City, and more.


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