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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Former Obama Administration Car Czar Steven Rattner discusses the auto-industry bailout. Then, Daniel Beaty talks about writing and starring in the play “Through the Night.” Bo Caldwell discusses her latest novel, City of Tranquil Light. Plus, Al Ubell, the guru of how-to, takes your calls on home repair!

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Steven Rattner on the Auto Industry Bailout

Steven Rattner, the Obama Administration’s former Car Czar, who led the effort to restructure GM and Chrysler, gives an insider’s account of the process. In Overhaul: An Insider's Account of the Obama Administration's Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry, he tells what happened during the historic auto-industry intervention, covering political brinkmanship, corporate mismanagement, and personalities under pressure. He also explains the tough choices he and his team made to keep Chrysler and General Motors in operation.

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Daniel Beaty's "Through the Night"

Daniel Beaty discusses his play “Through the Night,” which he wrote and stars in. He portrays an entire community of people, who all experience an epiphany on the same evening, which changes their lives forever. The play succeeds at weaving together humor, poetry, music, and drama. “Through the Night” is playing at the Union Square Theater.


Bo Caldwell on her novel City of Tranquil Light

Bo Caldwell discusses her second novel, inspired by the lives of her maternal grandparents. City of Tranquil Light is a portrait of a young marriage of two missionaries in China in the early twentieth-century. They find themselves witnesses to the crumbling of a dynasty, which plunges the country into decades of civil war.


The Guru of How-To

Al Ubell, one of our Gurus of How-To, answers your questions about home repair. Call 646-829-3985 with your questions or leave a comment.

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National Book Award Finalist

National Book Award Finalists

A number of the National Book Award finalists have been on the Leonard Lopate Show this year: Peter Carey, Barbara Demick, Nicole Krauss, Lionel Shriver, and Patti Smith.


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