The Election and Elvis Costello

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Elvis Costello sings live in The Greene Space Elvis Costello sings live in The Greene Space (Daniel Eagan)

Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore do some wednesday morning quarterbacking on the election results. Then, Marlo Thomas discusses her family and the art of comedy. Plus we'll air Elvis Costello’s performance on Monday night at WNYC’s The Greene Space!

The Big Picture: Jill Lepore and Matt Taibbi

For the final installment of our election series The Big Picture, contributing editor for Rolling Stone Matt Taibbi and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore discuss the results of Election Day—what happened at the polls, who won and who lost, and the state of the country. Taibbi’s new book Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America, unravels the story of financial crisis. Lepore’s new book The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle over American History looks at American history according to the far right.

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Marlo Thomas Tells the Story of Funny

Marlo Thomas talks about the art of comedy and what she learned growing up with her father, TV and nightclub star Danny Thomas. Her memoir, Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny, she tells stories from her Beverly Hills childhood, her groundbreaking creation of That Girl and Free to Be . . . You and Me, and her marriage to talk-show king Phil Donahue. She also tells the story of comedy, exploring the comic roots of today's most celebrated comedians.

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Elvis Costello in The Greene Space

Elvis Costello performed live in The Greene Space Monday night with his six-piece band, the Sugarcanes, and Pete Thomas, and we're airing that performance. He spoke with Leonard about his musical influences, and played songs from his latest album, National Ransom, which includes rock, bluegrass, and country, and was produced by T Bone Burnett. The band includes: Jerry Douglas (dobro/lap steel), Stuart Duncan (violin), Mike Compton (mandolin), Pete Thomas (drums), Jim Lauderdale (guitar, vocals), Jeff Taylor (accordion), Dennis Crouch (double bass).

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Guest Picks: Marlo Thomas

Marlo Thomas stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about growing up in Beverly Hills with her famous father, Danny Thomas, and some of her favorite things.


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