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Journalist Marie Colvin's Life and Work; Friends with Johnny Carson; Jo Baker's Novel; Bill Richardson on the Art of Negotiation

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Reporter Marie Colvin was killed in a rocket attack while she was covering the civil war in Syria in 2012. Her sister Cat Colvin and her colleague Paul Conroy discuss her life and work. Henry Bushkin talks about being Johnny Carson’s lawyer, fixer and confidant for 18 years. Jo Baker describes reimagining Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for her novel Longbourn. And former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson shares his hard-won secrets to negotiating with Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, and the Taliban.

On the Front Line with Marie Colvin

War correspondent Marie Colvin was killed in a rocket attack in February 2012 while she was covering the uprising in Syria. Her sister Cat Colvin and colleague Paul Conroy discuss her life and work.

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Working with Johnny Carson

Henry Bushkin talks about his years working with the King of Late Night, Johnny Carson. In his biography Johnny Carson, Bushkin writes of being hired by Carson as his lawyer in 1970 and becoming Carson’s wingman, fixer, and closest confidant.

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Jo Baker's Novel Longbourn

Jo Baker talks about reimagining Pride and Prejudice in her novel Longbourn. In her version, the servants take center stage, taking us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic into the often overlooked domain of the housekeeper and kitchen maid, highlighting the daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Bill Richardson on How to Sweet Talk a Shark

Former governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson and Emmy Award-winning Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer discuss the world of high-stakes negotiation. How to Sweet Talk a Shark talks about Richardson’s successes and failures in some of the world’s least friendly places, including face-to-face negotiations with Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, the Taliban, and two generations of North Korean leadership.

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Tributes: Oscar Hijuelos

Oscar Hijuelos was a warm, robust, Cuban-American writer who brought to life in his books the colorful neighborhood of northern Morningside Heights, where he grew up.  In the process, he won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his 1989 work, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. The novel was later made into a movie starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas.  Hijuelos died suddenly while playing tennis this Saturday, at the age of 62.  You can hear his 2002 conversation with Leonard Lopate about his novel, A Simple Habana Melody (from when the world was good), and their 2011 conversation about his memoir, Thoughts Without Cigarettes.

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Tributes: Scott Carpenter

Scott Carpenter was the fourth American astronaut in space, and one of the last two surviving astronauts of America's original space program, Project Mercury.  He admitted he'd volunteered for it because "Pioneering in space was something I would willingly give my life for." It was actually feared he had died after his Mercury mission in 1962, when he landed 250 nautical miles from his target!  Scott Carpenter died recently at the age of 88.  You can hear his conversation with Leonard from 2003, about his uncommon journey into space.

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