Bonnie Raitt; Nico Muhly's Two Boys; Amy Tan's New Novel; the Birth of Twitter

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Bonnie Raitt tells us about her career, launching her own label, and winning her tenth Grammy Award for her latest album, Slipstream. Composer Nico Muhly and singer Paul Appleby talk about the new opera Two Boys, which made its American debut at the Metropolitan Opera last month. Amy Tan on her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement. Nick Bilton of the New York Times discusses the launch of Twitter and how the site’s quick rise in popularity sowed the seeds for power struggles.

Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt discusses her success as an independent artist for the first time in decades. Last year, she released Slipstream on her own label and made her biggest debut in over 20 years, won the Grammy for Best Americana Album (her tenth), and is back on the road again this fall.

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Nico Muhly and Paul Appleby on Two Boys at the Met

Composer Nico Muhly discusses his opera Two Boys, which made its American debut at the Metropolitan Opera in October. He’s joined by Paul Appleby, who plays Brian, the lead character. The opera is based on real events 10 years ago in Manchester, England, and tells the story of a 16-year-old boy who nearly killed a younger boy — egged on, the attacker claimed, by mysterious people he encountered in an Internet chat room.

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Amy Tan's Novel The Valley of Amazement

Amy Tan discusses her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement. It spans more than 40 years and two continents, and resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of foreign  “Shanghailanders," both erased by World War II.


Hatching Twitter

New York Times columnist and reporter Nick Bilton tells the story behind Twitter, a drama of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles, as the founders went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities. Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal tells how, as Twitter grew, the four founders fought bitterly for money, influence, publicity, and control over a company that grows larger and more powerful by the day. 

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Tributes: Charlie Trotter

The day before Charlie Trotter’s award-winning restaurant closed in Chicago last August, the city unveiled the “Honorary Charlie Trotter Way.” He said at the time, “I love what I do. I pinch myself every day that I get to do this for a living, but on the other hand, one must change their way.”  The influential chef’s namesake restaurant had been open for 25 years, and he had trained many others who moved on to great careers – including Grant Achatz.  He died suddenly on November 5 at the age of 54. You can hear his November 2004 conversation with Leonard.


Guest Picks: Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her career, starting her own label, and winning her 10th Grammy for her latest album, Slipstream. She also told us what she's been listening to -- somehow, we're not surprised that it's an eclectic mix. 


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