Frontline's "To Catch a Trader"; Chang-Rae Lee's New Novel; Gary Shteyngart; 2014 Winter Jazzfest

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Frontline correspondent Martin Smith talks about his investigation into Steven A. Cohen and his firm, SAC Capital. Chang-Rae Lee talks about his new novel, On Such a Full Sea, set in a future America that strictly stratified by class. Gary Shteyngart discusses his memoir, Little Failure, about leaving the Soviet Union for the United States in the late 1970s. We’ll get a preview of the 10th annual Winter Jazz Fest with composer and musician Henry Threadgill and pianist Jason Moran.

Frontline's “To Catch a Trader”

Frontline correspondent Martin Smith talks about his documentary “To Catch a Trader,” which goes inside the government’s ongoing, seven-year crackdown on insider trading. It draws on video of hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen, incriminating FBI wiretaps of other traders, and interviews with both Wall Street and Justice Department insiders. "To Catch a Trader" is airing January 7 at 10 pm on PBS.

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On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

His new novel describes a future where a long-declining America is strictly stratified by class, and abandoned urban neighborhoods have become high-walled, self-contained labor colonies.


Gary Shteyngart Tells a Brezhnev Joke

Novelist Gary Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience and family history in Little Failure: A Memoir. Born Igor Shteyngart in Leningrad during the waning days of the Soviet Union, he immigrated with his parents in the late 1970s after President Carter made a deal to trade grain for Soviet Jews. Small and asthmatic, he became the second most hated boy in his Queens Hebrew school. He talks about his earliest stories, which his grandmother rewarded for with cheese, makes Leonard laugh with an old joke about Brezhnev, and admits that writing a memoir was a challenge because all writers are liars. 

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Winter Jazzfest

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill and pianist Jason Moran talk about the 10th anniversary of Winter Jazzfest. Threadgill makes his debut appearance at the 2014 NYC Winter Jazzfest with the world premiere of his Ensemble Double-Up on Saturday, January 11, at the historic Judson Church. Led by Threadgill, the ensemble features featuring pianists Moran and David Virelles, Curtis McDonald and Roman Filiu on altos, Christopher Hoffman on cello, Jose Davila on tuba and Craig Weinrib on trap drums. They'll perform “Old Locks and Irregular Verbs”, written to honor Threadgill’s dear friend and WJF esteemed past festival participant, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris.

Artist Stan Douglas and Jason Moran have collaborated on a new film installation "Luanda Kinshasa" at David Zwirner gallery January 9-February 22.


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Guest Picks: Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his memoir, Little Failure. He told us about his love of the Capybara, which we had never heard of, and his favorite, very Russian-sounding comfort food. 


Guest Picks: Chang-Rae Lee

Chang-Rae Lee was on the Leonard Lopate Show to discuss his latest novel, On Such a Full Sea. He also told us about what he's listening to and his favorite comfort food, which sounds perfect for a cold winter day. 


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