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Apple After Steve Jobs; "Ode to Joy"; Dinaw Mengestu's Latest Novel; Patricia T. O'Conner

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On today’s show: former Wall St. Journal reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane talks about what’s been happening at Apple in the since founder Steve Jobs died. Then, playwright Craig Lucas and stars Kathryn Erbe and Arliss Howard discuss the new play “Ode to Joy.” Dinaw Mengestu tells us about his latest novel, All Our Names. And with the start of March Madness and the baseball season right around the corner, our “word maven” Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls on the language of sportscasting!

Apple After Steve Jobs

After Steve Jobs’s death, new Apple CEO Tim Cook and his team faced many challenges and high expectations to sustain Jobs’s vision and keep the company moving forward. Former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane discusses the situation at Apple today and offers clues to its future. She explores Tim Cook’s leadership and its impact on Jobs’s loyal lieutenants, new product development, and Apple’s relationships with Wall Street, the government, tech rivals, suppliers, the media, and consumers. She’s the author of Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs.

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"Ode to Joy"

Playwright Craig Lucas discusses the world premiere of his play “Ode to Joy,” which he directs. He’s joined by Kathryn Erbe and Arliss Howard, who star in it. “Ode to Joy” tells the story of love, heartbreak, addiction, and illness through the eyes of Adele, a painter, and her destructive relationships with Mala and Bill, her two lovers. It’s playing at Cherry Lane Theater through April 19.

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All Our Names, a Novel by Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu talks about his latest novel, All Our Names. It’s the story of two young men who come of age during an African revolution, drawn from the safe confines of the university into the clamor of the streets. But as the line between idealism and violence becomes increasingly blurred, the friends are driven apart—one into danger, the other into the safety of exile in America, where he is haunted by the friend he left behind.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner on Sportscaster Language

Baseball season is about to begin, so our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner, is here to talk about sportscaster language. She’ll also answer questions about language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of O’Conner’s book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, is available in paperback, as is  Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman.

If you have a question about language and grammar, leave a comment or call us at 212-433-9692!

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Guest Picks: Arliss Howard

Actor Arliss Howard was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about starring in Craig Lucas's play, Ode to Joy. He also told us that he's a fan of Red Angus cattle. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Kathryn Erbe

Actor Kathryn Erbe was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about starring in Craig Lucas's new play, Ode to Joy. She also told us that a fan of Beck, the Beastie Boys and Pema Chodron. Find out what else she's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Craig Lucas

Playwright and director Craig Lucas talked about his latest play, Ode to Joy. He also told us about his love of Harold Bloom and tree peonies. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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