Hollywood Producer Jerry Bruckheimer; Middlemarch; "Finding Vivian Maier"; Please Explain

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Jerry Bruckheimer has produced some of television and film’s greatest hits over the last 30 years, and he tells the stories behind some of them—like Top Gun, The Pirates of the Caribbean series and Flashdance. Rebecca Mead joins us for this month’s Book Club to discuss Middlemarch and Mead’s own book, My Life in Middlemarch Filmmakers John Maloof and Charlie Siskel tell the story of a reclusive nanny who left behind over 100,000 photographs that are now considered some of the major works of the 20th century. Please Explain is all about arthritis

Hollywood Producer Jerry Bruckheimer

Legendary Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer released his first film in 1972, and since then he’s left an indelible mark on motion pictures and television. He’s produced the blockbusters Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Beverly Hills Cop, The Rock, Con Air, Armageddon, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, as well as Flashdance, Dangerous Minds, Remember the Titans, Veronica Guerin, and Glory Road. He shares the stories behind his films and television shows and tells about his incredible career in Hollywood. He’s the subject of Michael Singer’s new book When Lightning Strikes: Four Decades of Filmmaking.

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Rebecca Mead Discusses Middlemarch and My Life in Middlemarch

Many of our book club authors have listed Middlemarch as among of their favorite and most influential novels, so for our March selection, the Lopate Show Book club is reading George Eliot’s masterpiece, which is often called the greatest English novel. It deals with the complexity of love, the meaning of marriage, morality, and human aspiration and failure. Rebecca Mead joins us to talk about what makes the classic novel so great, and to discuss her book, My Life in Middlemarch. Mixing biography, reporting, and memoir, Mead explores Middlemarch’s important place in her own life, as well as the many lives the novel has led since it was written.


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The Accidental Discovery of a Master Street Photographer

A new film tells the story of how a box of thousands of negatives bought at auction led to the discovery of Vivian Maier, one of the 20th century's greatest photographers.

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Please Explain: Arthritis

More than 40 million Americans have arthritis, and it's the leading cause of disability for people who are 65 and older. Almost everyone over 70 has some form of arthritis, but it can affect much younger people too. Dr. Clark Smith, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, explains what causes arthritis and how to treat it.

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Tributes: Jonathan Schell

Jonathan Schell spent a lifetime exploring war in all its various incarnations.  His 1982 book, The Fate of the Earth – in which he called for complete nuclear disarmament -- was called “the new Bible of our time, the White Paper of our age,” by Helen Caldicott, president of Physicians for Social Responsibility.  He had been a lead writer at The New Yorker till 1987, a columnist for Newsday and New York Newsday, and, most recently, a correspondent for The Nation.  He died recently at the age of 70. You can hear his interview with Leonard from May 2003, when he spoke about the greatest non-violent moments in modern history, from his book The Unconquerable World.


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