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Powerful People: Edward Snowden, Idina Menzel, Shakespeare and Kevin Spacey

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Anna Sale fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Vanity Fair’s Sarah Ellison talks about interviewing former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and why he says he leaked thousands of secret documents. Idina Menzel, director Michael Greif, and lyricist Brian Yorkey talk about the new Broadway musical “If/Then.” James Shapiro explains how William Shakespeare has influenced American literature. And Kevin Spacey, artistic director of London’s Old Vic, talks about the Bridge Project and traveling across three continents to perform “Richard III.”

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Getting To Know Edward Snowden

Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair contributing editor, discusses the magazine’s exclusive interview with Edward Snowden about his motivation for leaking tens of thousands of secret documents. 

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Idina Menzel Returns to Broadway

With the hit song "Let It Go" from "Frozen" topping the charts and a new friend named John Travolta, Idina Menzel is back on Broadway in a new musical called "If/Then," about the choices we make. 

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Shakespeare in America

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro reveals the ways Shakespeare has influenced the United States’ literary heritage. His anthology Shakespeare in America reveals how, for over two centuries, the plays have been a prism through which crucial American issues—revolution, slavery, war, social justice—were debated and understood. American statesmen and presidents from John Adams to Bill Clinton offer their own testimonies to Shakespeare’s profound and enduring influence.

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Kevin Spacey on Richard III and Francis Underwood

Kevin Spacey discusses collaborating with director Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company to document their staging of Shakespeare's "Richard III" across three continents and in over 200 performances. He also talks about playing Frank Underwood in "House of Cards."

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Guest Picks: Brian Yorkey

Brian Yorkey, the lyricist and book writer for "If/Then," was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about the new Broadway musical. he also told us what he's listening to and what he's a fan of that you might not expect.

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Guest Picks: Michael Greif

Michael Greif was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about directing the new Broadway musical, "If/Then." He also told us what he's been reading, listening to, and watching recently.

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