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Flash Boys by Michael Lewis and French Songs by Carla Bruni

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard. He talks to Michael Lewis about the world of flash trading on Wall Street. Singer, songwriter, and former First Lady of France Carla Bruni discusses her latest album, “Little French Songs.” Music critic and reporter Joel Selvin on the little-known story of rhythm and blues songwriter and record producer Bert Berns. A mother talks about raising a deaf son and what she learned about the science of hearing. Julene Bair talks about trying to preserve her family’s Kansas farm to pass on to future generations.

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Andy Borowitz

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How one group of guys figured out that the stock market was being rigged for the benefit of insiders.

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Make Carla Bruni Your Ringtone

That’s what Andy Borowitz is doing after interviewing the singer, songwriter and former first lady of France about her latest album, “Little French Songs.” Bruni plays Thursday night at New York’s Town Hall. 

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Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues

Music critic and reporter Joel Selvin gives an account of the golden age of rhythm and blues of the early 1960s and the tragic story of songwriter and record producer Bert Berns, whose heart was damaged by rheumatic fever when he was young, and he wasn’t expected to live to see 21. Selvin's new book Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues is about Berns's career working alongside all the greats of the era—Jerry Leiber and Mike Stroller, Burt Bacharach and Phil Spector, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and anyone who was anyone in New York rhythm and blues.

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A Journey through the Science of Sound and Language

When journalist Lydia Denworth's third son, Alex, was nearly two, he was diagnosed with significant hearing loss that was likely getting worse, a discovery that left her reeling. Her book I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language is an investigation into the science of hearing, child language acquisition, neuroplasticity, brain development, and Deaf culture, as a mother strives to find answers for her deaf son.

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Preserving a Family Farm and the Environment

Julene Bair talks about inheriting part of a farming empire in Kansas's beautiful Smoky Valley and her hopes to preserve it for the next generation. She also has to come to terms with the ecological harm the Bair Farm has done: each growing season her family—like other irrigators—pumps over two hundred million gallons out of the rapidly depleting Ogallala aquifer. Her new memoir is The Ogallala Road.

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