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Theater Smackdown: Do Stars Shine or Fade on Broadway?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Reviews are in for the latest crop of Hollywood starts taking to the stage, including James Franco, Michelle Williams, Alan Cumming and Neil Patrick Harris, and they're not all sparkling.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

New York's Drag Scene Dates Back to the Dutch

Friday, April 25, 2014

And it shows no signs of abating. Performers Lady Bunny and Murray Hill, and historian Joe Jeffreys, talk about drag as art, political statement and entertainment.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski on "Ida" and Hidden Family Roots

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pawel Pawlikowski talks about writing and directing the film “Ida,” set in Poland in 1962. It’s about Anna, an 18-year-old woman, preparing to become a nun at the convent where she has lived since she was orphaned as a child. Before taking her vows, she visits her mother’s sister and discovers is not only a former hard-line Communist state prosecutor who sentenced priests and others to death, but she's also a Jew. This revelation sets Anna on a journey to uncover her roots and confront the truth about her family. “Ida” opens May 2 at Film Forum and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Politics and Performance: Barney Frank, Democracy in South Africa, and How to do Drag

Friday, April 25, 2014

Jonathan Capehart fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: we’ll take a look at inequality in South Africa as the country marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of Apartheid and South Africa’s first free elections. Then, former U.S. Representative Barney Frank talks about his political career as the first openly gay congressman. The director of “Ida,” talks about the film. And this week’s Please Explain is all about drag!

Studio 360

Brian Williams Raps, Game of Thrones Maps, and More

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Also, the ultimate Game of Thrones nerd makes an interactive map, and a light show in the sky.

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Radiolab

Fluffier, Brighter, Weirder Dinosaurs

Thursday, April 24, 2014

John Conway paints pictures of old dead things. But he doesn't paint them like they're old and dead—he paints them like maybe they’re outside your window right now, looking at you.
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WNYC News

Though This Be Madness, Could This Dictionary Be Shakespeare's?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Two New York City bookstore owners claim they have an annotated dictionary from 1580 used by the bard himself.

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Studio 360

Ghostbusters Fan Art Proves There's No Need for a Sequel

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rumors continue to swirl that they're going to remake the beloved '80s films, but this new treasure trove of tribute art means we should leave the franchise alone.

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On The Media

Andy Warhol, Computer Artist

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A bunch of old Andy Warhol computer art was found on old diskettes.

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The Takeaway

Was Shakespeare a Scientist at Heart?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

When most people think of William Shakespeare they think of his plays, not science. But how much did the real science of astronomy influence Shakespeare's writing? 

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Studio 360

The Real Colbert Stops By Letterman

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stephen Colbert proved he'll do a fine job as Late Show host, without his beloved character.

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The Takeaway

Report: FBI Coerces U.S. Muslims to Spy | Was Shakespeare a Scientist at Heart? | After Tragedy, A Look Inside the Lives of Sherpas

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hamas-Fatah Unity Deal Reached | President Obama Tackles Tensions Between Japan and China | Voting in Congress? There May be an App for That. | Report: FBI Coerces U.S. Muslims to Spy | Was Shakespeare a Scientist at Heart? | This Is Where: Deep in The Woods of East Texas | ...

The Leonard Lopate Show

Make Carla Bruni Your Ringtone

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Idina Menzel Returns to Broadway

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Kevin Spacey on Richard III and Francis Underwood

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

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

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.”

NYPR Archives & Preservation

Church Wachtel Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In September, 1983, The poet Church Wachtel spoke about his third book and first novel, Joe the Engineer, with Walter James Miller on The Reader’s Almanac. The main  character is a Vietnam Veteran working as a water meter reader in the Richmond Hill section of Queens. 

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Louis Untermeyer Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

Louis Untermeyer was poet and critic was appointed the fourteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1961. In this 1963 interview he talks about his close friend the poet Robert Frost and the book: The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer on this edition of The Reader’s Almanac with host Warren Bower.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Dylan Thomas Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

This year marks the centennial of Dylan Thomas’ birth. Listen now to an interview with Thomas by Vivienne Koch airing on WNYC’s Reader’s Almanac, in 1952, a year before his death. He talks about his latest collection of poems in In Country Sleep and reads selections.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Robert Pinsky Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In this December, 1977 interview on the Reader’s Almanac, Robert Pinsky discusses his critical work, The Situation of Poetry, and his collection of poems, Sadness and Happiness. He talks with host Walter James Miller about how poetry can be anti-modern yet still contemporary. He also reads "Poem About People" from Sadness and Happiness

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