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"Follies" on Broadway

Friday, September 30, 2011

Jan Maxwell, who stars as Phyllis Rogers Stone, and Danny Burstein, who stars as Buddy Plummer in the new production of "Follies," talk about their roles and the production. When former members of the "Weismann Follies" reunite on the eve of their theater's demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. The score features some of Stephen Sondheim's best-known songs. "Follies" is playing at the Marquis Theatre through January 22.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Friday, September 30, 2011

Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks about his acting career and his new movie "50/50," about a young man whose life changes when he's diagnosed with cancer. The screenplay was written by Will Reiser, based on his own experiences, and stars Seth Rogen as the best friend. He also discusses hitRECord, a collaborative production company he started about five years ago. The first anthology of work, RECollection, features short films and videos, original songs, stories, poems, illustrations, photography.

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"Temporal Powers"

Friday, September 30, 2011

Jonathan Bank, director of "Temporal Powers," and actors Rosie Benton and Aidan Redmond talk about the play. Written by Theresa Deevy and set in Ireland in the 1920s, it tells the story of Michael and Min, a broke and homeless couple who, after taking shelter in a crumbling ruin, discover hidden treasure. Min sees a chance to start a new life; Michael fears it's stolen and wants to give it to the priest. "Temporal Powers" is playing at the Mint Theater through October 9.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'What's Your Number'

Friday, September 30, 2011

What's your number? No, not your phone number, but the number of sexual partners you've had. Awkward question right? It's also the basis and title for a new Anna Faris movie. But is "What's Your Number" a good idea for a movie? Kristen and Rafer agree on the final judgment, but if you want to know what it is, you'll have to take a listen to this week's movie date podcast. 

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Keith Miller on “Anna Bolena”

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Keith Miller is the only opera singer performing today who was a former football player. He discusses his transition from football to opera, his meteoric rise in the opera world, and his role in Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” at the Metropolitan Opera. "Anna Bolena" will be shown live in HD at movie theaters on October 15 at 12:55 pm. Check listings here to find theaters.


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Lindsey Buckingham

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Guitarist/singer Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac talks about his career in music with that band and as a solo musician, and discusses his new album, “Seeds We Sow.” He’s not only the male lead singer and guitarist for Fleetwood Mad but also penned some of their biggest hits.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Moneyball

Sunday, September 25, 2011

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Kristen, Rafer, join a baseball-loving guest in discussing stats movie "Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt. Can a movie about baseball statistics be remotely interesting? Does Kristen's knowledge of the game run deeper than "Bad News Bears"? Does the movie, in the final judgment, satisfy people who aren't number crunchers? To get answers to these questions, you must listen!  

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Bob Gruen's Rock Seen

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bob Gruen talks about his 40-plus years of taking photos on tour with Ike and Tina Turner to capturing the early CBGB and Max’s Kansas City scene to covering current stadium rockers such as Green Day. Rock Seen, includes favorite photographs from his career, with detailed captions and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, of the Clash, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, Ramones, and more.

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Robbie Robertson

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rock legend Robbie Robertson discusses his long career in music and his new CD, “How to Become Clairvoyant.” He talks about his days performing with Bob Dylan and the Band, making “The Last Waltz,” and composing the scores to the Marin Scorsese films “Raging Bull,” “King of Comedy,” and “The Color of Money.”

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Hal Holbrook

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Actor Hal Holbrook talks about growing up behind disguises and his lifelong search for himself. His memoir Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain is an account of war, marriage, and the work of honing his craft, the dark side of fame, and performing as the iconic Mark Twain, the man with whom his career would forever be associated.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Actress Christina Hendricks on TV and Movies

Monday, September 19, 2011

This week our Movie Date podcasters get a special treat: a visit from "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks. Hendricks, who is also in two fall films, including "Drive," talks about approaching the differences between acting for movies and for TV, and about the next season of "Mad Men." 

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All About Fonts

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Simon Garfield talks about the history of fonts, from font "pirating" dating back nearly as far as Gutenberg to the creation of Comic Sans and Ikea’s font-change controversy. Just My Type: A Book About Fonts shows how something as simple as font choice can speak volumes about our cultural climate and personal tastes.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Warrior'

Monday, September 12, 2011

You can't say Kristen and Rafer don't go to great lengths to make their movie date fit the bill. This week's topic is epic mixed martial arts film "Warrior," and how do they discuss it? With a "Movie Date throwdown," of course! After a few weeks of surprised agreement, Rafer and Kristen are back in separate corners, ready to go to (friendly) blows at the ring of the bell. Who wins? Who loses? You have to listen to find out! 

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The Takeaway

Music to Commemorate 9/11

Friday, September 09, 2011

This week has been a time of reflection on the loss, perseverance, and humanity displayed on September 11, 2001. It's also been a time for remembrance of 9/11. We asked our listeners to send us suggestions for songs that helped them cope with and process the events of that day. Here are some of their suggestions.

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The Takeaway

How 9/11 Changed Comedy

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Life changed for most Americans after 9/11, but comedians faced a very specific dilemma: when and how to make people laugh again. Comedic television programs like "Saturday Night Live" and "The Daily Show" struggled with this question as they began their fall seasons in late September of 2001, and comedians like Gilbert Gottfried faced decisions on whether it was appropriate to joke about 9/11 when performing live.

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Joel Meyerowitz on Photographing Ground Zero

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Photographer Joel Meyerowitz discusses the 10th anniversary edition/re-release of Aftermath, his book of photographs he took that record the recovery efforts at Ground Zero. He was the only professional photographer granted entry to the site. A number of his photographs will be displayed in the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

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Alexandra Styron: Reading My Father

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Alexandra Styron describes her experience growing up as the daughter of the brilliant, tormented Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Styron. In constant pursuit of The Great Novel, he and his work were the dominant force in his family’s life. Reading My Father portrays the wide sweep of his life, from his childhood to his literary success to his spiral into depression.

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Moby Talks about Insomnia, Travel, Photography, and Music

Friday, September 02, 2011

Moby talks about his new album and book of photographs, “Destroyed.” The book Destroyed features 55 photographs taken all over the world, and helps to show the strange and disconcerting life of touring that is rarely seen—time spent isolated in anonymous, mundane spaces like hotel rooms, airports, and backstage waiting areas. Songs on the album “Destroyed” were written mostly late at night, in hotel rooms around the world when cities had gone to sleep.

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The Takeaway

New Movies: 'The Debt,' Fall Movie Preview

Friday, September 02, 2011

Every Friday, The Takeaway looks at the weekend's new releases. Opening this weekend: "The Debt," an American remake of a 2007 Israeli thriller, starring Helen Mirren. We'll also talk about films to see this fall, including the haunting film "Martha Marcy May Marlene," and the 3-D family adventure film "Hugo."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hong Kong Filmmaker Tsui Hark

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark talks about his career and his mega-hit films “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame,”  “Peking Opera Blues,” and “Green Snake.” He was presented with the 2011 Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York Asian Film Festival in July. Tsui Hark is viewed as a major figure in the Golden Age of Hong Kong cinema, and was part of the "New Wave" of young, iconoclastic directors that emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s. “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” opens in New York Friday at Angelika and the Regal E-Walk 13.

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