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Soprano Diana Damrau on "La Traviata"

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

German soprano Diana Damrau talks about taking on the challenges of the lead role in "La Traviata"—opposite Plácido Domingo—at the Metropolitan Opera. She just starred in the “Las Vegas” "Rigoletto" production by Michael Mayer.

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Looking Back at Iraq, Soprano Diana Damrau, Piecing Together WWII Stories, Celebrating MAD Magazine

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

We’re launching a three-day series to mark the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Today we’ll start by looking at how the Bush Administration made the case to invade. German soprano Diana Damrau talks about singing opposite Placido Domingo in “La Traviata” at the Metropolitan Opera. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dale Maharidge describes trying to find the surviving members of his father’s WWII Marine Company. And illustrators Drew Friedman, Al Jaffe, and Arnold Roth on the life and work of MAD Magazine founding editor Harvey Kurtzman.

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“Belleville” at New York Theater Workshop

Monday, March 18, 2013

Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller talk about starring in Amy Herzog's play “Belleville.” It’s about Abby and Zack, a young American couple who have shirked the stability of a comfortable post-graduate life in the United States for Belleville, a bohemian neighborhood in Paris, but their relationship is put to the test. “Belleville” is playing at the New York Theatre Workshop and has been extended through April 14.

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David Henry Hwang's “The Dance and the Railroad”

Thursday, March 14, 2013

David Henry Hwang talks about “The Dance and the Railroad,” presented by Signature Theatre Company. On a California mountaintop in 1867 near the Transcontinental Railroad, two Chinese workers struggle through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of their homeland. “The Dance and the Railroad” follows the twice-extended “Golden Child” as the second production in the Residency One: David Henry Hwang Series. It’s playing at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

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Abbie Cornish on “The Girl”

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Director David Riker talks about his new film, “The Girl,” with its star, Abbie Cornish. Struggling with the loss of her child to Social Services, a single mother is trapped in the quicksand of her south Texas life, when her path collides with a young girl from Mexico.

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“Beyond the Hills”

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Director Christian Mungiu talks about his latest film, “Beyond the Hills,” winner of the Cannes 2012 awards for Best Actress (for its two leads) and Best Screenplay. Set in an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania where, the film tells the story of Alina and her childhood friend Voichita, a novice nun. When Alina challenges the priest in an attempt to win back Voichita’s affection, she is suspected of being possessed. Mungiu based his gripping drama on a case of alleged demonic possession that occurred in a Romanian monastery in 2005.

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Dawn Upshaw and Maria Schneider on "Winter Morning Walks"

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In this 2013 Leonard Lopate Show interview, soprano Dawn Upshaw and composer Maria Schneider talk about their Grammy-winning recording, “Winter Morning Walks.”

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What's the Value of Art School?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University's School of the Arts, answers the question what’s the value of art school?  She wrote the article "Art Schools Are All About Potential" on the NEA's blog.  She’ll discuss the cost, curricula, job market, and whether art school is worth the money.

Weigh in: Did you go to art school and would you do it again? Did you consider going and decide against it? Let us know about your experiences—leave a comment!

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Guest Picks: David Ives

Monday, February 18, 2013

Playwright David Ives came by the Lopate Show with actor Carson Elrod to talk about his play "All in the Timing." He shared his guest picks with us.

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Kenny Vance "Acapella"

Monday, February 18, 2013

Kenny Vance celebrates the music of he grew up singing on Brooklyn street corners in the 1950s and 1960s with his new album, “Acapella.” The thirteen song collection also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Planotones, which began as a fictional group led by Kenny in the cult classic film "American Hot Wax" and who have re-formed with him since 1992.

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Artist El Anatsui

Friday, February 15, 2013

Nigerian artist El Anatsui, best known for shimmering tapestries made from liquor bottle tops, talks about his work. He’s joined by author Susan M. Vogel, who worked closely with Anatsui while directing a documentary film about the artist. Vogel’s book El Anatsui: Art and Life  includes nearly 150 images and traces his lifelong exploration of media leading up to the bottle top art form that has captured the interest of the global art world. The exhibition Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui is on view through August 4 at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Martin Moran's "All the Rage"

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Martin Moran discusses his one-man show, “All the Rage.” It takes the audience on a quest from west of the Rockies to south of Johannesburg, unearthing the unexpected connections and human hilarity that arise as he attempts to resolve an ancient riddle: how is it that we are compassionate in one moment and murderous in the next. “All the Rage” is playing at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

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Vince Gill and Doug Green, The Time Jumpers

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Vince Gill and Doug Green talk about their Western Swing band, The Time Jumpers. They were nominated for Grammy awards for Best Country Album and Best Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group – Country). Since 1998, The Time Jumpers have had a standing Monday night engagement in Nashville.

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Chris Terrio on Writing the "Argo" Screenplay

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chris Terrio talks about writing the Oscar-nominated screenplay for “Argo.” The film, which is also up for a Best Picture Oscar, is based on the true story of a Hollywood-CIA plan to save a group of diplomats during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.

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Afghan Youth Orchestra

Monday, February 11, 2013

William Harvey, the American conductor of the Afghan Youth Orchestra, and Milad Yousoufi, a pianist with the orchestra, discuss the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) bringing its Afghan Youth Orchestra to the United States for the first time. The orchestra was started after the fall of the Taliban to rebuild the musical culture of Afghanistan. The orchestra provide a trade and skill for children (both boys and girls) to help get them off the streets of Kabul.

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"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Benjamin Walker and Ciaran Hinds talk about their roles in Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” It’s playing at the Richard Rogers Theater through March 30.

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Guest Picks: Ciaran Hinds

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Ciaran Hinds was on the Lopate Show on February 7, 2013, with Benjamin Walker, to talk about their roles in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." He shares his guest picks with us.

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Guest Picks: Benjamin Walker

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Benjamin Walker was on the Lopate Show on February 7, 2013, with Ciaran Hinds, to talk about their roles in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." He shares his guest picks with us.

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Peter Hook of Joy Division

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Joy Division founding member and bass player Peter Hook tells the story of the band, which is credited with reinventing music in the post-punk era, and influencing U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead, and numerous others. In 1980, just after the release of their groundbreaking debut, “Unknown Pleasures,” and on right before their first U.S. tour, the band’s lead singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide. Hook’s book Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division recounts how four young men from Manchester and Salisbury, with makeshift instruments and a broken-down van, created a new sound that would define a generation.

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David O. Russell Talks "Silver Linings Playbook"

Thursday, January 24, 2013

David O. Russell talks about his latest film, Silver Linings Playbook, which he wrote and directed, based on the bestselling novel by Matthew Quick. It has been nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Director.

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