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Legends

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Music icon Willie Nelson talks about his career in music and his latest album. Christopher Corbett discusses his new novel The Poker Bride, about a Chinese woman in the American west during the Gold Rush. Also, Damon Wayans talks about his career in comedy and describes writing his first novel. ...

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Innocent

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Scott Turow talks about the sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent. His latest book, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

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The Other Wes Moore

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Wes Moore discusses sharing the same name with a man from the same neighborhood he grew up in who went on to have a very different life. In The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, he describes discovering the other Wes Moore, now a convicted murderer serving ...

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The Lindsay Years

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for the New York Times, and editor of America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York, and Tom Casciato, director of the documentary "Fun City Revisited: The Lindsay Years," discuss the controversial legacy of John V. Lindsay, who became mayor of ...

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Decisive Actions

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Director Tom Casciato and New York Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts talk about the controversial legacy of New York Mayor John Lindsay. Then, Wes Moore, a former Rhodes scholar who discovered someone with the same name and who grew up in the same town, but whose life turned out ...

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Private and Public Lives

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

On today’s show, former first lady Rosalynn Carter discusses her advocacy for the mentally ill. Then, Pam Grier talks about her life, career, and her with many memorable roles, like Jackie Brown. Also, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jane Smiley on her latest, called Private Life. Humorist Dave Barry tells terrifying tales ...

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Foxy Pam Grier

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Pam Grier, best known for her roles as Foxy Brown, Friday Foster, Coffy, and Jackie Brown, talks about her life and career. In her memoir Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, she discusses her relationships with famous men like Richard Pryor, her experiences as a backup singer and a blaxploitation ...

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The Men Who Would Be King

Monday, May 03, 2010

Variety reporter Nicole LaPorte, gives an insider’s account of the creation of Hollywood’s DreamWorks studio. In The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks she reveals Hollywood’s bizarre business rules, describes the clashes between Spielberg’s and Katzenberg’s, the disasters ...

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Casino Jack

Monday, May 03, 2010

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney discusses the inside story of the corruption scandals that brought down lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He’s joined by former Ohio congressman Bob Ney, who was convicted in the prosecution of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and is featured Gibney’s latest film, "Casino Jack and the United States of ...

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Days of Wine and Scandals

Monday, May 03, 2010

Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney talks about “Casino Jack and the United States of Money,” his new film about the Abramoff scandal…we’ll also speak with former Ohio congressman Bob Ney, who was convicted as a result of the case. Then, Aldo Sohm, Sommelier at Le Bernardin, explains why Austrian ...

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Uncovered and Discovered

Friday, April 30, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll get a comprehensive history of anti-Semitism in England—from the expulsion of Jews by King Edward I up through today. Then, film scholar Juan Salas talks about his discovery of "With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain," an 18-minute film by Henri Cartier-Bresson (excerpted below).

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Lend Me a Tenor

Friday, April 30, 2010

Stanley Tucci, director of "Lend Me A Tenor," and Tony Shalhoub and Jan Maxwell, who star in it, discuss the play— a screwball comedy set in the 1930s. It’s playing at the Music Box Theatre.

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With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

Friday, April 30, 2010

Film scholar Juan Salas talks about recently discovering an 18-minute film shot by Henri Cartier-Bresson called "With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain," made 1937-38. He’s be joined by Jeanne Houck, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, which is having a reunion program and reception on May 2 ...

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Girl in Translation

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jean Kwok discusses her debut novel, Girl in Translation, which tells the story of Kimberly Chang, who emigrates with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn and begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker at night.

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Hellhound in Memphis

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hampton Sides, author of Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the International Hunt for His Assassin, and Stephen Ives, director of the documentary "Roads to Memphis," talk about James Earl Ray, the escaped convict who shot and killed Dr. Martin Luther ...

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Mad Men

Thursday, April 29, 2010

We’ll look into the life and influences of James Earl Ray, the escaped convict who assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the international manhunt to find him. Then, Newsweek assistant managing editor Evan Thomas on why America wanted to go to war in 1898...and how the opportunity presented itself ...

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Molly Ringwald

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Molly Ringwald talks about her career, which took off when she starred in the John Hughes high school classics "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," and "Pretty in Pink," and about turning 40. In Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Shade of Lipstick, she shares personal ...

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The Life of Lucia Chase

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Alex C. Ewing, chancellor emeritus of the North Carolina School of the Arts and former general director of the Joffrey Ballet-- and Lucia Chase's son--and Kevin McKenzie, art director of the America Ballet Theater, discuss the legacy of ballet great Lucia Chase. She brought Nureyev, Bujones, Kirkland, and eventually Baryshnikov ...

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Days of Fear

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo, talks about being kidnapped with his driver in Afghanistan and threatened with death if Italy didn’t remove troops from Afghanistan. When this demand wasn’t met, the driver was decapitated and the video of the murder was circulated worldwide by the Taliban. In Days of Fear: ...

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Danger, Drama, Dance, and Molly Ringwald

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

On today’s show, Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo tells his harrowing story of being kidnapped with his driver by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Then, Rita Tushingham helps us celebrate the 45th anniversary of David Lean's classic film “Doctor Zhivago.” And we’ll talk about the legacy of Lucia Chase, who reigned at ...

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