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Jules Feiffer

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Award-winning cartoonist, playwright, and author Jules Feiffer, talks about his life and his rise from a fearful kid with learning problems and a controlling mother, to working under the legendary Will Eisner and creating his subversive graphic novella Munro. His memoir is Backing into Forward.

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The Long Song

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Andrea Levy discusses her novel The Long Song. It tells the story of slavery in Jamaica, the bloody Baptist war, and the violent and chaotic end of slavery.

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Freedom and Captivity

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Eric Volz describes his experience being wrongfully accused of murder while he was living in Nicaragua. Then, award-winning cartoonist, playwright, and author Jules Feiffer discusses his new illustrated autobiography. And Andrea Levy talks about her new novel The Long Song. Plus, David Reznick discusses his interpretive guide to Darwin’s Origin ...

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The PEN World Voices Festival

Monday, April 26, 2010

Salman Rushdie, and Caro Llewellyn, PEN World Voices Festival and Public Programs Director, discuss this year’s PEN World Voices Festival.

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World Voices

Monday, April 26, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll look at some of the sensible and senseless proposals for curbing global warming and the disasters associated with it. Then, we’ll learn about the unintended consequences of “operation Babylift,” the U.S. government’s 1975 effort to place thousands of Vietnamese children with families overseas. Also, Emmy Award-winning ...

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"Behind the Burly Q"

Friday, April 23, 2010

Filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis discusses her documentary “Behind the Burly Q,” a comprehensive look at burlesque as told by the women performers themselves. April March, one of the dancers featured in the film, also joins us. The documentary focuses on all the performers of the Burlesque era--including male comedians, novelty acts, ...

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Anna Halprin

Friday, April 23, 2010

Dance pioneer Anna Halprin and filmmaker Ruedi Gerber discuss the documentary “Breath Made Visible.” It's the first feature-length documentary on the life and career of Anna Halprin (who will turn 90 years old in July), who redefined our notions of modern art and the power of dance. The film opens ...

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“The Glass Menagerie”

Friday, April 23, 2010

Gordon Edelstein, director of a new production of “The Glass Menagerie,” by Tennessee Williams, and two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey, who plays matriarch Amanda Wingfield, discuss the classic American drama and this daring new production. It’s playing at the Roundabout Theater Company’s Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre through ...

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Leaks, Floods, and Controversy

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A leaked video showing the U.S. military shooting at and killing a Reuters photographer in Iraq has created a firestorm of controversy. We’ll look into the role WikiLeaks has played in the story and the role the Internet in investigative journalism. Then, Trey Kay, producer and host of the Peabody ...

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Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner, answers questions about the English language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of her book Woe is I has recently been published. Call us at 212-433-9692 or leave a question below.

Visit Patricia T. O'Conner's Website.

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Something Red

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Jennifer Gilmore discusses her second novel Something Red. Set in 1979, it tells the story of life inside the Goldstein home, which is as tumultuous as the shifting landscape of the times.

Event: Jennifer Gilmore will be in conversation with the fiction writers Rachel DeWoskin and Shannan Rouss
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A Game of Character

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama's brother, talks about the family members and mentors who have shaped his life. His memoir A Game of Character: A Family Journey from Chicago's Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond is about his important influences and his journey from the basketball courts of ...

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Red Alert

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

On today’s show, former Presidential Advisor and counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke discusses the threat posed to the United States by cyber-warfare. Then, Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, discusses his family’s journey from the south side of Chicago to the Ivy League and beyond. Also, Jennifer Gilmore talks about her novel, ...

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Emerald Cities

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Author and urban planner Joan Fitzgerald, and Dan Miner, chair of Sierra Club NYC, look at how American cities are leading the way toward greener, cleaner, more sustainable forms of economic development, and looks at the role of state and national government policy in helping cities create clean technology growth. ...

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In the Neighborhood

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Journalist and author Peter Lovenheim talks about his quest to meet his neighbors and find a sense of community on his street suburban Rochester, NY. In In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time, Lovenheim takes readers inside the homes, hearts, ...

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Parrot and Olivier in America

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Two-time winner of the Booker Prize, Peter Carey, discusses his latest novel, Parrot and Olivier in America. It tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Olivier, the traumatized child of aristocrats who survived the French Revolution, and Parrot, the son of an English printer, who travel to America ...

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Bounce

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Matthew Syed, columnist for The Times of London and a commentator for the BBC, explores our competitive nature. He explains why some people thrive under pressure while others choke and considers the value of innate talent versus practice, hard work, and will. His book Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, ...

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Contested Will

Monday, April 19, 2010

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro explains when and why so many people began to question whether Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him, and examines the history of the controversy, what it means, why it matters, and how it has persisted.

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Persuasion

Monday, April 19, 2010

Every day we see hundreds—perhaps thousands—of marketing messages. Terry O’Reilly discusses our marketing-driven world and gives an inside view of a rapidly evolving industry. He’s the author of The Age of Persuasion, written with Mike Tennant, with whom he also co-hosts the radio show “The Age of Persuasion,” on ...

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The Eastern Stars

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mark Kurlansky describes what makes the Dominican Republic sugar mill town of San Pedro a source of some of the best Dominican players in the Major Leagues—Manny Alexander, Sammy Sosa, Tony Fernandez. In The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Marcoris, he tells ...

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