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European Art Grab

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Many of America’s great Old Masters art collections, like that at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, were developed by Gilded Age tycoons. Cynthia Saltzman, author of Old Masters, New World, talks about the race to bring Europe’s most valuable art to America.

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Sports and Politics in Asia

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Find out how China is using the 2008 Beijing Olympics to promote its political agenda at home and abroad. Victor D. Cha talks about the history of sports as politics in Asia; he’s the author of the new book Beyond the Final Score .

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Ethiopia in Damrosch Park

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Last night in Damrosch Park, the New Jersey radio station WFMU in collaboration with Lincoln Center's "Out of Doors" concert series presented the who's who of modern Ethiopian music. The show included pairings such as the Ethiopian sax king

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Central Park in the Dark

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New York City never sleeps, and neither does Central Park. Find out who’s in Central Park in the dark – from bats and owls, to dogwalkers, policemen, and lovers. Marie Winn's new book is Central Park in the Dark: More Mysteries of Urban Wildlife.

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After the Flood in New Orleans

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Aspiring rap artist Kimberly Roberts and her husband Scott Roberts were trapped by floodwaters in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Now, with community support, they’re trying to start a new life in the face of government indifference. They’re the subjects of a new film, "Trouble the Water," co-directed ...

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Young and Arab in America

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The lives of many Arab and Muslim Americans have gotten more complicated since 9/11, thanks to government surveillances, workplace discrimination, and cultural misunderstandings. Moustafa Bayoumi has written a new book, How Does it Feel to Be a Problem?, profiling 7 young Arab American living in Brooklyn – including Egyptian-American ...

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George Carlin: When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Comedian, actor, and author George Carlin was last a guest on the Lopate Show in October 2004 to talk about his book, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?. He chose that title because it offended three major religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

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Tim Russert on Fatherhood

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hear the late Meet the Press host Tim Russert talk about the father-child bond, and what makes for a good father. He was a guest on the Leonard Lopate Show in May 2007 to talk about his last book was Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters ...

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Debra Winger on Life Beyond Hollywood

Friday, August 15, 2008

Debra Winger explains how she’s resisted the all-consuming lure of Hollywood and created a life for herself beyond acting. Her new book, Undiscovered, weaves together memories, poetry, stories, and observations.

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Can Public Education Save America’s Kids?

Friday, August 15, 2008

We look at the complicated relationship between race and poverty, and what America’s public school system needs to do in order to promote racial equity. Pedro Noguera is the author of The Trouble With Black Boys: And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education.

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America on the Verge

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi says that America is a nation on the verge of a nervous breakdown. He traveled across the country in the post-9/11 era and wrote about what he found in The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of ...

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JFK’s Trusted Advisor

Thursday, August 14, 2008

JFK called his advisor Ted Sorensen his “intellectual blood bank.” Ted Sorensen looks back on their work together, and tells us what he thinks JFK’s true legacy is. His new memoir is Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History.

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Real-Life Stories of Reproductive Choice

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Reproductive choice is one of the most complex, personal, and political issues of modern-day America. A recent essay collection, Choice, explores what it’s like to have a baby, use a sperm bank, get an abortion, be a surrogate mother, and much more. Karin Bender and Nina de Gramont are ...

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Cynthia Ozick’s Quartet

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cynthia Ozick’s new collection of four stories is Dictation: A Quartet. The title story investigates how the female secretaries of Henry James and Joseph Conrad influenced their bosses’ works.

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America’s Best Artisanal Foods

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

More and more Americans want to know where their food comes from, and are seeking out food produced at a small scale on the local level. Food writer Rebecca Gray tells us where to find America’s best artisanal foods, from chocolate and cheese to old-fashioned sodas. Her new book is ...

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Senator Harry Reid’s Path to Power

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Senator Harry Reid talks about his path from a childhood of poverty in Nevada to Senate Majority Leader. His new memoir is The Good Fight.

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Ernest Borgnine: The Man Behind the Roles

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Oscar-winner Ernest Borgnine has played more than 190 film and television roles! In his new autobiography, Ernie, he writes about the man behind those roles, and the many changes he’s seen in the movie business over the past six decades.

Event: Ernest Borgnine will be speaking and signing books

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R. Buckminster Fuller, American Visionary

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Designer, architect, and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller has been called one of the greatest American visionaries of the 20th century. A new exhibit at the Whitney Museum, "Buckminster Fuller: Starting With the Universe," looks into five decades of Fuller’s work, including his extensive use of the tetrahedron. Michael ...

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Trains and Boats and Planes

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Laura Cantrell performs live from her new album, “Trains and Boats and Planes.” She recorded the travel-themed album as a way to satisfy her travel urges while she was at home following the birth of her daughter.

Event: Laura Cantrell’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Women
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Predicting America’s Future

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Superpollster John Zogby has been called “the maverick predictor” by the Washington Post. He’s here to make predictions on where the U.S. is heading politically, culturally, and spiritually. His new book is The Way We’ll Be.

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