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The Leonard Lopate Show

Repeat Until Rich

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Josh Axelrad had a respectable but dull job on Wall Street when he decided to abandon it to enter the world of professional blackjack. His book Repeat Until Rich: A Professional Card Counter’s Chronicle of the Blackjack Wars is a darkly funny account of his experience playing ...

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Rich Histories

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

On today’s show guest host Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. He’ll speak with MIT professor Simon Johnson about U.S. financial history and how the six megabanks still standing control more than 60 percent of the country’s GDP! Then, Josh Axelrad explains why he left Wall Street for a ...

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The Man Who Ate His Boots

Monday, March 29, 2010

Anthony Brandt tells story of the adventurers who searched for the Northwest Passage, a British national obsession. In The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage he gives an account of the search for the Northwest Passage, from its beginnings early ...

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Bugging Out

Monday, March 29, 2010

Guest host Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. He’ll speak with Matthew Duss about the rise of Liz Cheney on the national stage. Then, Anthony Brandt tells the tragic stories of the many adventures who searched for the fabled Northwest Passage. Also, we’ll look into complex the relationships between ...

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Waking Sleeping Beauty

Friday, March 26, 2010

Don Hahn and Peter Schneider discuss the years from 1984 to 1994, when a perfect storm of people and circumstances changed the face of animation forever. “Waking Sleeping Beauty,” directed by Hahn and produced by Schneider and Hahn, tells a story of clashing egos, out-of-control budgets, escalating tensions, and one ...

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The Eclipse

Friday, March 26, 2010

Ireland’s star screenwriter and playwright Conor McPherson, director of “The Eclipse,” and actor Ciaran Hinds talk about the film. Hinds plays a widower whose life converges with a beautiful author of supernatural fiction and a pop novelist at an international literary festival. It opens March 26 at the

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The Great American University

Friday, March 26, 2010

Former provost and dean of faculties and John Mitchell Mason Professor at Columbia University, Jonathan R. Cole discusses how it is that while America’s universities are the envy of the world, few understand how and why they’ve earned that reputation. In The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, ...

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Academia and Animation

Friday, March 26, 2010

Guest host Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. She’ll talk with former Columbia University provost Jonathan Cole about the evolution of America’s higher learning institutions. Then, playwright Conor McPherson and actor Ciaran Hinds discuss their new film “The Eclipse.” And we’ll learn how animation changed between 1984 and 1994. ...

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Express Yourself

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Christopher Walken talks about his life, career, and returning to Broadway as the star of “A Behanding in Spokane.” And we’ll speak with museum guards about their own artwork. Then, we’ll take a look at the hundreds of thousands of condolence letters Jackie Kennedy received after her husband’s assassination. Plus, ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Letters to Jackie

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ellen Fitzpatrick talks about all the condolence letters Jackie Kennedy received after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, which exceeded 1.5 million letters. Her book Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation is a remarkable record that preserves the grief and soul searching of the nation in a ...

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Guards and Artists

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Many of the guards the Metropolitan Museum of Art create art when they aren’t standing in museum galleries guarding the great works. Now they’ve created an art journal titled Sw!pe Magazine and have a show of their works at 25CPW gallery. Jason Eskenazi, Guggenheim Fellow and ...

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Christopher Walken

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Christopher Walken talks about his acting career—he starred in such films as “The Deer Hunter,” “Annie Hall,” “Biloxi Blues,” and “Catch Me If You Can,” among others. He explains how he approaches his craft and discusses his return to Broadway in Martin McDonagh’s black comedy “A Behanding ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Exhibitionist Exhibits

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

WNYC Arts & Culture contributor Carolina Miranda describes the many live nudes in performance art around the city and the city's reaction to them.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

My Perestroika

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

When the USSR broke apart in 1991, a generation of young people faced a new world of possibilities. Robin Hessman discusses her feature documentary “My Perestroika,” which tells the stories of five Moscow schoolmates who grew up behind the Iron Curtain and entered adulthood just as the world ...

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NY Export: Opus Jazz

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New York City Ballet soloists Ellen Bar and co-director Jody Lee Lipes, who made the film with Henry Joost, discuss “NY Export: Opus Jazz,” a new film adaptation of Jerome Robbins’ “ballet in sneakers,” which became a smash hit in 1958. Set to an evocative jazz score by ...

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Dancing Across Borders

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Anne Bass, director, and dancer Sokvannara Sar discuss the documentary film “Dancing Across Borders,” which tells the story of Sokvannara "Sy" Sar, who was dancing with a small troupe in Angkor Wat when Anne Bass, a longtime patron of dance in America, saw him perform and arranged for ...

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Drilling, Dancing, and FDR

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll hear from people upstate about what’s happening with drilling for natural gas in their area. Anne Bass director of the documentary film “Dancing Across Borders,” and Cambodian-born dancer Sokvannara Sar discuss his unlikely journey from Angkor Wat to the School of the American Ballet. Plus, we’ll ...

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Equivocation

Monday, March 22, 2010

Michael Countryman and David Furr discuss their roles in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Bill Cain’s new play "Equivocation." The play begins when King James’ right hand man commissions William Shakespeare to write a new play about the Gunpowder Plot, a recent failed attempt to blow up Parliament and ...

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The Things They Carried

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tim O’Brien discusses The Things They Carried on the twentieth anniversary of its publication. The book remains a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

Event: Tim O'Brien will be reading, answering questions, and signing books
Monday, March 22, at 7:00 pm
Barnes ...

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Things Are Not What They Seem

Monday, March 22, 2010

Harper's magazine Senior Editor Luke Mitchell looks at last night's passage of the health care bill. Then, Tim O'Brien talks about the 20th anniversary of his classic The Things They Carried. And Michael Countryman and David Furr discuss their roles in Bill Cain's new play "Equivocation." Plus, we'll look at ...

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