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Severe Clear

Friday, March 12, 2010

"Severe Clear" is a first-person account of the Marines who were on the front lines of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike Scotti, First Lieutenant who shot it on his Mini-DV camera, and director Kristian Fraga, who assembled it, talk about the film and how it portrays life ...

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First Person

Friday, March 12, 2010

Filmmaker Kristian Fraga and Marine First Lieutenant Mike Scotti talk about “Severe Clear,” the first-person account of what life was like on the front lines in Iraq. Then, Danielle Offri, an attending physician at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, tells us about some of the unique patients she has known over ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lonelyhearts

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Biographer Marion Meade restores Nathaniel West and Eileen McKenney to their rightful places in the cultural history of America between the wars. In Lonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney, she tells the story of these literary figures.

Event: Marion Meade will be reading and ...

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Iraqi Votes and Jesse Ventura

Thursday, March 11, 2010

On today’s show, live from Baghdad, New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid parses Sunday's parliamentary elections in Iraq. Then, we’ll talk with former Minnesota governor--and retired pro-wrestler--Jesse Ventura. And Marion Meade tells the story of the lives, work, and marriage of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney. Plus, our latest ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

So Much for That

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lionel Shriver discusses her most recent novel, So Much for That, about a man whose plan to retire to an idyllic Third World locale where his nest egg can last forever is derailed when his wife is diagnosed with a serious illness and needs his health insurance.

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The Shaking Woman

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Siri Hustvedt suffered a violent seizure from the neck down in 2006, and the seizures happened again and again. She talks about searching for a diagnosis to her disorder. Her memoir The Shaking Woman or a History of My Nerves is an account of her search, and how it ...

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Challenges

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Longtime political opponents Ted Olson and David Boies discuss why they've joined forces to challenge California’s Proposition 8 in court. Then, novelist Siri Hustvedt on her long quest for a diagnosis to her inexplicable seizures. Also, Lionel Shriver with her timely new novel, So Much for That. And, the Gurus ...

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The Surrendered

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Chang-Rae Lee discusses his latest novel The Surrendered. Lee weaves together a story of three people in the aftermath of the Korean War, and he weaves a profound meditation on the nature of heroism and sacrifice, the power of love, and the possibilities for mercy, salvation, and surrendering oneself to another.

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The Age of Wonder

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Richard Holmes tells the history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the 18th century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. In The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, he looks at the ...

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William Kentridge

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Artists William Kentridge discusses his career and the exhibition “Five Themes,” on view at the Museum of Modern Art, a survey of nearly 30 years of his work, which combines the political and the poetic. The exhibition also includes works related to the artist’s staging and ...

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The Political and the Poetical

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Harry Markopolos tells us about the years he spent investigating Bernard Madoff, and how the SEC ignored all the red flags he'd raised about Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Then, William Kentridge discusses his career and the new stunning exhibit of his work at MoMA. And Chang-Rae Lee talks about his latest ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Story of Stuff

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

In her new book The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession With Stuff Is Trashing The Planet, Our Communities, And Our Health - And A Vision For Change, author Annie Leonard connects the stuff you consume with everything and everyone that made it and will be stuck ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Efficient Life

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Slate has launched a project called "The Efficient Life" that collects everyday tips on how to save energy. Daniel Gross, senior editor at Newsweek and Slate columnist, discusses the new endeavor.

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Patty Duke Remembers Anne Bancroft

Monday, March 08, 2010

Actress Patty Duke stops by to discuss her career, and the career of her fellow actress, Anne Bancroft. Both Bancroft and Duke originated the roles of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker” on Broadway, then went on to do the film which brought them both Academy Awards ...

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Our Town

Monday, March 08, 2010

Tappan Wilder, Thornton Wilder’s nephew, discusses the enduring appeal of "Our Town," and David Cromer’s award-winning staging of "Our Town," the longest-running production of the play in its 71-year history; its record-breaking 337th performance was on December 16th. The production just passed its one-year anniversary on February 26. ...

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Beauty and the Brain

Monday, March 08, 2010

Neeraja Balachander, of the Zanvyl Krieger Mind-Brain Institute at The Johns Hopkins University, and Gary Vikan, director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, and curator of the exhibition “Beauty and the Brain: A Neural Approach to Aesthetics,” talk about that exhibition, which is an experiment on how ...

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Victor Fleming

Monday, March 08, 2010

Michael Sragow talks about the life and career of Victor Fleming, who made films across range of genres, from westerns, to screwball comedies to romances. He’s best remembered for “Gone With the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz,” as well as other classics. Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master ...

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Experiments in Science and Art

Monday, March 08, 2010

Bruce Lourie talks about becoming a human guinea pig to investigate the toxins in everyday household objects—from toothpaste to rubber ducks. And we’ll look into the life of Victor Fleming—the man behind “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the Wind.” Then we’ll learn about a museum exhibition designed to ...

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Leonard Lopate: 25 Live on WNYC!

Friday, March 05, 2010

We’ll celebrate Leonard Lopate’s 25 years on WNYC by revisiting some of the show’s most memorable moments. On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone takes us through interviews with Henry Kissinger, Barack Obama, Carol Channing, and many more (including one with the inventor of the female condom). Plus, a James ...

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25 Live

Friday, March 05, 2010

On today’s show, we’re starting off with Please Explain, which is all about the most ubiquitous of substances—dust. We’ll find out what it’s made of, where it comes from, and whether there’s anything to do to eliminate it. Then, in our second hour, we’re celebrating Leonard’s 25 years on WNYC, ...

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