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Major Influence: Extremism on the Rise, Creating Fiction out of Reality

Thursday, June 26, 2014

On today’s show: Eliza Griswold talks about the roots of extremism in Africa and how American Special Forces are dealing with organizations like Boko Haram. Akhil Sharma joins us for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about his novel, Family Life. We’ll get a preview of four radio plays based on James Joyce’s Dubliners that will be performed in the Jerome L. Greene Space. Plus, a look at how Middle Eastern nations like Saudi Arabia and Turkey are playing a role in the rise of the insurgent group ISIS in Iraq. And find out how a Soviet era medical technique of injecting certain kinds of bacteria could help wean us off of our dependence on antibiotics.

 

The Leonard Lopate Show

Reality into Fiction: Akhil Sharma on Family Life

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The author says the tension between light and dark themes in his book was deliberate.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Movie Musicals Matter

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A look at why "Singin' in the Rain," "The Sound of Music," and other movie musicals have become such a major part of our lives.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jazz Age Manhattan and the Making of Modern America

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New York was transformed by the tremendous energy of the 1920s, making Manhattan the social, cultural, and commercial capital of the country.

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Michael Jackson, We Barely Knew You

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Five years after his death, a new book about the King of Pop written by two of his former security guards provides a new look at the famous — and sometimes infamous — musician's life.

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Book News: Deal To Buy Perseus May Boost Hachette's Hand In Amazon Fight

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Also: Lena Dunham on discovering Alice Munro; Yiddish linguistics.

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Studio 360

The Green Turtle Rises

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang revives a mysterious figure from the Golden Age of comics — the first Asian-American superhero.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Marriage Equality, Mouthwatering Knishes, Movie Musicals, Manhattan and Modern America

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

On today’s show: David Boies and Ted Olson discuss their five-year battle for marriage equality in front of the Supreme Court. Laura Silver describes traveling around the world to track down the origins of the knish—and finding its modern incarnations. We’ll take a look at what makes movie musicals like "The Sound of Music" and "Singing in the Rain" so popular. And Donald Miller explains how Manhattan was transformed in the 1920s and how it became the country’s cultural and commercial capital.

Soundcheck

The Virtuosic Bluegrass Of Nickel Creek; Caffè Lena Inspires A New Generation Of Folk Musicians

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In this episode: Nickel Creek wowed audiences when they burst onto the scene in the early '90s. A trio of precocious child prodigies -- Chris Thile on mandolin and banjo, Sara Watkins on fiddle, and her brother Sean Watkins on guitar -- Nickel Creek boasted adventurous songs that melded elements of progressive bluegrass and country, classical and jazz, traditional roots and rock, performed with ecstatic virtuosity and youthful liveliness. After eight years apart, the group recently reunited; we hear some of their new songs. 

Plus: Caffè Lena is one of the most influential folk music venues you've never heard of. Lena Spencer opened the cafè in 1960 and the Saratoga stage has been hosting some of the best folk musicians around ever since -- from Hedy West and Arlo Guthrie to Don McLean and Bob Dylan. In an interview with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Jocelyn Arem -- the director of the Caffè Lena History Project -- talks about the new book and album about the venue and its history.

This is an encore episode of Soundcheck.

Soundcheck

Caffè Lena Inspires A New Generation Of Folk Musicians

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Saratoga Springs' Caffe Lena has been an integral part of the folk scene since the 1960s. We talk with Jocelyn Arem, who edited a new book and box CD set about the musical history of the coffeehouse, as well as composer David Amram and musician Pete Kennedy.

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All Things Considered

'Freedom Summer' And 'The Watsons': Powerful TV About A Civil Rights Journey

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This story in the "Book Your Trip" series features NPR TV critic Eric Deggans on two books turned TV shows about civil rights: PBS's Freedom Summer and Hallmark Channel's The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

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All Things Considered

Book Review: 'No Country'

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews Kalyan Ray's new novel, No Country. It's a family drama that crosses continents and time, from the U.S. to Ireland to India over 150 years.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Eat, Pray, GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Guess who is obsessed with the World Cup? Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert. Here she is discussing her viewing habits, live-tweeting the games, the US as underdog, and how she got so in to soccer in the first place.

And make sure to listen to the full interview with Gilbert, where she talks about, you know, books.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Elizabeth Gilbert's Summer Reading List -- Yours?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

No surprise, your favorite authors have favorite authors. On Tuesday, best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert will be on to discuss her latest novel, "A Signature of All Things," her approach to writing, and some of her favorite summer books.

Here is her list, if you're looking to pick up something this summer.

Books Gilbert Is Hoping to Read This Summer

Some Of Gilbert's All-Time Summer Favorites

Now -- what's on yours? Add it to the comments and we'll compile on the site.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, a Novel by Joshua Ferris

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Joshua Ferris discusses his new novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. It’s about Paul O'Rourke, a dentist made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it and he’s an atheist not quite willing to let go of God. When someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name, he realizes that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Capitalism, Inequality, and Delhi's Transformation

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A look at the transformation of Delhi through its people—from drug dealers to metal traders to psychoanalysts to billionaires—and what they reveal about how capitalism is changing the city.

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Book News: James Patterson Wants To Give Books To New York City Kids

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Also: The Moscow Times pays a visit to a secret Soviet erotica collection; a poem by late Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska.

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'Hidden Sea': What Happens When Fantasyland Doesn't Want You?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In A.M. Dellamonica's new Child of a Hidden Sea, a marine scientist discovers her secret heritage in an alternate, watery version of Earth — a place which adamantly doesn't want to be discovered.

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Exclusive First Read: You CAN Phone Home Again In 'Landline'

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Read an exclusive pre-publication excerpt of Landline, the new novel from Eleanor & Park author Rainbow Rowell. Love, heartache, sitcom success and a magic phone — did we mention the magic phone?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Elizabeth Gilbert on Summer Reading and Writing

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This segment originally aired live on June 24, 2014. An edited version was included in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show on August 15th. The unedited audio can be found here. 

What are you reading this summer? Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and her latest novel (now in paperback) The Signature of All Things: A Novel(Penguin Books, 2013) shares her view on what makes a great summer read and what she's learned about success and failure as a writer -- and why she's a World Cup soccer superfan.

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