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The Leonard Lopate Show

Wealth Gap, Gulp, and Governor Ann Richards

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Anna Sale fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Mary Roach joins the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about her book Gulp! Thomas Piketty talks about crunching 200 years’ worth of economic data to look ahead at how wealth will be distributed in the 21st century. Cecile Richards talks about her late mother, former Texas Governor Ann Richards. James Moll discusses his documentary “Farmland,” about the lives of young farmers and ranchers. And we’ll find out why there isn’t a male contraceptive pill.

The Leonard Lopate Show

What Drives Income Inequality

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thomas Piketty explains the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from 20 countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. He makes the case that the main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth—threatens to generate extreme inequalities that foment social and political turmoil and undermine democratic values.

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All Things Considered

Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.

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Fresh Air

Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A crackling new translation of Giorgio Scerbanenco's crime novel Private Venus has just been released. Critic John Powers read it in a single sitting.

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Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The announcement of the winners and finalists for the Pulitzer Prizes gives us an opportunity to herald great journalism that illuminates matters relating to race, ethnicity and culture.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Gives Glimpse Of Ginny Weasley As An Adult

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ian McEwan talks about having dinner with Salman Rushdie, who had a fatwa out against him; Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton writes about the process of finding inspiration.

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Morning Edition

'Before India,' A Young Gandhi Found His Calling In South Africa

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The racism Gandhi encountered in South Africa helped spark a lifetime of activism. Historian Ramachandra Guha says without that experience, "he would never have become a political animal."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Avoid Competition and Win-Win

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Margaret Heffernan, multimedia technology executive and the author of A Bigger Prize: How We Can Do Better than the Competition, looks at companies using generosity and trust, not competition, as the basis for improving products and services.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, a Novel by Anthony Marra

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Anthony Marra discusses his debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. It’s set in Chechnya and explores the transcendent power of love in wartime.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sarah Jessica Parker Is Back in the Host's Seat

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Guest host—and former ballet dancer—Sarah Jessica Parker goes behind the scenes of the New York City Ballet and talks Gauguin with the director of MoMA.

All Things Considered

In Pakistan, Literary Spring Is Both Renaissance And Resistance

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For the past decade Pakistan has faced war, political instability and the rise of religious extremism. But those crises have fueled a new generation of Pakistani writers and artists.

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Fresh Air

Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC How-To in Pictures

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nathan Pyle, illustrator and author of the graphic book NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, moved to NYC from Ohio and shares what he learned about maneuvering through the subways and sidewalks without aggravating your neighbors.

→ EVENT: book signing at Word Bookstore in Greenpoint on Thursday, April 17, from 7-8 p.m.

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Book News: A Q&A With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Vijay Seshadri

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Also: Willy Blackmore writes about the several identities of his grandfather, John Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and research on reading comprehension for printed vs. digital books.

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Horrors Small And Large Haunt 'Birds'

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Something mysterious stalks a shepherdess on a remote British island in Evie Wyld's visceral new novel, All the Birds, Singing. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn calls it "a museum of sinister curiosities."

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Morning Edition

Empathy: How Should We Care About One Another?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kelly McEvers talks to Leslie Jamison, author of the new essay collection, The Empathy Exams: Essays. The book takes the writer on a quest to figure out how others feel empathy.

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Morning Edition

After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The bloody 1989 crackdown in Beijing changed China, NPR's Louisa Lim explains in a new book. She also chronicles the brutal repression that took place in another city — and remained hidden until now.

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All Things Considered

NSA Coverage Garners Pulitzers For Post And Guardian

Monday, April 14, 2014

Winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among the notable winners, commended for together breaking the news of NSA surveillance programs.

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Last Book Club Meeting: 'Grapes Of Wrath' Turns 75. Let's Discuss.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club just finished reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl saga. Scholar Susan Shillinglaw joins us in the comments to talk about the book's legacy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jamaica Kincaid on James Baldwin: "Love is Something You Do"

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Every African-American household ought to have a complete collection of James Baldwin's work," says the author Jamaica Kincaid. In what would be his 90th year, Baldwin is being recognized for his lasting impact as a writer and activist. Kincaid talks about the year-long celebration.

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