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Entrepreneurship in the Middle East; Junot Díaz and the Lopate Show Book Club; the Saga of John Fahey; Please Explain

Friday, August 16, 2013

We’ll find out how entrepreneurship is shaping the Middle East. Junot Díaz joins us for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. James Cullingham talks about his documentary about John Fahey, who’s been called the father of American primitive guitar, and who helped preserve the sound of the Delta blues and New Orleans jazz. And before you go for a hike this weekend, listen to this week’s Please Explain—it’s all about ticks!

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Katarina Witt, "The Diplomat"; "Casting By"; Counting Calories; a Psychiatrist Reflects on Her Patients

Monday, August 05, 2013

Katarina Witt was the top international figure skater in the 1980s when she represented East Germany. She describes how she was also under constant surveillance by the Stasi. She’s be joined by the director of a new documentary about how she dealt with the unusual convergence of sports and politics. Tom Donahue talks about his new documentary about the unsung hero in filmmaking: the casting director. We’ll find out how posting calorie counts on menus can have surprising effects on our choices. And a psychiatrist talks about her most challenging patients and how they’ve deepened her commitment to her work.

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"Casting By"

Monday, August 05, 2013

Director Tom Donahue talks about his documentary “Casting By,” which spotlights filmmaking’s unsung hero—the casting director. He looks at casting pioneers like Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster, who were iconoclasts whose taste and instincts helped change the old studio system and usher in New Hollywood through landmark movies like “Midnight Cowboy,” “The Graduate,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “Bonnie and Clyde.” “Casting By” debuts August 5 at 9 pm on HBO.

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Germany and the Eurozone; "Smash & Grab"; Catskills and Comedy; FDR, LaGuardia, and NYC

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Timothy Garton Ash looks at whether Germany will be able to lead the Eurozone into a sustainable, internationally competitive future. Havana Marking discusses “Smash & Grab,” her documentary about the Pink Panthers, an international ring of jewelry thieves. Comedian Robert Klein and Lawrence Richards tell stories about the generations of Catskill-trained Jewish comedians. We’ll find out how President Franklin Roosevelt and Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia shaped New York City during the Great Depression.