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Bonnie Raitt; Nico Muhly's Two Boys; Amy Tan's New Novel; the Birth of Twitter

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Bonnie Raitt tells us about her career, launching her own label, and winning her tenth Grammy Award for her latest album, Slipstream. Composer Nico Muhly and singer Paul Appleby talk about the new opera Two Boys, which made its American debut at the Metropolitan Opera last month. Amy Tan on her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement. Nick Bilton of the New York Times discusses the launch of Twitter and how the site’s quick rise in popularity sowed the seeds for power struggles.

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American Icons: Uncle Tom's Cabin

Friday, October 25, 2013

Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin to promote the abolitionist cause. So how did Uncle Tom become the byword for a race traitor — a “shuffling, kowtowing, sniveling coward”? A scholar traces Tom’s unfortunate journey through pop culture, and a controversial writer who’s been called an Uncle Tom decides to own it ...

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Alice McDermott Is Not Interested in Irish-Americans

Friday, October 25, 2013

“Friends and strangers come up to me on the street,” Alice McDermott tells Kurt Andersen, “and say, ‘Oh, you’re writing another novel. Is this another one about Irish-Americans where somebody dies?’” In returning again and again to that material, McDermott delves ever more deeply ...

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The Truth

The Devil You Know

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A collection of horror stories that take place in the world of electoral politics. This one-hour special was produced in 2012 for broadcast on public radio, and made possible by the generous support of the Public Radio Exchange (prx.org) and...

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October's Book: Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter Carey

Monday, October 21, 2013

Oscar and Lucinda is Peter Carey's Booker Prize-winning 1988 novel, that tells the story of an unusual romance in 19th-century Australia. Oscar is a nervous Anglican minister, and Lucinda is an heiress who impulsively buys a glass factory, and the two share a guilty passion for gambling. The story culminates in a crazy expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback.

Buy, borrow, or download the book today and start reading now so you can join the conversation with Peter Carey! You can leave your thoughts and questions about the book as a comment, below.

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Alice McDermott's Someone

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Alice McDermott talks about her latest novel, Someone . It’s about an ordinary life—its pains and joys, its clarity and confusion—lived by an ordinary woman from Brooklyn, and her recollections of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, and old age.

 

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Helen Fielding on the Return of Bridget Jones

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Helen Fielding talks about her long-anticipated new novel, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of loss, single motherhood, tweeting, texting, dating, and sex.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Being a Foreign Aid Worker; Teaching in the Bronx; Helen Fielding Revives Bridget Jones; Ancient Maps; Getting Creative

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jessica Alexander talks about what inspired her to become a foreign aid worker, and how her ideals clashed with reality when she was sent to Rwanda following the genocide there. Laurel Sturt describes the challenges of teaching at an elementary school in a poor Bronx neighborhood. Helen Fielding discusses returning to Bridget Jones in her new novel. We’ll get a history of maps going back to ancient times. And Silicon Valley’s Tom Kelley explains how we can tap into our own creativity to change our workplaces and our homes.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Tributes: Oscar Hijuelos

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Oscar Hijuelos was a warm, robust, Cuban-American writer who brought to life in his books the colorful neighborhood of northern Morningside Heights, where he grew up.  In the process, he won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his 1989 work, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. The novel was later made into a movie starring Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas.  Hijuelos died suddenly while playing tennis this Saturday, at the age of 62.  You can hear his 2002 conversation with Leonard Lopate about his novel, A Simple Habana Melody (from when the world was good), and their 2011 conversation about his memoir, Thoughts Without Cigarettes.

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Jo Baker's Novel Longbourn

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Jo Baker talks about reimagining Pride and Prejudice in her novel Longbourn. In her version, the servants take center stage, taking us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic into the often overlooked domain of the housekeeper and kitchen maid, highlighting the daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Journalist Marie Colvin's Life and Work; Friends with Johnny Carson; Jo Baker's Novel; Bill Richardson on the Art of Negotiation

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Reporter Marie Colvin was killed in a rocket attack while she was covering the civil war in Syria in 2012. Her sister Cat Colvin and her colleague Paul Conroy discuss her life and work. Henry Bushkin talks about being Johnny Carson’s lawyer, fixer and confidant for 18 years. Jo Baker describes reimagining Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for her novel Longbourn. And former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson shares his hard-won secrets to negotiating with Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, and the Taliban.

The Truth

The Talk

Sunday, October 13, 2013

A father comes to the rescue when three teenagers take things too far. Performed by Christian Paluck, Dmitry Shein, Willy Appelman, and Elana Fishbein. Written by Louis Kornfeld, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Kevin Barry's Dark Lies the Island

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Kevin Barry talks about his new collection of stories about misspent love and crimes gone horribly wrong, Dark Lies the Island.

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Norman Rush's Novel Subtle Bodies

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Norman Rush talks about his new novel, Subtle Bodies. It’s a sophisticated, often comical, romp through the particular joys and tribulations of marriage, and the dilemmas of friendship, as a group of college friends reunites in upstate New York 20-some years after graduation. 

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Guest Picks: Norman Rush

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Writer Norman Rush was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his latest novel, Subtle Bodies. He also told us what he's reading and watching recently. Find out what he's a fan of!

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Lore Segal's Novel Half the Kingdom

Monday, October 07, 2013

Lore Segal discusses her new novel, Half the Kingdom. It’s a surprisingly lighthearted look at a serious subject. At Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, doctors have noticed a marked uptick in Alzheimer's patients. People who seemed perfectly lucid just a day earlier suddenly show signs of advanced dementia. Is it just normal aging, or an epidemic? Is it a coincidence, or a secret terrorist plot?

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Five Star Billionaire, a Novel

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Tash Aw discusses his novel, Five Star Billionaire, which captures the vibrancy of China today and paints a portrait of the booming world of Shanghai, a city of grand ambitions and outsize dreams.

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Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her new novel, The Signature of All Things. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the Whittaker family, led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who eventually becomes the richest man in Philadelphia. Henry’s brilliant daughter, Alma, becomes a botanist, and as her research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a painter who draws her into the realm of the spiritual and the magical.

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Guest Picks: Elizabeth Gilbert

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Elizabeth Gilbertwas on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her latest novel, The Signature of All Things. She also told what she's been reading recently -- and giving up music for talk radio/podcasts. 

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Stay Up with Me, by Tom Barbash

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tom Barbash talks about his new collection of short stories, Stay Up With Me, which explores the myriad ways we try to connect with one another and with the sometimes cruel world around us.

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