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The Leonard Lopate Show

Security at the New World Trade Center; Banjo Master Béla Fleck; Marisha Pessl's Night Film; Famous Figures in Physics

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

On today’s show, Scott Raab talks about the challenges of dealing with security at the new World Trade Center. Grammy Award-winning banjo player Béla Fleck plays music from his new album, “The Impostor,” live in our studio. Marisha Pessl talks about Night Film. And we’ll find out about symmetry and the physicist Emmy Noether, whose work in symmetries has been called as important as Einstein’s theory on the speed of light.

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Marisha Pessl's Night Film

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Marisha Pessl talks about her new novel, Night Film, a suspenseful literary thriller. A beautiful young woman is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her death is ruled a suicide, but investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise.

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Book Club: Junot Diaz on The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells the story of Oscar, a sweet but extremely overweight "ghetto nerd" from New Jersey who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, above all, finding love.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Moving Oil; the Cloisters Anniversary; a New Novel; Drone Attacks; Ten Years After the Blackout

Thursday, August 15, 2013

On today’s show, find out about the Enbridge pipeline. Like the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, it will transport oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, but hasn’t received much attention. The mayors of two Illinois towns share their concerns about the safety hazard posed by the oil that travels by train. We’ll mark the 75th anniversary of the Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum’s Medieval art collection. Peter Mattei talks about his novel The Deep Whatsis. We’ll  look at United States policy on compensating the families of civilians killed in drone strikes. And 10 years after the major Northeast blackout, we’ll find out what’s been done to improve our power grid.

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Peter Mattei's Novel The Deep Whatsis

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Peter Mattei talks about his novel The Deep Whatsis, which follows a ruthless young Chief Idea Officer at a New York City ad agency who’s a drunk, a pill-popper, and womanizer. Then one day he meets Intern, whose name he can’t remember, who may change his life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ask Bob, a Novel

Monday, August 12, 2013

Peter Gethers discusses his new novel, Ask Bob, a love story about a pet doctor who discovers that the best relationships are often the most surprising. Dr. Robert Heller is one of New York City’s leading veterinarians, and his “Ask Dr. Bob” advice column is hugely popular among pet-lovers. Yet Dr. Bob understands animals a lot better than people, and he definitely could use some advice of his own.

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Toby Barlow's Novel Babayaga

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Toby Barlow talks about his new novel, Babayaga, about love, spies, and witches in 1950s Paris—and a cop turned into a flea. It follows Will, a young executive at an American ad agency in Paris that’s a front for the CIA. Will doesn’t think he’s a Cold War warrior, he’s just a good-hearted Detroit ad guy who can’t seem to figure out Parisian girls.

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Mayoral Candidates and Funding for the Arts; Compulsives in America; Babayaga, a Novel; Time Warner v. CBS

Thursday, August 08, 2013

We’ll find out what 14 of the candidates for mayor said at a recent forum on funding for arts education and culture in New York. Then, find out how compulsive people have shaped American history—from Thomas Jefferson to Steve Jobs. Toby Barlow talks about his latest novel, Babayaga. Plus, a look at the spat between Time Warner Cable and CBS—and the future of television.

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Social Media and Justice; Dinosaur Fossils for Sale; Brewster, a Novel; the Fight over Slavery

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy talks about how social media and online communities are changing how crimes are solved and prosecuted. We’ll look at the fossils of two dinosaurs locked in battle that were discovered in Montana in 2006 and are set to be auctioned to the highest bidder. Mark Slouka talks about his new novel, Brewster. Brenda Wineapple examines America in the mid-19th century, when people were settling the West and finding new freedom there, even as the country was fighting bitterly over slavery.

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Mark Slouka's Novel Brewster

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Mark Slouka talks about his new novel, Brewster, about a friendship between two teenage boys and their hopes for escape from a dead-end town. Set in 1968, 16-year-old Jon Mosher and Ray Cappicciano form a tight friendship, finding in each other everything they lack at home, and begin to dream of breaking away from Brewster for good.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses her latest novel, Americanah, which explores race and identity.

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Maggie O’Farrell's Novel Instructions for a Heatwave

Friday, August 02, 2013

Maggie O’Farrell discusses her new novel, Instructions for a Heatwave, about a family crisis set during the legendary British heatwave of 1976. Gretta Riordan wakes on a stultifying July morning to find that her husband of 40 years has vanished, cleaning out his bank account along the way, and Gretta’s three grown children converge at home for the first time in years.

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The Lullaby of Polish Girls

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dagmara Dominczyk talks about her new novel, The Lullaby of Polish Girls, about a girl who immigrates with her parents to the United States in the 1980s as political refugees from Poland. She is sent back to Poland to visit her grandmother on summer, and she develops intense friendships with two local girls and their bond is renewed every summer when Anna returns.

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Aifric Campbell's novel On the Floor

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Aifric Campbell discusses her novel On the Floor about a hard-living investment banker who has three days to decide her destiny. It has been 182 days of vodka and insomnia since Geri Molloy got dumped, and she Geri counts the days since her breakup with the same determination that has made her serious capital on her firm’s London trading floor.

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Andrew Sean Greer's Novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Andrew Sean Greer talks about his new novel, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, about a woman who finds herself transported to the “other lives” she might have lived when she undergoes electroshock therapy.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Host Andy Borowitz; Are Cities Good for You?; Led Zeppelin and The Who in 1973; The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells; Patricia T. O'Conner

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard. Leo Hollis argues that cities are good for you. Michael Walker recounts 1973 tours by Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Alice Cooper, and how they changed rock and roll. Andrew Sean Green discusses his new novel, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. And our word maven, Patricia T. O'Conner, tells how Jane Austen changed the English language.

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Martha Plimpton and Ira Glass on their Friendship with David Rakoff

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

David Rakoff, who died last August at the age of 47, wrote a novel in his last years called Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish. Ira Glass, executive producer and host of This American Life, who recorded Rakoff's audiobook, talks about his life and final work.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Alan Alda; Our American Revolution; They Might Be Giants

Friday, July 05, 2013

Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!

Actor Alan Alda talks about his career and his interest in science and medicine – particularly dyslexia. Then, the rock band They Might Be Giants perform in studio and talk about how to navigate the music business in the age of the Internet. Plus, author Isabel Allende on her new novel; an anthropologist makes the case that sanitation workers are the city’s heroes; the Black Fives and Brooklyn’s basketball past; and the local history of the American Revolution.

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Ruth Ozeki's Novel A Tale for the Time Being

Monday, July 01, 2013

Ruth Ozeki talks about her novel, A Tale for the Time Being. It connects a 16-year-old in Tokyo with a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. 

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June's Book: Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel

Monday, June 24, 2013

Hilary Mantel joins us for the next Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about Bring Up the Bodies, which won the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

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