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The Leonard Lopate Show

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.

The Leonard Lopate Show

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lionel Shriver's Novel Big Brother

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lionel Shriver discusses her new novel, Big Brother, about siblings, marriage, and obesity. For Pandora, cooking is a form of love, but her husband has begun to spurns the “toxic” dishes she makes and spends hours each day manically cycling. When Pandora’s brother comes to visit she doesn’t recognize him because he has gained hundreds of pounds. When he overstays his welcome, Pandora’s husband delivers an  ultimatum: It’s him or me.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Head of the NSA; FISA Courts; Lionel Shriver's Big Brother; Big Data

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

On today’s show: Wired magazine’s James Bamford fills us in on General Keith Alexander, the four-star general who leads the National Security Agency. We’ll look at the FISA courts and the efforts to make their rulings public. Ed Hardy on building a billion-dollar brand out of his love of tattoos. Lionel Shriver talks about her latest novel, Big Brother. Plus, we’ll find out how corporations are competing to get as much information as they can about their consumers.  

The Leonard Lopate Show

Tom Drury's Pacific

Friday, June 14, 2013

Tom Drury returns to the characters that launched his career two decades ago in his debut, The End of Vandalism. In Pacific, 14-year-old Micah Darling travels to Los Angeles to reunite with his mother, who deserted him seven years ago, and he finds himself overwhelmed with magical freedom.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chris Hayes on Politics; Gettysburg; Pacific by Tom Drury; Please Explain

Friday, June 14, 2013

MSNBC host Chris Hayes talks about the push to pass immigration reform, the NSA scandal, and why so many Americans have lost trust in their government. Then, as the 150th anniversary of the battle approaches, we’ll look at Gettysburg and why it was a turning point in the Civil War. Tom Drury discusses his latest novel, Pacific. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is about pain and how the body responds to it in many different ways.

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The Trouble with Everything

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The desire to trace your way back to the very beginning, to understand everything -- whether it's the mysteries of love or the mechanics of the universe -- is deeply human. It might also be deeply flawed.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Claire Messud's Novel The Woman Upstairs

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Claire Messud talks about her new novel, The Woman Upstairs. Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, long ago compromised her dream to be a successful artist, mother and lover and has instead become the “woman upstairs,” a reliable friend and neighbor always on the fringe of others’ achievements. But she finds herself drawn deep into the complex world of a family.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dwight Gooden; the History of Superman; the Novel, Sparta; "Dirty Wars"

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

On today’s show: Dwight Gooden talks about his years with the Mets, winning 3 World Series, pitching a no-hitter, and how he finally conquered his addictions on reality television. Larry Tye tells the history of Superman, one of popular culture’s most enduring heroes. Roxana Robinson discusses her new novel, Sparta. Jeremy Scahill and Richard Rowley discuss their new documentary “Dirty Wars.”

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Roxana Robinson's Novel Sparta

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Roxana Robinson talks about her new novel, Sparta, about a Marine who returns home to Katonah, New York, after serving four years in Iraq. As he attempts to reconnect with his family and his girlfriend and to find his footing in the civilian world, he learns how hard it is to return to the people and places he used to love.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Colum McCann's TransAtlantic

Monday, June 03, 2013

Colum McCann discusses his new novel, TransAtlantic. It tells three parallel stories of ocean crossings—set in Newfoundland in 1919, Dublin in the 1840s, in New York in 1998. The novel tells the stories of iconic crossings connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in history.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Colum McCann

Monday, June 03, 2013

Writer Colum McCann was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his novel, TransAtlantic. He also told us what he's been reading lately, and what his favorite comfort food is.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Philipp Meyer on His Novel, The Son

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Philipp Meyer talks about his new novel, The Son, an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frances and Bernard, a Novel By Carlene Bauer

Monday, May 27, 2013

Carlene Bauer talks about her new novel, Frances and Bernard, Inspired by the lives of Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell. In the summer of 1957, Frances and Bernard meet at an artists’ colony. He writes her a letter, and soon they are immersed in the kind of fast, deep friendship that can take over—and change the course of—our lives. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The End of the Point, a Novel by Elizabeth Graver

Friday, May 24, 2013

Elizabeth Graver talks about her new novel, The End of the Point. The story charts the dramatic changes in the lives of three generations of one remarkable family, and the summer place that both shelters and isolates them.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lauren Graham

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lauren Graham talks about her career as an actress—from "Gilmore Girls" to "Guys and Dolls" to "Parenthood"—and her new novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe. She shares stories about anxiety and auditions.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Icelandic Novelist Sjón

Friday, May 10, 2013

Celebrated Icelandic novelist Sjón has won many international awards and has been compared to Borges, Calvino, and Iceland’s other literary superstar, the Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness. His new novel The Whispering Muse is set in 1949, and follows Valdimar Haraldsson, an eccentric Icelander who joins a Danish merchant ship on its way to the Black Sea.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Food in NY, Lina Prokofiev, Please Exlain Olive Oil, Icelandic Writer Sjón

Friday, May 10, 2013

Author Robin Shulman, winemaker Latif Jiji, and slaughterhouse owner Imran Uddin on food and making food in NYC. Simon Morrison on the love and wars of Lina Prokofiev. Please Explain is all about olive oil. Icelandic novelist Sjón on The Whispering Muse.