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Philip Roth on the Leonard Lopate Show

Monday, March 18, 2013

Celebrated novelist Philip Roth is turning 80 this week. As you may have heard on WNYC, he's returning to Newark to mark the occasion. You can mark the occasion by listening to his conversations with Leonard Lopate - he was on the show in 2008 to talk about Indignation and in 2010 to talk about Nemesis.

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Sam Lipsyte on The Fun Parts

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sam Lipsyte discusses his new book of short stories, The Fun Parts. A boy eats his way to self-discovery while another must battle the reality-brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm. Other tales feature a possibly deranged male birth doula and a glimpse of the northern New Jersey high school shot-putting circuit, circa 1986.

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Benjamin Stein's Novel, The Canvas

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Benjamin Stein and Brian Zumhagen discuss The Canvas, written by Stein and translated by Zumhagen. Loosely based on the true story of Binjamin Wilkomirski, whose fabricated 1995 Holocaust memoir transfixed the reading public, The Canvas has two inter-related narratives that each begin at either end of the book and meet in the middle.

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Maria Tatar — The Great Cauldron of Story: Why Fairy Tales Are for Adults Again

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fairy tales' overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like Game of Thrones and True Blood, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. These stories survive by adapting across cultures and history -- helping us work through things like fear and hope.

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Maria Tatar with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fairy tales' overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like Game of Thrones and True Blood, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. These stories survive by adapting across cultures and history -- helping us work through things like fear and hope.

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I Want to Show You More: Short Stories

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Jamie Quatro discusses her debut collection of stories, in I Want to Show You More, a disquieting portrait of infidelity, faith, and family. The stories are about lives stretched between spirituality and sexuality in the New American South.

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Ruth Ozeki's Novel A Tale for the Time Being

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ruth Ozeki talks about her new novel, The 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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Jonathan Dee on His Novel, A Thousand Pardons

Monday, March 11, 2013

Jonathan Dee talks about his new novel, A Thousand Pardons. It’s a tale of self-invention and public scandal, that raises the question: what do we really want when we ask for forgiveness? 

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The Taliban vs. Teenage Girl, Richard Hell, The New Deal

Monday, March 11, 2013

Vanity Fair’s Marie Brenner tells how a Pakistani girl became the face of resistance against the Taliban—and the target of gunfire. Richard Hell talks about starting pivotal punk bands like Television, the Heartbreakers, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids. Jonathan Dee describes his latest novel, A Thousand Pardons. Historian Ira Katznelson argues that a small group of Southern lawmakers protected American democracy during the 1930’s, even as they safeguarded racial segregation. 

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The Novel Frances and Bernard

Wednesday, March 06, 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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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, People in the Amazon, the Rise of Big Data

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor talks about the history of the high court and her place in it. Mark Plotkin discusses the isolated tribes that still live deep in the Amazon forest, with little or no contact with the outside world. Elizabeth Graver talks about her latest novel, The End of the Point. And we’ll look at big data and how it will affect our economy, scientific discovery, and revolutionize our daily lives.

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Elizabeth Graver's Novel The End of the Point

Tuesday, March 05, 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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National Book Critics Circle Awards

Monday, March 04, 2013

The National Book Critics Circle's national awards were given out last week. A number of the winners have been guests on the Leonard Lopate Show, and you can find their interviews in the show archives.

Robert Caro won for his biography of Lyndon Johnson, The Passage of Power. Leonard spoke with him about that book in May, and you can listen to that conversation here.

The general nonfiction award was given to Andrew Solomon for Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. Listen to Leonard's interview with him here.

Ben Fountain's novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk won the award for fiction. He spoke with Leonard about that book in August, and you can listen to that interview here.

Author and illustrator Leanne Shapton's memoir Swimming Studies won in the category of autobiography. Listen to Leonard's conversation with her here.

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Sandra Cisneros on Her, Novel Have You Seen Marie?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Internationally acclaimed novelist Sandra Cisneros talks to Leonard Lopate about her latest book, a tale of loss, grief, and healing.

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Karen Russell's Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Karen Russell, author of the bestselling novel Swamplandia!, talks about her new book of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

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Big Influence

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Gail Collins talks about how Texas influences American politics. Karen Russell discusses her new book of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, examines the value of art school.

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Lawrence Weschler on the Fiction of Non-Fiction

Friday, February 15, 2013

Joseph Mitchell and Ryszard Kapuscinski created some of the most celebrated narrative non-fiction of this century; full of indelible characters, scenes, and dialogue. But both have been dogged by accusations that they doctored dialogue, manufactured scenes and created composite characters. In an interview that originally aired in December 2010, Bob talks with celebrated narrative non-fiction writer Lawrence Weschler about great writers and questionable facts. 

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The City of Devi, by Manil Suri

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Manil Suri talks about his novel The City of Devi. It’s a comedic portrayal of individuals and fate, which upends assumptions of politics, religion, and sex, at the end of the world. It’s set in Mumbai after it has emptied under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation; gangs of marauding Hindu and Muslim thugs rove the desolate streets. A woman searching for her missing husband meets a gay a Muslim searching for his lover.

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Jackie Collins on The Power Trip

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Jackie Collins, author of 28 New York Times bestselling novels, discusses her latest, The Power Trip. Set on a state-of-the-art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, a cast of global power-hungry elites turns sour when they find out maybe they don't control as much of the world as they thought they did.

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Teddy Wayne's Novel The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

Monday, February 04, 2013

Teddy Wayne talks about his new novel The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, about an 11-year-old icon of bubblegum pop, whose image, voice, and even hairdo have been relentlessly molded into a perfect consumerism package. But underneath it all, Jonny is still a vulnerable young boy who is confused and perplexed by life.

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