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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 Leonard Lopate Show

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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Dave Barry's New Novel, Insane City

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Barry talks about his latest novel, Insane City, a dark comic story of a destination wedding in Florida. The groom and his friends become embroiled with rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an eleven-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom.

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Soundcheck

Playlist: Crime Writer Ian Rankin

Monday, January 28, 2013

Ian Rankin talks about the role of music in his series of crime novels starring Detective Inspector Rebus. 

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WNYC News

Movie Date: Truth or Fiction

Friday, January 25, 2013

It’s been said that truth is stranger than fiction. But when is fiction actually truth? Several Oscar-nominated films this season are inspired by true events.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside Outside

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright investigates the inner workings of the Church of Scientology, and the controversy that surrounds it. D. T. Max discusses the life and legacy of the writer David Foster Wallace. Michael Dahlie talks about his comic novel about an introverted ghost writer. Plus, we’ll look at immigration reform—and find out who gets into this country, who doesn’t, and why.

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Michael Dahlie's Novel The Best of Youth

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Michael Dahlie talks about his novel, The Best of Youth. What happens when an introverted young writer takes on a ghostwriting gig for a violent, drug-addicted Hollywood star? In the case of Henry Lang, the result is a string of outrageous but comic disasters.

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Go The F*ck to Sleep Author on New 'Rage'

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Adam Mansbach, author of the bestselling Go the F*ck to Sleep, talks about his new novel, Rage Is Back, a tale of revenge, redemption, and the golden era of subway graffiti.

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Ann Leary's Novel The Good House

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ann Leary talks about her new novel, The Good House. It’s a classic New England tale about the secrets of a small town on the rocky coast of Boston’s North Shore about Hildy, a busy mother and grandmother who is also an alcoholic.

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George Saunders Talks Tenth of December

Friday, January 11, 2013

George Saunders, a master of the short story, talks about his new collection, Tenth of December. These explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into what makes us good and what makes us human.

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December-January's Book: The Gravedigger's Daughter, by Joyce Carol Oates

Monday, January 07, 2013

Joyce Carol Oates has been called one of the most quintessentially American writers. She’s also one of the most prolific, with more than 70 books to her name. The Leonard Lopate Show has selected her 2007 novel "The Gravedigger’s Daughter" for the next Book Club read.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Learn to Think Like Sherlock

Monday, January 07, 2013

Maria Konnikova, journalist, psychologist and author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, uses the fictional account of the super-detective's reasoning skills to explore the real-world science of improving cognitive function.

→Event:  Maria Konnikova will be reading from Mastermind on Monday, January 7, starting at 7:00pm at Book Court,

→Event: On Wednesday, January 16 at noon, Maria will be at 92Y Tribeca, where she will be reading, talking, conducting an audience Q&A and signing copies of her new book, tickets can be purchased here.   

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Something in the Air

Monday, December 31, 2012

On today's show: We're replaying some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Kurt Eichenwald looks at how some of the decisions made in the first 500 days that followed the 9/11 attacks have dramatically reshaped the world in the years since. Junot Diaz talks about his new book of short stories, This Is How You Lose Her. Luis Rodriguez tells us how he escaped from gang life. And William Bryant Logan talks about air—life would not exist without it, yet we take it for granted.

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Junot Diaz on This Is How You Lose Her

Monday, December 31, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winner and MacArthur Fellow Junot Diaz talks about his book of stories, This Is How You Lose Her. It’s about love—obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love. At the heart of these stories is Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness—and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses.

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On The Media

Why TV Is So Good Right Now

Friday, December 28, 2012

One of the surprising side effects of the upheavals in the TV industry’s business model is that, for now, we’re actually living in a golden age of scripted television. Television networks have found that one of the few predictable ways to build an audience is to create content that’s really, really good. Alan Sepinwall covers TV for Hitfix.com and is the author of the new book The Revolution Was Televised. He tells Bob about the unlikely path that led us to this TV renaissance.

 

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Standing Out

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

We're beginning today's show by re-airing two interviews with National Book Award winners—first, Katherine Boo on her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers, about life in a Mumbai slum. Then with Louise Erdrich, who talks about her novel, The Round House. And Carol and Joe Reich talk about their education advocacy work and their Brooklyn charter school. And we’ll take a look at the rise in allergies and auto-immune disorders and new ways of treating them.

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Louise Erdrich's The Round House

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Louise Erdrich discusses her new novel, The Round House, which was awarded the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction. The story is set on a reservation in North Dakota, and is about a 13-year-old boy whose life is irrevocably transformed after his mother is attacked.

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John Saturnall’s Feast

Monday, December 24, 2012

Lawrence Norfolk discusses his new historical novel, John Saturnall’s Feast. It tells the story of a young orphan who becomes a kitchen boy at a manor house, then rises through the ranks to become the greatest cook of his generation. It is a story of food, star-crossed lovers, ancient myths and one man’s rise from outcast to hero.
(Originally aired October 2, 2012)

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