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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Celebration of Ray Bradbury

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Joe Hill and Sam Weller talk about the work and legacy of Ray Bradbury and how he’s influenced their own work. Sam Weller is an editor of Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, and Joe Hill is one of 26 contributors who wrote short works in celebration of Ray Bradbury.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Motherland: A Novel

Monday, August 20, 2012

Amy Sohn, author of Motherland: A Novel, talks about marriage and parenting in New York City through the lens of her new novel.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ben Lerner

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ben Lerner talks about his novel Leaving the Atocha Station, winner of The 2012 Believer Book Award. It follows Adam Gordon, a brilliant but unreliable young American poet on a fellowship in Madrid, who is struggling to establish his sense of self and his relationship to art.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Balls: A Novel

Monday, August 13, 2012

Julian Tepper talks about his first novel, Balls. The story follows 30-year-old Henry Schiller, a songwriter and lounge-player in love with a woman far younger and more musically gifted than he is. His crisis deepens when he discovers he has testicular cancer.

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The Truth

Third Party

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Mike Coleman is an independent candidate running for Congress, and he's finally getting some attention... from a serial killer. Performed by Ed Herbstman, Chet Siegel, Rick Adrews, Nick Kanellis, Louis Kornfeld, Amy Warren,...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Karen Thompson Walker talks about her debut novel,  The Age of Miracles. It’s a coming-of-age story that begins when Julia, a California teenager, along with the rest of the world, discovers that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. She struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, along with the normal disasters of everyday life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Norah Vincent's Novel Thy Neighbor

Monday, August 06, 2012

Norah Vincent discusses her first novel, Thy Neighbor. The story is about a 34-year-old man who is obsessed with understanding the circumstances surrounding his parents’ deaths 13 years earlier. He begins spying on his neighbors via hidden cameras and microphones, making him privy to all the strange, sad, and terrifying things that his neighbors do to themselves and to one another.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Joshua Henkin's The World Without You

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Joshua Henkin talks about his new novel The World Without You. It’s about a family gathering in the Berkshires memorialize Leo, the youngest of the four siblings, journalist and adventurer who was killed while on assignment in Iraq.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Charles Yu's Sorry Please Thank You

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Charles Yu, author of the widely praised debut novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, talks about his new collection of short stories, Sorry Please Thank You. Drawing from both pop culture and science, Yu is a sharp observer of contemporary society, and his stories combine humor and insight into the human condition.

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The Truth

Lucy and the Bike Girl

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

This is a short story written and produced by Hillary Frank, made by combining fictional narration with real interview tape. It was edited by Julie Snyder, and orginally aired on This American Life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

July’s Book: Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Middlesex  won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and it’s the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s selection for July! It tells the story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus to Detroit, then to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe. Calliope is not like other girls—she has to uncover a family secret and piece together her genetic history in order to reveal who she truly is. Jeffrey Eugenides joins us to discuss the novel.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Stephen Carter's New Novel

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stephen Carter talks about his novel The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. It takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority and faces an impeachment trial. A young black woman working at the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense finds herself in a web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the government.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Pablo Medina's Cubop City Blues

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pablo Medina talks about his novel, Cubop City Blues, set in a New York City shaped by jazz masters, refugees, and storytellers. A nearly blind storyteller tells his ailing parents imaginative stories populated by both well-known musical figures like Chano Pozo and Jelly Roll Morton along with invented characters.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Kurt Andersen on True Believers

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, discusses his new novel, True Believers. The story alternates between the present and the 1960s—and captures the enduring impact of the social upheaval of that time on the ways we live now. The narrator, Karen Hollander, is a successful attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court because of a 1968 episode she’s managed to keep secret for more than forty years. She’s about to make that secret public—but first she has to track down the answers to some crucial last questions.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nathan Englander's New Stories

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Nathan Englander discusses his latest collection of short fiction, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories. The eight stories cover everything from the Yom Kippur War to a summer camp for elderly retirees.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Monday Mornings

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about his novel, Monday Mornings. The story follows five surgeons at Chelsea General Hospital in Massachusetts who discuss their bad outcomes at something known as the Morbidity and Mortality conference. The novel is about what they learn from their mistakes, both professional and personal.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Alex Gilvarry's From the Memoirs of a Non-enemy Combatant

Monday, July 02, 2012

Alex Gilvarry discusses his debut novel, From the Memoirs of a Non-enemy Combatant, a story in which high fashion and homeland security clash. A flamboyant fashion designer named Boyet unexpectedly winds up in Gitmo, locked away indefinitely on suspicion of being linked to a terrorist plot.

Alex Gilvarry's Novel <em>From the Memoirs of a Non-enemy Combatant</em>

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June's Book: The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chad Harbach’s novel The Art of Fielding is the next pick for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! It was named one of 2011’s best books by the New York Times and The New Yorker.  Set at a midwestern college where a star shortstop has transformed the school’s baseball team, it follows five characters grappling with the consequences of one wild throw.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Lanchester on His Novel Capital

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

John Lanchester talks about Capital, his sweeping new social novel set in London at the height of the financial crisis in 2008. The economic shift plays out among the residents of Pepys Road, London—a banker and his posh wife, an old woman and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani shop owners, a refugee who works as the meter maid, a young soccer star from Senegal.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jess Walter's Novel Beautiful Ruins

Monday, June 18, 2012

Jess Walter talks about his new novel, Beautiful Ruins. The story begins in Italy in 1962 and spans 50 years, delving into the tangled lives of a dozen characters: a dying actress, a starstruck Italian innkeeper, a movie producer and his idealistic young assistant, the army veteran turned fledgling novelist, and the actor Richard Burton.

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