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The Leonard Lopate Show

Stephen Dubner's Tips on Grand Larceny

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Stephen Dubner discusses the new book he wrote with Steven Levitt, When to Rob a Bank, which features off-center questions, essays, and rants.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Essential Knowledge from Whose Line Is It Anyway? Star Greg Proops

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

A new book by the comedian Greg Proops, best known for starring on the hit improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Large-Scale Shift to Renewable Energy

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Lester R. Brown, founder of the Earth Policy and Worldwatch Institutes, describes our current transition from fossil fuels to renewables.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Freakonomics, Alternate History, and The Rise of Renewables

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Stephen Dubner celebrates the 10th anniversary of Freakonomics. Greg Proops' very smart new book. Viet Thanh Nguyen's debut novel. The shift from fossil fuels to solar and wind energy.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Escaping the Vietnam War, But Getting Close to the Enemy

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Viet Thanh Nguyen talks about his debut novel, The Sympathizer, which examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today. 

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The Takeaway

A Game That Started with Segregation, Now Played with Pride

Monday, May 04, 2015

The game of 9-man looks like volleyball and is played in parking lots. It developed during a time of anti-Chinese sentiment, and is still dominated by Chinese-Americans today.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Trauma and Trappings in Search of the American Dream

Monday, May 04, 2015

Zou Lei, a Chinese immigrant, finds herself slaving in New York's kitchens, when she falls in love with an Iraqi war veteran, in Atticus Lish's new novel.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A New Biography of Michelle Obama: From Chicago's South Side to the White House

Monday, May 04, 2015

Peter Slevin's biography of the First Lady traces her arc from working-class childhood to global ambassador.

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Studio 360

An Instagram Account Proves We're Living Inside "Blade Runner"

Monday, May 04, 2015

We don't have any replicants running around (that we know of), but one Instagram account shows us how our world is looking more like the sci-fi classic "Blade Runner." 
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Reviving the Work, and Names, of Master Caricaturists

Monday, May 04, 2015

Illustrators and pop culture historians Drew Friedman and Stephen Kroninger discuss the work of twelve great, but nearly forgotten, caricaturists.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pomp, Circumstance and a Dose of Republican Viewpoints

Monday, May 04, 2015

As college graduation season gets underway, why are students protesting conservative speakers? Plus, a Rutgers professor calls in about Condoleezza Rice's botched speech last year.

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Soundcheck

Geeking Out About David Bowie, Deeply

Monday, May 04, 2015

Philosopher Simon Critchley and fellow superfan John Schaefer talk about the many faces of their shared musical hero.

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Duplicast: By Clones, For Clones

Are Clones People? Yes. Yes?

Monday, May 04, 2015

The girl and boy clones are related, Mark bites it in a cornfield, Allison has fully broken bad, and clone sisters Emma and Hanna are here to explain it all.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Charlie Hebdo's Legacy

Monday, May 04, 2015

Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Jean-Baptiste Thoret will be awarded the PEN Freedom of Expression Courage Award -- while PEN's executive director, defends the decision to give him the award.

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The Sporkful

The Man Who Made 5 Million Burritos (with Jesse Thorn)

Monday, May 04, 2015

We debate burrito construction and the LA/SF rivalry with MaxFun's Jesse Thorn and Good Food's Evan Kleiman. Plus Matt Yglesias compares Chipotle burritos to iPhones.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Wasn't the Ebola Outbreak Better Contained?

Monday, May 04, 2015

Filmmaker Dan Edge discusses the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and why it took so long for the world to respond. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Life in Public and Lives Forgotten

Monday, May 04, 2015

A new biography of Michelle Obama. The forgotten master caricaturists. Atticus Lish's debut novel. A new documentary on why Ebola spread so quickly, and widely. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Baltimore Police Charges; MTA's Political Ad Ban; Charlie Hebdo's Legacy

Monday, May 04, 2015

Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Jean-Baptiste Thoret; Baltimore police charges; last week's Bridgegate indictments; why the MTA banned all political ads; & conservative commencement speeches.

WNYC News

'Grounded' Takes Flight at the Public

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Anne Hathaway portrays a drone pilot in this one-woman show directed by Julie Taymor.

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WNYC News

A Girls Designers Club

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The Museum of Arts and Design presents an exhibit dedicated to female artists from the 1950s until today. 

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