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Episode 199: Michael Shannon, Paul Theroux, and Hannibal's Homies

Thursday, May 02, 2013

This week: Actor Michael Shannon (“The Iceman”) revisits his Wobegon days… Hugh Dancy of TV’s “Hannibal” lists a few good baddies… Acclaimed travel writer Paul Theroux on a place he won’t be heading back to… “Daily Show” co-crea ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hem Performs Live

Thursday, May 02, 2013

The band Hem—Sally Ellyson, Dan Messe, Gary Maurer, and Steve Curtis—talk about their new album “Departure and Farewell” and perform live in our studio.

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Soundcheck

Bugs Make 'Ancient, Thrumming, And Rhythmic' Music

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Musician and philosopher David Rothenberg discusses the beauty of insect sounds and shares some recordings of his own compositions — with performers from the insect community — that he made in the field.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Blind Man’s Garden, by Nadeem Aslam

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Nadeem Aslam discusses The Blind Man’s Garden, his new novel set in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the months following 9/11. It’s a story about two foster brothers from a small town in Pakistan who were inseparable as children but whose adult lives have diverged. When one decides to sneak across the border into Afghanistan to help care for wounded civilians, the other decides to go with him to protect him.

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Fishko Files

Hazel Scott as Herself

Thursday, May 02, 2013

WNYC’s Sara Fishko explores the life and work of the pianist and singer Hazel Scott in this Fishko Files from 2009.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Tony Nominees

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Daily News theater critic Joe Dziemianowicz reviews the nominations for Broadway's Tony Awards.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Academy Award–winning director William Friedkin

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Academy Award–winning director William Friedkin talks about his career in movies and how Hollywood changed to capture the paranoia and fear of a nation undergoing a cultural nervous breakdown. His long-awaited memoir The Friedkin Connection is about making the films The French Connection, The Exorcist, and To Live and Die in LA, from the 1960s to today.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Clare Balding on Animals and Other Family

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Clare Balding talks about growing up in an unusual household—with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of dogs. As the child of a renowned horse trainer, Clare rode legendary racehorses and received her first pony as a gift from Her Majesty the Queen of England. In her memoir My Animals and Other Family, she writes of her struggles growing up and tells her own coming-of-age story through portraits of her beloved horses and dogs.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Kristine Barnett talks about her son Jacob, who has an IQ higher than Albert Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and taught himself calculus in two weeks, despite the fact that when Jake was diagnosed with autism at age two, Kristine was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes. The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius is her memoir of raising her son, focusing not on what he couldn’t do, but on what he could do.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mexican Drug War, Raising a Genius, Growing Up with Animals, Director William Friedkin

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Anna Sale fills in for Leonard. She talks to Kristine Barnett about raising her son, Jacob, who’s a math genius who many think could win the Nobel Prize in Physics one day. Then, Clare Balding tells us about growing up on an estate with more than 100 horses. Oscar-winning director William Friedkin talks about directing “The Exorcist,” “The French Connection” and “The Rules of Engagement.”

Around Broadway

Tony Awards Forecast: Kinky and Matty (and Masha and Spike)

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Consider this your warm-up for the Tony Awards, which will be broadcast on June 9.

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Radiolab

Waiting for Life to Begin

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, is a land of emotional and medical limbo. Kelley, Tom, and their daughter Juniper got stranded in this limbo for months, fighting to survive, and finally get to the next chapter of their lives. Their doctor, Fauzia Shakeel, describes the moment when Juniper's ...

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Radiolab

A Future You Can't Control

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Technology has had a profound effect on how we get pregnant, give birth, and think about life and death. The decision to become parents was not an easy one for Kelley and Tom. Even after they sorted out their relationship issues and hopes for the future, getting pregnant wasn't easy. ...

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Radiolab

A Declaration

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Kelley and Tom had hoped that meeting their daughter would be the happiest moment of their life. But when she came early -- at just 23 weeks and 6 days, that moment was full of terror and an impossibly difficult decision. And when the time came to face it, Tom ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Life and Work of David Foster Wallace

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

D. T. Max talks about his biography of David Foster Wallace, one of the most influential writers of his generation. In Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, Max charts Wallace’s battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction to emerge with his masterpiece, Infinite Jest. Since his death by suicide at the age of forty-six in 2008, Wallace has become a symbol of sincerity and honesty in an inauthentic age.

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Studio 360

The Short Story That Would be a Novella

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Update: I grew up in the Eugene, Oregon area and my brothers and I sometimes discuss our tree-clad upbringing on the Siuslaw River. I wish I'd been able to develop that story as it seemed to request, but no time. Still, this thing kept wanting to become a novella. I wrestled it ...

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WNYC News

Kinky Boots and Matilda Top Tony Nominations

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A rebel pop-star and a naughty British girl are the big winners of the Tony Award nominations. "Kinky Boots," which was scored by Cyndi Lauper,  has earned a leading 13 nominations, and the British import "Matilda: The Musical" was close behind with 12.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside Scientology

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright descirbes the inner workings of the Church of Scientology. His book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and Prison of Belief is based on more than 200 personal interviews with current and former Scientologists

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The Takeaway

1979: The Birth of the Modern Age

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In his new book, "Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century," journalist Christian Caryl argues that the year 1979 radically changed the course of history. As Deng Xiaoping moved Communist China to a market-based economy, the Ayatollah Khomeini emerged from exile and returned triumphantly to Iran. A young woman named Margaret Thatcher took the reins of power in Britain, while Pope John Paul II inspired millions of Polish citizens living under Communist rule.

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Radiolab

23 Weeks 6 Days

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A tiny baby, born at 23 Weeks and 6 days -- roughly halfway to full term. And a whole universe of medical and moral questions.

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