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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Words on a Page Become Images in Our Minds

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Peter Mendelsund, Knopf's associate art director, explores how we visualize images from reading works of literature and talks about designing book covers.

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PRI's The World

Remembering a fearless poet known as 'Iran's Lioness'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Simin Behbahani was a beloved Iranian poet who earned the nickname "Lioness" for her powerful verse. US President Barack Obama recited one of her poems in his 2011 message to the Iranian people.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside and Outside

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

On today’s show, veteran China analyst Ethan Gutmann reveals China’s secret program to eliminate political dissidents while profiting from the sale of their organs—in many cases to Westerners. We’ll find out how the country’s ex-presidents maneuvered, plotted, advised, aided Lincoln during the Civil War. Ben Tarnoff describes how Mark Twain and San Francisco writers gave voice to the America’s emerging identity. Alvin and Lawrence Ubell, our Gurus of How-To, tackle home repair questions and give advice for keeping your home ship shape.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Mark Twain in San Francisco and the Reinvention of American Literature

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mark Twain arrived in San Francisco in 1863, fleeing the draft and seeking adventure. In California he found that the economy booming, newspapers and magazines thriving, and promise of the transcontinental railroad soon to become a reality. Ben Tarnoff tells how Twain connected with the city’s Bohemian writers. But ...

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Dubliners: A Quartet

Dubliners: A Quartet - Part 4: The Dead

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Part four of the four-part audio play by award-winning playwright Arthur Yorinks, inspired by the stories of James Joyce's Dubliners.

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Dubliners: A Quartet

Dubliners: A Quartet - Part 3: Clay

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Part three of the four-part audio play by award-winning playwright Arthur Yorinks, inspired by the stories of James Joyce's Dubliners.

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Dubliners: A Quartet

Dubliners: A Quartet - Part 2: Eveline

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Part two of the four-part audio play by award-winning playwright Arthur Yorinks, inspired by the stories of James Joyce's Dubliners.

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The Greene Space

ON-DEMAND VIDEO | Dubliners: A Quartet

Monday, August 04, 2014

Watch on-demand video of the entire four-part play by Arthur Yorinks, inspired by the stories of James Joyce's Dubliners and recorded during a live performance by an ensemble of noted actors and singers.

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The Greene Space

VIDEO | Reading James Joyce: Black 47's Larry Kirwan, Author Victor LaValle and Broadcaster Frank Delaney

Monday, August 04, 2014

On the 100th anniversary of James Joyce's Dubliners, three notable New Yorkers who count themselves among the writer's biggest fans talk about reading his beloved short story collection and how it continues to inspire them today: author Victor LaValleLarry Kirwan of the band Black 47, and author and broadcaster Frank Delaney.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Rivka Galchen

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rivka Galchen tells us what she's eating, reading, and listening to!

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The Takeaway

Nadine Gordimer's Impact on South African Writing

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Looking back on the life of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Nadine Gordimer, who died on Sunday at age 90, it's immediately apparent how much of a complete iconoclast she was in her lifetime. Her impact on future generations of writers in the country has been profound.

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The Takeaway

Hemingway's Grandson Restores Never-Seen Elements to "The Sun Also Rises"

Monday, July 14, 2014

A new version of "The Sun Also Rises" includes lost chapters and extensive revisions, giving an altogether new portrait of Papa's creative process.

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On The Media

Egypt's Press Suppression, True Crime, and More

Friday, June 27, 2014

How the suppression of a free press in Egypt is reversing the course of the Arab Spring, challenging the conventional wisdom on student debt, a defense of True Crime, and more.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The story of a brutal double murder in New Jersey that may have influenced The Great Gatsby.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Should Adult YA Readers Be Ashamed?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It's a huge week for YA books — the movie based on John Green's The Fault in Our Stars is dominating at the box office. But if you're an adult who loves reading novels aimed at teens, check out our list of titles you can proudly crack.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Re-Stephening Edition

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the film Obvious Child, a movie that is radically blase about abortion, whether adults should be embarrassed to read Young Adult literature, and the case for bringing Home Economics...

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The Takeaway

Remembering Maya Angelou With Poets Nikki Giovanni & Kwame Dawes

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Angelou, the renowned and beloved poet and activist, died Wednesday at the age of 86. Her friend Nikki Giovanni, a poet, commentator and activist, and Kwame Dawes, a poet and a professor, reflect on Angelou's life and legacy.

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The Takeaway

Maya Angelou's Friend Nikki Giovanni Remembers the Legendary Poet

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Poet Maya Angelou died today at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86-years-old. The Takeaway spoke to poet Nikki Giovanni about her 40-plus-year friendship with Maya Angelou. "When you talk about who lived a full and a good and a complete life, you come back to Maya,” Giovanni says.

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The Takeaway

What Putin Can Learn from 'War and Peace'

Friday, May 23, 2014

The author of “Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Trouble Times” explains why now more than ever, Vladimir Putin should be reading Russia’s most famous literary masterpiece.

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The Takeaway

Should College Material Come with a Trigger Warning?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The growing practice of requesting “trigger warnings” on college course material that might be disturbing to students has caused a great deal of controversy. Why are trigger warnings such a hot-button topic and how should we address them?

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