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The Brian Lehrer Show

Universal Pre-K; International Risks; Defending DOMA; Children's Lit

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Capital Tonight host Liz Benjamin and NY1's Grace Rauh discuss the showdown between Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo over universal Pre-K. Ian Bremmer, president of political risk research and consulting firm Eurasia Group, predicts the biggest international risks ahead in 2014. Roberta Kaplan explains her role in the Supreme Court DOMA decision. Plus: author Kate DiCamillo talks about her new post as ambassador for young people's literature.

The Takeaway

In Detroit, A Home for Writers

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

In the months since Detroit filed for bankruptcy, there’s been a lot of discussion over who or what it would take to repair the city.  A new nonprofit called Write A House has one novel idea: why not restore vacant houses and award them to low-income writers? Billy Collins, former United States poet laureate will be one of Write A House’s judges when the nonprofit starts accepting applications from working writers in the spring.

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Selected Shorts

Deceptively Simple: A Conversation with Nobel Laureate Alice Munro

Thursday, October 17, 2013

On October 10th it was announced that the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature would go to 82-year-old Canadian writer Alice Munro.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Affairs of Others

Monday, October 14, 2013

Amy Grace Loyd  discusses her novel, The Affairs of Others, about a young woman, haunted by loss, who rediscovers passion and possibility when she’s drawn into the tangled lives of her neighbors.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ethical Parenting; The Collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf; Kevin Barry's Dark Lies the Island; GMOs in Hawaii; Endangered Cultural Heritage Sites

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Lisa Miller talks about whether it’s possible to be an ethical parent and what kids learn by watching us navigate the world. New Yorker writer James B. Stewart discusses the significance of the 2012 collapse of the law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. Kevin Barry talks about his latest collection of stories, Dark Lies the IslandWe’ll find out why Hawaii has become a battleground for the debate over genetically modified crops. Plus, a look at the sites that have made the World Monument Fund’s annual watch list of endangered cultural heritage sites.


The Takeaway

Edgar Allan Poe Exhibit Shows “Terror of the Soul”

Monday, October 07, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe was responsible for far more than some creepy stories and poems—he helped to create a fully independent American literary voice, paving the way for William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, and Joseph Heller. A new exhibit on Poe at the Morgan Library & Museum gives us some insight into the literature behind the macabre man. Dr. Isaac Gewirtz co-curated the show, and he joins us to talk about the mysterious author, and his rather unfortunate life.

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The Takeaway

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Banned and Challenged Books?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and is typically held during the last week of September. Banned Books week is designed to highlight the value of free and open access to information. This year's Banned Books Week runs from September 22 - 28. How much do you know about banned books? Test your knowledge with our Takeaway quiz.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why the Classics Matter

Monday, September 16, 2013

Classicist Mary Beard talks about Greek and Roman history and why it still matters. In Confronting the Classics, she explores our rich classical heritage—from Greek drama to Roman jokes, from Alexander the Great to the great writers Thucydides, Cicero.

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Life of the Law

Judging Steinbeck’s Lennie

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to execute people with mental disabilities. But the Court left it up to individual states to define mentally disabled. After the Texas legislature failed to agree on a definition,

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Pushing the Limits

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Guest host John Lithgow raises the curtain on five comic tales, classic and cutting-edge.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chasing a Dream: Richard Russo Discusses His Memoir, Elsewhere

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"I was giving up something secure for something that, to her mind, was a dream." Richard Russo discusses his memoir Elsewhere, his path toward becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, and his lifelong bond with his spirited mother.  

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Starting a New Literary Journal

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Uzoamaka Maduka talks about founding The American Reader, a new literary journal of litera­ture and criticism. The idea for the journal was hatched “on a fire escape in Washington Heights.”

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hamlet and the Modern World

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The figure of Hamlet reverberates in our culture. Psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster and professor of philosophy Simon Critchley, show how the power of Hamlet casts light on the intractable dilemmas of human existence. In Stay, Illusion: The Hamlet Doctrine, the authors show how Hamlet discloses the modern paradox of our lives: how thought and action seem to pull against each other, the one annulling the possibility of the other.

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The Takeaway

Lessons From a Complicated Father

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Heading into Father's Day this weekend we talk with someone as far away from the cliche father as you can get. In the words of his son, Deni Bechard's Father was absent, even crazy, but he is still a magnificent presence in his own life as a man in his late thirties. Deni Bechard is the author of “Cures for Hunger” and “Vandal Love,” books that are in many ways all about his own relationship with his father.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Federico Garcia Lorca's Poet in New York

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Federico Garcia Lorca, one of Spain’s greatest poets and dramatists. The current festival Lorca in New York: A Celebration, focuses on the years 1929-1930, when Garcia Lorca was a student at Columbia University and when he wrote Poet in New York. Laura Garcia Lorca, Federico Garcia Lorca’s neice and president of the Federico Garcia Lorca Foundation in Spain, and Christopher Maurer, editor of a newly revised and translated edition of  Poet in New York, talk about Federico Garcia Lorca’s life and work.


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The Leonard Lopate Show

Wedding Advice; Four Seasons in Afghanistan; Federico Garcia Lorca in New York; The Billionaire's Apprentice

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Weddings can come with all kinds of potential social disasters, and New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes is here to answer your wedding etiquette questions! Anna Badkhen tells what kept drawing her back to Afghanistan after she covered the war there in 2001. Frederico Garcia Lorca’s niece Laura Garcia Lorca and editor Christopher Maurer discusses Poet in New York and the Lorca Festival going on now in New York. Plus, a look at the rise of Indian Americans to the top ranks of American business—and the fall of Galleon founder Raj Rajaratnam who was convicted of conspiracy and securities fraud in 2011.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Is Science Enough?

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Curtis White, novelist, essayist, English professor at Illinois State University, and author of the Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers, defends poetry and philosophy against the culture of "scientism," despite his own atheism.

Event: Curtis White in conversation with with Lewis Lapham at Melville House 145 Plymouth St. in Brooklyn (DUMBO) tonight at 7pm,

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tributes: Andrew Greeley

Monday, June 03, 2013

At one point, Andrew Greeley mockingly suggested that his obituary would read, “Andrew Greeley, Priest; Wrote Steamy Novels.”  But, in addition to writing sexually frank novels, the Roman Catholic priest was also quite an equal-opportunity maverick, taking on both scandals in the American Catholic church, as well as secular intellectuals.  Andrew M. Greeley died in his sleep at the age of 85.  And you can hear his interview with Leonard from June of 1991.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Khaled Hosseini: And the Mountains Echoed

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Khaled Hosseini a goodwill envoy for UNHCR (the United Nations Refugee Agency) and author of the novel The Kite Runner, talks about his new book, And the Mountains Echoed.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

DoJ vs. Reporters; Khaled Hosseini; Are You Leaning In?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza discusses the way the Justice Department is going after leakers and the reporters they work with. Plus: best-selling author Khaled Hosseini discusses his latest novel, which traces one Afghan family's journey through the generations; New York Times obituaries editor Bill McDonald on the obituary of the day. Plus: Are you "leaning in"?

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