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The Brian Lehrer Show

Paul Auster

Monday, September 10, 2012

Author Paul Auster talks about his memoir Winter Journal and his work set in New York City.

→ EVENT: Reading at Barnes & Noble Union Square, Monday, September 10, 7:00 pm

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Rags To Riches: The Golden Krust Story

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lowell Hawthorne, president and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, talks about his new memoir, The Baker's Son: My Life In Business, and his experiences as co-founder of Golden Krust.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Floyd Little

Friday, September 07, 2012

Football legend Floyd Little talks about his journey from poverty to military school, college, the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In Promises to Keep: My Inspired Run from Syracuse to Denver to the Hall, he shares his favorite tales from his first high school game, his time playing for Syracuse and for the Denver Broncos. He also recounts stories about fellow Hall of Famers of his era, his Broncos teammates, and shares his thoughts about today's NFL stars.

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Proving Up on the Great Plains

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Josh Garrett-Davis talks about growing up in South Dakota and why the Great Plains might seem empty but are actually a rich and complex place. His book Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains covers the destruction and resurgence of the American bison; his great-great-grandparents’ lives as Nebraska homesteaders; Native American "Ghost Dancers," political allegory in The Wizard of Oz; and attempts to "rewild" the Plains.

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Marilynne Robinson on Reading and Thinking

Monday, August 27, 2012

Novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson talks about her new collection of essays, When I Was a Child I Read Books. She tackles the global debt crisis, the charged political and social political climate, the role of generosity in Christian faith, and talks about her own childhood in Idaho.

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Luis Rodríguez's It Calls You Back

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Luis Rodríguez tells of his journey from drug abusing gang member to writer and activist. His memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing tells the story of Rodríguez’s attempt to start over, at 18, after his final stint in jail and nearly a decade of gang life. He describes his challenges as a father, and his difficulty leaving violence, crime, and addiction behind.

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First Cameraman

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Arun Chaudhary, the first official White House videographer, talks about his experience capturing behind-the-scenes moments of the president and his administration. First Cameraman: Documenting the Obama Presidency in Real Time gives a unique view of the government and the president in these historic and challenging times.

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Falling in Love with Joseph Smith

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Jane Barnes tells how, when she was working on the PBS Frontline/American Experience special series "The Mormons," she found herself passionately drawn to the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. In Falling in Love with Joseph Smith: My Search for the Real Prophet Barnes describes moving from secular curiosity to the brink of conversion to Mormonism. She explains coming to respect the innovative American spirit that lies at the heart of Mormonism.

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Kati Marton on Love and Paris

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Journalist and author Kati Marton discusses love, loss, and life after loss. Her memoir Paris: A Love Story talks about the sudden death of her husband, Richard Holbrooke, her 15-year marriage to Peter Jennings, and the beauty and excitement of Paris she’s found at every stage of her life.

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Mike Doughty

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Writer and musician Mike Doughty discusses his memoir, The Book of Drugs. In it, he describes his rise to prominence as the leader of the band Soul Coughing, his transformation into a solo performer, and his battle with addiction.  He’ll also talk about his latest albums, "The Question Jar Show" and "Yes and Also Yes."

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Rescuing Abused Farm Animals

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Jenny Brown talks about why she left her career as a film and television producer after going undercover and exposing horrific animal abuse in Texas stockyards. Her memoir, The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals, tells how she co-founded the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

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Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Cheryl Strayed talks about giving advice to thousands as a once-anonymous online columnist. Tiny Beautiful Things features the best of her column “Dear Sugar” and she talks about how to tackle everything life throws our way. She’ll also talk about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which she wrote about in her memoir Wild.

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Remembering Marilyn Monroe

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Lawrence Schiller talks about his memoir Marilyn & Me: A Photographer's Memories, about his friendship with the star, which developed when he photographed her in 1960 and 1962 on the sets of “Let's Make Love” and the unfinished feature “Something's Got to Give,” the last film she worked on. The book includes 18 of Schiller’s own photographs, some never previously published.

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Andy Cohen: Most Talkative

Monday, July 30, 2012

Andy Cohen, the man behind the "Real Housewives," discusses his lifelong love affair with pop culture. In Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture he talks about his show "Watch What Happens Live," tells tales of his ten years at CBS News, and shares encounters with the heroes and heroines of his youth.

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Bright Lights, No City

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Whit Alexander, co-founder of the Cranium board game, and his brother, journalist Max Alexander, tell what happened when they traveled to Ghana, West Africa, so Whit could start a new business providing rechargeable batteries and other services to low-income villagers. In Bright Lights, No City: An African Adventure on Bad Roads with a Brother and a Very Weird Business Plan Max gives an account of bickering with Whit across the African bush, and learning to adapt to the challenges of living and working in Africa.

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John Dramani Mahama Sworn in as President of Ghana

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

John Damani Mahama was on the Lopate Show on July 10 to discuss his memoir and his political rise to become the Vice President of Ghana. Yesterday, following the death of Pres. John Atta Mills, Mr. Mahama was sworn in as Ghana's 4th president.  You can listen to Leonard's conversation with John Dramani Mahama:

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Bob Massie on His Memoir

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Bob Massie, an environmental leader, author, Episcopal priest, and former anti-apartheid activist, discusses his memoir A Song in the Night. He recounts his struggles with classical hemophilia, of losing and then regaining the ability to walk, contracting HIV and hepatitis through transfusions for hemophilia, speaking out against South African apartheid, and creating  the world's leading standard for corporate sustainability.

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Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital

Monday, July 16, 2012

Dr. Eric Manheimer, the former Medical Director of Bellevue Hospital, discusses his memoir,Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital, which tells the stories of very different patients-from a UN dignitary to a prisoner from Riker's Island, from illegal immigrants and Wall Street tycoons. He also discusses his own cancer diagnosis and facing his own illness and possible death while he struggles to save the lives of others.

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An Education at The New Yorker

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Janet Groth describes her two decades working as the receptionist at The New Yorker. Her memoir The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker is an account of watching and registering the comings and goings, marriages and divorces, scandalous affairs, failures, triumphs, and tragedies of the magazine’s eccentric staff.

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Swimming Studies

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Leanne Shapton, who trained for the Olympic swimming trials when she was a teenager, talks about what draws her to swimming—in pools and on beaches across the world. Swimming Studies explores what it's like to move from a world of competition and discipline to one of recreation and introspection.

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