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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Dramani Mahama on the Lost Decades of Africa

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

John Dramani Mahama, Vice President of Ghana, tells of coming-of-age in Ghana during the difficult post-independence years. In My First Coup d'Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa he shares personal stories that work as fables, history, cultural and political analyses, and as memoir of a young man who would grow up to be vice president of his nation.

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Mary Morgan on Beginning with the End

Monday, July 09, 2012

Mary R. Morgan, daughter of former governor of New York Nelson A. Rockefeller, discusses the death of her twin brother, Michael, who disappeared off the remote coast of southern New Guinea in 1961. Beginning with the End: A Memoir of Twin Loss and Healing, is about coming to terms with that loss.

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Rosecrans Baldwin on Living and Working in Paris

Friday, July 06, 2012

Rosecrans Baldwin talks about living and working in Paris for 18 months and finding the experience completely unlike what he expected. His memoir Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down, is a comic, personal account of observing the French capital from the inside out. He's also the co-founder of The Morning News and the author of the novel You Lost Me There.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lizz Free or Die

Friday, July 06, 2012

Lizz Winstead, comedian, social critic, and co-creator of The Daily Show, tells how she fought to find her own voice, both as a comedian and as a woman, and how humor became her most powerful weapon in confronting life's challenges. In Lizz Free or Die she tells about her childhood longing to be a priest, her role in developing The Daily Show, and her habit of diving into everything head first.

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Restaurant Man: Joe Bastianich

Friday, July 06, 2012

Joe Bastianich describes his culinary journey from working in his parents’ red-sauce joint to becoming one of the country’s most successful restaurateurs. His memoir Restaurant Man recounts learning the ropes from his parents, Lidia and Felice Bastianich, his time in Italy, and joining forces with Mario Batali.

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Losing a Job, Finding a Life

Thursday, July 05, 2012

James Kunen chronicles his adventures on the road to finding meaning in work and life. His memoir Diary of a Company Man: Losing a Job, Finding a Life is the story of a 1960s radical turned corporate PR man who finds himself, along with his fellow baby boomers, in a place he calls “too young to retire and too old to hire.”

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Jeanette Winterson: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Jeanette Winterson talks about her memoir about her life’s work to find happiness. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? recounts her journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother.

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Benjamin Busch's Memoir, Dust to Dust

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Benjamin Busch talks about his memoir Dust to Dust, a meditation on life and loss, peace and war. He writes of his childhood in rural New York, his deployment during the worst of the war in Iraq, and acting in the HBO series “The Wire.”

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Stephen Fry

Monday, July 02, 2012

Stephen Fry tells about arriving at Cambridge University as a convicted fraudster and thief, an addict, liar, fantasist, and failed suicide, convinced he would be sent away. Instead, he befriended bright young things like Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie, and emerged as one of the most promising comic talents in the world. The Fry Chronicles  is his story of his journey to stardom.

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Jimmie Walker: Dyn-O-Mite!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jimmie Walker discusses his career in comedy and his years playing the role of J. J. Evans on “Good Times.” His new memoir, Dyn-o-Mite! Is an account of his rise and the tensions on the set of “Good Times.”

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Dave Hill's Tasteful Nudes

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Comedian, writer, and musician Dave Hill tells us about his first collection of non-fiction essays. Tasteful Nudes:…And Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation includes his stories about stolen meat, animal attacks, young love, death, naked people, clergymen, rock 'n' roll, irritable Canadians, and prison. 

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Tewodros Fekadu: No One's Son

Monday, June 25, 2012

Eritrean-born activist, filmmaker, and writer Tewodros Fekadu talks about growing up in the midst of the Ethiopian–Eritrean Civil War. He was abandoned, survived famine, and moved from the orphanages to streets of Addis Ababa. He tells his story in his memoir, No One’s Son: The Remarkable True Story of a Defiant African Boy and his Bold Quest for Freedom

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Buzz Bissinger's Father's Day

Friday, June 15, 2012

Buzz Bissinger, best-selling author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August, talks about his new memoir, Father’s Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son. His twin sons were born three minutes apart and are extremely different—Gerry is a graduate student at Penn, while Zach has spent his life attending special schools, challenged by serious intellectual deficits. Bissinger shares revelations about his own parents, fatherhood, and the price of ambition and its effect on his twins.

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Buddy Guy

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Buddy Guy has been called the greatest blues guitarist of all time, influencing Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, among others, and he’s the living embodiment of Chicago blues. In his new memoir, When I Left Home, Guy tells of moving from rural Louisiana to Chicago in the 1950s, the blues masters he played with, and the evolving culture of music that happened all around him.

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Joan Rivers on Why She Hates Everyone

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Joan Rivers talks about her latest book, I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me. She gives the best of her worst to First Ladies, closet cases, hypocrites, Hollywood, feminists, overrated historical figures, and even herself. It’s a comic love letter to the hater in all of us.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Alison Bechdel on Memoirs

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Alison Bechdel, cartoonist and author of the graphic memoir Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama, reflects on the creation of memoirs, her long-running comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" and her approach to graphic novels.

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The Empire

Christine Quinn: Name That Memoir!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn may have book tour coincide with her stumping for the 2013 Mayoral race.

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By the Iowa Sea

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Joe Blair talks about his memoir, By the Iowa Sea, an unsentimental account of a family crisis and a natural disaster. After setting aside his dreams, Joe found himself middle-aged, with four kids, including a severely autistic son, and a marriage on the rocks. His memoir is the story of the changes his family went through to stay together.

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Pico Iyer Talks About Graham Greene

Monday, May 28, 2012

Pico Iyer examines the closeness he has always felt to the English writer Graham Greene.  In The Man Within My Head, he follows Greene’s trail from his first novel, The Man Within, to his later classics like The Quiet American looking at all he has in common with Greene: an English public school education, a lifelong restlessness and refusal to make a home anywhere, a fascination with the complications of faith.

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How Michael Oher Beat the Odds

Friday, May 25, 2012

Michael Oher, the football star made famous in the book and movie The Blind Side, talks about rising above the circumstances of his youth. In I Beat the Odds, Oher looks back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, and looks at how he broke out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family.

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