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The Leonard Lopate Show

In the Recording Studio with The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Glyn Johns talks about working as an engineer and a producer on some of the most iconic albums of the 20th century with The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who and more.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Writing the Book on Counterinsurgency in War

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Retired Lt. Col. John Nagl, recounts his experience on the battlefield in Iraq and talks about crafting the army's new manual on counterinsurgency, shaping our course in Iraq.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Coming to Terms with Painful Secrets and a Traumatic Past

Monday, October 20, 2014

New York Times columnist Charles Blow talks about how being abused as a child shaped his life, the subject of his memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

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Memories, Opera, Vegetarian Cooking

Monday, October 20, 2014

Charles Blow talks on his painful past and how it has shaped his life. Le Nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera. Marilynne Robinson's Lila. Better vegetarian and vegan cooking.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Sharing Style and Sage Advice at Bergdorf Goodman

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Betty Halbreich has spent nearly 40 years as the personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she gave socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street advice on clothes and life.

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Norman Lear on Mixing TV Sitcoms with Biting Social and Political Commentary

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The television legend wrote, produced, created, and developed more than 100 shows, including "The Jeffersons," "Maude," and "All in the Family."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme

Friday, October 10, 2014

Jesse Schenker comes clean about his tumultuous past and how he overcame drug addiction and dangerous obsessions to become an acclaimed chef and restaurateur.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Leon Panetta's Tricky Choices

Thursday, October 09, 2014

In his new memoir, Leon Panetta, talks about Obama administration's controversial drone program, his time in the Clinton White House and some of President Obama's recent decisions.

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Joe Perry Dreamed of Becoming a Marine Biologist, Until He Met Steven Tyler

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Joe Perry talks about his years with Aerosmith—the knockdown drag-out fights; the drugs, the booze, the rehab; the hits and arena shows; the reconciliations and the comebacks.

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Alan Cumming Digs Up Family Secrets

Monday, October 06, 2014

When television producers invited Cumming to appear on a celebrity genealogy show in 2010, he discovered more than he bargained for about himself, his past, and his own father.

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Taking a Beating: Politics in the Media, Concussions in Sports

Monday, October 06, 2014

Matt Bai on why 1987 was a turning point in the media and politics. Alan Cumming on family secrets. "Shakespeare’s Sonnets" at BAM. John Branch on hockey player Derek Boogaard.

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Poet Richard Blanco on Figuring Out His Identity and Place in America

Monday, September 29, 2014

Richard Blanco, who read at President Obama’s second inauguration, was the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet. He talks about his new memoir about his childhood.

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Andrea Martin on Acting, Family, and Chimps in Tutus

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Multiple Tony and Emmy-awarding winning actress Andrea Martin shares stories from her life in show business—from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" to "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and more.

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A Family Memoir of Art and War

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Anne Sinclair tells the story of her grandfather, who fled Vichy France in 1940, saving his family but leaving behind his gallery and collection of works by Monet, Cézanne, and others. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Failures of Elite Colleges, the Successes of Chinese Americans

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How elite colleges are falling short. Lucinda Franks talks about Robert Morgenthau. James Ellroy's novel Perfidia. Eric Liu on the Chinese American identity.

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A Forensic Pathologist on Death Investigations in NYC

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dr. Judy Melinek explains her work as a New York City forensic pathologist and the fascinating world of death investigation. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How a Terrorist’s Son Became an Advocate for Peace

Thursday, September 11, 2014

His father was involved in planning the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, but Zak Ebrahim rejected the extremism, violence, and terrorism of his youth. And he says Jon Stewart helped.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

From al Qaeda Insider to CIA Informant

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A man who attended a militant madrasah in Yemen and spent a decade as a Jihadi not only repudiated extremism but became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gail Sheehy's Passages

Friday, September 05, 2014

Gail Sheehy looks back on her own passages in her new memoir Daring.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Swoosie Kurtz: Part Swan, Part Goose

Friday, August 29, 2014

Actress Swoosie Kurtz looks back on her life and career. Her new memoir, Part Swan, Part Goose is a combination of personal misadventure and showbiz lore.

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