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Robert Wagner Remembers Hollywood's Golden Age

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Actor Robert Wagner looks back at Hollywood’s golden age. In You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood’s Golden Age Wagner revisits the houses, restaurants, and other haunts of Hollywood’s elite from the 1940s and 1950s, offering an intimate view of their lives on and off screen. He also discusses the business of Hollywood and its evolution from an industry once dominated by moguls to one run by agents, and examines the careers of his peers, carefully considering why some survived and others faded.

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Michael Sovern on 60 Years at Columbia; "A Doll's House" at BAM; Hospitals and PTSD; Robert Wagner on Hollywoon

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On today’s show: Michael Sovern describes serving as president of Columbia University throughout the 1980s and into the 90s, helping to turn the university  around after the student unrest of 1968. Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan talk about starring in BAM’s production of “A Doll’s House.” We’ll find out why hospitals still don’t have a systematic approach to diagnosing PTSD in civilians. Robert  Wagner looks back at Hollywood’s Golden Age—the stars, the parties, and the movie business he was a part of in the 1940s and 50s.

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Searching for the Man Behind the Legend: Galadrielle Allman on Her Father Duane

Monday, March 10, 2014

The daughter of Allman Brothers founder Duane Allman talks about piecing together memories of her father, who was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24, when Galadrielle was just two.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Family Matters

Friday, March 07, 2014

Guest host Jane Curtin presents works about family, read by Anjelica Huston, Nina Arianda and Hope Davis.

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Fifteen Years in Paris

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

When Edmund White moved to Paris in 1983, leaving New York City in the midst of the AIDS crisis, he was 43 years old, couldn’t speak French, and only knew two people in the entire city. When he left 15 years later he was fluent in French, was a working journalist, and had made the acquaintance of everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault. Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris is his memoir about his experiences.

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The State of Iraq; Life in the Minor-Leagues; Edmind White's Paris; Corporate Control of the Nation's Meat

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali talks about why his countrymen maintain a strong sense of national identity, despite increasing sectarianism and pervasive government corruption. John Feinstein takes us inside the colorful world of Triple-A minor-league baseball. Edmund White talks about moving to Paris in 1983, and how he fell in love with the city and its culture during the 15 years he lived and wrote there. And we’ll find out how a few large companies control most of the country’s meat supply, and why that’s hurting both consumers and farmers alike.

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Rosie Perez on How Brooklyn Has Changed

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The actor and activist responds to Spike Lee’s recent criticism of gentrification: "I think it’s good and bad. It’s great that it’s safer. It’s great that it improved. But it’s bad because a lot of the people who have been there from the beginning are not allowed to participate."

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The Bosnia List

Monday, February 24, 2014

Kenan Trebincevic discusses how his happy childhood was totally transformed once the civil war began in 1992 – and returning to Bosnia 20 years later. His memoir is called The Bosnia List.

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What Happens When You Forget Who You Are

Monday, February 17, 2014

On October 17, 2002, David Stuart MacLean came to on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. He had no money, no passport, no identity. It turned out that the commonly prescribed malarial medication he had been taking caused him to develop a severe form of amnesia. When he returned to the United States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life. He writes about his harrowing experience in The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia. We're re-airing this interview today; it was originally broadcast in January.

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Anjelica Huston on Coming of Age

Monday, February 17, 2014

The legendary actor talks about coming of age in Ireland, London, and New York, and a girlhood spent encountering the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac in London, and losing her mother in a car crash when she was just 17.

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Sin and Salvation After an Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood

Monday, February 03, 2014

When Leah Vincent was 16, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend and was kicked out of her fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. In her new book Cut Me Loose, she talks about her struggle to confront the world of religious fundamentalism.

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What It's Like to Forget Everything About Yourself and Your Life

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

On October 17, 2002, David Stuart MacLean came to on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. He had no money, no passport, no identity. It turned out that the commonly prescribed malarial medication he had been taking caused him to develop a severe form of amnesia. When he returned to the United States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life. He writes about his harrowing experience in The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia.

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Reporting in the Congo

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Anjan Sundaram explains why he decided to take a break from working toward a doctorate in mathematics at Yale to uproot his life, move to the Congo, and become a freelance foreign correspondent. He ended up working for the AP to help cover the 2006 election campaign between Joseph Kabila, son of the assassinated rebel who deposed Mobutu in 1997, and his vice president, Jean-Pierre Bemba. In his memoir Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo, Sundaram moves back and forth between his personal adventures and the Congo’s troubled history and politics.

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Toxic Dust in the SW; Covering the Conflict in the Congo; Recovering from Amnesia; Shortcomings of Wall Street Regulators

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

On today’s show New Yorker staff writer Dana Goodyear talks about a toxic soil-dwelling fungus that’s causing infections in the Southwestern United States. Anjan Sundaram tells what happened when he left his doctorate program in mathematics to work as a stringer for the AP covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006. David MacLean describes waking up on a train platform in India with no idea of who he was or how he got there. Larry Doyle explains how—five years after the financial meltdown—Wall Street’s regulators are still failing to protect investors and taxpayers.

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Escaping from Child Slavery

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Shyima Hall tells about being sold into slavery by her was desperately poor parents when she was 8 years old in Egypt. She moved to Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them 18 hours a day, seven days a week. When her captors moved to Orange County, California, they smuggled Shyima with them. She discusses how she was discovered and freed.  Her memoir Hidden Girl reveals how she overcame her harrowing circumstances how she helps others to rescue others in bondage.

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Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg

Monday, January 20, 2014

Legendary sports agent Leigh Steinberg talks about representing clients such as Troy Aikman, Bruce Smith, and Ben Roethlisberger, and, over one particular seven-year stretch, the top NFL Draft pick six times. Director Cameron Crowe credits Steinberg as a primary inspiration for the character Jerry Maguire, and hired him as a consultant on the film.  In The Agent, he takes readers behind the scenes of professional sports, and  shares stories, including how he negotiated a $26.5 million package for Steve Young and how he passed on the chance to represent Peyton Manning. 

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Burqas and Baseball: Being Muslim in America

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ranya Tabari Idliby discusses her experience being Muslim in America and how her family faces challenges in schools, friendships, and with neighbors. They are challenged by both Muslims who speak for them and by Americans who reject them. In her memoir, Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie, Idliby explores life as a Muslim  in a world where hostility towards Muslims is common.

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Snooki on Motherhood

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Nicole Polizzi - ok, we'll call her Snooki - talks about getting unexpectedly pregnant and how having a baby has changed her life in her new book, Baby Bumps: From Party Girl to Proud Mama, and all the Messy Milestones Along the Way.

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Guest Picks: Gary Shteyngart

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Gary Shteyngart was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his memoir, Little Failure. He told us about his love of the Capybara, which we had never heard of, and his favorite, very Russian-sounding comfort food. 

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Gary Shteyngart Tells a Brezhnev Joke

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Novelist Gary Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience and family history in Little Failure: A Memoir. Born Igor Shteyngart in Leningrad during the waning days of the Soviet Union, he immigrated with his parents in the late 1970s after President Carter made a deal to trade grain for Soviet Jews. Small and asthmatic, he became the second most hated boy in his Queens Hebrew school. He talks about his earliest stories, which his grandmother rewarded for with cheese, makes Leonard laugh with an old joke about Brezhnev, and admits that writing a memoir was a challenge because all writers are liars. 

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