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Chrisann Brennan on Her Life with Steve Jobs

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Chrisann Brennan talks about her relationship with Steve Jobs, which began in high school. She describes Jobs’s ascent and the toll it took on her as his girlfriend, co-parent, friend, and object of his cruelty. The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life with Steve Jobs is about her life with Jobs, an idealistic young man who was driven to change the world, about a young father who denied his own child, and a man who she says mistook power for love.

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Ray Davies on America, the Kinks, the Riff, and the Road

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Kinks' singer/songwriter Ray Davies talks about falling in love with American movies, music, and culture as a boy in post-War England. He toured the United States with the Kinks until they were banned from performing there from 1965 to 1969. Then, when he was living in New Orleans, he was shot as a result of a botched robbery and nearly died. In Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, and the Road, the Story, Davies tries to make sense of his long love-hate relationship with the country that has both inspired and frustrated him.

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Bobby Orr

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bobby Orr, often referred to as the greatest ever to play the game of hockey, discusses his career on the ice, from 1966 through the mid-1970s, and his life afterward. No defenseman had ever played like he did, received so many trophies, or set so many records, several of which still stand today. His memoir  Orr: My Story is about where he came from, what drove him, and what he thinks of the game of hockey today.

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Being a Foreign Aid Worker; Teaching in the Bronx; Helen Fielding Revives Bridget Jones; Ancient Maps; Getting Creative

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jessica Alexander talks about what inspired her to become a foreign aid worker, and how her ideals clashed with reality when she was sent to Rwanda following the genocide there. Laurel Sturt describes the challenges of teaching at an elementary school in a poor Bronx neighborhood. Helen Fielding discusses returning to Bridget Jones in her new novel. We’ll get a history of maps going back to ancient times. And Silicon Valley’s Tom Kelley explains how we can tap into our own creativity to change our workplaces and our homes.

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Ten Years in a Bronx Public School

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Laurel Sturt talks about her life in a high-poverty elementary school in the Bronx.Davonte’s Inferno: Ten Years in the New York Public School Gulag is a study of the crisis confronting today's educators and an indictment of the system.

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A Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jessica Alexander talks about life as a foreign aid worker. She arrived in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide as an idealistic intern, but the experience in the field was messy, chaotic, and difficult—but she was hooked. Her memoir Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid traces her personal journey from naïve newcomer to critical realist.

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Congressman Luis Gutierrez: from the Barrio to Capitol Hill

Monday, October 07, 2013

Eleven-term Congressman Luis Gutierrez recounts his life between two worlds: Puerto Rico and America. His memoir, Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill, tells how his varied experiences—from picking coffee beans to driving a cab—shaped him into one of the most surprising careers in American politics.

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Jesmyn Ward on Men We Reaped

Monday, September 30, 2013

Jesmyn Ward talks about losing five young men in her life to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the problems poverty brings, particularly for black men. In Men We Reaped she writes of the agonizing losses of her only brother and her friends and of her exploration into the forces that shaped their lives and led to their deaths—the racism and economic struggles that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships.

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Director Mike Nichols on "Betrayal"; the Harlem Renaissance; NY Film Festival at 50; Richard Dawkins

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mike Nichols talks about directing the upcoming Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s play, “Betrayal.” We’ll take a look at the white women who became part of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. We’ll get a preview of this year’s New York Film Festival, which is marking its 50th anniversary. Richard Dawkins talks about his early life, of becoming a scientist and writing The Selfish Gene.

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China's Challenges; David Plante on London; Tom Barbash on Short Stories; Mexico and the Drug Wars

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

We’ll take a look at the challenges that stand in China’s path to global supremacy, including extreme gender disparity and an aging labor force. Novelist David Plante talks about the first volume of his memoirs, Becoming a Londoner, about his first 20 years in that city. Tom Barbash discusses his new collection of short stories called Stay Up with Me. And find out how Mexico became home to Latin America’s biggest drug cartels and the violence and corruption that came along with them.

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David Plante on Becoming a Londoner

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

David Plante discusses his memoir, Becoming a Londoner: A Diary. This first volume spans his first 20 years in London, beginning in the mid-1960s, and pieces together an intimate portrait of a relationship and a luminous world of writers, poets, artists, and thinkers.

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Graham Nash Tells Wild Tales

Monday, September 23, 2013

Legendary musician Graham Nash talks about his life, from his lower-class childhood in post-war England to his early days in the British Invasion group The Hollies to his time as the lover and muse of Joni Mitchell to reaching superstardom with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. In his memoir Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life he also writes about his career as a solo musician and political activist.

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Guest Picks: Graham Nash

Monday, September 23, 2013

Graham Nash was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his life in music, starting Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and his memoir, Wild Tales. He also told us he's been listening to the music of Bulgaria. Find out what else Graham Nash likes in his Guest Picks!

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Barnard President Debora Spar; Zoë Heller and the Lopate Show Book Club; Graham Nash

Monday, September 23, 2013

On today’s show: Barnard College president Debora Spar talks about how American women’s lives have changed over the past 50 years, and why the challenges women face are more complex than ever. We’ll get a peek into the life of Huguette Clark, the eccentric and reclusive heiress who died in 2011. Zoë Heller joins us for September’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about her novel Everything You Know! Graham Nash talks about his career with The Hollies and then with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

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The Art of Soviet Cooking

Friday, September 20, 2013

Anya von Bremzen, a James Beard Award-winning writer, describes life in the USSR. Born in 1963, in an era of bread shortages, Anya grew up in a communal Moscow apartment where 18 families shared one kitchen. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking is about feasts, famines, and three generations of her family, and how, in the USSR, every edible morsel was packed with emotional and political meaning.

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Gary Burton on 50 Years in Jazz

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Seven-time Grammy award winner Gary Burton talks about his 50 years in the jazz scene. He made his first recordings at age 17, has toured and recorded with a long list of famous jazz greats, and is one of only a few openly gay musicians in jazz. His autobiography Learning to Listen is one of the most personal and insightful jazz books ever written. Gary Burton is performing at the Blue Note through Sunday, September 22. More information and tickets here.

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Guest Picks: Gary Burton

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton talks about his remarkable career, playing with a who's who of jazz -- and developing his trademark 4-mallet technique. He also told us what he's listening to these days!

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Linda Ronstadt on Her Varied Career

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"I wasn’t a good singer for a long time. I didn’t sing with a certain kind of freedom and a certain kind of abandon, where you’re absolutely lost."

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Guest Picks: Linda Ronstadt

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Linda Ronstadt was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her remarkable career, collaborating with everyone from Aaron Neville to Dolly Parton, and losing her voice a few years ago to what was later diagnosed as Parkinson's Disease. Find out what Linda Ronstadt's reading and listening to these days!

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David Dinkins on Governing the City

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins talks about his memoir, A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic. Dinkins, the son of a barber and a domestic worker, grew up in Harlem and Trenton and became the 106th mayor of New York City, in office from 1990 to 1993.

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