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Chasing a Dream: Richard Russo Discusses His Memoir, Elsewhere

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"I was giving up something secure for something that, to her mind, was a dream." Richard Russo discusses his memoir Elsewhere, his path toward becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, and his lifelong bond with his spirited mother.  

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Assisted Living; Richard Russo's Memoir of His Mother; Mystery, Revenge, and Cheese; YouTube and the Media

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A. C. Thompson talks about his year-long investigation into a multi-billion-dollar assisted-living company. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo on his complex relationship with his mother. Then, the story of a man who was lured to Spain by a famous cheese and its mysterious history. Plus, a look at what’s happened to YouTube since it was bought by Google in 2006, and whether the site could help transform entertainment.

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Orange Is the New Black: Piper Kerman on Her Year in Prison

Friday, July 19, 2013

Piper Kerman talks about being sentenced to 15 months at a federal correctional facility. She writes about her experience in her memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, the basis for the new Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.”

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Guest Etiquette; Orange Is the New Black; "The Act of Killing"; Please Explain

Friday, July 19, 2013

On today’s show: New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes answers your etiquette questions for house guests and hosts! Piper Kerman on Orange is the New Black, her memoir about the time she spent in prison, which is the basis for the new Netflix series. Director Joshua Oppenheimer talks about his documentary, “The Act of Killing,” an unorthodox take on the story of the Indonesian death squads of the 1960’s. And this week’s Please Explain is all about sleep apnea!

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Movies, Magic, and Memoir

Friday, July 05, 2013

New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot uses the life and career of her father, Lyle Talbot, an early Hollywood star, to tell the story of the rise of popular culture. The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century is a combination of Hollywood history, social history, and family memoir, conjures nostalgia for those earlier eras of 1910s and 1920s small-town America, and the 1930s and 1940s in Hollywood.

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John Densmore on The Doors: Unhinged

Friday, July 05, 2013

Drummer John Densmore talks about his time in The Doors and about the conflicts that broke out as the band became more successful. His book The Doors: Unhinged is part memoir and part exploration of the what makes some people focus on attaining wealth, even at the expense of principles and friendships.

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Children of Gay Parents

Monday, July 01, 2013

Alysia Abbott, author of the new book Fairyland: A Memoir of My Fathertalks about her new memoir and growing up with a gay single father in the context of the early days of the AIDS epidemic and the gay rights movement. Listeners: Any kids of a gay parents, call us up and talk about how you reacted to last week's Supreme Court rulings--and tell us what it's been like growing up with gay parents. 212-433-9692 or comment here.

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A Wall Street Trader’s Tale of Excess

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Former Galleon Group trader Turney Duff, describes getting caught up in an after-hours Wall Street culture where drugs and sex are rampant and billions in trading commissions flow to those who dangle the most enticements. His memoir The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader’s Tale of Spectacular Excess shows the rewards and temptations of making a living as a trader.

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Crimes Against Women Migrant Workers; Growing Up in Kabul; the Enlightenment in America; Hijacking in the 1960s

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman looks at the lives of—and crimes committed against—migrant women working in America’s fields and packing plants. Qais Akbar Omar talks about growing up in Kabul, surviving the civil war, and defying of the Taliban. Jonathan Lyons on how Ben Franklin and his contemporaries brought the enlightenment to America. We’ll examine the rash of Airplane hijackings in the late 1960s.

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Qais Akbar Omar on Growing Up in Kabul

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Qais Akbar Omar talks about growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan, in his memoir A Fort of Nine Towers , which reveals the richness and suffering of life in that country. When he was a child, Kabul was a city of gardens where he flew kites while his family drank tea, it was a time of telling stories, reciting poetry, selling carpets. Then civil war exploded, and his family fled, taking shelter in an old fort. As the Mujahedin war devolved into Taliban rule, Omar learned about quiet resistance, and opened a secret carpet factory to provide work for neighborhood girls.

 

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Emma Brockes' Memoir, She Left Me the Gun

Monday, June 24, 2013

Emma Brockes discusses discovering her mother’s hidden past. In her memoir She Left Me the Gun: My Mother’s Life Before Me, she tells her mother, Paula’s, story of growing up with an abusive, tyrannical father in South Africa,  seeking justice on her own when the court system fails her, then escaping to England to begin a new life.  

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Ed Hardy on His Life in Tattoos

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tatoo artist Ed Hardy talks about his life as a tattoo artists and how he created his branding empire. His memoir Wear Your Dreams: My Life in Tattoos is about how he helped fomented the explosion of tattoo art.

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Alysia Abbott on her Memoir, Fairyland

Monday, June 10, 2013

Alysia Abbott discusses growing up in San Francisco in the 1970s and 80s with an openly gay father. Her memoir, Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father, reconstructs their life together in a city bustling with gay men in search of liberation—few of whom were raising children. She also writes about how AIDS ravaged their community.

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David Berg's Run, Brother, Run

Monday, June 10, 2013

David Berg talks about his tempestuous Texas boyhood and the murder of his brother in 1968 by Charles Harrelson, a notorious hit man and father of actor Woody Harrelson. Run, Brother, Run is the story of the murder and an account of the psychic destruction of the Berg family his father.

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'The Buy Side' and Wall Street's Dark Side

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

In 1994, Turney Duff was a fresh-faced journalism graduate from Ohio University with no clear career plan.  He moved to New York and called up a rich uncle who worked at Morgan Stanley.  A few phone calls later, Duff had his first job in finance, in an asset-management division of Morgan Stanley.  Over the next 15 years, Duff climbed the ranks of Wall Street, eventually acquiring a 7-figure salary as well as a cocaine addiction. He recalls his high flying days and downfall on Wall Street in a new memoir, “The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader’s Tale of Spectacular Excess.” 

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Dwight Gooden

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Major League pitcher Dwight Gooden talks about his memoir of his talent, addiction, and recovery. In Doc, the Mets’ beloved Dr. K shares the intimate details of his life and career, revealing all the extraordinary highs and lows: The hidden traumas in his family; the thrill and pressure of being a young baseball phenom in New York; his self-destructive drug binges; and his three World Series rings.

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Clive Davis on 5 Decades in Music

Monday, May 27, 2013

Clive Davis talks about shaping the last 50 years of popular music. He has discovered, signed, or worked with Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. The Soundtrack of My Life tells his story—of becoming an orphan in high school and getting through college and law school on scholarships, to being falsely accused of embezzlement and starting up his own record company, J Records. 

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Life Inside the Westboro Baptist Church

Monday, May 27, 2013

Lauren Drain talks about her experience in the Westboro Baptist Church, the organization notorious for holding offensive signs, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, the 9-year old victim of the recent Tucson shooting, and Elizabeth Edwards. Drain’s book Banished: A Memoir, written with Lisa Pulitzer, is an account of joining as a child and being raised on the church's compound. When she began to challenge some of the church's tenets, she was cast out and permanently cut off from her family and from everyone else she knew and loved.

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Singer Songwriter Paul Anka

Friday, May 24, 2013

Former teen idol Paul Anka talks about his career in music and his new CD. His autobiography My Way recounts how he rocketed to fame with a slew of hits, including “Diana” and “Put Your Head on my Shoulder,” and his time touring with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. He was a charter member of the Rat Pack, he wrote the theme music for The Tonight Show as well as a string of pop hits. He shares stories of the business and the people in his life, from Elizabeth Taylor to Tom Jones to Michael Jackson.

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Raymond Sokolov's 40 Years in Food

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Raymond Sokolov became food editor of the New York Times in 1971, and he discusses his long, memorable career as restaurant critic, food historian, and author. In Steal the Menu: A Memoir of Forty Years in Food, he traces the food scene he reported on in America and abroad, from backwoods barbecue shack in Alabama to molecular gastronomy at El Bulli in Spain.

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