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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rosanne Cash: Composed

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rosanne Cash talks about growing up as the child of country legend Johnny Cash, and of her relationships with her mother and her famous stepmother: June Carter Cash. Her memoir Composed is her account of her artistic development, recording her first album, and working her way to success. She talks about her marriages, the country music establishment, taking a new direction in her music, leaving Nashville to move to New York, and her process of songwriting.

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Steven Adler’s Appetite for Destruction

Monday, July 26, 2010

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler shares his story of spinning out of control, enduring twenty-eight ODs, three suicide attempts, two heart attacks, jail stints, and a debilitating stroke. In My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses, he recounts his years with Guns N' Roses, being banished by the band, and diving into nearly 20 years of addiction that eroded his mind and his health until he finally kicked his drug habits.

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Lay the Favorite

Friday, July 23, 2010

Beth Raymer tells how she wound up working for one of the biggest professional sports gamblers in Las Vegas. Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling is an account of her years in the high-stakes, high-anxiety world of sports betting and the cast of characters she met.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Searching for a New Kidney

Monday, July 19, 2010

Daniel Asa Rose discusses the lengths he and his cousin Larry Feldman went to in order to get a kidney transplant. In Larry’s Kidney, Rose tells the story of helping his black-sheep cousin, who he hadn’t spoken to in 15 years, go to China and secure a kidney transplant, even though Chinese law forbids transplants to Westerners.

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Talking to Girls About Duran Duran

Monday, July 19, 2010

Music journalist Rob Sheffield discusses coming of age in the 1980s, the years of MTV and John Hughes movies, the era of big dreams and bigger shoulder pads. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut is his memoir of stumbling into adulthood.

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Foxy Pam Grier

Monday, July 05, 2010

Pam Grier, best known for her roles as Foxy Brown, Friday Foster, Coffy, and Jackie Brown, talks about her life and career. In her memoir Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, she discusses her relationships with famous men like Richard Pryor, her experiences as a backup singer and a blaxploitation star, and her battle with cancer.

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Love, Food, and Healing in Italy

Friday, July 02, 2010

Paula Butturini talks about the healing powers of sharing of food around the family table. After her husband John was shot and nearly killed by sniper fire while reporting on an uprising in Romania, the recovery process was complicated and difficult. She writes about it in Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy .

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Between a Heart and a Rock Place

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pat Benatar, one of the most iconic women in rock music with hits like "Heartbreaker," "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," and "Love Is a Battlefield," discusses her memoir, Between a Heart and a Rock Place.

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Patrick McEnroe Tells Tales from the Pro Tennis Trenches

Monday, June 14, 2010

Patrick McEnroe discusses his two decades in tennis—as a player, coach, and ESPN commentator. In Hardcourt Confidential: Tales from Twenty Years in the Pro Tennis Trenches, he gives an honest look at the sport and the larger-than-life personalities that play it, how and why the game has changed since he first swung a racket, and what the future holds for American tennis.

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The Takeaway

Singers, Writers, Strippers: The Role Models of John Waters

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

What do Johnny Mathis, Tennessee Williams, a stripper named Zorro, Manson girl Leslie Van Houten and a couple of amateur porn directors have in common? Renowned filmmaker John Waters counts them all among his role models.

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An Actor and a Gentleman

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Emmy- and Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. discusses his more than 50 years in the world of entertainment.

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Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

Monday, May 24, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird  discusses growing up in America during three major wars and three turbulent decades in the Middle East.

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The Perfect House

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Meghan Daum describes her obsession with real estate and her fantasies of finding the perfect place for the perfect price.

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Losing My Cool

Monday, May 17, 2010

Thomas Chatterton Williams gives an account of being drawn in to hip-hop culture and how his father drew him out again. 

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Jeffrey Toobin on Clarence Thomas

Monday, November 05, 2007

Jeffrey Toobin on unravelling the mind of Clarence Thomas.

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