Today's Takeaways: Debunking a Civil War Myth, a Famous Literary Character, and Fighting Ebola With Celebrities & Christmas
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
This week on Car Talk, can Bubba convince his neighbor that he doesn’t need to warm up his diesel monster truck for 30 minutes every morning, and not wind up with said monster truck driving across his front yard? Also, should Wendy dump her bureaucrat boyfriend after his cavalier response to her smoking car? Elsewhere, Paco’s van is stalling on right turns, and his kids are getting tired of having to get out and push; Lani’s trip to the gas staton got a little more exciting when flames shot out of the tank; and, suspense novelist David needs guidance on blowing up his hero’s Aston-Martin. Finally, what does Sylvia Poggioli really say when she hears Tom and Ray besmirching her radio? Find out, this week on Car Talk.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Boris Fishman talks about his novel A Replacement Life, which tells the story of Slava Gelman. A young Russian Jewish immigrant, he dreams of becoming an acclaimed journalist. When he realizes his career has hit a dead-end, he makes a decision that blurs his notions of truth, honor, and right and wrong.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
→EVENT: Anna Quindlen will be interviewed by Katie Couric on Jan. 28 at 7:00pm at Barnes & Noble Union Square .The event space opens at 5:00 pm. Priority seating goes to those with book purchase.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Novelist Nicholson Baker’s new book, Traveling Sprinkler, is about a fairly well regarded poet named Paul Chowder who is having a hard time writing a new book. So he picks up a guitar instead -- and composes a series of songs. And, it turns out, so did Nicholson Baker. He joins us in the studio to discuss his new book -- and the actual companion album he recorded.
Friday, August 30, 2013
We're replaying some favorite recent interviews. First, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Mark Mazzetti explains how the line between soldiers and spies has been blurred, and what that means for America’s national security. Mary Williams talks about growing up in the Black Panther movement and then being adopted as a teenager by Jane Fonda. Philipp Meyer describes his novel, The Son, set it Texas and spanning more than a century. And Richard Rubin discusses finding and interviewing find dozens of WWI veterans to capture their stories of the Great War before they died.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
On today’s show: Dr. Geoffrey Tabin talks about cataract blindness in isolated and impoverished countries. Lauren Sandler—an only child and the parent of an only child—argues that there are benefits from growing up in a single-child household. Claire Messud discusses her latest novel, The Woman Upstairs. Plus, our gurus of how-to, Alvin and Lawrence Ubell, take your calls on home repair!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Nancy Kricorian talks about her novel, All the Light There Was, which tells the story of an Armenian family’s struggle to survive the Nazi occupation of Paris in the 1940s. An Armenian family who survived the genocide in their homeland have come to Paris to build a new life. But the Nazi’s arrive, and the family realizes that the occupation is not simply a temporary outrage to be endured.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Taiye Selasi discusses her novel Ghana Must Go, a portrait of a modern family and an exploration of the importance of where we come from to who we are. It’s a sweeping narrative that takes us from Accra to Lagos to London to New York. When a renowned surgeon and failed husband dies in Accra, the scattered family he abandoned years before comes together again.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his latest novel, Insane City, about a destination wedding that goes totally and hilariously awry. He also told us what he's been listening to recently, thanks to his daughter. Find out what else he's been reading, watching and eating!
Monday, January 07, 2013
Ayana Mathis talks about her debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. Starting in 1923, it tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the life of Hattie Shepherd. She leaves Georgia at the age of 15 in search of a better life and settles in Philadelphia. As she grapples with her own disappointment, she raises her large family to face a world that she sees as harsh and unloving. Oprah Winfrey recently chose the book for her Book Club 2.0.
Monday, January 07, 2013
On today’s show, we’ll compare the amount of money both sides of the gun control debate spend on elections and lobbying efforts. Then, guest host Julie Burstein talks with Joyce Carol Oates about her novel, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. Ayana Mathis discusses her acclaimed debut novel The 12 Tribes of Hattie. Plus, a look at new research which indicates that being more emotionally vulnerable could actually make us stronger.
Friday, July 06, 2012
Kurt Andersen is a man of many talents. In addition to hosting Studio 360, Andersen just published a new novel, "True Believers." What does the new novel, based mostly in the 1960s, say about change in the United States?
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Marilynne Robinson explores themes of love, loneliness, and survival in her debut novel Housekeeping. Published in 1980, it tells the story of Ruth and Lucille, two sisters growing up with only each for emotional support as they live with various relations in a remote town in the Far West.
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