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The Best Books of 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

In honor of one of our favorite pastimes, we're devoting a special hour to books and authors who made our year, including interviews with Helen Thorpe and Hampton Sides

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Debunking a Civil War Myth, a Famous Literary Character, and Fighting Ebola With Celebrities & Christmas

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Takeaway explores Gen. Sherman's historic march, novelist Richard Ford discusses his new book, and we look at the remake of a hit 1980s charity album.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Loving New York City, Matthew Broderick & Marilynne Robinson

Friday, October 24, 2014

This week: reasons to love New York City, Matthew Broderick on Broadway and Marilynne Robinson's latest book!
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Novel Take on Newspapers

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A New York Times sports columnist's first novel takes place in a topsy-turvy newspaper world of the 1990s.

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Soundcheck

Josephine Baker's Subversive 'Rainbow Tribe'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Author Matthew Pratt Guterl tells the story of singer and actress Josephine Baker's quest to create a family from all over the world.

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Car Talk

#1425: Mechanics Fantasy Camp

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Boris Fishman on His Novel, 'A Replacement Life'

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. 

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Adam Gopnik and Elizabeth Gilbert on the Great American Novel.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Adam Gopnik and Elizabeth Gilbert on the Great American Novel.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Still Life with Anna Quindlen

Monday, January 27, 2014

The heroine of novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen's latest work, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, is a 60-something prize-winning photographer figuring out what to do next.

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.

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Soundcheck

Nicholson Baker’s Musical New Novel

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Lee Child

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Lee Child was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about Never Go Back, the latest installment in his Jack Reacher series. He also told us what he's been reading recently.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The CIA's Shadow War; Mary Williams; Philipp Meyer's The Son; Interviewing the Last WWI Veterans

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.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Curing Cataract Blindness; Only Children; Claire Messud's New Novel; The Gurus of How-To

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!

The Leonard Lopate Show

All the Light There Was, a Novel

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Taiye Selasi's Novel Ghana Must Go

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Dave Barry

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!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Digging Deep

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.

The Takeaway

From the 60s to the Supreme Court with Kurt Andersen

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?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

April’s Book: Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson

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.

Share your thoughts and comments below to join the conversation and watch a video of Marilynne Robinson discussing her favorite authors, writing habits and more!

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