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Coach Bob Knight, Sex in the Arab World, "Old Hats"

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

We'll find how attitudes toward sex are shifting in the Arab World. Bill Irwin and David Shiner talk about their new show, "Old Hats." Ruth Ozeki talks about her new novel, The Tale for the Time Being. And legendary basketball coach Bob Knight talks about his career and explains the power of negative thinking.

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Jonathan Dee on His Novel, A Thousand Pardons

Monday, March 11, 2013

Jonathan Dee talks about his new novel, A Thousand Pardons. It’s a tale of self-invention and public scandal, that raises the question: what do we really want when we ask for forgiveness? 

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The Novel Frances and Bernard

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Carlene Bauer talks about her new novel, Frances and Bernard, Inspired by the lives of Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell. In the summer of 1957, Frances and Bernard meet at an artists’ colony. He writes her a letter, and soon they are immersed in the kind of fast, deep friendship that can take over—and change the course of—our lives. 

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Elizabeth Graver's Novel The End of the Point

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Elizabeth Graver talks about her new novel, The End of the Point. The story charts the dramatic changes in the lives of three generations of one remarkable family, and the summer place that both shelters and isolates them.

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Sandra Cisneros on Her, Novel Have You Seen Marie?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Internationally acclaimed novelist Sandra Cisneros talks to Leonard Lopate about her latest book, a tale of loss, grief, and healing.

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The Economy, Maps, and Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Monday, February 25, 2013

Adam Davidson, of Planet Money and author of the "It's the Economy" column in the New York Times Magazine, tackles the current economic issues facing the nation. Simon Garfield talks about how humans came to make maps, and how they shape the world. Sandra Cisneros discusses her latest novel, Have You Seen Marie? And Steven Brill explores why why health care costs in the U.S. continue to rise.

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The Love Song of Jonny Valentine: Innocent Tween Star, or Jaded Business Veteran?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Jonathan Valentino was just a regular kid from St. Louis who happened to be a good singer. Then, his mom uploaded a couple of videos to YouTube. They went viral, and Jonny Valentine, boy pop star, was born.

Of course, none of these events actually took place — it's the fictional plot of Teddy Wayne's new novel, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine. But Wayne strikes a familiar chord with his story. (Perhaps one taken from a Justin Bieber song.)  

Rather than focusing on Jonny's rise to tween idol status, Wayne chronicles what happens after the catapult to fame -- allowing us a glimpse behind the curtain of too-young pop stardom. Jonny, only 11 years old, ends up trapped between the innocence of childhood and the necessary upkeep of his manufactured, pristine image.

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The City of Devi, by Manil Suri

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Manil Suri talks about his novel The City of Devi. It’s a comedic portrayal of individuals and fate, which upends assumptions of politics, religion, and sex, at the end of the world. It’s set in Mumbai after it has emptied under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation; gangs of marauding Hindu and Muslim thugs rove the desolate streets. A woman searching for her missing husband meets a gay a Muslim searching for his lover.

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Learning from the Masters

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On today’s show: Leonard’s brother Phillip Lopate talks about his two new books—one is advice to writers and professors, the other is a collection of his personal essays called Portrait Inside My Head. Country music superstars Vince Gill and Doug Green discuss their Western swing band called The Time Jumpers. Manil Suri on his latest novel, The City of Devi, which is set in Mumbai. Plus, our gurus of how-to, Alvin and Lawrence Ubell, are here to take calls and questions about home repair!

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Jackie Collins on The Power Trip

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Jackie Collins, author of 28 New York Times bestselling novels, discusses her latest, The Power Trip. Set on a state-of-the-art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, a cast of global power-hungry elites turns sour when they find out maybe they don't control as much of the world as they thought they did.

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Divided We Stand

Monday, February 04, 2013

Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne explains that our politicians can’t agree on where we’re going as a country, because they can’t agree on where we’ve been. We take a look at the earliest mavericks of Silicon Valley. Teddy Wayne talks about his latest novel, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine. And we’ll look at school desegregation—and why a group of African Americans challenged the policy in a 2007 Supreme Court case.

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Teddy Wayne's Novel The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

Monday, February 04, 2013

Teddy Wayne talks about his new novel The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, about an 11-year-old icon of bubblegum pop, whose image, voice, and even hairdo have been relentlessly molded into a perfect consumerism package. But underneath it all, Jonny is still a vulnerable young boy who is confused and perplexed by life.

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Dave Barry's New Novel, Insane City

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Barry talks about his latest novel, Insane City, a dark comic story of a destination wedding in Florida. The groom and his friends become embroiled with rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an eleven-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom.

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Michael Dahlie's Novel The Best of Youth

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Michael Dahlie talks about his novel, The Best of Youth. What happens when an introverted young writer takes on a ghostwriting gig for a violent, drug-addicted Hollywood star? In the case of Henry Lang, the result is a string of outrageous but comic disasters.

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Go The F*ck to Sleep Author on New 'Rage'

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Adam Mansbach, author of the bestselling Go the F*ck to Sleep, talks about his new novel, Rage Is Back, a tale of revenge, redemption, and the golden era of subway graffiti.

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Reaching for Peace

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Middle East experts Flynt and Hillary Leverett argue that we need a new, more direct engagement with Iran. André Aciman discusses his latest collection of personal essays. Adam Mansbach, the author of the wildly popular Go the F*ck to Sleep, talks about his latest novel, Rage is Back. Plus, our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner looks at the vocabulary that emerged from Watergate and answers your questions about the sometimes vexing English language.

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Ann Leary's Novel The Good House

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ann Leary talks about her new novel, The Good House. It’s a classic New England tale about the secrets of a small town on the rocky coast of Boston’s North Shore about Hildy, a busy mother and grandmother who is also an alcoholic.

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The Bomb

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ward Wilson describes what he calls the five myths about nuclear weapons. Filmmaker Stephen Maing talks about his documentary “High Tech, Low Life,” about two journalists who pursue stories that the official Chinese media doesn’t want to cover. Ann Leary discusses her new comic novel about an alcoholic New England real estate broker and her complicated web of relationships. Plus, Nick Turse on his new history of the Vietnam War and new evidence of the true brutality of the conflict.

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December-January's Book: The Gravedigger's Daughter, by Joyce Carol Oates

Monday, January 07, 2013

Joyce Carol Oates has been called one of the most quintessentially American writers. She’s also one of the most prolific, with more than 70 books to her name. The Leonard Lopate Show has selected her 2007 novel "The Gravedigger’s Daughter" for the next Book Club read.

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Junot Diaz on This Is How You Lose Her

Monday, December 31, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winner and MacArthur Fellow Junot Diaz talks about his book of stories, This Is How You Lose Her. It’s about love—obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love. At the heart of these stories is Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness—and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses.

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