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Heathcare Costs; Murdoch and the Phone Hacking Scandal; Mike Stoller, Music Legend; Jonathan Miles' Want Not

Monday, December 09, 2013

Elizabeth Bradley and Lauren Taylor discuss how it’s possible that the United States spends more on health care but has far worse outcomes than other countries. Then, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik talks about what’s happening to Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in light of the ongoing phone hacking trial in the UK. Legendary songwriter and producer Mike Stoller talks about his wide-ranging career, writing hits like “Hound Dog,” “Charlie Brown,” and “Is That All There Is?” Jonathan Miles discusses his latest comic novel, Want Not.

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Martin Cruz Smith on Tatiana, his Latest Novel

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Martin Cruz Smith talks about his new novel, Tatiana, featuring Arkady Renko, one of the iconic inves­tigators of contemporary fiction. Renko has survived the cultural journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find the nation as obsessed with secrecy and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship.

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The Twenty-Seventh City, by Jonathan Franzen

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Jonathan Franzen has been called one of the most important living fiction writers in America. We’re going back to his very first novel.

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Quiet Dell, by Jayne Anne Philips

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Jayne Anne Philips talks about her new novel, Quiet Dell, which is based on a real-life multiple murder by a con man who preyed on widows— a story that has haunted the author for more than four decades. 

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Nuclear Cleanup; Soldier of Fortune; the Novel Quiet Dell; "Running from Crazy"; Julie Taymor's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

We’ll look at what the Wall St. Journal uncovered during a year-long investigation into the disturbing debris left from a nuclear cleanup effort of materials that date back to the Cold War. Robert K. Brown talks about his bizarre military career and founding the magazine Soldier of Fortune. Jayne Anne Phillips on her latest novel, Quiet Dell. Filmmaker Barbara Kopple and Mariel Hemingway discuss collaborating on the documentary, “Running from Crazy,” about the legacy of suicide in the Hemingway family. Plus, we'll discussTony-winner Julie Taymor’s new production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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Bonnie Raitt; Nico Muhly's Two Boys; Amy Tan's New Novel; the Birth of Twitter

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Bonnie Raitt tells us about her career, launching her own label, and winning her tenth Grammy Award for her latest album, Slipstream. Composer Nico Muhly and singer Paul Appleby talk about the new opera Two Boys, which made its American debut at the Metropolitan Opera last month. Amy Tan on her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement. Nick Bilton of the New York Times discusses the launch of Twitter and how the site’s quick rise in popularity sowed the seeds for power struggles.

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Amy Tan's Novel The Valley of Amazement

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Amy Tan discusses her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement. It spans more than 40 years and two continents, and resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of foreign  “Shanghailanders," both erased by World War II.

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Craig Venter on Synthetic Genomics; Director Costa-Gavras; Boz Scaggs on "Memphis"; Peter Carey

Monday, October 21, 2013

Craig Venter was the first person to sequence the human genome. On today’s show: He talks about creating life in the new field of synthetic genomics. Oscar-winning director Costa-Gavras discusses “Capital,” his fast-paced film set in the high-stakes world of global finance. Boz Scaggs on his new album, “Memphis,” which is a kind of love letter to that city. Peter Carey joins us for this month’s Book Club! We’ve been reading his 1988 Booker Prize-winning novel, Oscar and Lucinda.

 

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October's Book: Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter Carey

Monday, October 21, 2013

Oscar and Lucinda is Peter Carey's Booker Prize-winning 1988 novel, that tells the story of an unusual romance in 19th-century Australia. Oscar is a nervous Anglican minister, and Lucinda is an heiress who impulsively buys a glass factory, and the two share a guilty passion for gambling. The story culminates in a crazy expedition to transport a glass church across the Outback.

Buy, borrow, or download the book today and start reading now so you can join the conversation with Peter Carey! You can leave your thoughts and questions about the book as a comment, below.

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Attacks in Afghanistan; "American Promise"; Alice McDermott's New Novel; TVA and Politics; Dying Moose

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Twelve years after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, we’ll look at why the number of attacks from within the Afghan security forces is on the rise. Directors Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson talk about their documentary, “American Promise,” which follows two African American boys over the course of 13 years. Alice McDermott discusses her latest novel, called Someone. We’ll look at why the Tennessee Valley Authority is coming under attack, just as it marks its 80th anniversary! And, we’ll find out the startling and mysterious increase in moose deaths.

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Alice McDermott's Someone

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Alice McDermott talks about her latest novel, Someone . It’s about an ordinary life—its pains and joys, its clarity and confusion—lived by an ordinary woman from Brooklyn, and her recollections of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, and old age.

 

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Helen Fielding on the Return of Bridget Jones

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Helen Fielding talks about her long-anticipated new novel, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of loss, single motherhood, tweeting, texting, dating, and sex.

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Jo Baker's Novel Longbourn

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Jo Baker talks about reimagining Pride and Prejudice in her novel Longbourn. In her version, the servants take center stage, taking us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic into the often overlooked domain of the housekeeper and kitchen maid, highlighting the daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars.

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The Affairs of Others

Monday, October 14, 2013

Amy Grace Loyd  discusses her novel, The Affairs of Others, about a young woman, haunted by loss, who rediscovers passion and possibility when she’s drawn into the tangled lives of her neighbors.

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Norman Rush's Novel Subtle Bodies

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Norman Rush talks about his new novel, Subtle Bodies. It’s a sophisticated, often comical, romp through the particular joys and tribulations of marriage, and the dilemmas of friendship, as a group of college friends reunites in upstate New York 20-some years after graduation. 

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Concussions in the NFL; Kelly Carlin; Norman Rush's New Novel; Elizabeth Smart on Bring Kidnapped and Rescued

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

We’ll talk to the directors of the Frontline documentary about how the NFL has dealt with concussions over the years, and why ESPN is refusing to air it. Kelly Carlin talks about life with her father, the great comedian George Carlin. National Book Award winner Norman Rush discusses his long-awaited novel, Subtle Bodies. Elizabeth Smart explains how she survived being abducted and held captive for 9 months.

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Lore Segal's Novel Half the Kingdom

Monday, October 07, 2013

Lore Segal discusses her new novel, Half the Kingdom. It’s a surprisingly lighthearted look at a serious subject. At Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, doctors have noticed a marked uptick in Alzheimer's patients. People who seemed perfectly lucid just a day earlier suddenly show signs of advanced dementia. Is it just normal aging, or an epidemic? Is it a coincidence, or a secret terrorist plot?

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Kurt Eichenwald on Republicans and Obamacare; Luis Gutierrez; Lore Segal on Her New Novel; Is the Affordable Care Act Affordable?

Monday, October 07, 2013

Vanity Fair’s Kurt Eichenwald wonders whether Republicans are so frantic to stop Obamacare because they fear it will actually work. Then, 11-term Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez describes growing up between two worlds and how his years in Chicago’s City Council were great training for the rough and tumble of Washington. Lore Segal talks about her new novel, Half the Kingdom, a light-hearted look at a very dark topic. And New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal looks at whether the Affordable Care Act can actually help make health care financially viable.

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Five Star Billionaire, a Novel

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Tash Aw discusses his novel, Five Star Billionaire, which captures the vibrancy of China today and paints a portrait of the booming world of Shanghai, a city of grand ambitions and outsize dreams.

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Pet Etiquette; "Let the Fire Burn"; Tash Aw's New Novel; Illegal Ivory Trade; Cloud Seeding

Thursday, October 03, 2013

New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes takes your calls and questions about pet etiquette and how to gracefully handle sticky situations with Fido and his owner. The director of a documentary about the tragic 1985 standoff between the radical group MOVE and the Philadelphia Police Department. Tash Aw on his latest novel, Five Star Billionaire, set in Shanghai. We’ll find out why despite an international ban, the ivory trade continues, and is targeting young elephants for their valuable tusks. Plus, a look at the science of cloud seeding, and how being able to make it rain could help in the fight against drought and crop failure.