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Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her new novel, The Signature of All Things. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the Whittaker family, led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who eventually becomes the richest man in Philadelphia. Henry’s brilliant daughter, Alma, becomes a botanist, and as her research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a painter who draws her into the realm of the spiritual and the magical.

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Guest Picks: Elizabeth Gilbert

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Elizabeth Gilbertwas on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her latest novel, The Signature of All Things. She also told what she's been reading recently -- and giving up music for talk radio/podcasts. 

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Iran and the U.S.; Elizabeth Gilbert's New Novel; Mao and the Chinese Transformation; the Life of Jane Franklin

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

On today’s show: former CIA analyst Kenneth Pollack talks about the significance of the more moderate rhetoric that we’ve been hearing from Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani—and whether the US can ever resolve the Iran nuclear question. Elizabeth Gilbert discusses The Signature of Things, her first novel in 13 years. We’ll look at the rise of Mao Zedong and the price that was paid in his attempts to transform the Chinese into “The New People” at whatever cost. Historian Jill Lepore introduces us to Benjamin Franklin’s sister Jane, who was a gifted writer and a shrewd political commentator.

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September's Book: Everything You Know, by Zoë Heller

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s September selection is Zoë Heller’s first novel, Everything You Know. It’s a cynical dark comedy about a hack writer and accused murderer who becomes engrossed in his estranged daughter’s diaries after she commits suicide. They lead him to confront his failings as a father and in life. The New York Times called it “an acerbic, sneakily touching novel about the rehabilitation of a monster.”

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Guest Picks: Margaret Atwood

Monday, September 16, 2013

Writer Margaret Atwood was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about MaddAddam, the final installment her dystopian trilogy. She also told us what she's been reading recently -- and it's a long reading list. Find out what's on it in her Guest Picks!

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Money, the Media, and Elections; Why the Classics Matter; Margaret Atwood; Re-electing President Obama

Monday, September 16, 2013

On today’s show: political journalist John Nichols talks about how the money we spend on political campaigns has come to define our elections and our democracy. We’ll find out why ancient Greek and Roman history still matters. Margaret Atwood discusses her latest novel, MaddAddam, which concludes her dystopian trilogy. Richard Wolffe takes us behind the scenes of President Obama’s re-election campaign to explain how marketers and admakers shaped his winning strategy.

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Margaret Atwood's New Novel, MaddAddam

Monday, September 16, 2013

Margaret Atwood talks about her new novel, MaddAddam, the conclusion to her dystopian trilogy. The story picks up months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity.

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Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens

Friday, September 13, 2013

Jonathan Lethem discusses his new novel, Dissident Gardens, an epic yet intimate family saga about three generations of all-American radicals that was inspired by his own family.

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Guest Picks: Jonathan Lethem

Friday, September 13, 2013

Jonathan Lethem was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his latest novel, Dissident Gardens. He also told us he's a fan of Molly Ringwald movies. Find out what else Jonathan Lethem likes!

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John O'Hara's BUtterfield 8 and New York Stories

Thursday, September 12, 2013

John O’Hara is the most-published short story writer in the history of The New Yorker, and he’s seen as an American master of realism. Two new editions of his work have been published—The New York Stories, collected for the first time, and his popular novel BUtterfield 8. Steven Goldleaf, professor of English literature at Pace University and the author of John O’Hara: A Study of Short Fiction, and Lorin Stein, editor of the Paris Review, John O’Hara’s work and style.

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Billy Crystal; M. Night Shyamalan on Improving Schools; Jojo Moyes' Latest Novel; Psychiatry and Pharmaceuticals

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Billy Crystal talks about his long career, bringing his one-man show back to Broadway, and how he’s coping with turning 65. Director M. Night Shyamalan explains how he became an education advocate—and how we can close the achievement gap. Jojo Moyes discusses her latest novel, The Girl You Left Behind, about what happens when a young French artist goes off to the front during World War I. James Davies looks at why psychiatry is one of the fastest growing medical fields, and why patients aren’t necessarily getting better care as a result.

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Edwidge Danticat's Claire of the Sea Light

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Edwidge Danticat talks about her new novel, Claire of the Sea Light. It’s set in a small seaside town in Haiti where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing. Claire Limyè Lanmè’s mother died in childbirth, and her father wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper who could give Claire a better life. Before he can make his decision, she disappears.

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Guest Picks: Edwidge Danticat

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Edwidge Danticat was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her novel, Claire of the Sea Light. She also told us about her love of soup. Find out what else she's a fan of! 

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Population Growth and the Planet; Chile's 9/11; Edwidge Danticat's New Novel; How Boys Think

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Scientist Stephen Emmott describes how the rising world population will strain our planet’s complex natural systems. Peter Kornbluh and Joyce Horman discuss the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought Pinochet to power in Chile, and the ongoing quest for justice for those he murdered. Edwidge Danticat talks about her latest novel, Claire of the Sea Light, about the interwoven lives of the people in a small seaside Haitian town. Rosalind Wiseman looks at boys—how they think, experience the world, and cope with social pressures.

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Lee Child on Never Go Back

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Lee Child talks about his latest Jack Reacher novel, Never Go Back. Combining an intricate puzzle of a plot and a chase for truth and justice, Child makes Reacher question who he is, what he’s done, and the very future of his untethered life on the open road.

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Latinos in America; Lee Child's Jack Reacher Novels; the Revolution in NY and NJ; the FBI and Reagan at Berkeley

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Journalist Ray Suarez describes the role Latinos have played in shaping the nation for over 500 years. Lee Childs talks about his latest Jack Reacher novel, called Never Go Back. Robert Sullivan shines a light on the often overlooked roles that New Jersey and New York played in the American Revolution. And we’ll hear about FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, and poison-pen letters at Berkeley in the 1960s.

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Public Defenders; Aleksandar Hemon; Typhoid Mary; Dr. Robert Lustig on Sugar, Fat, and Obesity

Monday, September 02, 2013

Happy Labor Day! We're re-airing some favorite recent interviews for the holiday. We’ll look at the current status of public defenders and the legacy of the Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright. Aleksandar Hemon talks about growing up in Sarajevo and watching its destruction from Chicago during the Balkan War. Mary Beth Keane discusses her new novel about Typhoid Mary, called Fever. Dr. Robert Lustig explains how the massive amount of sugar we’re consuming has changed our brain chemistry, affecting what—and how much—we eat.

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Fever, a Novel about Typhoid Mary

Monday, September 02, 2013

Mary Beth Keane discusses her new novel, Fever, about the woman known as “Typhoid Mary”—Mary Mallon. She was in Irish immigrant who became a cook for some of New York's wealthiest families until someone noticed that she left a trail of disease wherever she cooked. The Department of Health sent Mallon to North Brother Island, where she was kept in isolation from 1907 to 1910, then released under the condition that she never work as a cook again.

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The Son, by Philipp Meyer

Friday, August 30, 2013

Philipp Meyer talks about his new novel, The Son, an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century.

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Jane Gardam's Novel Last Friends

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Jane Gardam discusses her latest novel, Last Friends. It’s the third book in the Old Filth trilogy, and tells the story of the marriage of Edward Feathers and Betty as seen through the eyes of Edwards friend and Betty's lover Terry Veneering.

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