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The Leonard Lopate Show

Investigating Scientology, Inspiring a Brooklyn Superhero

Friday, March 13, 2015

A new documentary about Scientology. Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilson, and Nick Payne, discuss "Constellations.” The new play "Brooklynite.” Please Explain is all about the circus!

The Leonard Lopate Show

Mail Order Brides, The Wyoming Plains, and the Dark Side of a Tall Tale

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In "Abundance," the breathtaking tall tale of Bess and Macon, two mail-order brides are lured to the plains of Wyoming by the promise of new beginnings.

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Helen Mirren Extends Her Elizabethan Reign In 'The Audience'

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Playwright Peter Morgan eavesdrops on more than 60 years of private conversations between Queen Elizabeth II, played by Mirren, and her prime ministers in The Audience.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

BL Weekend: Love Songs, 'Rasheeda Speaking' & Jeffrey Sachs

Friday, March 06, 2015

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: A History of Love Songs (First) | 'Rasheeda Speaking' (Starts at 18:35) | Jeffrey Sachs (Starts at 31:02)
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Fresh Air

Larry David's First Time On Broadway: 'It's Not So Easy!'

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The comedian wrote and stars in Fish in the Dark, a play about rivalries and dysfunction when a family patriarch dies. David says the idea came to his "twisted mind" when his friend's dad passed away.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Christopher Walken Returns!

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The beloved actor and performer will talk about filling in for Leonard, and what he’s been up to lately.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Theatrical Nerd Rap, According to Baba Brinkman

Monday, March 02, 2015

Canadian rapper, poet and playwright Baba Brinkman discusses his unique songs and plays that combine hip hop music with literature, theater, and science.

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WNYC News

Lesbian Love, Cut Into Fragments

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The new play "Bright Half Life" captures the politics and emotional processing common in lesbian relationships back in the 80s and 90s, when very little about being gay was legal.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Workplace Surveillance, David Ives & Tracking Your Medical Searches

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Leonard Lopate Show's three favorite segments from the last week, in case you missed them. 
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The Brian Lehrer Show

'Rasheeda Speaking' on Race and Office Politics

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tony Award-winning actress Tonya Pinkins and Cynthia Nixon, the actress, director and activist, talk about The New Group's production of the play "Rasheeda Speaking." 

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WNYC News

A Provoking Play That Doesn't Pull Punches

Friday, February 27, 2015

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' "An Octoroon," based on a slavery-era work, shocks and delights at Soho Rep.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Christiane Amanpour; ISIS Supporters in Brookyn; Sylvia's in Harlem

Friday, February 27, 2015

Christiane Amanpour discusses the latest on ISIS, plus Brooklyn men had plans to help the group; Cynthia Nixon's new play; our small biz series continues with Sylvia's; & Confucius 101.

Studio 360

Mike Doughty's "Revelation: A Rock Opera"

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Listen to and watch the world premier of Mike Doughty's rock opera, and the culmination of his creative resolution for 2014.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: David Ives, Liv Rooth, and Carson Elrod

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

David Ives, Liv Rooth and Carson Elrod were on the show today, Feb 24, 2015 to talk about the world premier of Ives's new series of short comedic plays "Lives of the Saints." 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Measuring Worth with Drops of Blood in 'An Octoroon'

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent, and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful “octoroon.”

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WNYC News

Offering Salvation in a Bar: The Iceman Cometh

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Nathan Lane has something to sell, and you don’t want it, in Eugene O’Neill’s great American tragedy.

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WNYC News

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Blazing Take on New York, the Revolution, and Alexander Hamilton

Friday, February 20, 2015

This is American history as seen through a New York lens.

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WNYC News

August Wilson, the American Shakespeare

Friday, February 20, 2015

“His body of work really covers the whole 20th century of American history,” said filmmaker Sam Pollard.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Future of Cars, The Other Hollywood, and Letters from Death Row

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Levi Tillemann discusses the race to build the car of the future. A new musical about the adult film industry. John Boorman’s new film.  Letters from death row inmates. 

All Things Considered

One Playwright's 'Obligation' To Confront Race And Identity In The U.S.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has written a trilogy of provocative and fantastical explorations of race. His latest, based on a 1859 melodrama, pokes fun at conventions while raising difficult questions.

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