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The Takeaway

The Iron Road: Riding & Writing Across America

Friday, September 26, 2014

Trains are a magical place for creative thought. And now 24 writers have been selected to be part of Amtrak's Residency program, winning them a roundtrip ticket anywhere in the country.

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Strangers

Gay Talese: Committed Voyeur

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Legendary non-fiction writer, Gay Talese, discusses his marriage, his work, and the scandals that have made waves in both. - Get the full story here.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Lemony Snicket

Monday, April 01, 2013

Lemony Snicket was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about collaborating with illustrator Jon Klassen on the new children's book, The Dark. He also told us what he's been reading and listening to.

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A 'Lively' Rant on Popular Film, McCarthyism, and Genre Fiction

Friday, February 22, 2013

WNYC

The writer, critic, editor, filmmaker, television pioneer, and broadcaster Gilbert Seldes comments on censorship, a favorite topic, in this 1953 broadcast of The Lively Arts

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Lawrence Wright

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Yorker writer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about Going Clear, his book about Scientology. He also told us what he's been reading, listening to and eating. Find out what he's a fan of!

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Ted Sorensen Writes with Affection and Respect for the Kennedy Clan

Monday, December 31, 2012

WNYC

When a "member of the opposition" said that he had read Ted Sorensen's new book, Kennedy, and that he didn't like it very much, Sorenson replied that he was surprised, because "I didn't know you could read." Thus the sharp-tongued attorney and political advisor begins his talk before a 1965 Book and Authors Luncheon.

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Here's The Thing

Lewis Lapham

Monday, December 10, 2012

Lewis Lapham tells Alec Baldwin about being a rookie reporter at The Examiner and what it was like to go to India with The Beatles.

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The Serious Stand-Up of S.J. Perelman

Friday, December 07, 2012

WNYC

"Dehydrating in front of an audience," at this 1957 Books and Authors Luncheon, well-known dramatist and writer S. J. Perelman gives a chilling verbal portrait of the writer's life.

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Here's The Thing

Paula Pell

Monday, November 26, 2012

Paula Pell was singing and dancing at a Florida theme park when she got a call from SNL. She moved to New York, and two decades later, Pell became the show’s head writer.

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The Decline of American Cities: Lewis Mumford's 'The City in History'

Friday, November 23, 2012

WNYC

"Like a stopped clock," the author Lewis Mumford asserts in this 1961 appearance at a Books and Authors Luncheon, he has been exactly right twice.  

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Here's The Thing

Andrew McCarthy

Monday, November 05, 2012

Most people know Andrew McCarthy for his roles in "St. Elmo’s Fire" and "Pretty in Pink" as a member of the Brat Pack, but those movies were only one stop on Andrew McCarthy’s journey.

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Garson Kanin on 'Remembering Mr. Maugham'

Monday, October 29, 2012

WNYC

Garson Kanin's memoir of W. Somerset Maugham is the subject of his appearance at this 1967 Books and Authors Luncheon.

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Radiolab

On Jonah

Friday, June 22, 2012

 

UPDATE: A more recent statement regarding Jonah Lehrer can be found here.

Recently, our friend and contributor Jonah Lehrer has come under fire for what some have called "self plagiarism."

The notion that Jonah is a "plagiarist" is beyond ridiculous.  And the way in which some journalists are jumping up and down, claiming he's no longer a "writer" but an "idea man" or an example of "male arrogance"...that's just plain ugly.  There are some useful conversations that can come from this, namely, what does it mean to be a print journalist in the 21st century? What are the rules?  I'll let the print journalists have that conversation.

What I personally hope doesn't get lost in all the hand waving is Jonah Lehrer's body of work. He's one of the most stunningly original voices I've ever encountered. I knew it the moment I first read Proust Was A Neuroscientist. That's why we've had Jonah on the show 17 times, by my count. And that's why we will have him on again, and again, because he explores and explains with the best of them. And we like to work with the best.

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Erica Jong and Molly Jong-Fast

Monday, January 02, 2012

"Fear of Flying" author Erica Jong and her daughter Molly Jong-Fast join Alec to talk sex, divorce, and issues of sexuality that young women face today.

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The Takeaway

Southern Writer Rick Bragg on Gulf Spill a Year Later

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It’s been one year since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico. All week, The Takeaway is talking to Gulf Coast residents about how the spill has affected their lives. Today, we check in with Southern writer Rick Bragg, author of "All Over but the Shoutin."

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Features

Writer Rich Cohen's Shelves Boast Half-Eaten Books

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The author shows off his book collection to Stacked.TV. Watch the video!

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