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Friday, October 13, 2017

Jacques d'Amboise & Charlotte d’Amboise On Why Arts Education Matters by WNYC

Jacques d'Amboise founded the National Dance Institute in 1976 while working as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. His goal was to spread arts education and dance to younger …

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Alan Cumming & Grant Shaffer's Dogs Go On An Adventure by WNYC

Acclaimed stage and film actor Alan Cumming and illustrator Grant Shaffer join us to talks about their new children’s book The Adventures of Honey & Leon. It tells the story of the aut…

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Investigating Your Own Kidnapping; Marc Maron; Alan Cumming & Grant Shaffer's Dogs Go On An Adventure; Andy Serkis, Andrew Garfield & Claire F by WNYC

Jere Van Dyk investigates his 2008 kidnapping in Afghanistan. Marc Maron mines his podcast "WTF" for words of advice. Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer discuss their new children's book abo…

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Andy Serkis, Andrew Garfield & Claire Foy On 'Breathe' by WNYC

Andy Serkis has played numerous career-defining roles as an actor including as Gollum from the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" movies, and as Caesar in the new "Planet of the Apes" m…

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Patti Lupone, Alan Cumming, Stephen Sondheim by WNYC

Hal Prince is a Broadway legend whose career spans 70 years. He has won 21 Tony Awards as a producer and director for productions that include: “Cabaret,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “S…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Weekend: Art Garfunkel, The 'Prince of Broadway,' Tech vs Poverty by WNYC

Grammy Award-winning singer, musician and songwriter Art Garfunkel joins us to discuss his memoir What Is It All But Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man. Hal Prince is a Broadway legend…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Celebrating The 'Prince of Broadway' by WNYC

Hal Prince is a Broadway legend whose career spans 70 years. He has won 21 Tony Awards, including eight for directing, eight for producing the year's Best Musical, two as Best Producer of a …

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Why She Left The Jewish Orthodox Life by WNYC

Tova Mirvis was born and raised in a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish family where she followed the rules and rituals of daily life, got married and quickly started a family. But as she document…

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Hal Prince, Why She Left The Jewish Orthodox Life, NYC Immigrant Stories Throughout The Decades, 400 Years Of American Capitalism by WNYC

Hal Prince on his career and the show, “Prince of Broadway." Tova Mirvis on the difficulties of becoming non-Orthodox. Annie Polland and Andrea Velez on the Tenement Museum's exhibit "…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Singer Jamie Leonhart Performs Live! by WNYC

Singer Jamie Leonhart performs songs from her new show “Estuary: an artist/mother story” live in our studio! She's joined by husband and musician Michael Leonhart. In “Estuary: an arti…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The True Inventor Of Moving Pictures? by WNYC

Cognitive neuroscientist Jonathan Skariton joins us to discuss his debut novel Séance Infernale. The novel presupposes that movies weren’t the invention of Thomas Edison or the Lumiére b…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Controversial Story Behind The British Museum by WNYC

James Delbourgo, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, joins us to discuss his book Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum. He tells the stor…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

A Journalist's Rescue Mission In Syria by WNYC

In 2007, journalist Deborah Campbell traveled to Damascus to report on the flow of Iraqi refugees into Syria following the fall of Saddam Hussein. While there, she hired an Iraqi refugee na…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

An Unlikely Pair's War Memoir by WNYC

TJ Brennan and Finbarr O’Reilly join us to discuss their dual memoir Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War. It chronicles of their friendsh…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

How Homer Changed A Father & Son by WNYC

Award-winning memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn joins us to discuss his new book An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic. When Daniel’s father, 81-year-old Jay Mendelsohn, decided t…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Nicole Krauss On 'Forest Dark' by WNYC

Bestselling author Nicole Krauss joins us to discuss her latest novel Forest Dark. It tells the story of 68-year-old Jules Epstein, a man who has recently divorced his wife of 30 years, reti…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Art Of Zoning Out by WNYC

Two years ago, Manoush Zomorodi and her team at the WNYC podcast Note to Self recruited thousands of listeners to join their "Bored and Brilliant" challenge. It was an attempt to get listene…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Loudon Wainwright III Reflects On Life, Family & His Favorite Things by WNYC

Loudon Wainwright III discusses his new memoir Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things. Loudon details his l…

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Michael Moore, Crazy Legs Colon, Chris Gethard by WNYC

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore comes to Broadway with his new one-man show, “The Terms of My Surrender.” Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon joins us to talk about his career …

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Michael Moore Makes His Broadway Debut by WNYC

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore comes to Broadway with his new one-man show, “The Terms of My Surrender.” Like Moore’s films, the show features his wry, satirical humor …

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Betsy DeVos' Crusade Against Public Schools, Richard “Crazy Legs” Conlon & Grand Mixer DXT, Bach Live! Michael Moore Makes His Broadway Debut by WNYC

Alexandria Neason looks at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ war on public schools. Richard “Crazy Legs” Conlon and Grand Mixer DXT discuss breakdancing and the upcoming “B-Boy Roy…

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mint Theater Packs Four Teresa Deevy Plays Into One Show by WNYC

Jonathan Bank, the Mint Theater’s producing artistic director, joins us to discuss directing Teresa Deevy’s collection of four plays presented as, “The Suitcase Under the Bed.” This…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Joys Of Revisiting Children's Books As An Adult by WNYC

In his new book, Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult, contributing editor to Vanity Fair Bruce Handy revisits classic American children's literature to see …

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bonus Weekend Podcast: Glen Campbell and Barbara Cook by WNYC

Two former guests on The Leonard Lopate Show passed away this week. Glen Campbell had been an accomplished session musician before he became a star himself, recording guitar parts for every…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Bill Murray by WNYC

Actor Bill Murray made headlines this week with an impromptu visit to see one of his iconic roles, as the weatherman Phil Connors in the film "Groundhog Day," brought back to life on Broadw…

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Tina Howe Returns To Theater With 'Singing Beach' by WNYC

Tony Award-nominee and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Tina Howe discusses her first full-length play in almost eight years, “Singing Beach.” It tells the story of a Massachusetts-base…

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Using Foster Care As Punishment, Tina Howe Returns To Theater, The Biggest Con In Wine History, Richard Dawkins by WNYC

The New York Times' Stephanie Clifford and Jessica Silver-Greenberg on how the city uses foster care as punishment. Tina Howe on her play, “Singing Beach.” Peter Hellman investigate…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

A New Festival Promotes Independent Theater by WNYC

"Corkscrew Theater Festival" is a theater festival launching this year that aims to increase production opportunities for early-career artists. We hear from its artistic director Thomas Ka…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Gillian Robespierre And Elisabeth Holm On 'Landline' by WNYC

Director Gillian Robespierre and producer Elisabeth Holm discusses their new film, “Landline." The two co-wrote the film, which follows two sisters who suspect their father may be havin…

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Friday, July 21, 2017

A Look Inside The NY Hasidic Community In 'Menashe' by WNYC

Director Joshua Z. Weinstein and actor Menashe Lustig discuss their new Yiddish-language film "Menashe." The film takes place within the New York Hasidic community of Borough Park, Brookly…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylor and Celia Weston On 'Marvin's Room' by WNYC

Actors Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylorand Celia Weston come to Broadway with their new show “Marvin’s Room.”  The play follows, Lee (Garofalo), a single mother who lives with her tr…

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