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Archived Gems This Week

Through Labor Day, On Point will rebroadcast some gems from our archives, including conversations with great actors, thinkers, writers, and musicians.

On the music front, we’ll hear a discussion about the great Leonard Bernstein’s New York years. In 2008, we celebrated his time in The Big Apple with a learned panel of guests, including New York Philharmonic archivist Barbara Haws and our own Jack Beatty. We’ll also listen to conversations with musical greats, including music producer Phil Ramone, the Wu Tang Clan’s The RZA, and singer, songwriter iconoclast Elvis Costello.

We’ll also hear this week a conversation with architect Maya Lin who designed the Vietnam Memorial when she was 21-years-old. Two years ago, she spoke with us about her latest—and final memorial—to vanishing species around the world.

Novelist and critic Jay Parini will share his list of a dozen books that changed America. And literary great John McPhee will weigh in on the writing life and the art of literary journalism.

We dive in with science chronicler Philip Hoare for a meditation on the great leviathan, the whale, and with James Gleick about the digital age and his opus “The Information.”

We’ll revisit legendary burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, who was called the “intellectual stripper’ and was described as the only woman in the world “with a public body and a private mind, both equally exciting.”

On Friday, we’ll be live with guest host Jane Clayson and the Week in Review.

Tom will be back in the studio after Labor Day. We’re already lining up our special 10th anniversary coverage for the anniversary of 9/11, including a conversation with The New Yorker’s George Packer and a roundtable of some of our first guests on the program.

We hope you can join the conversation.

This program aired on August 29, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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