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The Leonard Lopate Show with Andre Agassi

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

12:00 PM

Tennis great Andre Agassi discusses his life on and off the court. During his 20-year career, he won eight Grand Slam singles championships and is the only man to win a career "Golden Slam"--all four Grand Slam singles titles plus the Olympic gold medal. His new memoir, Open, gives a personal account of the challenges, trials and rewards of his life in tennis.

Orhan Pamuk talks about his latest novel, The Museum of Innocence, his first since he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. It's about a man who compiles a collection of objects that hold memories of lost love, and is a sweeping tale of Turkey's conflicted identity--tradition versus Western modnernism, the clash of class and culture.

Comedienne Susie Essman talks about her journey from struggling stand-up comic to her role as Susie Greene on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, playing one of the funniest women on television. Her book, What Would Susie Say: Bullsh*t Wisdom About Love, Life and Comedy, takes us behind the scenes of a life in comedy, and provides wisdom on a range of topics that she admits she's not qualified to be an authority on, including men, sports and being a stepparent.

Christopher Andrew, United Kingdom intelligence historian, takes a look at the history of the UK's MI5, one of the world's biggest intelligence organizations. He was handpicked by the agency, and had unprecedented access to MI5's files to write Defend the Realm: An Authorized history of MI5, a look at the history of the organization and a window into recent history and methods of fighting terrorism.