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September 9 — An Evening with Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley's "Death of a King" presents a revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.

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September 10 — Ben Mezrich in conversation with Brett Ratner

Ben Mezrich has created his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics, and morality. His books include Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires (adapted into the movie The Social Network.)

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September 14 — Randall Munroe in conversation with Wil Wheaton

From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

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September 24 — An Evening with Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy is the author of sixteen books, including the classic New York Times bestseller Passages, named one of the ten most influential books of our times by the Library of Congress. "Daring: My Passages," is her memoir—a chronicle of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking “girl” journalist in the 1960s, to iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all, to one of the premier political profilers of modern times.

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October 2 — Peter Thiel, Co-founder, Paypal

As co-founder and leader of PayPal, Thiel made e-commerce easier, faster, and more secure. Currently, he works to accelerate innovation by funding promising technologies and by guiding successful companies to scale and dominate their industries. Some of his investments include: Facebook, SpaceX, LinkedIn, Yelp, RoboteX, and Spotify.

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October 7 — Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google & Jonathan Rosenberg, former SVP Products, Google

Google is a global icon that regularly pushes the boundaries of innovation in a variety of fields. HOW GOOGLE WORKS is an entertaining, page-turning primer containing lessons that Eric and Jonathan learned as they helped build the company. The authors explain how technology has shifted the balance of power from companies to consumers, and that the only way to succeed in this ever-changing landscape is to create superior products and attract a new breed of multifaceted employees whom Eric and Jonathan dub "smart creatives."

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October 8 — Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Columnist

Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner whose columns appear twice a week. Equal in urgency and compassion to "Half the Sky," the new book from Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn is even more ambitious in scale: a deep examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the myriad ways we can support them.

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October 16 — An Evening with Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman is one of America’s best-known and most widely respected food writers. He covers food policy, cooking, and eating as an Opinion columnist for The New York Times and the paper’s Sunday Magazine. Bittman overhauls hundreds of classics through clever (even unorthodox) use of equipment and techniques—encouraging what he calls “naturally fast cooking”—and the results are revelatory

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October 20 — An Evening with Alan Cumming

A beloved star of stage, television, and film, Alan Cumming is a successful artist whose diversity and fearlessness is unparalleled. He currently stars as the Master of Ceremonies opposite Michelle Williams in Cabaret on Broadway, wrapped season 5 of the CBS hit drama The Good Wife. In his memoir, Not My Father's Son, he shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.

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October 22 — An Evening with George Clinton

George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine captured more than forty R&B hit singles (including three at #1) and recording three platinum albums.

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October 23 — Chef Yotam Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi owns an eponymous group of four restaurants, plus the high-end restaurant, Nopi, in London. His previous cookbooks—Plenty, Jerusalem, and Ottolenghi—have all been on the New York Times bestseller list. He writes for The Guardian, and appears on BBC.

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October 28 — Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Samuelsson, the youngest chef ever to receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times -- is owner of Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem and former Executive Chef and co-owner of New York's Restaurant Aquavit, AQ Cafe at Scandinavia House, and Riingo. He starred on Discovery Home Channel's "Inner Chef," is winner of "Top Chef Masters" and is a five-time James Beard Award recipient.

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October 29 — An Evening with Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including "A Thousand Acres," which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as four works of nonfiction. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature in 2006.

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November 9 — Martin Short in conversation with Steve Martin

Martin Short interviewed by Steve Martin! He tells the tale of how a showbiz-obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favorite funny men.

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November 18 — John Cleese in conversation with Eric Idle

To the legions of Monty Python fans and comedy aficionados, Cleese's work with the Pythons has become the stuff of legends. He co-wrote and starred in the now classic sitcom, "Fawlty Towers." He wrote and co-starred in "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Fierce Creatures," and has appeared in many other films, from James Bond to Harry Potter to Shrek, and has guest-starred in TV shows that have included 3rd Rock from the Sun, Will & Grace, and Entourage.

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November 19 — Anne Rice with Christopher Rice

Anne Rice is the author of 32 books, including "The Wolves of Midwinter" and "The Wolf Gift." Her first novel, "Interview with the Vampire," was published in 1976 and has gone on to become one of the best-selling novels of all time.

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