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Jim Zirin speaks with Andrea Chapin.

Author Andrea Chapin became a Shakespearean expert doing research for her historical novel, The Tutor, about an untold year in Shakespeare’s life where he has a steamy love affair with a young widow, who becomes the muse for Venus and Adonis. She  tells Jim that Christopher Marlowe did not write the plays of  Shakespeare, but that Shakespeare may very well have written the plays of Marlowe.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Peter Gelb.

Criticized for controversial new productions featuring renowned theatrical directors and extravagant price tags, Met Opera General Manager Peter Gelb stared down his detractors, won growing audiences and rescued the institution from stagnation. He tells Jim how he won respect for his “new vision” from unions, critics, donors and the general public.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Wynton Marsalis.

Considered one of the greatest trumpeters ever, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis is a man with a mission. As JALC celebrates a milestone 25th anniversary, he continues to develop audiences for jazz. Using the social media, he has become an advocate for all art forms,  which he seeks to integrate into a unified American culture. He tells Jim that once you turn freedom loose, there is no telling where it will go.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Serena Palumbo.

Serena Palumbo, an accomplished lawyer, leads a double life as a superstar online chef. Her instructional recipe videos for Italian food have won her thousands of web followers and a reality TV gig. She tells Jim Zirin about the vagaries of a charmed double life–and even serves him some lasagna.

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Jim Zirin speaks with David Kirkpatrick.

The author of the bestseller, “The Facebook Effect,” tells the true story of the development of Facebook which you didn’t get in the hit movie.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Tim Zagat.

Is the Zagat survey real? Is the commentary legitimate or made up by editors who never saw the restaurant? Learn about how Zagat is using the Net to take its survey to a new level.

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