The Leonard Lopate Show
By WNYC Studios
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Leonard Lopate lets you in on smart, unpredictable conversations with a diverse collection of great thinkers and talkers, writers, actors, ex-presidents, dancers, scientists, comedians, historians, grammarians, curators, filmmakers and do-it-yourself experts … plus expert tips on the ever-important topic: food. This daily program from WNYC is like eavesdropping on a great dinner conversation. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio and many others. Find these and more great shows at wnyc.org
||Leonard Lopate Weekend: The Black Panthers, Sesame Street's Maria, Understanding Steve Jobs & Althea Gibson||This week: The Black Panthers began as a response to police brutality in Oakland in the 1960s. A new film traces their legacy (First). Then, Sonia Manzano, known as Maria on Sesame Street, talks about her childhood (18:03). Also, the latest film by Al||9/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Scott Simon's Personal Tragedy, And The Internet Community That Supported Him||This is a rebroadcast of an interview which originally aired March 31, 2015 When NPR's Scott Simon began tweeting from his mother's hospital room in July 2013, his meditations on his mother's life spread virally. Over the course of a few days, Simon ch||9/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Congolese Pygmy Who Became A Circus Attraction||This interview is a rebroadcast that originally aired on June 8, 2015 In 1904, Ota Benga, a young Congolese “pygmy” arrived from central Africa and was featured in an anthropology exhibit at the St. Louis World’s Fair. The New York Zoological Garde||9/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dr. Ruth, From Sniper to Sex Therapist||This is a rebroadcast of an interview that originally aired on June 8, 2015 Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a famous and trusted sex therapist, but few people know she narrowly escaped death from the Holocaust, was raised in an orphanage in Switzerland, or that s||9/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How Elizabeth Warren Fights for Reform in Washington||This interview is a rebroadcast, which originally aired March 31, 2015. As a child, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and become an elementary school teacher. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach. At age 62, s||9/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Gay Muslim Filmmaker Faces his Fatwa||A fatwa was issued on openly gay and Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma following in release of his 2008 film, “A Jihad for Love,” which argued that Islam and homosexuality could co-exist. His new documentary, “A Sinner in Mecca,” takes him from his||9/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sesame Street’s 'Maria' Takes Us to the Streets of Her Childhood||Sonia Manzano, Emmy Award-winning actress known for her role as Maria on Sesame Street, talks about her loving – and troubled – childhood, and how it influenced her career in television. In Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, Manzano d||9/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How DuPont Poisoned West Virginia||Perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as C8, is found in thousands of household products, including carpeting, Teflon pans, waterproof clothes, dental floss, kitty litter and cosmetics. As early as 1954, companies which produced C8 knew that it might be tox||9/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Getting Your Gardens Ready for Fall||Gerard Lordahl, Director of Open Space Greening Program at GrowNYC, answers gardening questions from listeners! He’ll also tell us what’s in season now, how to keep gardens bountiful into the fall, and ways to make the most of the late-summer and ear||9/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Clear-Eyed Look at Steve Jobs||Director Alex Gibney and Fortune Magazine editor-at-large Peter Elkind discuss the legacy of Steve Jobs. Gibney's latest film “Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine” examines the Apple CEO, interviewing people who were close to him at different stages||9/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Beloved Police Chief Investigates a Forgotten Chapter in History||Louise Penny discusses her latest novel in the Chief Inspector Gamache Series: The Nature of the Beast. Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, his ta||9/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Once and Future Robot Helper||In Machines of Loving Grace, New York Times reporter John Markoff, the first reporter to write extensively about the development of the World Wide Web, offers a sweeping history of the complicated and evolving relationship between humans and computers.||9/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||For Some, the Opposite of Fact is 'Context'||Journalism has changed significantly over the past five decades, and one aspect that's gone under-reported is the increase of analytical and interpretive news articles. Traditional news organizations like The New York Times have moved away from writing||9/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Another Reason To Avoid Factory Farmed Beef||Urvashi Rangan, Director, Consumer Safety for Sustainability at Consumer Reports, will discuss their latest report, "How Safe Is Your Ground Beef?" The report finds that conventional ground beef is twice as likely to contain superbugs- resistant to thre||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Senator Calls For Prison Reform, After Time on the Inside||In 2009, Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith lied about about a campaign malfeasance, and he received a year and a day in a Kentucky prison. Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Years Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis is the story of his t||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||An Artist's Colony Disappears in India||Adam Weber and Jimmy Goldblum directed the documentary "Tomorrow We Disappear." It chronicles the last days of Kathputli, the mysterious hand–built artist colony, which is now being threatened by destruction. Hidden in the alleyways of New Delhi, a vi||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Birth of The Black Panthers||Director Stanley Nelson and former Black Panther member Kathleen Cleaver discuss the new documentary “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.” The film uses rare archival footage to contextualize the history of the Panthers. Surviving member||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Some Pregnancy Centers Are Not What They Seem||Abortion regulations have shuttered medical clinics around the country. For a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, a pregnancy center is often her most visible, most affordable — and sometimes the only — place to turn. According to Meaghan Winter, a||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||What Autoworkers Tell Us About Long-Term Unemployment||Years after the Great Recession, the economy is still weak and an unprecedented number of workers have sunk into long spells of unemployment. In Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy, sociologist Victor Tan Chen provides an account of the||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Odyssey: The Musical!||Lear deBessonet conceived and directed the community-based Public Works musical adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey at The Public Theater. Inspired by the historical pageantry movement of the early 1900s—known for blending mass spectacle with communit||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Before Serena Williams, There Was Althea Gibson||People often cite Arthur Ashe as the first African American to win Wimbledon. In fact, it was female pro Althea Gibson, who won the championship in both 1957 and 1958. In the American Masters documentary “Althea,” director/writer Rex Miller tells he||8/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Leonard Lopate Weekend: Manhattan Pizza, Chameleons & A Death In Prison||This week: What a punk rocker learned eating at every pizzeria on the island (First). Then, we learn about the mysterious lives of chameleons (19:45). Also, investigative journalist Michael Winerip talks about the death of Samuel Harrell, an inmate at t||8/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cockroaches: They've Been Around Forever, And They Aren't Going Anywhere||Our latest Please Explain is all about cockroaches! Even as our efforts to exterminate them have developed into ever more complex forms of chemical warfare, roaches’ basic design of six legs, two hypersensitive antennae, and one set of voracious mandib||8/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Wim Wenders' Career From New German Cinema to Art-House Blockbusters||Director Wim Wenders discusses his forty-year career in film. On August 28, "Wim Wenders: Portraits Along The Road," a touring retrospective of his work, launches at the IFC Center. It features twelve of his films, including 11 new restorations, and spa||8/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Celebrating the Funniest Scientific Studies||Marc Abrahams discusses the annual award ceremony he created, which honors scientific achievements that make people laugh, then think. The Ig Nobels are handed out by genuine Nobel Laureates at a gala ceremony held each autumn at Harvard University and||8/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tracking Illegal Ivory, Using GPS||Director of special investigations for National Geographic magazine Bryan Christy discusses his September cover story, “Tracking Ivory.” Christy is also featured in Explorer: Warlords of Ivory on the National Geographic Channel, which premieres Aug||8/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How To Make Millions Off of Lead Poisoning||Victims of lead-paint poisoning are often awarded major settlements. Since 1975, insurance companies have committed $350 billion to “structured settlements,” in which payments occur monthly over a course of decades instead of being awarded in one lum||8/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Trump Has Nothing on this Renaissance Banker||The wealthiest man who ever lived was Jacob Fugger, the Renaissance banker who revolutionized the art of making money and established the radical idea of pursuing wealth for its own sake. In The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fug||8/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Data-Driven Apocalypse in Tom McCarthy's 'Satin Island'||Tom McCarthy discusses his latest novel Satin Island, about a corporate anthropologist who is tasked with writing a report that would sum up the entirety of our era. The book delves into our data-driven lives, the nature of symbols, and an apocalyptic ci||8/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
If you must....
I spent several months listening to every edition of this podcast. I stopped. Leonard Lopate is NOT a brilliant interviewer. He is, on his best day, half the interviewer Terry Gross is. He jumps around from question to question with little to no segue. He seems so impressed with himself and any knowledge he might have on whatever subject he's covering that day that I can't believe his guests don't get more frustrated with him than they seem to. That doesn't mean you shouldn't listen to this podcast--you really don't have any other good choices for this kind of interview show on podcast. Just don't let yourself think this is as good as it gets.
The best, I agree
Wonderful interviewer, knowledgeable and vast culture. Never boring, even on topics where you'd think you'd fall asleep. I load up a week's worth and take them with me on a long drive on the weekends.
Leonard Lopate Has the Ability to Make Every Topic Interesting
I started listening to the Leonard Lopate show on XM and I listen to it when ever I can. This podcast helps me out for the shows I miss. Leonard Lopate is such a good interviewer I find myself drawn into the conversation, regardless of the topic. Even topics I thought would not interest me, I find intriguing. This is a must-catch Podcast.