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.
||CleanBonus Weekend Podcast: Edward Albee, Arthur Miller, Bill Irwin||We were saddened to learn of Edward Albee’s death last week. For many years he was one of our country’s most influential playwrights. In our Bonus Weekend Podcast, we’re revisiting an interview with Mr. Albee from 2003, with actors Marian Seldes a||9/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy NYC Has Struggled with Homelessness for Decades||New York City shelters more than 50,000 homeless people at an annual cost of more than $1 billion. Professor Thomas J. Main of Baruch College in his new book, Homelessness in New York City: Policymaking from Koch to De Blasio, chronicles the history of N||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sex Lives of Animals||It turns out that humans aren’t the only ones who have a tough time dating. In her new book, Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom, biologist Dr. Carin Bondar , who also hosts the "Wild Sex" web series, explores the mating rituals||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSweet Dreams (and Nightmares) Are Made of This||Dreams are a natural part of life, and throughout human history, people have tried to interpret their dreams. But dreaming, in many ways, still remains mysterious. On this week’s Please Explain, we’ll find out what happens in our brains while we drea||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExploring the Hidden Wonders of the World||Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton take us to some of the world's most strange and exotic places in their book Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders, which highlights over 700 under-the-radar places and events in the w||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jazz Legends Next Door||Between 1957 and 1965 in New York, dozens of jazz musicians jammed night after night in a dilapidated Sixth Avenue loft, not realizing that much of what they played and said was being captured on tape and on photographs by former LIFE Magazine photograph||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeonard Lopate Weekend: Norm Macdonald, Building a Spaceship, Combating Bullying||Norm Macdonald talks about his memoir, "Based on a True Story," about his life on and off SNL. Peter Diamandis discusses his $10 million prize for the first privately funded team to build and fly a manned rocket into space, with Julian Guthrie, who has||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhilip Galanes Answers Your 'Back to School' Questions||School is back in session, and for many kids and parents, this means navigating a new social scene. From dealing with bullies and cliques, to homesick college students leaving the nest for the first time, The New York Times’ Social Q’s columnist P||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Terror of a Racial Cleansing in Georgia||104 years ago in the largely African American community of Forsyth, Georgia, three black men were accused of raping and murdering a white girl. All three men were executed, and following their deaths, white “night riders” launched violently drove al||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Lasker Awards Honor the Best in Science Education and Research||Three Lasker laureates —William Kaelin, Jr., Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager, and Bruce Alberts— discuss their achievements in science education, research and medicine. Kaelin shares the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award with two other scientists f||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNorm Macdonald on the Highs and Lows of his Comedy Career||Comedian, writer and actor Norm Macdonald talks about his memoir, Based on a True Story. He recounts his life, from his work on SNL, to his affinity for gambling, while on a road trip to Las Vegas with his “sidekick and enabler” Adam Eget. Event: No||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Americans May Have A Lot to Learn About Parenting||Harvard anthropologists Robert LeVine and Sarah LeVine take a cross-cultural look at parenting and child-rearing around the globe in their new book, Do Parents Matter: Why Japanese Babies Sleep Soundly, Mexican Siblings Don’t Fight, and American Famili||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Vietnam War Lingers in the Lives of One Family||In his latest novel, Perfume River, Robert Olen Butler looks at the legacy of the Vietnam War through the portrait of one North Florida family. Robert Quinlan is an 70-year-old Vietnam War veteran who is estranged from his brother, Jimmy. Unresolved te||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding a Spaceship Without the Help of NASA||In 1994, entrepreneur Peter Diamandis pledged $10 million as a prize for the first privately funded team to build and fly a manned rocket into space, despite the fact that he wasn’t sure if anyone would be able to do it and he wasn’t even sure if he||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNicholson Baker Goes Back to School as a Substitute Teacher||Two years ago, best-selling author Nicholson Baker became a substitute teacher in a public school district in Maine. In his latest book, Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids, he deconstructs education in America, from a standardized curriculu||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMelissa Errico Sings About Marriage & Motherhood||Tony Award-nominated singer and actress Melissa Errico talks about her life and career, as well as her return to Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 W. 54th St.) on September 20 through 24th for “Funny! I’m a Woman with Children," following a sold-out run||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Electionland' Wants to Empower Voters at the Polls||Derek Willis, News Applications Developer at ProPublica, and John Keefe, senior editor for Data News at WNYC, have joined forces with Google News Lab and a coalition of other news outlets to create “Electionland.” In real time, “Electionland” a||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow the Son of a Medici Duke and a Servant Became the 'Black Prince of Florence'||In The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de' Medici, Renaissance and early modern European historian Catherine Fletcher tells the story of the dramatic and turbulent life of Alessandro de’Medici, the i||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe American Couple Who Risked Their Lives Saving Jewish Refugees||Filmmakers Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky discuss their new film,“Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War.” It tells the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their home and fa||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Holocaust Survivor Searches for her Twin in 'Mischling'||Affinity Konar talks about her novel, Mischling, which tells the story of Pearl and Stasha Zagorski, twins who arrive at Auschwitz in 1944 and become part of Josef Mengele’s experiments. Soon after Pearl disappears, the camp is liberated, and Stasha e||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChampion Swimmer Lynne Cox Navigates Rough Water||Champion open-water swimmer Lynne Cox swam the English Channel at age 15, became the first woman to swim across Cook Strait, as well as the first to swim off Antarctica in 32-degree water for 25 minutes without a wetsuit. In her latest book, Swimming in||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLife After 60: Confronting Aging with Grace and Humor||Journalist and author Ian Brown talks about his memoir Sixty: The Beginning of the End, Or the End of the Beginning? He candidly confronts aging, and asks whether turning 60 means that he’s “soon to be elderly" and at "the age when the body begin||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Tax Records that Shed Light on Donald Trump's Dubious Charity||David Fahrenthold, a political reporter for The Washington Post, discusses his most recent investigation into how Donald Trump manipulated his charity for his own financial benefit and spent other people’s money in the process. After analyzing 17 year||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Weekend Podcast: Creativity and Handwriting||Last Friday we dedicated our Please Explain to Handwriting, and as usual, we took your calls, questions, and comments. But one surprise was that we also received your pictures. Many of you sent us pictures of your handwriting, using cursive and calligra||9/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeonard Lopate Weekend: A Nuclear Disaster, Mara Wilson, Maureen Dowd||Director Robert Kenner and writer Eric Schlosser present their film “Command and Control,” a minute-by-minute account of one misstep at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in 1980, which led to a nuclear disaster. Mara Wilson, often remember||9/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlan Cumming's Wild Life in Pictures||In his new memoir, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures, award-winning Scottish actor Alan Cumming, gives a vividly illustrated account of his life in show business. From his tales of backstage friendships, to his late-night ha||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre Politics Tipping the Scales in the Supreme Court?||In The Mother Court, litigator and former Asst U.S. Attorney James Zirin wrote about what many consider the country’s preeminent trial court — the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Zirin discusses politics and partisanship||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Secret Life of Ballerinas||The best ballerinas make it look effortless, gracefully dancing and leaping across the stage in beautiful costumes. But what do ballet dancers really go through, given the physical demands, in addition to the hours of practice, preparation and dedication||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTruman Capote's Brooklyn Seen Through the Lens of David Attie||Television writer and producer Eli Attie discusses an exhibition of his late father David Attie’s photography, “Truman Capote’s Brooklyn,” at the Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St.) through July 2017. The exhibit explores Attie's||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFloridian Dave Barry Celebrates the Sunshine State||Author, humor columnist and Florida native Dave Barry joins us to discuss his latest book, Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland. Barry gives a passionate defense of his home state and celebrates its weirdness, from Key West to Pensacol||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Unlikely Pioneers Who Founded Compaq and Transformed Tech||In 1981, Rod Canion and two friends met in a Houston diner and created a tech company that set out to build a portable PC to rival IBM. The film “Silicon Cowboys,” directed by Jason Cohen, explores the story of Compaq Computer, its eventual demise an||9/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDesigning Smarter, Safer Cities for an Urban Future||By the year 2080, cities will be home to 80% of the world’s population. In The Well Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life, Jonathan F. P. Rose, founder of Jonathan Rose Compa||9/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIsabelle Huppert Brings a Greek Myth to Life in 'Phaedra(s)'||Award-winning French actress Isabelle Huppert discusses her role in the new production of “Phaedra(s),” a Greek myth performed in French with English subtitles, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from Sept. 13 to 18. She stars as a mother tortured by||9/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Voters Feel Trapped in a Perilous Election Season||New York Times opinion columnist and author Maureen Dowd discusses her latest book, The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics in which she tackles the bizarre reality of the 2016 presidential election. Dowd, who has covered D||9/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiscipline, Self-Destruction and a Passion for Ballet||Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin is a principal dancer with Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre and Director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. Long regarded as a ballet prodigy, at age 25 he walked away f||9/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrog Strangler, Pot Cheese, Whistle Pig: A Celebration of Regional Slang!||Do you think of a downpour as a "frog strangler"? Is a groundhog just another "whistle pig"? Maybe not, but we're exploring the strange, wonderful, and possibly endangered array of regional American slang with Ben Zimmer, executive editor of Vocabular||9/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Affair, a Divorce Lingers Over Generations in Ann Patchett's 'Commonwealth'||Ann Patchett discusses her latest novel Commonwealth, which explores the aftermath of divorce and re-marriage over a 50-year period. When the mother of 2 children marries the father of 4 children – members of their 2 separate families become one large||9/13/2016||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.