The Leonard Lopate Show from WNYC
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Leonard Lopate brings a diverse collection of great thinkers and talkers together for smart, unpredictable conversations. This daily program from WNYC, New York Public Radio is more like eavesdropping on a great dinner conversation than your usual talk radio show.
||Leonard Lopate Weekend: Gary Hart, Russian Spies & Black Tar Heroin||This week: First, former Colorado Senator Gary Hart looks at the growing gap between our current political landscape and the principles of the U.S. Constitution (first). Then, former double agent Naveed Jamali reveals how he posed as an undercover op||7/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Understanding those 4th of July Missiles That Explode Into Colors: Fireworks||Each 4th of July many of us crowd on rooftops, waterfronts and around televisions to watch the explosive magic of fireworks. Although large, professional pyrotechnic displays are a favorite, some people also enjoy setting off fireworks on their own. This||7/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Movie-House Drama in Annie Baker's "The Flick"||Playwright Annie Baker and actors Aaron Clifton Moten and Louisa Krause discuss the new production of “The Flick.” In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millime||7/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is Human Overpopulation The Reason for Environmental Destruction?||Conservationist Tom Butler edited the book Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot, which illuminates the way human numbers and behavior have transformed the Earth, and potentially threatens humanity’s future. As the central piece to Global Popula||7/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||After Years of Dumping Chemicals in the Hudson, GE is in Charge of the Cleanup||Ned Sullivan, president of Scenic Hudson, and Althea Mullarkey, Scenic Hudson staffer, talk about their work removing PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) in the Hudson River. For 40 years, General Electric dumped PCBs into the Hudson, and it is now tasked w||7/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Documenting the Great Vietnam Vet Harley Ride||Ron "Stray Dog" Hall is a Vietnam War veteran, he runs a trailer park in rural Missouri, and he is a biker. Each year, he caravans on his Harley with fellow vets on an annual pilgrimage to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Oscar-nominated director||7/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Legendary Film that Captured Leon Russell's Classic Americana Music||“A Poem is a Naked Person” is a documentary about singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell. The film shows Russell and his friends, and fellow artists, in and around his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, capturing off-th||7/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Rise of Black Tar Heroin||Sam Quinones discusses his book, Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic. Over the past 15 years, enterprising sugar cane farmers on the west coast of Mexico created a unique distribution system that brought black tar heroin, the cheapest,||6/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Are Migrant Farmers Better Off Now Than During the Dust Bowl?||Gabe Thompson, a reporter for The Nation Institute Investigative Fund, will discuss his piece "The Forgotten Village: Revisiting Steinbeck's California,” which appears in Virginia Quarterly Review on July 1st and was reported in collaboration with th||6/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Futuristic Spin on the Next Global Conflict||Military analyst P.W. Singer and writer and national security analyst August Cole look at what the next global conflict may be in their futuristic thriller, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War. In the book, the United States, China, and Rus||6/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Cost of Fighting Mexican Drug Cartels||Director Matthew Heineman talks about his new film, “Cartel Land,” an on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy - the murderous Mexican drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose M||6/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Fading American Republic||Former Colorado Senator and two-time presidential contender Gary Hart sees an increasing gap between purpose and performance in America. In his new book, The Republic of Conscience, Hart argues that the military, the CIA, and Congress have led the cou||6/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Disruption in Business and Its Profound Consequences||The Economist’s “Schumpeter” columnist, Adrian Wooldridge, addresses the causes and consequences of the unprecedented disruption of business over the past five years. In The Great Disruption: How Business is Coping with Turbulent Times Wooldri||6/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jamaica Bay, Queens Has Its Own Guardian||The American Littoral Society has a marshmaster and bay guardian. His name is Don Riepe and he has recruited more than 3,000 volunteers to help him systematically replant salt marshes in Jamaica Bay, Queens. Historically, natural buffers like marshe||6/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Income Inequality and Why You Should Care||Susan Dynarski, professor of education, public policy and economics at the University of Michigan, and Justin Wolfers, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and professor of economics and public policy at the University of||6/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Changing Gender, Before Puberty||Filmmakers Miri Navasky and Karen O’Connor, along with transgender teen, Ariel, discuss what it’s like to grow up trans. Ariel is 13, and her story of transitioning from boy to girl is told in the Frontline documentary “Growing Up Trans,” along||6/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Spy vs Spy: The Dangerous Life of a Double Agent||Former double-agent Naveed Jamali co-authored How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent with Ellis Henican, which was based on his real life story. Despite having no counter-espionage experience, Jamali spied||6/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||An Everything Guide to Farming and Eating Mussels, Clams, and more||Mussels, clams, oysters, and scallops have two things in common: they are delicious to eat, and they all have two-part, hinged shells. The latter fact makes them bivalve mollusks. Bivalves eat by filtering water through their through gills, removing nutr||6/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Melissa Clark Returns to Cook Along With Us||The New York Times' "A Good Appetite" food columnist Melissa Clark returns to tell us about ice cream and sorbets in continuation of our series, "Cooking along with the Times." Ice creams and sorbets aren't time consuming to make and you only need a f||6/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Road to Recovery in the Kitchen||At 28, Jessica Fechtor was immersed in graduate school and her new marriage, thinking about the possibilities of starting a family. Then one day, she went for a run and an aneurysm burst in her brain. She nearly died, and lost her sense of smell and||6/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hack Your Lunch Finale||Cathy Erway, author of The Art of Eating In and The Food of Taiwan, who created and runs the blog “Not Eating Out in New York” joins us for the finale of our Hack Your Lunch Challenge. All this week, we challenged listeners to bring their lunch from||6/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Family Drama in the Heartland||Kimberly Levin is a former biochemist who channeled her research and studies of ecology into a debut feature film called Runoff. The film focuses on Betty, played by Joanne Kelly of the series, "Hostages," and her family as their farm and livelihood is||6/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Why Your Morning Commute Is So Painful||Americans are stuck. At least according to Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who devoted her new book to traffic jams on roads, railways, skies, and shipping channels. In Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lea||6/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Unmasking the Founding Fathers||In 1776, thirteen American colonies declared themselves independent states, that only temporarily joined forces in order to defeat the British. Once victorious, they planned to go their separate ways. In The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Re||6/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sam Waterston is in Shakespeare in the Park Again||The Public Theater kicked off their free Shakespeare in the Park season with a production of "The Tempest." Sam Waterston who is playing the character of Prospero alongside his son-in-law, Louis Cancelmi, who is playing Caliban. The show, which op||6/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fighting Poverty With Entrepreneurship||Social entrepreneur Jessica Jackley talks entrepreneurial potential around the globe, even in the world’s poorest countries. She’s the co-founder of Kiva, the first online microlending platform for the working poor. In Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspi||6/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Musical Genius Nina Simone, Revisited||Director Liz Garbus discusses her new documentary, “What Happened Miss Simone?” The film interweaves never-before-heard recordings and rare archival footage together with Nina's most memorable songs, to create a portrait of one of the least understoo||6/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is Work, As We Know It, Disappearing?||For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would replace workers, and work as we know it would disappear. Oxford researchers have forecast that machines might be able to take half of all U.S. jobs within two decades. Atlantic senior editor Derek||6/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Life, and Love, of Jan and Marvin Gaye||Jan Gaye talks about life with her late husband, Marvin Gaye. After her seventeenth birthday in 1973, Janis Hunter met Marvin Gaye—the soulful prince of Motown. But the burdens of fame, the chaos of dysfunctional families, and the irresistible temptati||6/23/2015||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.