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.
||Neil DeGrasse Tyson Takes StarTalk on the Road||Neil deGrasse Tyson takes us to outer space! He’ll discuss the latest season of "StarTalk" on National Geographic, and his stage version of the show, "StarTalk Live," which he brings to Brooklyn’s Kings Theater on December 1, and the NYCB Theat||11/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bill Nye Tackles Humanity's Greatest Problems...with Science!||Bill Nye discusses the ways we can use science, curiosity, and optimism to confront the greatest challenges facing the world, including climate change. His latest book is Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World.||11/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mary-Louise Parker's Letters to Men Real and Hypothetical||Award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker talks about her book of letters, Dear Mr. You, addressed to the men, real and hypothetical, who informed the person she is today. EVENTS: Mary-Louise Parker will be in conversation with poet Kevin Young at||11/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Life and Art of Mark Rothko, Through the Eyes of His Son||Christopher Rothko talks about commemorating his father, iconic abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, in his new book Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out.||11/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Leonard Lopate Weekend: Tasers, D.A. Pennebaker on Dylan, and 135 in Bed-Stuy||Director Nick Berardini talks about how the widespread use of tasers by law enforcement officers. Legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker discusses his groundbreaking documentary, "Dont Look Back," a portrait of Bob Dylan in London during his 1965 tour.||11/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Andy Goldsworthy Goes Back to His Roots||Andy Goldsworthy discusses his exhibit at Galerie Lelong, “Leaning into the Wind,” as well as his new book, Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works 2004-2014. The exhibit, which runs from until December 5, focuses on Goldsworthy’s raw, early days of||11/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Got Writer's Block? Productivity Tips From Shakespeare||In the years leading up to 1606, which saw the death of Queen Elizabeth and the arrival in England of her successor, King James of Scotland, Shakespeare’s great productivity had ebbed. Many believed that his prolific genius was a thing of the past. Bu||11/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tony Blair's Former Spokesman Teaches Us How to Win||As Tony Blair's chief spokesman and strategist, Alastair Campbell helped guide the Labour Party to victory in three successive general elections, and he's fascinated by what it takes to win. In Winners: And How They Succeed he uses his forensic skill||11/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||John Fogerty on Creedence Clearwater's Meltdown||Songwriter, lead singer, and lead guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival John Fogerty discusses his career in music. Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music takes readers from Fogerty's Northern California roots through Creedence's success and then retr||11/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hollywood's First Production Designer||Acclaimed film historian and biographer James Curtis chronicles the life of William Cameron Menzies, Hollywood's first production designer, who many consider the greatest in his field. William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come paints a por||11/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Thanksgiving Troubleshooting With Melissa Clark||No matter how much planning we do for Thanksgiving, there are always last minute questions about the tried-and-true recipes, as well as the dishes we've never made before. Enter New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark, who will join us to troubles||11/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||From Storm King to the Vietnam Memorial, Maya Lin's 'Topologies'||Artist and architect Maya Lin discusses her new book, Topologies, a comprehensive monograph of her environmental installations and memorials. Spanning the last three decades, the book features sketches and drawings demonstrating Lin's unique process||11/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||For This Thanksgiving, Ditch the Family||Deputy editor at Bon Appetit Andrew Knowlton tells us about his newly adopted holiday tradition, Friendsgiving. He’ll explain why he’s ditched the family meal in favor of a gathering with friends, and give tips about how to create your own Friends||11/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||What Former CIA Directors Say About George Bush, Torture, and Drones||Writer and executive producer Chris Whipple and co-directors Jules Naudet and Gédéon Naudet discuss interviewing all 12 living directors of the CIA for their documentary, "The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs." The film features some of the for||11/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda, Trapped Lovers in 'Fool for Love'||Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda discuss their starring roles in "Fool for Love" on Broadway. The show is about two former lovers stuck in a seedy Mojave Desert motel where they are forced to unpack their secrets and desires. This production will be at||11/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tasers, Designed to Avoid Deadly Force, Can Lead to Deaths||Director Nick Berardini talks about how the widespread use of tasers by law enforcement officers - and a lack of oversight - has led to hundreds of deaths. His documentary, "Killing Them Safely," sheds light on the risk tasers present, despite their p||11/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||When Slavery Was Protected and Promoted||Husband and wife historians Ned Sublette and Constance Sublette tell the story of slavery in the United States. The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry shows that slavery was not only protected by US law and custom, but t||11/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||D.A. Pennebaker Turns His Lens on Bob Dylan||Legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker discusses his groundbreaking documentary, "Dont Look Back," a portrait of Bob Dylan in London during his 1965 tour, a turning point in Dylan's artistic career. The film has been restored and is being released as||11/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How Ethics Could Help Save the Planet||Professor of Political Science and Economics at Yale University John Roemer has studied problems involving economics, politics, and ethics for over 40 years. In Sustainability for a Warming Planet, Roemer argues that we must consider ethics and justic||11/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Farmland, Brownstones, Segregation, Gentrification: One Brooklyn Block Has Seen It All||New York magazine senior editor Genevieve Smith gives the story of how one block in Bed-Stuy has changed over the course of the past century. Her cover story for the magazine, "1 Block, 135 Years," draws on interviews and stories from over 65 resi||11/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll? A New Biography Stakes a Claim||Peter Guralnick talks about the founder of Sun Records, Sam Phillips, who produced the likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. The biography Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll shows how Phillips introduced the world to a new sound||11/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Matthew Broderick, Annaleigh Ashford, and Julie White's Newest Performance||Matthew Broderick, Annaleigh Ashford, and Julie White talk about starring on Broadway in "Sylvia." The comedy is the story of a man, his wife, and the adopted dog who changes their lives forever. The production is playing through January 24th at th||11/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Leonard Lopate Weekend: Trump University, Tap Dancing, And Zombie Cookies||First, Steve Brill discusses his latest story for Time magazine about the secrets, deceptions, and five-year legal battle involving Trump University (first). Then, Brian Seibert, dance critic for The New York Times and a contributor to The New Yo||11/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Where Has All the Chocolate Gone?||Award-winning journalist Simran Sethi explores the history and cultural importance of our most beloved tastes, and argues that homogenization could be threatening the diversity of our food supply. Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love||11/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Marvin Kalb Explains Putin's Gamble in Russia and Ukraine||Journalist Marvin Kalb explores the recent political history of Russia and Ukraine. Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine, and the New Cold War exposes why Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to invade Crimea in 2014 and how he gained the support of th||11/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Unbalanced Power of Expert Witnesses||Expert witnesses are a staple of televised court cases, both in real life and on Hollywood sets. Yet few people understand their role and motivations in real cases, and the influence of their testimony. For this week's Please Explain, we examine the ro||11/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Online Surveillance Methods Grow, and Opt Out Methods Are Limited||ProPublica's senior reporter Julia Angwin delves into the issue of surveillance. She'll discuss how Vizio Smart TVs are watching you watch television, what cell phone "zombie cookies" are, and more. Her latest article is "Verizon’s Zombie Cookie Gets||11/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Consquences of Our Crumbling Infrastructure||Larissa Liebmann, staff attorney at Waterkeeper Alliance, and Sean Dixon, Riverkeeper staff attorney, discuss a new report which finds that a combination of crumbling infrastructure and inadequate federal oversight of rail bridges threatens the safety||11/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Five Sisters Try to Free Themselves in 'Mustang'||Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven discusses her film, "Mustang." Set in a village in Northern Turkey, the film focuses on five adolescent orphaned sisters struggling to emancipate themselves from a restrictive and oppressive home life. EVENTS: Ergüven||11/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tap Dancing Up a Storm||Brian Seibert, dance critic for The New York Times and a contributor to The New Yorker, discusses his latest book, What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing. The book explores tap's origins, the rise of blackface minstrelsy, and the influence of||11/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Lawsuit Alleges Trump University Defrauded Thousands||Steve Brill discusses his latest story for Time magazine about the secrets, deceptions, and five-year legal battle involving Trump University. Surprisingly, Trump University is having some legal troubles. .@StevenBrill has the inside story pic.twitt||11/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Real Meanings of "Heebie-Jeebies" "Bozo" and "Raining Cats and Dogs"||Wall Street Journal language columnist and executive editor of Vocabulary.com Ben Zimmer discusses the phrases and words we use everyday, and their surprising, hidden origins. He’ll speak about words like "boondoggle" and "southpaw," "get one's goa||11/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||'The Hunger Games' Director on The End of a Saga||Director Francis Lawrence talks to us about directing "The Hunger Games" series, as well as his upcoming project, a film adaptation of Homer’s "The Odyssey".||11/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Get Inside the Mind of Nobel Prize-Winning Author Orhan Pamuk||A few years ago, Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk set out to write a short novel about a Turkish street vendor. What emerged was an epic novel spanning more than 5 decades of history; a portrait of Istanbul, the evolving city as complex as t||11/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Inside the Political Polling Machine||The U.S. currently uses the same type of public-opinion poll to measure attitudes about democracy as it did during the Great Depression. New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore discusses why the influence of political polls has been increasing, while t||11/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Three Voices From the U.S.-Mexico Drug War||Director Bernardo Ruiz talks about his documentary, "Kingdom of Shadows." The film looks at the human cost of the U.S.-Mexico drug war through the perspectives of three individuals on both sides of the border: a Mexican nun, a former marijuana smuggl||11/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Unspooling the Fates and Furies of Marriage||Author and finalist for the 2015 National Book Award Lauren Groff discusses her latest novel, Fates and Furies, about what happens when two very different viewpoints on a single marriage -- one that spans twenty four years -- collide.||11/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Did a WWII-Era Pope Plot to Kill Hitler?||In the face of Nazi atrocities during World War II, the Vatican's role has been widely disputed. In Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler, Mark Riebling writes that the wartime pontiff Pius XII was not as neutral as he tried to appe||11/17/2015||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.