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.
||CleanMelissa Clark Discovers The Joys Of The Instant Pot||The electric pressure cooker known as the Instant Pot has become an online phenomenon with a dedicated fan-base. Award-winning NY Times food columnist and cookbook author Melissa Clark wanted to see what the Instant Pot was all about, and that prompt||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGabrielle Langholtz Explores America's 50 States Of Food||Food writer and award-winning editor Gabrielle Langholtz joins us to discuss her new book America: The Cookbook. She documents and celebrates America's diverse cuisine and food culture. Her compendium includes 800 home-cooking recipes for tasty and authe||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTom Hanks on Writing Fiction||Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks discusses his debut collection of fiction Uncommon Type: Some Stories. The collection is filled with surprising and touching tales about a richly varied cast of characters -- from an Eastern European immigrant who arrives in||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGretchen Carlson on Stopping Sexual Harassment at Work and Beyond||Journalist, author and former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson discusses her new book Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back. Carlson, who sued former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, leading to his firing last summer, shares h||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoz Chast's Love Letter To NYC||Cartoonist Roz Chast was born and raised in Brooklyn, and struggled when she moved to the suburbs. But she did enjoy returning to the city with her children, who were dazzled by its streets, sidewalks and subways. This inspired her to create a gu||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Chris Thile Built An Album Out Of "A Prairie Home Companion"||Since singer, musician, songwriter Chris Thile became host of "A Prairie Home Companion" last fall, he has regularly debuted new songs during the show's live broadcast. Now, he has selected the best songs from those performances, rerecorded them an||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy The Way We Think About War Is Wrong||Lawrence Freedman, emeritus professor of War Studies at King's College London, joins us to discuss his new book, The Future of War: A History. Freedman uses examples from history to show how our predictions around war are often incorrect, yet we repea||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBassist Ron Carter On His Life With Jazz||Jazz bassist Ron Carter has had an eclectic and prolific career. Since he started playing professionally in the 1960s, he contributed to more than 2,000 albums and performed with household names like the Miles Davis’ Quintet, Bill Evans, B.B. King||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho Is Spying On Our Universities?||Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Golden joins us to discuss his new book Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America's Universities. Golden looks at how countries like China, Russia, and Cuba are recruiting pro||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExploring The Constitution's Flaws||Award-winning children’s book author Cynthia Levinson, and her husband and constitutional law professor Sanford Levinson join us to discuss their new book, Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect Us Toda||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRichard Thaler, Annie Baker, Viet Thanh Nguyen||We are taking a look back at some brilliant former guests, who have been recently honored in big ways. In 2015, Leonard spoke with behavioral economist Richard Thaler for his book Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics. He was awarded this year||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Chefs Are Fighting Food Waste||Directors Anna Chai and Nari Kye join us to discuss their new documentary “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste." They're joined by Dan Barber, chef and co-owner of Blue Hill in Manhattan and Blue Hill at Stone Barn, who’s featured in the film. Every ye||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Addiction Works||For this week's Please Explain, we explore how science is giving us a better understanding of how addiction works, and what that means for how we think about and treat it. We're joined by Fran Smith, author of "The Science of Addiction," National Ge||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJacques d'Amboise & Charlotte d’Amboise On Why Arts Education Matters||Jacques d'Amboise founded the National Dance Institute in 1976 while working as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. His goal, which continues to this day, was to spread arts education and dance to younger generations. He joins us to look||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Litt Reflects On Life As Obama's Youngest Speechwriter||David Litt went right out of college to join the Obama's 2008 campaign. His time working for Obama didn't stop there as he became a speechwriter for the president from 2011 to 2016. Litt reflects on this inhis memoir, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey Wh||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Strangers Can Turn The Elderly Into Prisoners - Legally||New Yorker staff writer Rachel Aviv joins us to discuss her latest story, “How the Elderly Are Losing Their Rights.” She looks at how the elderly can have their lives and assets seized by unrelated guardians. These guardians can control their lives||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAi Weiwei Puts Up 'Good Fences' Across NYC||Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and curator Nicholas Baume join us to discuss "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors." As part of the Public Art Fund’s 40th anniversary, Ai Weiwei has created a city-wide installation based on his research and documentation of refu||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoes Poetry Matter?||Award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder breaks down what makes poetry such an essential art form in his new book of nonfiction Why Poetry. He argues one reason poetry isn't more popular is because of the way it's taught to us in school. Zapruder re-educat||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Many Tracey Ullmans||The HBO sketch comedy show "Tracey Ullman's Show" returns for a second season on Oct. 20. Emmy-winner Tracey Ullman shares what fans should expect from the new season, which tackles everyday life in Britain as well as satirizes household names such as||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSAVEUR's Adam Sachs & Stacy Adimando Dish On Pasta||SAVEUR Magazine's editor-in-Chief Adam Sachs and its Test Kitchen Director Stacy Adimando joins us to talk about the magazine’s October/November issue, which is dedicated entirely to pasta! They’ll also discuss Adimando's article “Every Pasta Tell||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Julia Child Shaped Danny Meyer||Danny Meyer, CEO and Founder of Union Square Hospitality Group, is the first restaurateur to ever receive the Julia Child Award. He was chosen for the third annual award not only because of his work as a restaurateur, but also because of his accomplishme||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Scott Pruitt Is Destroying The EPA, From Within||During his time as Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt regularly sued the EPA over its regulations. Now, he operates the federal agency, and has not wasted time dismantling Obama-era environmental rules. In his FRONTLINE documentary “War on the||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFix Your Home Up For The Fall With Our Gurus Of How-To!||Autumn is here, which means sweaters, changing leaves and lots of pumpkin-flavored baked goods. It also means we need to prepare our homes for the cold. That's why Alvin and Lawrence Ubell, our Gurus of How-To, have returned just in time to help us w||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Other Countries & Cultures Care For The Dead||Mortician Caitlin Doughty joins us to discuss her latest book From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death. She travels the world to explore how other countries and cultures take care of their dead. Doughty also compares these exper||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBreaking The Stereotypes About Ulysses S. Grant||Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Ron Chernow, author of Alexander Hamilton, joins us to discuss his latest book, Grant. Chernow revisits the life and works of Ulysses S. Grant. The controversial figure is often characterized as a vicious Union general d||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Late, Great Bottom Line!||The Bottom Line was an iconic NYC music venue that featured a range of talented and high-profile artists during its run from 1974 to 2004. Artists like Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Dolly Parton all played there, and its contributions to the NYC mus||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVan Jones Tackles 'The Messy Truth' About Our Political Divide||CNN political contributor and host Van Jones joins us to discuss his new book, Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together. He analyzes both political parties’ shortcomings and offers viable ways for the nation to move forward on is||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlan Cumming's Dogs Go On An Adventure||Acclaimed stage and film actor Alan Cumming discusses his new children’s book The Adventures of Honey & Leon. It tells the story of dogs Honey and Leon, who secretly follow their owners, Cumming and illustrator Grant Shaffer, on a glamorous trip acr||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndy Serkis, Andrew Garfield & Claire Foy On 'Breathe'||Actor Andy Serkis is known for his career-defining roles as Gollum from the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" movies, and Caesar in the new "Planet of the Apes" movies. Now, he's debuting as a director with his new movie “Breathe.” The film||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarc Maron On What His Podcast Taught Him||Comedian, actor and podcast host Marc Maron joins us to discuss his new book, Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast. Maron mines the best interviews from his wildly successful podcast "WTF with Marc Maron" to look for life advice||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Journalist Investigates His Own Kidnapping||Journalist and author Jere Van Dyk was kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2008, and could never shake the questions around his capture and subsequent release. In his new book, The Trade: My Journey into the Labyrinth of Political Kidnapping, Van Dyk recounts||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKazuo Ishiguro: Winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature||The Nobel Prize in Literature was just awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro. The novelist was born in Japan and raised in Britain, and his novels closely examine the British class system. Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of The Swedish Academy, is quoted in the||10/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeekend: Russel Brand, Jennifer Egan, Masha Gessen||In his new book Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions, Russell Brand draws on the 14 years he has spent in recovery to discuss the different kinds of addictions we face and the positive steps we can take to free ourselves from them. Pulitzer-prize winni||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Women Are Fighting Back In Trump's America||Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Collier Meyerson and Sarah Jaffe join us to discuss a new compilation of essays, Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America. Written entirely by women, the collection examines the last election as well a||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow The First Amendment Works||In a time when the president is openly attacking the press for negative stories and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville are claiming freedom of speech while protesting the removal of Confederate monuments, this week’s Please Explain is all about the First Ame||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInvestigating The Death Of A Transgender Icon||Martha P. Johnson was a transgender icon and activist who was found dead in 1992. Although it was ruled a suicide, her friends and community were never fully convinced. In his new documentary, "The Death and Life of Martha P. Johnson," David France f||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExploring The Inner-workings Of The 'KPOP' Industry||Teddy Bergman, director, and Jason Kim, playwright, join us to discuss their current production, "KPOP." The musical gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the KPOP industry works. The show is also interactive as audiences members can move through a two-||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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.
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.
Lenny is wonderful!
I, too, must disagree with Cram. It is precisely that Leonard draws from his own knowledge and doesn't stay on a set course that makes this Podcast so wonderful. The listener is privy to a real conversation, not a broadcaster reading a list of questions.