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: Notable Newscasters||We were deeply saddened to learn about Morley Safer’s death on May 19. The legendary CBS newsman reported from around the world for nearly 50 years, and he was a guest on our show several times. For this Bonus Weekend Podcast, we take a look back at ot||5/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanLeonard Lopate Weekend: Moving Art, Roz Chast, Chimp Rights||Jim Coddington, Chief Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art, and Stefanii Atkins, Head Registrar at MoMA, along with Aileen Chuk, Head Registrar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art give us a behind-the-scenes look at how museum couriers move, transport a||5/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanA Mysterious Stranger Charms an Irish Village in Edna O'Brien's New Novel||This is a rebroadcast of an interview that originally aired on April 7, 2016. Irish novelist Edna O’Brien discusses her first novel in 10 years, The Little Red Chairs. Set in a small Irish village, it tells the story of an affair between a mysteri||5/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSampling the World's Wurst: Sausages with Lucky Peach's Chris Ying||This is a rebroadcast of an interview that originally aired on April 7, 2016. We're looking at the world's best wurst with Chris Ying, editor in chief and co-founder of the James Beard award-winning food journal Lucky Peach. The Wurst of Lucky Pe||5/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanCollecting or Hoarding? Why We're So Attached to Stuff||This is a rebroadcast of an interview that originally aired on April 7, 2016. Tchotkes, clutter, scrap, memorabilia, collectibles.... How many names do we have for all the stuff we accumulate? We're holding onto so much that we're inventing stuff to||5/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAre Schools Criminalizing African American Girls?||Monique W. Morris, writer and co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, investigated why despite the fact that African American girls are 16% of all female students in American schools, they make up more than one-third of all girls||5/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean'The Queue' Imagines a Dystopian Future for Egypt||In her debut novel, The Queue, Egyptian journalist, psychiatrist and visual artist Basma Abdel Aziz tells the story of an unnamed country where citizens must receive permission from a government authority known as "the Gate" in order to complete basic||5/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRobert Henrey Looks Back on Starring in Carol Reed's 'The Fallen Idol' as a Child||Robert Henrey, a former child actor who starred in Carol Reed’s 1948 film “The Fallen Idol,” discusses a new restoration of the film showing at Film Forum. Graham Greene wrote the screenplay for the “The Fallen Idol,” one of Reed’s three Noir||5/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMary Higgins Clark Has Us on the Edge of Our Seats||Novelist Mary Higgins Clark and her signature brand of unputdownable suspense have been keeping readers up at night for decades. She joins The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to discuss the book where it all began, her first mystery bestseller, Where Are||5/25/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHelping Kids Overcome Adversity in the Classroom and at Home||What role does the environment play in a child's academic success? In Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why, Paul Tough, contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and best-selling author, looks at how poverty affects classroom perform||5/25/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanExposing the True Cost of Living in a Security State||Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University School of Law, examined how the War on Terror enabled a decade-long assault on Constitutional rights - from the Patriot Act and NSA surveillance, to targeted killings and||5/24/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanImagine a World Without Mosquitoes||As malaria and the Zika virus continue to be an ongoing global public health threat, Jerry Adler, contributor to Smithsonian Magazine, investigates the new gene-editing technology which will give scientists the ability to completely obliterate mosquitoe||5/24/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDo Chimpanzees Deserve Rights and Legal Protections?||Filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker discuss their new documentary “Unlocking the Cage,” along with Steven Wise, an animal rights lawyer who’s the subject of the film. Wise leads The Nonhuman Rights Project, which seeks to provide animals||5/24/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTwo Feuding Coworkers Fall for Each Other in 'She Loves Me'||Lyricist Sheldon Harnick talk about the Broadway revival of “She Loves Me” now at Studio 54 through July 10th. The musical comedy follows Georg and Amalia, two feuding shop clerks who can’t seem to get along at work or find common ground. But li||5/24/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAnthrax, Ebola, Zika and Future Emerging Epidemics||For over 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Ali S. Khan, who served as the director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR), investigated infectious diseases and threats to health around the world. In his new book,||5/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhy the War Continues for Veterans Who Return Home||Best-selling author and journalist Sebastian Junger takes a critical look at post-traumatic stress disorder and how it affects veterans returning from war in his latest book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. He draws from psychological and anthropolo||5/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanA Tech Reporter Joined HubSpot and Got a Crash Course in Start-Up Culture||After being told at age 50 that his job at Newsweek no longer existed,Dan Lyons, writer and current co-producer for the HBO Series “Silicon Valley,” decided to join the Boston-based startup, HubSpot. In Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bub||5/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHow Do You Move a Priceless Work of Art?||Jim Coddington, Chief Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art, and Stefanii Atkins, Head Registrar at MoMA, along with Aileen Chuk, Head Registrar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art give us a behind-the-scenes look at how museum couriers move, transport||5/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanCapturing a New Yorker's Life in Cartoons||The New Yorker's Roz Chast has been drawing iconic cartoons that perfectly capture daily life, from the joyful to the absurd, for over 40 years. A new exhibit of her work, “Cartoon Memoirs,” is currently on view at the Museum of the City of New Yo||5/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBonus Weekend Podcast: French Cooking Travels to the U.S.||We love food here on The Leonard Lopate Show! Just last week Leonard had a great conversation with chef Eric Ripert about his culinary education in France and his rise to become one of the best chefs in this country. For this Bonus Weekend Podcast, we th||5/21/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDon't Call it a Comeback: Anthony Weiner's Doomed Mayoral Campaign||Directors Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg talk about their film “Weiner,” which details the failed NYC mayoral campaign of former congressman Anthony Weiner. The film follows Weiner as he tries to make a comeback following the fallout of his||5/19/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhen Political Stagecraft Goes Awry, an Inside Look at Campaign Spectacle||From Michael Dukakis' tank ride, to Howard Dean's scream, former political "advance man" Josh King has seen it all. He spent years working as an operative who coordinates political TV and photo ops. He was a former director of production for presidenti||5/19/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanA Farm Grows in Brooklyn||Spring is finally here, and we're kicking off the growing season with a Please Explain that’s all about urban agriculture and city gardens! Find out the best ways to maximize your green space - whether it’s a window box, rooftop plot or a community||5/19/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSteve Martin and Edie Brickell on ‘Bright Star’ and Bluegrass||Steve Martin and Edie Brickell discuss their new Broadway bluegrass-inspired musical, “Bright Star,” along with the show’s breakout star Carmen Cusack. Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina during the 1940s, the musical tells the||5/18/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJesse Tyler Ferguson as 40 Characters Vying for the Perfect Table in 'Fully Committed'||Five-time Emmy Award nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson may be best known for his role as Mitchell on "Modern Family," but he's also on Broadway starring as nearly 40 characters in the comedy, "Fully Committed," written by Becky Mode, directed by Tony no||5/18/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJoe Morton Stars as Comedian Dick Gregory in 'Turn Me Loose'||Emmy-winning actor Joe Morton of “Scandal” fame, joins us to talk about the new off-Broadway show “Turn Me Loose” co-produced by musician John Legend. Morton stars as comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory during his stand-up comed||5/18/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanChef Eric Ripert's Journey from Line Cook to Le Bernadin||Before the James Beard Awards and Michelin stars, Chef Eric Ripert was a young boy in France missing his father after his parents divorced. He found solace in food, despite the fact that his mother and grandmother believed that boys did not belong i||5/18/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanA Veteran Waiter Serves Up Tales of Horror and Joy||Professional waiter-turned-writer Darron Cardosa first began dishing about his life as a waiter on his blog in 2008. In his book, The Bitchy Waiter: Tales, Tips and Trials from a Life in Food Service, he gives the lowdown on 30 years in the resta||5/17/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHow Lindy West Learned to Speak Up||Writer and editor Lindy West is no stranger to online harassment, in part because she doesn't shy away from fiercely outspoken and often hilarious writing on feminism, body shaming and gender inequality. She recently confronted one of her worst inter||5/17/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMadman or Brilliant Historian? Unraveling the True Story of Joe Gould||New Yorker staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore embarked on a quest to uncover the true story of Joe Gould, an eccentric modernist writer and historian who suffered from mental illness but was admired by contemporary artists and intellectua||5/17/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTaking on the National Tennis Circuit at Age 60||Former New York Times Magazine editor Gerald Marzorati took up tennis in his mid-50s. In Late to the Ball: Age. Learn. Fight. Love. Play Tennis. Win., he details his journey to compete on the national circuit at age 60. Finding himself in a diffic||5/17/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSiddhartha Mukherjee Breaks Down the Elusive History of Genetics||Physician, scientist and author Siddhartha Mukherjee won a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his groundbreaking "biography" of cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies. In The Gene: An Intimate History, Mukherjee embarks on a journey to understand the history||5/16/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWill Paul Ryan Endorse Donald Trump?||The stakes are high for Paul Ryan this election season, according to Vanity Fair contributor T.A. Frank, who writes that Paul Ryan's political survival may hinge on his endorsement of Donald Trump. And for the Democrats, he argues that Hillary Clinton'||5/16/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanA Portrait of a Family, a Father's Lingering Pain||Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Adam Haslett talks about his latest novel Imagine Me Gone, set in London during the 1960s. When Margaret’s fiance, John, is hospitalized for depression, she must decide whether to move forward with thei||5/15/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTransatlantic Hugs, Handshake Texts and the Future of Tactile Research||New advances in tactile research, or the science of touch, have changed our understanding of human consciousness, according to Adam Gopnik, a staff writer at The New Yorker, in his recent article “Feel Me.” Gopnik explores the innovative discoveri||5/15/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDon't Throw it Away, Bring it to Pop Up Repair!||The founders of Pop Up Repair are here to talk about their itinerant NYC-based repair service for household items. Sandra Goldmark, a theatrical set and costume designer, along with her husband, Michael Banta, discuss the sorts of items people conside||5/15/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBonus Weekend Podcast: Stories from Guantanamo||Michal Ratner, the human rights attorney and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, died at the age of 72 this past Wednesday, May 11. In 2002, Ratner sued the Bush Administration on the indefinite detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cu||5/14/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanGetting a Second Chance After a Life Sentence||Director Katie Galloway discusses her documentary “The Return” which just won the Audience Award at Tribeca. “The Return” looks at efforts to reform mass incarceration in California and amend the "three strikes" law. One of the film's subjects||5/13/2016||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.