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.
||Good Puppets Go Bad in "Hand to God"||In "Hand to God," Jason is a shy, inquisitive student who finds an outlet for his burgeoning creativity at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, th||5/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dividing Students By Race, To Discuss Race Relations||Many schools across the country have turned their focus on race and race relations, but a controversial program at Fieldston Lower School caused an uproar with parents. Once a week, the school's third, fourth, and fifth graders would be divided into di||5/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Exhilarating and Sometimes Devastating Sport of BASE Jumping||Director Marah Strauch talks about her documentary, “Sunshine Superman.” It tells the story of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement. He and wife Jean broke the BASE jumping Guinness World Record in 1984 on the Norwegian 'Troll Wall||5/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Taste for Revenge in "The Visit," Starring Chita Rivera||Chita Rivera, playwright Terrence McNally, and songwriter John Kander talk about their new Broadway musical, “The Visit.” It centers on Claire Zachannassian, the world’s wealthiest woman, who returns home to her "wretched birthplace" to confront||5/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||We Spoke to the Editors of ClickHole. What Happened Next Will Shock You.||ClickHole has emerged as one of the funniest and most popular sites on the Internet. From the makers of The Onion, it parodies the various viral content mills vying for dominance of social media... and your attention. We’ll speak with ClickHole edit||5/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Zombie Film Screenwriter Encounters True Horror||Aleksandar Hemon talks about his new novel, The Making of Zombie Wars, about a screenwriter who is working on the script "Zombie Wars." He becomes entangled with a Bosnian whose husband is jealous and violent, and he quickly finds himself in an inescapab||5/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Working It Out: Philip Galanes on Workplace Etiquette||As more offices turn to open-plans and workers check their email and field calls at home, navigating the minefield of office politics has become even more perilous. Philip Galanes, the New York Times "Social Q's" columnist, takes your calls and answ||5/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Navigating Life's Turmoils, With Dan Ariely By Your Side||Behavioral economist Dan Ariely discusses the new, expanded collection of his Wall Street Journal advice column, “Ask Ariely.” In Irrationally Yours: On Missing Socks, Pickup Lines, and Other Existential Puzzles, he teams up with New Yorker cartooni||5/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Going Baroque with Conductor Nic McGegan||Conductor Nic McGegan discusses his 40 years in Baroque music, and his upcoming appearance at the Caramoor Music Festival, where he'll conduct works by Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven, working with the violinist Jennifer Koh. He is a leading voice in the||5/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Memorial Day Cooking with Melissa Clark||In advance of Memorial Day, Melissa Clark helps us kick off the summer season with a few recipes! She’ll take calls about early summer cooking, barbecuing, cooking for friends and hosting parties as the weather gets warmer, and more!||5/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Politics of Torture||Frontline producer/director Michael Kirk discusses his latest documentary, “Secrets, Politics and Torture,” about the fight over the CIA’s controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture. Based on recently declassified documents||5/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Understanding The Irrational You||In Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics, Richard Thaler reveals that we are all subjected to biases, prejudices, and irrationality in our consumer behavior. While this model makes intuitive sense, it has been ignored by classical economists,||5/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Understanding Cults||Cults have been around for thousands of years, and they exist throughout the world, but when news reports break about a cult, it often seems like they have sprung up out of nowhere. For this week's Please Explain, we will be examining the world of cult||5/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Limits of Free Speech in America||Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David K. Shipler discusses the state of free speech in America. Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword investigates the cultural limits on both expression and the willingness to listen, and the implications on the future||5/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Up, Up and Away! The Genius of the Wright Brothers||Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough talks about Wilbur and Orville Wright, and the day they changed history. In The Wright Brothers, McCullough tells the human side of the Wright Brothers’ story, their bravery, genius and mechanical inge||5/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A New Album by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell||Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell perform selections from their new album, “The Traveling Kind.” The album follows the longtime friends’ first duet album, 2013 Grammy Award-winning "Old Yellow Moon." It also features new renditions of previous Crow||5/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Life, Exhibited: Yoko Ono at MoMA||Yoko Ono discusses her latest exhibit at MoMA. In late 1971, Yoko Ono announced an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art—a one-woman show that she irreverently titled Museum Of Modern (F)art. Outside the entrance, a man wore a sandwich board stating t||5/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gen. Stanley McChrystal's Lessons From War||Stanley McChrystal's last assignment was as the commander of all American and coalition forces in Afghanistan. When he took command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in 2004, General McChrystal quickly realized that conventional military tactics||5/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jorge Posada, Behind the Mask||Legendary New York Yankee catcher Jorge Posada talks about his personal journey from the ball fields of Puerto Rico to becoming a member of the Core Four and establishing the Yankees dynasty. For seventeen seasons, Posada was a fixture behind home plate||5/13/2015||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.