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.
||CleanRob Reiner Confronts His Son's Addiction in a Personal New Film||Director Rob Reiner talks about his new film “Being Charlie.” He teamed up with his son Nick Reiner, who co-wrote the screenplay to tell a personal story about addiction and the relationship between fathers and sons. Nick Reiner spent several st||5/5/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSinger and Composer Kiran Ahluwalia Performs Live in Our Studio||Award-winning singer and composer Kiran Ahluwalia performs songs from her latest album “Sanata: Stillness” live in our studio. Kiran’s music incorporates elements of Sufi mysticism, as well as Indian and Pakistani vocal traditions with influenc||5/5/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAnna Karina Returns to Godard's 'Band of Outsiders'||When the Jean-Luc Godard film "Band of Outsiders" opened at the New York Film Festival in 1964, The New York Times described it as “wildly original, stubbornly modern, characteristically French—and often, thoroughly infuriating.” Like many of Go||5/4/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPiecing Together a Complete Picture of Sandra Bland's Life||Award-winning journalist Debbie Nathan talks about the first in-depth portrait of Sandra Bland's life, including details about her family, education and interests, in her cover story for The Nation, “What Happened to Sandra Bland?.” Nathan exam||5/4/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNight Raids, Kill/Capture and the U.S. Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program||Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill has reported at length for The Intercept about the "Drone Papers," leaked documents detailing U.S. programs in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Now, he and a team of journalists and researchers at The Intercept ha||5/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBeyond the Bouchon: Exploring the Flavors of Lyon with Daniel Boulud||Step inside the bouchons of Lyon and sample pork sausages, pastries filled with meat pâté and pork snouts with Adam Sachs, Saveur’s editor-in-chief and award-winning chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud. They teamed up together in France and e||5/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWar Through the Eyes of a Young Israeli Soldier in Lebanon||Matti Friedman, an award-winning Israeli Canadian journalist, tells the story of a group of young Israeli soldiers stationed near a hill in Lebanon called “the Pumpkin” during wartime in the late '90s. His book Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story h||5/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Lives of the Romanov Tsars Who Ruled Russia for 300 Years||For over 300 years, the Romanov tsars ruled Russia, overseeing sweeping culutural and political changes and expanding the size of the empire. In The Romanovs 1613-1918, historian Simon Sebag Montefiore details the lives of the Romanovs, from Peter th||5/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSavion Glover, Judith Jamison on Race, Dance and 'Shuffle Along'||Dancer and choreographer Savion Glover and Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, talk about upcoming performances and about race, dance and the connection to African American communities. Jamison will be hono||5/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanA Magical Love Story Set in Havana, Before and After the Revolution||Director Ben Chace joins us to discuss his new film, “Sin Alas,” one of the first films shot in Cuba since the U.S. relaxed travel restrictions. Inspired by the writings of Jorge Luis Borges, the film tells the story of lost love between a Cuban||5/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHow Looking at Art Can Improve Your Perception||Can looking at Monet's "Water Lilies" really improve your communication skills? Art historian Amy Herman explains how in Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life. The book is based on a seminar she developed called “The Art o||5/2/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanLiving as a Boy to Avoid the Taliban, Determined to be an Athlete||Champion squash player Maria Toorpakai grew up in a conservative tribal region of Pakistan controlled by the Taliban, but she was determined to pursue her dream of becoming a professional athlete. In A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid From||5/2/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Presidency and Rivalry that Shaped Hillary Clinton's Aggressive Foreign Policy||Mark Landler, White House correspondent for The New York Times, investigated the relationship between Clinton and Obama in Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power. His recent article in The New York Times||5/1/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanShould NYC Ban Plastic Bags or Charge for Them?||The world uses and throws away more than 1 trillion bags every year, according to New Yorker staff writer Ian Frazier in his recent article, “The Bag Bill.” Should New York ban plastic bags, or make them less convenient? Frazier discusses his in||5/1/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBehind the Walls of Prisons Where the Mentally Ill are Tortured||Eyal Press, a contributor to The New Yorker, investigated Florida prisons, including the Dade Correctional Institution, for his recent article, “Madness.” He reveals how mentally ill patients have been tortured, driven to suicide, and killed by g||5/1/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanCelebrating Jane Jacobs' Legacy in Our Neighborhoods||Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities was published in 1961 and remains one of the most influential books on urban planning and community development. Award-winning journalist and urban critic Roberta Gratz discusses Jane Jacobs:||5/1/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBonus Weekend Podcast: Celebrating Shakespeare||One week ago marked the 400th anniversary since the death of William Shakespeare, and we are bringing you three of our favorite Shakespeare related interviews from deep in our archives. In 1989, Sir Kenneth Branagh talked about his new adaptation of Hen||4/30/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanLeonard Lopate Weekend: Greece's Former Finance Minister, Shakespeare on Wheels, A Fight for $15||Former Finance Minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis argues that the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund, and European Commission collectively ignored the warning signs of a financial crisis and instead choose to act on shortsighted interes||4/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIndian Migrant Workers Struggle to Start Over in Britain||The Guardian has called The Year of the Runaways, the second novel by Man Booker Prize nominee Sunjeev Sahota, a "brilliant political novel about migrant workers in Sheffield." It tells the story of three young men and one woman who immigrate from Ind||4/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanLooking at Brooklyn Gentrification with 'There Goes The Neighborhood'||Kai Wright, host of the WNYC podcast, “There Goes The Neighborhood,” and producer and creator Rebecca Carroll, discuss their series that tackles the issues surrounding gentrification in Brooklyn, as well as the upcoming bonus episode. Event: T||4/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDoes Race Matter in the Classroom?||Educator, writer and activist Pamela Lewis spent 11 years working as a teacher in the NYC public school system and argues that in order to be effective, educators cannot be colorblind and must acknowledge their students’ ethnic and racial backgrounds||4/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHave We Lost the Art of Conversation in Our Digital World?||Has technology destroyed our ability to have meaningful face-to-face conversations? What happens when we look up from our phones and try to communicate? On today's Please Explain, media scholar and MIT professor Sherry Turkle reveals how our relationship||4/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanGilbert Gottfried Revisits Aladdin's Iago in 'Life Animated'||Gilbert Gottfried talks about the documentary “Life, Animated,” which tells the story of Owen Suskind, son of writer Ron Suskind. Owen has autism and first began to communicate with his father by connecting with the characters in Disney movies.||4/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWould Donald Trump Have Made it this Far Without Twitter?||Nick Bilton, special correspondent for Vanity Fair, discusses his recent column “How Silicon Valley Created Donald Trump.” He argues that Silicon Valley’s innovations unwittingly created Donald Trump, and that Twitter and Instagram have enable||4/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHow Technology Enables Human Trafficking on the U.S.-Mexico Border||Prepaid, disposable burner cell phones have increasingly replaced the guides that facilitate human trafficking across the Mexican-American border. Brian Anderson, Features Editor for Motherboard, Vice's tech and culture site, investigates the modern||4/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTensions Run High in the Teachers' Lounge During the Last Days of a Chicago Public School||The faculty at a Chicago public high school descend into chaos during the school's final days in "Exit Strategy," written by Chicago-born playwright Ike Holter. Actors Christina Nieves and Ryan Spahn discuss their roles in the play, currently at th||4/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Fate of the 7.5 Million Christians Who Live in the Middle East||Danish journalist and New York correspondent for Weekendavisen Klaus Wivel traveled to the Middle East in 2013 to report on the 7.5 million Christians in living in Iraq, Egypt Lebanon and elsewhere. In The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in A||4/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhat Raising the Minimum Wage Means for the Future of American Labor||After successfully leading the campaign for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, union organizer David Rolf continues to push for an increase nationwide. In The Fight for Fifteen: The Right Wage for a Working America, he offers insight into why the movemen||4/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTreat Williams Stars as a Congressman Embroiled in Controversy||Treat Williams talks about his new film “The Congressman,” written and directed by former U.S. Congressman Robert Mrazek. Williams stars as Maine Congressman Charlie Winship, who faces an onslaught of media backlash and criticism after he public||4/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJeremy Irons Plays a Mentor Mathematician in 'The Man Who Knew Infinity'||Jeremy Irons discusses his new film “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” written and directed by Matthew Brown. Dev Patel stars as Srinivasa Ramanujan, a genius mathematician who traveled from India to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1913 and overcame big||4/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhat Role Does the U.S. Play in Europe's Financial Crisis? Greece's Former Finance Minister Weighs In.||Former Finance Minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis was teaching economics at the University of Texas at Austin when he was elected to Greek parliament by a landslide vote in January 2015. In his book, And the Weak Suffer What They Must? Europe’s Cr||4/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFrom Baseball and Cricket, to Ultimate Frisbee: Discovering the Origins of Sports||From soccer's ancient origins in 3rd century BC China, to the American myth that credits Civil War General Abner Doubleday with the invention of baseball, Gary Belsky, former Editor-in-Chief of ESPN Magazine, reveals the true beginnings of our favorit||4/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDancer, Choreographer Michelle Dorrance has a Modern Take on Tap||Tap dancer, choreographer and artistic director Michelle Dorrance, who leads the Dorrance Dance company and was named a 2015 MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellow, discusses the world premiere of “ETM: Double Down,” at The Joyce Theater. The colla||4/25/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanChuck Blazer's Unlikely Rise from Soccer Coach to FIFA Official-Turned-FBI Informant||Mary Papenfuss, former editor at the New York Post, the New York Daily News and Associated Press and Teri Thompson, a former top editor at the New York Daily News, reveal how Chuck Blazer rose from coaching youth soccer in Queens to the upper echel||4/25/2016||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.