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.
||CleanMoholy-Nagy's Pioneering Integration of Art & Technology||Curator Karole Vail discusses her exhibit, “Moholy-Nagy: Future Present” which runs thru September 7th at the Guggenheim Museum (1071 5th Avenue). It’s the first comprehensive retrospective in nearly 50 years of the work of pioneering artist and e||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShakespeare's Tale of Love and Heroines in Disguise Set to Music||Shakespeare's comedy, "Twelfth Night," tells the story of a young woman named Viola who disguises herself as a man after she ends up shipwrecked on the shores of an island. When Viola’s new boss, Duke Orsino, sends her to win over the Countess Olivia,||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGloria Steinem's Life on the Road||Gloria Steinem is famous as a writer, lecturer, editor and feminist activist – but she’s not generally thought of as a lifelong, avid traveler. In My Life on the Road, her first book in over 20 years, she offers a candid account of how her early ye||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Intimate Look at the Dramas that Fueled Great Art||Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee reveals how competitive relationships fueled creativity in four pairs of artists — Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon — in his new book, The Art of Rivalry:||8/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Weekend Podcast: Political Debate and Political Theater||This week, one of our most engaging segments was about presidential debates. We heard from many listeners, who told us that they find presidential debates so dull and boring. So for this week’s Bonus Weekend Podcast, we’ve decided to showcase some of||8/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's Happening to Our Supermarkets?||From Park Slope to East Harlem, supermarkets in New York City are closing. Charles Platkin, Executive Director of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, explains the complex issues that contribute to supermarket closures around the city||8/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeonard Lopate Weekend: Thwarting a Terrorist, NFL Concussions, Boogaloo Shrimp||Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone talk about how, during a European vacation, they managed to thwart a terrorist attack that would have killed more than 500 people on the 15:17 train from Brussels to Paris. Former NFL player Ben Utecht joins us to talk||8/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrits, Oatmeal, Quinoa, and Other Grains to Get You Through the Morning||On the final installment of our Food Friday breakfast series, chef Evan Hanczor of Egg in Williamsburg and Niki Achitoff-Gray, Managing Editor at Serious Eats, teach us how to jazz up even the humblest of grain breakfasts, and how to achieve the perf||8/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe've Got the Scoop on Ice Cream!||The summer is not over yet, and to prove it, we’re talking all about ice cream! We’ll look into the history of the beloved frozen treat, as well as the many variations on flavor, sweetness and texture that have developed over the years. We’ll also||8/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCorned Beef, Gelatin, 'White Sauce' and Other Staples of 1930s American Cuisine||During the 1930s, a depressed economy and widespread poverty affected the diets of most Americans, leading to many boiled vegetable, milk and gelatin-based dishes. In A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression, authors Jane Ziegelman a||8/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWill the New Social Activists Remake American Politics?||Journalist Sarah Jaffe, a Nation Institute Fellow, argues that we’re experiencing unprecedented political engagement and social activism in the U.S. In her book, Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, she says that protests and grassroots organizing||8/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Hystopia' Re-Imagines the 1960s, Pres. Kennedy's Assassination||Booker Prize-nominated novelist David Means imagines a very different 1960s in Hystopia. President Kennedy survived multiple assassination attempts and created a new federal agency called the "Psych Corps." The novel's protagonist is 22 year-old Eugen||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBreakdancing Legend Michael 'Boogaloo Shrimp' Chambers||In the 1980s, dancer Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers rose to fame by appearing in music videos for artists such as Lionel Richie and Chaka Khan. He went on to found the Rocksteady Crew, and his signature b-boy moves earned him starring roles in t||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Right to a Trial by Jury? Think Again.||Across the US, in both criminal and civil courts, jury trials are growing rarer and rarer. A recent New York Times article noted that in three of New York’s federal courts (two in the city and one in nearby White Plains) “the vanishing of criminal j||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUncovering the Abuse Faced by Women in the Trucking Industry||Women in the trucking industry deal with catcalls, harassment, rape, and an unresponsive, often retaliatory, system that denies them justice. Mary Pilon, a freelance journalist and author of The Monopolists, investigated the hundreds of gender-discri||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThreats to Tunisia's Young Democracy||In the five years since the Arab Spring, Tunisia has been regarded as a success story in terms of having a functioning democratic government. But Tunisia’s stability has been affected by Libya’s war and threats from ISIS militants. NPR’s Cairo Bure||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler's Tumultuous Love Story||Historian Elizabeth Cobbs tells the true love story of founding father Alexander Hamilton and his remarkable wife, Elizabeth Schuyler, in her new novel, The Hamilton Affair, starting from their passionate beginnings, to Hamilton's fatal duel with Aar||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Our Presidential Debates are So Dull||From a lack of diversity in the moderators, to restrictive rules negotiated by the campaigns, presidential debates have often become little more than platforms for candidates to recite talking points. In his article, "Why the Presidential Debates Will Su||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Concussions That Stole NFL Tight End Ben Utecht's Memories||Former NFL player Ben Utecht joins us to talk about his memoir, Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away: A Love Letter to My Family. Utecht suffered five major concussions as a tight end for the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals. Now h||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy a University English Professor Secretly Swears like a Sailor||Michael Adams, Professor of English Language and Literature at Indiana University Bloomington, joins us to discuss his new book, In Praise of Profanity. In it, Adams argues that foul language has a very important place in popular speech and defends these||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExploring Advances in the Controversial Fur Industry||National Geographic contributor Richard Conniff joins us to talk about his article, “Why Fur Is Back in Fashion.” Fashion designers are increasingly embracing the use of animal skins and furs, and Conniff explores the ways that fur farmers and||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLawrence Wright Traces the History of Modern Terrorism||New Yorker staff writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright joins us to discuss his latest book, The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State, which examines modern terrorism. He begins with the rise of Al-Qaeda in the 1990s, a||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKareem Abdul-Jabbar Reflects on Racial and Political Divides||Former NBA basketball player and writer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about his latest book, Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White, a collection of essays which reflect on racial, cultural and political divides in the Uni||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Three Americans Stopped a Terrorist Attack on a Train to Paris||Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone were on vacation with their friend Alek Skarlatos in Europe last August when they managed to thwart a terrorist attack that would have killed more than 500 people on the 15:17 train from Brussels to Paris. In The 15:17 t||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJames Carville Cuts Down the GOP in Election 2016||Political pundit, author and cable news commentator James Carville discusses his latest book, We’re Still Right, They’re Still Wrong: The Democrats’ Case for 2016, an updated version of his 1996 bestseller. Carville criticizes the GOP record of t||8/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Bowery Boys and New York's Hidden History||Greg Young and Tom Meyers host a popular history podcast called “The Bowery Boys.” Their new book, Adventures in Old New York: An Unconventional Exploration of Manhattan's Historic Neighborhoods, Secret Spots and Colorful Characters, shares guide||8/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeonard Lopate Weekend: Scandinavian Economies, Everyday Sexism, Natalie Portman||George Lakey examines Nordic economies and looks at why they produce some of the world’s happiest, well-paid workers. Writer Laura Bates founded the Everyday Sexism Project in 2012 in an effort to “talk about sexism, equality and women’s righ||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCelebrating 40 Years of the NYC Greenmarket||In honor of the Greenmarket’s 40th birthday this summer, we’ll be joined by veteran Hudson Valley farmers, Morse Pitts and Chip Kent, to talk about the history and future of the Greenmarket, and discuss how farmer's markets are working to preserve||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeb Perelman Serves Up Baked Breakfast Favorites||Deb Perelman, creator of the award-winning “Smitten Kitchen” cooking blog and author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, stops by for the latest installment of our Food Fridays breakfast series to talk about bread-based breakfasts with tips and recipe||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChef Floyd Cardoz Brings Spice to Everyday Meals with 'Flavorwalla'||NYC chef and restaurateur of Tabla, North End Grill and Paowalla Floyd Cardoz talks about his cookbook, Flavorwalla: Big Flavor. Bold Spices. A New Way to Cook the Foods You Love. Cardoz, who won season 3 of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” tells us ho||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSatisfying Our Sweet Tooth||From white sugar and brown sugar, to raw sugar and sugar cane… Not to mention agave, simple syrup, and molasses, there's an abundance of options when it comes to choosing an agent that’s going to make your desserts and drinks pop. But which are the b||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoseph Stiglitz Asks, 'Can the Euro be Saved?'||Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz argues that Europe’s financial crisis has been the direct result of adopting the euro in his latest book, The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe. He explains why adopting a common||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNatalie Portman's Directorial Debut, 'A Tale of Love and Darkness'||Natalie Portman stars in “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” the first feature film that she has written and directed, based on the autobiographical novel by Israeli author Amos Oz. The film is set in Jerusalem during the first years of Israel’s indepe||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Art of Collection & Preservation||Massimiliano Gioni, the Edlis Neeson Artistic Director at the New Museum, curated the exhibit, “The Keeper,” which will be on display through September 25th. “The Keeper” is an exhibition dedicated to the act of preserving objects, artworks and||8/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJulian Barnes Pays Tribute to Shostakovich||Man Booker prize-winning author Julian Barnes discusses his most recent novel, The Noise of Time, which is dedicated to the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. It tells the story of his life beginning in 1936, when Shostakovich, at age 30, faced ex||8/17/2016||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.