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.
||Leonard Lopate Weekend: Joseph Stiglitz, Nick Kroll on "Adult Beginners" & "Wolf Hall"||This week: Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says misguided priorities are leaving many Americans further and further behind (First). Then, Director Ross Katz, along with stars Nick Kroll and Rose Byrne, discuss their new film, “Adu||4/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Human Threats to The Livelihood of Birds||Please Explain this week is all about birds: how human activity is driving several species to extinction, and what some people are doing to try and change that. Douglas Kass and Roger Kass, directors of the film Emptying the Skies, discuss the fate of||4/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Darkness and Light of Humanity in "I Am Radar"||Reif Larsen’s I Am Radar starts with Radar Radmanovic's birth. Just before he is born, the hospital’s electricity mysteriously fails, and when the lights come back on, the staff encounter a boy with pitch black skin born to white parents. The nov||4/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Comedy as Craft, and a Coping Mechanism||“Misery Loves Comedy,” directed by Kevin Pollak, features in-depth interviews with revered comedians who share their life stories and unique ability to make strangers laugh. Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Lisa Kudr||4/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Champion Marathoner Shares his Secrets||In Meb Keflezighi's new book, Meb for Mortals: How to Run, Eat and Think Like a Champion Marathoner, he describes his complete marathon training program. Despite a long career, Meb ran his personal best and won the 2014 Boston just 2 weeks shy of his 39t||4/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Peter Coyote's Path From Street Theater To the Big Screen to Zen||Peter Coyote began his work in street theater and political organizing in San Francisco. He went on to act in over 140 films and win an Emmy for narrating the documentary “Pacific Century.” In his memoir The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Educa||4/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Elizabeth Alexander on the Universal Trauma of Love and Loss||Poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander discusses the sudden death of her husband and the existential crossroads that followed. In her memoir, The Light of the World, Alexander reflects on her married life, the trauma of her husband's death,||4/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Series of Murders Unsolved, Until a Computer Accident Led to an Arrest||On July 7, 2010, Lonnie Franklin was arrested as a suspect in the "Grim Sleeper" murders, which took place in South Central Los Angeles from 1985 to 2007. His arrest was the accidental result of a computer DNA match linking him to a possible 20 victims.||4/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||"Wolf Hall" Adapted for the Stage||Ben Miles, Nathaniel Parker, and Lydia Leonard talk about their roles in “Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2.” Adapted from Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize winning novels, Wolf Hall is based on the deceit, betrayal, and intrigue of the court of Henry VIII. T||4/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Splash in the Superfund, a Dip For Earth Day||Christopher Swain joins us to discuss his Earth Day swim in the Gowanus Canal, and what it is like to do the breast stroke in a Superfund site.||4/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Economic Policies Driving Inequality||Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz discusses his new book The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them. He argues that inequality is the cumulative result of unjust policies and misguided priorities, including deregulation||4/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cambodia's Forgotten Era of Rock and Roll||Director John Pirozzi, along with musicians Mol Kagnol and Seang Tana, discuss the vibrant music and culture of Pre-Khmer Rouge Cambodia. Kagnol and Tana are featured in Pirozzi’s new documentary, “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Ro||4/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Raising the Dead in Ibsen’s “Ghosts”||Actress Lesley Manville talks about her Olivier Award-winning role in Ibsen’s “Ghosts.” The play centers on Helene Alving, a woman who has spent her life suspended in an emotional void after the death of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. A||4/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How the War on Drugs Criminalizes Entire Neighborhoods||Alice Goffman discusses how The War on Drugs has created a surveillance state in America’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Goffman spent six years living in one such neighborhood in Philadelphia, and her close observations and often harrowing stories||4/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||As Latin America's Wealth Grows, What Will Happen to the Impoverished?||New discoveries of oil and mineral deposits in Latin America have led to an increasingly sharp rate of growth, according to the United Nations. Yet social strife threatens to undermine the region's recent economic and political progress, says former Peru||4/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Living Single: The History, and Future, of the Unmarried Woman||Journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick writes about the 100 million American women, herself included, who remain unmarried. In Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own, she explains some of the reasons for this unprecedented demographic shift. Bolick r||4/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||After the Armenian Genocide, a Group of Survivors Transform into Assassins||In 1921, a small group of survivors of the Armenian Genocide banded together to form one of the most effective assassination squads in history, tracking down and assassinating former Turkish leaders. In Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that||4/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Millennial Confronts Failure in a New Film Starring Nick Kroll and Rose Byrne||Director Ross Katz, along with stars Nick Kroll and Rose Byrne, discuss their new film, “Adult Beginners.” A young, hipster entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his entire life in disarray, he leaves Manhattan||4/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Future of Research, and Public Awareness, of Autism||Former First Lady and mental health activist Rosalynn Carter and Autism Science Foundation founder Alison Singer discuss the field of autism research. On April 22, the Autism Science Foundation will hold its annual “Day of Learning” event, featu||4/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||From A Family Guy Writer, A Look At A Fanatical Pageant Mom||The Emmy nominated writer and producer Kirker Butler, whose credits include Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, and The Neighbors, discusses his new novel, Pretty Ugly. It is a satirical look at a dysfunctional southern family led by the ultimate stage mothe||4/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||As Shakespeare Developed as an Artist, So Did His Female Roles||Tina Packer, founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts and former Associate Artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, discusses the women of Shakespeare’s plays in Women of Will: Following the Feminine in||4/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Surprisingly Normal Upbringing of Norway's Mass Murderer||Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad discusses the massacre that upended Norway, and the trial that helped put the country back together. On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb outside the Norwegian prime minister's office in central O||4/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Leonard Lopate Weekend: Cokie Roberts, Kate Mulgrew, Kehinde Wiley, The Theremin!||Picking favorite segments was a challenge this week, so we're bringing you four! First, Cokie Roberts discuses the resilient women who remained in America's capital after the declaration of secession, chronicling their experiences during the Civil Wa||4/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sibling Struggle to Survive During a Mother's Imprisonment||Emmy Award-winning director Alexander Nanau talks about his film “Toto and his Sisters.” The movie is the family story of ten year old Toto and his teenage and his sisters. During their mother’s imprisonment, Toto passionately learns dancing, readi||4/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Neil deGrasse Tyson Gives Dark Matter a New Name: 'Fred'||Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson joins us for Please Explain: The Cosmos! Most recently, he’s the host of National Geographic Channel’s first-ever late-night series, StarTalk. Based on Tyson’s incredibly popular podcast of the same name, the new||4/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The War Crimes of Charles Taylor's American Son, Chucky||Reporter Johnny Dwyer talks about Chucky Taylor, the American son of the infamous African dictator Charles Taylor. Raised by his mother in the Florida suburbs, he followed his father to Liberia at 17, where he ended up leading a murderous militia. Chuck||4/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Surviving Auschwitz, And Life Afterwards||Goran Rosenberg discusses his father’s attempt to survive the aftermath of Auschwitz in a small industrial town in Sweden. In 1947 Rosenberg’s father got off a train in a small Swedish town to begin his life anew. Having endured the ghetto of Lodz,||4/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Getting to Know the Theremin||Theremin virtuosos Dorit Chrysler and Rob Schwimmer talk about their remarkable and underappreciated instrument. On April 17 at Joe’s Pub, they’ll attempt the impossible, presenting a trio rendition of Bernard Herrmann's "The Day the Earth Stood St||4/16/2015||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.