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The Leonard Lopate Show from WNYC: Episodes

<p>Mining petroleum from the Canadian tar sands is one of the most labor intensive extraction processes ever undertaken. <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Ted+Genoways">Ted Genoways</a> explains how tar sands mining is done and looks at its environmental and health consequences. His article “<a ...
<p>Not everyone looks forward to turkey at Thanksgiving. In fact, there are plenty of people who would rather make something else as the centerpiece of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Melissa+Clark">Melissa Clark</a> shares some of her ideas and recipes for ...
<p>The Department of Justice has been collecting the data of thousands of Americans in an effort to track criminals using cell phones. <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Devlin+Barrett">Devlin Barrett</a>, reporter with <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/americans-cellphones-targeted-in-secret-u-s-spy-program-1415917533" ...
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Val+Wang">Val Wang</a> was raised in a strict Chinese-American household in the suburbs--she got good grades, took piano lessons, and performed in a Chinese dance troupe. She tells us why she moved to China in 1998, the country her parents fled before the Communist ...
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Eden+Collinsworth">Eden Collinsworth</a> talks about the profound transformation she’s seen in China, how she came to write a Western etiquette guide for Chinese businessmen and prompted a branch of China's Ministry of Education to suggest that she create ...
<p>Our word maven, <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Patricia+T.+O%E2%80%99Conner%2C">Patricia T. O’Conner,</a> looks at the etymologies of some “New World foods” found on our Thanksgiving tables. For example, “pumpkin” comes from Greek (for “ripe gourd”) though it’s a North American ...
<p>Photographer <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Stephen+Shames">Stephen Shames</a> <span>tells the story of a 1977 assignment to the Bronx, where he began photographing a group of boys coming of age in what was at the time one of the toughest and most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States. ...
<p>In the 1920s at the Pera Palace, Istanbul's most luxurious hotel, so many spies hung out in the lobby that the manager posted a sign asking them to give their seats to paying guests. <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Charles+King">Charles King</a> tells the story of how Istanbul stepped into ...
<p>Jazz singer <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Sheila+Jordan">Sheila Jordan</a> grew up in poverty in Pennsylvania's coal-mining country and began singing as a child. She tells us about her influences—most have been instrumentalists rather than singers—and about her career in jazz. After ...
<p>What are the costs of doing business in a war zone? ProPublica reporter <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=T.+Christian+Miller">T. Christian Miller</a> and Frontline producer <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Marcela+Gaviria">Marcela Gaviria</a> discuss their investigation of the secret ...
<p>In the fall of 1959, at the height of the Cold War, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev spent 12 days touring the United States at the invitation of President Dwight Eisenhower. Director <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Robert+Stone">Robert Stone</a> tells us about his documentary “<a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/roadshow/" ...
<p>The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York is the most influential District court in the United States. <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=James+Zirin">James Zirin</a> discusses its history and gives first-hand insight into the evolution of our justice system. His book <span ...
<p>Penelope Fitzgerald grew up in a provincial English childhood in the village of Hampstead, was known as a "blond bombshell" at Oxford, and struggled for years raising children in an impoverished household. Her writing career did not begin until she was nearly 60, yet she went on to win some of ...
<p>In <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Rabih+Alameddine">Rabih Alameddine</a>’s new novel <em><span class="book"><a title="buy this book at Amazon" target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0802122949/wnyc-20">An Unnecessary Woman</a></span>, </em>the cranky yet charming ...
<p>Alabama condemns more people to death, per capita, than any other state, and it is one of three states in the country with a judicial-override law, allowing a judge to "override" a jury's decision not to impose the death penalty. In Florida and Delaware, the two other states with the provision, judges ...
<p>The American led war in Afghanistan was known as "the good war," and at the start, it appeared to be a triumph, especially compared to the war in Iraq. Yet there have been mounting casualties and escalating costs, a corrupt government, rampant bribery and instability. The outcomes of the war will ...
<p><span>This week: cooking at home with chef <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Marcus+Samuelsson">Marcus Samuelsson</a> (<strong>first</strong>). Then, author <span><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=William+Gibson">William Gibson</a> talks about his new science-fiction novel <em>The Peripheral ...
<p>On November 10, President Obama <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/net-neutrality" target="_blank">posted a video and statement on the White House website</a>, urging the FCC to protect <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_neutrality" target="_blank">Net Neutrality</a>, which ensuring all internet ...
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Richard+Norton+Smith">Richard Norton Smith</a> talks about his new biography of Nelson Rockefeller, looking at his improbable journey to the New York governor’s mansion, his politically disastrous divorce and remarriage, and his relationships with presidents ...
<p>Tony and Emmy winner <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Blythe+Danner">Blythe Danner</a> and <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Eric+Lange">Eric Lange</a> discuss their roles in “<a href="http://thecountryhousebway.com/" target="_blank">The Country House</a>.”  The play is about a ...
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