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The Leonard Lopate Show from WNYC: Episodes

<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Gail+Simmons">Gail Simmons</a> takes us behind the scenes of "<a href="http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef" target="_blank">Top Chef</a>," where she’s been a judge since the show’s inception in 2006. She joined Food &amp; Wine in 2004 and directs special projects ...
<p>The typical American family of four wastes up to 1,160 pounds of food every year. And one-third of the food we grow in this country is never eaten. <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Elizabeth+Royte">Elizabeth Royte</a> talks about the high rate or wasted food and what can be done about it. She’s ...
<p>On the production line in American meat packinghouses, there is one rule: the chain never slows. And every year the chain has been accelerated to keep up with America’s growing appetite for processed meat. Journalist <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Ted+Genoways">Ted Genoways</a> examines ...
<p>This week’s Please Explain is all about the language of food. <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Dan+Jurafsky">Dan Jurafsky</a>, professor of linguistics and computer science at Stanford University, investigates why we eat toast at breakfast and raise a toast at dinner, whether Thanksgiving ...
<p>Jamie Smith claimed to be many things: ex-CIA, Harvard educated, a cofounder of Blackwater, and a hired gun. The only problem is that none of it is true. Still, Smith and his company SCG International were about to pick up large security contracts – some with the US Government. Eventually Smith’s ...
<p>Director <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Peter+Sattler">Peter Sattler</a> and actress <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Kristen+Stewart">Kristen Stewart</a> tell us about their new film "Camp X-Ray." It’s about a young woman who joins the military and ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo ...
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Jane+Smiley">Jane Smiley</a> discusses her new novel, <span class="book"><a title="buy this book at Amazon" target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0307700313/wnyc-20">Some Luck</a></span>.  Each chapter covers a single year, beginning ...
<p><em>New York Times</em> investigative reporter <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=James+Risen">James Risen</a> reveals the alleged hidden costs of the U.S. war on terror. He discusses the squandered and stolen dollars and what he calls outrageous abuses of power in the name of fighting terrorism. ...
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Bob+Herbert">Bob Herbert</a> focused on the issues of the working poor and the middle class on his 18 years as an opinion columnist for <em>The New York Times</em>. After he left the <em>Times</em> in 2011, he traveled across the country to report on Americans ...
<p>The high heel is one of the most provocative and iconic objects of desire. The exhibition <a href="http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/heels/" target="_blank">Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe</a>, on view at the Brooklyn Museum through February 15, 2015, includes more than 160 artfully ...
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Betty+Halbreich">Betty Halbreich</a> has spent nearly 40 years as the personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she gave socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street advice on clothes and on life. She tells the story of her life in <span class="book"><a ...
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Norman+Lear">Norman Lear</a>, creator the iconic television shows "All in the Family," "Maude," "Good Times," and "The Jeffersons," created stories that dealt with the most serious issues of the day but still made audiences laugh. Lear talks about his difficult ...
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Volker+Schl%C3%B6ndorff">Volker Schlöndorff</a>, Oscar-winning German director of "The Tin Drum," tells us about his new film “<a href="http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/diplomacy/" target="_blank">Diplomacy</a>.,” which he wrote and directs. It dramatizes ...
<p>Russian scholar <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Karen+Dawisha">Karen Dawisha</a> presents new evidence about Vladimir Putin's circle and argues that they have used their public positions for personal gain even before Putin became president of Russia in 2000. Her book <span class="book"><a ...
<p>In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and birth of a daughter is seen as a misfortune. <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Jenny+Nordberg">Jenny Nordberg</a> tells us about discovering the phenomenon “bacha posh” (literally translated ...
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Martin+Wolf">Martin Wolf</a>, associate editor and chief economics commentator at the <em>Financial Times</em>, focuses on what the financial crisis should teach us about modern economies. He explains why he thinks the financial crisis was caused by the complex ...
<p><em>This is a rebroadcast of an interview originally aired on August 18.</em></p>
<p>At the turn of the 20th century, the Republican Party was on the brink of an internal civil war. Following a devastating financial crisis, a new breed of politicians came to Washington—they vowed to overthrow the ...
<p><em>This is a rebroadcast of an interview originally aired on August 18.</em></p>
<p>Many of us struggle with information overload, and feel like we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. The average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading ...
<p><em>This is a rebroadcast of an interview originally aired on August 18.</em></p>
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Mark+Kurlansky">Mark Kurlansky</a> has spent over 30 years of traveling the world writing about food, culture, and history. He and his daughter <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Talia+Kurlansky">Talia ...
<p><em>This is a rebroadcast of an interview originally aired on August 18.</em></p>
<p>Most of the rest of the world is on the metric system, and for a time in the 1970s America seemed ready to make the switch, but it never happened. Instead, the country stayed with its odd, inconsistent system of measurement. ...
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