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The Leonard Lopate Show from WNYC: Episodes

It's Oscar season again, and we're taking a look behind the scenes, at the campaigns behind the Academy Awards. Here to give us some perspective are three men in the know: Mark Harris, who wrote the cover story for <a href="http://www.nymag.com" target="_blank"><em>New York magazine,</em></a> called, ...
Bill Vlasic, Detroit bureau chief for <em>The New York Times,</em> discusses the possibility that the electronic system that controls the throttle and engine speed in Toyotas has been malfunctioning. His article looking at lawsuits filed about faulty computer systems appeared in today's <em>New York ...
Bisphenol-A, known as BPA, is an important building block of several plastics and plastic additives. Concern about the use of BPA in consumer products has been growing, and questions about its safety and its effect of human health have led some retailers to remove products made of it from their shelves; ...
Josh Rouse talks about what it¹s like to be a Nebraskan living in Spain, and how a pre-Castro Cuban cabaret legend influenced his new sound on his latest album, "El Turista."
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<em>Event:</em> Josh Rouse will be performing<br />
Friday, February 5, at 7:00 pm<br />
Le Poisson Rouge<br />
158 Bleecker ...
Alex Lemon talks about the debilitating strokes that interrupted his hard-partying college days. In <em>Happy: A Memoir,</em> he recounts coping with strokes, brain bleeds, and depression by sinking deeper into drug and alcohol abuse, and how his mother nursed him back to health after brain surgery. ...
Before last month’s earthquake, Haiti’s children were at risk of indentured servitude and sex trafficking. On this week’s <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/underreported/" target="_blank">Underreported,</a> Caryl M. Stern, president of the <a href="http://www.unicefusa.org/" target="_blank">U.S. ...
The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the case <em>Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission</em> has been criticized as granting corporations the same freedom of speech as human beings. We’ll explore the history of this idea with Doug Kendal of the Constitutional Accountability Center. We’ll ...
Science journalist Jeff Wise explains the latest research about how the brain reacts to fear, and describes his hands-on approach to his reporting. His book <em>Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger</em> reveals how the simple "fight or flight" model has been replaced by a more complex understanding ...
Anand Gopal discusses America's secret prisons in Afghanistan. His article <a href="http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100215/gopal" target="_blank">"America's Secret Afghan Prisons"</a> was
published collaboratively by TomDispatch.com and The Nation, and supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism. ...
David Dow has represented over 100 death row cases in Texas. In <em>The Autobiography of an Execution</em> he takes readers inside the issue of the death penalty—from the inner-workings of the criminal justice system to prisons and execution chambers—and reveals the challenges of working on these ...
Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti, Israeli and Palestinian co-directors of <a href="http://www.kino.com/ajami/" target="_blank">"Ajami,"</a> discuss collaborating on their debut film. Set in Jaffa’s multi-ethnic Ajami neighborhood, home to Jews, Muslims and Christians, the film has won prizes at festivals ...
Editors John F. Callahan and Adam Bradley talk about Ralph Ellison’s legacy and his massive unfinished final work, <em>Three Days Before the Shooting,</em> which he had spent nearly 40 years writing. The manuscript has been gathered in one volume for the first time.
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<em>Event:</em> Adam Bradley ...
Former New York State Attorney General and former New York governor Eliot Spitzer discusses the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, the current state of Wall Street, and what regulations might prevent banks from taking the kind of dangerous risks that caused the crisis.<div class="feedflare">
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Within a single generation, digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed virtually every aspect of modern culture, from how we learn and work to how we communicate and even conduct war. Frontline correspondent Douglas Rushkoff and producer Rachel Dretzin discuss Frontline’s documentary <a ...
Founded in 1970 with 50 folding chairs and one 16mm projector, <a href="http://www.filmforum.org/" target="_blank">Film Forum</a> is now one of the city’s homes for independent films. Karen Cooper, director of Film Forum, talks about its 40th anniversary. MoMA is celebrating the anniversary with a ...
On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the 1910 Paris flood, Jeffrey H. Jackson discusses what happened when torrential rainfall swelled the Seine and saturated the soil, and faulty engineering caused drowned streets, homes, businesses, and museums. His book <em>Paris Under Water: How the City ...
Dilip Hiro looks at the new century’s emerging power politics and considers how they might rearrange our world order. In <em>After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World,</em> he looks at the historic shifts that have undermined America’s position as the world’s sole superpower and have created ...
Dorothy Cann Hamilton and chef Tom Colicchio discuss how to prepare for, and find, careers of all kinds in the culinary world. Hamilton’s book <em>Love What You Do: Building a Career in the Culinary Industry</em> outlines how to discover your passions, strengths and weaknesses, and how to decide what ...
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills reveals how the atomic bomb transformed American democracy, increasing the power of the presidency and redefining the government as a national security state. In <em>Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State,</em> he draws a line from ...
Emmy award-winning journalist Lynne Joiner chronicles the experiences of John S. Service, a U.S. Foreign Service officer in wartime China. Her biography <em>Honorable Survivor</em> tells how Service predicted Mao Tse-tung's revolution long before anyone else even knew the Chinese Communists were a potent ...
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