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The Leonard Lopate Show from WNYC: Episodes

<p>British voters will head to polls next week to decide whether Prime Minister Gordon Brown will be replaced. On this edition of <strong>Backstory,</strong> Alex Barker, political correspondent for the <em>Financial Times,</em> and John Burns, London bureau chief for the <em>New York Times,</em> explains ...
<p>We&rsquo;ll take a look at how Hungary has changed in the 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union&mdash;and at the fallout from the main Hungarian center right party declaring victory in the recent parliamentary elections. We&rsquo;ll be joined by Paul Hockenos, a journalist and political ...
Jean Kwok discusses her debut novel, <em>Girl in Translation,</em> which tells the story of Kimberly Chang, who emigrates with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn and begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker at night.
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Assistant Managing Editor of <em>Newsweek,</em> <strong>Evan Thomas,</strong> discusses how Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst fabricated evidence of a Spanish attack and pressed President McKinley to start the Spanish-American War. In <em>The War Lovers: ...
Hampton Sides, author of <em>Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the International Hunt for His Assassin,</em> and Stephen Ives, director of the documentary <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/trailer/memphis-promo/" target="_blank">"Roads to ...
Molly Ringwald talks about her career, which took off when she starred in the John Hughes high school classics "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," and "Pretty in Pink," and about turning 40. In <em>Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Shade of Lipstick,</em> she shares ...
Alex C. Ewing, chancellor emeritus of the North Carolina School of the Arts and former general director of the Joffrey Ballet-- and Lucia Chase's son--and Kevin McKenzie, art director of the America Ballet Theater, discuss the legacy of ballet great Lucia Chase. She brought Nureyev, Bujones, Kirkland, ...
May marks the 45th anniversary of “Doctor Zhivago,” David Lean’s romantic epic film, adapted from Boris Pasternak’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Rita Tushingham, who played Lara and Zhivago’s daughter Tonya Komarovskaya, talks about making the film, its legacy, and its state-of-the-art restoration. ...
Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo, talks about being kidnapped with his driver in Afghanistan and threatened with death if Italy didn’t remove troops from Afghanistan. When this demand wasn’t met, the driver was decapitated and the video of the murder was circulated worldwide by the Taliban. ...
<p>Award-winning cartoonist, playwright, and author Jules Feiffer, talks about his life and his rise from a fearful kid with learning problems and a controlling mother, to working under the legendary Will Eisner and creating his subversive graphic novella Munro. His memoir is <em>Backing into Forward.</em> ...
Charles Darwin's <em>Origin of Species</em> is one of the most widely cited books in modern science. David Reznick explains how he made Darwin's masterwork accessible to a wider audience by deconstructing and reorganizing it to clarify its key concepts. His book <em>The “Origin” Then and Now: An ...
Andrea Levy discusses her novel <em>The Long Song.</em> It tells the story of slavery in Jamaica, the bloody Baptist war, and the violent and chaotic end of slavery.<div class="feedflare">
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Eric Volz talks about being arrested, imprisoned, and wrongly accused of murder in Nicaragua. He tells the story in <em>Gringo Nightmare: A Young American Framed for Murder in Nicaragua.</em> <div class="feedflare">
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<p>Salman Rushdie, and Caro Llewellyn, PEN World Voices Festival and Public Programs Director, discuss this year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/1096" target="_blank">PEN World Voices Festival.</a></p> <p>It&rsquo;s the only international literary festival in the United States, and ...
Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman discusses his documentary, <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/introduction/mylai/" target="_blank">“My Lai,”</a> about the 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the heroic efforts of the ...
Dana Sachs examines "Operation Babylift," the U.S. government’s plan for nearly 3,000 displaced Vietnamese children to be placed with adoptive families overseas. It was launched in April 1975, just before the fall of Saigon. In <em>The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, ...
Nobel Prize-winning scientist Burton Richter, who has served on U.S. and international review committees on climate change and energy issues, discusses the sensible, senseless, and biased proposals for averting the consequences of global warming. In <em>Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy ...
Our latest <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/explain.html" target="_blank"> Please Explain</a> is all about plastic recycling! Eric Goldstein, senior attorney in the Natural Resource Defense Council's New York office and co-director of NRDC's urban program, joins us to explain what happens after ...
Filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis discusses her documentary “Behind the Burly Q,” a comprehensive look at burlesque as told by the women performers themselves. April March, one of the dancers featured in the film, also joins us. The documentary focuses on all the performers of the Burlesque era--including ...
Dance pioneer Anna Halprin and filmmaker Ruedi Gerber discuss the documentary “Breath Made Visible.” It's the first feature-length documentary on the life and career of Anna Halprin (who will turn 90 years old in July), who redefined our notions of modern art and the power of dance. The film opens ...
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