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The Leonard Lopate Show from WNYC: Episodes

Wendy Burden, talks about growing up the great-great-great-great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Her memoir <em>Dead End Gene Pool</em> is a glimpse into one of the wealthiest families in New York that, by the time of her birth, were seen as doomed bluebloods in financial and moral decline.
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Journalist Roxana Saberi discusses being arrested and imprisoned, accused of espionage, while she was reporting in Iran last year. She was sentenced to eight years in prison, but international pressure led to her released on appeal last May. In <em>Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran,</em> ...
Dr. Gerry Moore, director of science at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and coordinator of the New York Metropolitan Flora project, discusses the first definitive findings that New York is losing native plants and many are being replaced with new plants, many from the South. <a href="http://www.bbg.org/sci/nymf/" ...
Please Explain is all about sugar—from how it’s grown to how it’s refined to how its metabolized by the body. Elizabeth Abbott, author of <em>Sugar: A Bittersweet History,</em> describes how the cultivation of sugar is linked with slavery, the Industrial Revolution, and the fast-food industry. ...
Jon Mooallem explores homosexual activity in the animal world—from albatrosses to flamingos, bison, and even warthogs. He looks into what humans perceive as “natural” behavior, and examines how various forms of homosexual activity has been documented in over 450 different species. His article <a ...
Johann Hari talks about how environmental groups might respond to President Obama’s decision to open up offshore drilling, and he’ll discuss his investigation into conservation groups, such as Conservation International, among the most trusted groups in America to protect and defend nature, are ...
As much as 7 percent of the nation’s food is mislabeled to fool consumers into paying more. On today’s <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/underreported/" target="_blank">Underreported,</a> Lyndsey Layton, National Political Reporter for the <em>Washington Post,</em> explains why food fraud ...
Yesterday, international donors pledged $5 billion in aid to help rebuild Haiti and United Nations unveiled a recovery and rebuilding plan that focuses on Port-au-Prince. Alan Manski, currently the head of the <a href="http://www.theirc.org/" target="_blank">International Rescue Committee</a> programs ...
Journalist Melissa Milgrom explores taxidermy—from the skilled taxidermists at the American Museum of Natural History to the preservers of the animals in Damien Hirst's artworks. In <em>Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy</em> she takes readers into this eccentric, unusual world.<div class="feedflare">
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Jeremy Singer-Vine, who writes the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703580904575131611338379340.html" target="_blank">Research Report</a> for the <em>Wall Street Journal,</em> talks about the most interesting recent medical research and how it can be used to inform and improve our ...
Philosopher, ethicist, and psychoanalyst Nancy Sherman looks at the psychological and moral burdens borne by soldiers serving in war. In <em>The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds and Souls of Our Soldiers,</em> she looks closely at servicemen and women preparing for, experiencing, and returning home ...
<p><em>Project Runway</em>&rsquo;s style mentor Tim Gunn talks about his role on the show, his career, his style guidelines, and about appearing as hero fighting crimes against fashion in Marvel&rsquo;s comic <em>Models, Inc.</em></p> <p>He&rsquo;s the author of <em>Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste ...
Actress Raquel Welch discusses about her career, her unexpected role as a sex symbol, and offers advice for women of all ages on courage, grace, and self-respect. Her new book <em>Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage,</em> is part autobiography, part personal philosophy, and part practical guide to life.
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Director of the Orphan Film Symposium, Dan Streible, associate professor of cinema studies at NYU, and associate director of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program, discusses the <a href="http://www.nyu.edu/orphanfilm/orphans7/" target="_blank">2010 Orphan Film Symposium,</a> the seventh ...
Bill Ayres, who founded WhyHunger in 1975 with Harry Chapin, and Lyn Pentecost, Executive Director and Founder of the Lower Eastside Girls Club, talk the hunger crisis in America and the hunger-obesity paradox. They’ll discuss what their organizations are doing to improve food security and give people ...
Hugh Pope, an acclaimed former foreign correspondent for <em>The Wall Street Journal,</em> has lived and worked in two dozen countries throughout the Middle East. In <em>Dining with Al-Qaeda,</em> he presents a modern-day exploration of the politics, religion, and aspirations of Muslim peoples to show ...
New York film location scout Nick Carr has tracked down sites for such films as the remake of “The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3” and “Doubt.” On his blog, <a href="http://www.ScoutingNY.com" target="_blank"> ScoutingNY.com</a> he shares his favorite locales around the city and tracks the transformation ...
Josh Axelrad had a respectable but dull job on Wall Street when he decided to abandon it to enter the world of professional blackjack. His book <em>Repeat Until Rich: A Professional Card Counter’s Chronicle of the Blackjack Wars </em> is a darkly funny account of his experience playing cards, and he ...
Simon Johnson, professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a senior fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, gives an account of recent U.S. financial history and the showdowns between American democracy and Big Finance. In <em>13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the ...
Director Dan Klores talks about his film “Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks,” about the 6'7" Indiana Pacers shooting guard who tortured the Knicks. It focuses on the dramatic seven-game 1995 playoff series between Reggie's Pacers and the Knicks.
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