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The Leonard Lopate Show from WNYC: Episodes

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 ...
Gordon Edelstein, director of a new production of “The Glass Menagerie,” by Tennessee Williams, and two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey, who plays matriarch Amanda Wingfield, discuss the classic American drama and this daring new production. It’s playing at the Roundabout Theater Company’s Harold ...
Earlier this month a group of European astronomers announced that they have discovered distant planets which orbit their suns the wrong way. The discovery has shattered the way scientists thought planets formed. For more, we'll speak with Derrick Pitts, the chief astronomer of the <a href="http://www2.fi.edu/" ...
Earlier this month, eight International Red Cross workers were kidnapped and later released in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On this week’s second <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/underreported" target="_blank">Underreported,<a> Jon Elliott, Africa Advocacy Director for <a href="http://www.hrw.org" ...
It has been nearly a year since fighting in north-west Pakistan displaced more than 3 million people. Today, there are still an estimated 1.3 million refugees in the country. We’ll get an update on the situation from Michael Young, <a href="http://www.theirc.org/" target="_blank"> International Rescue ...
Novelist Anchee Min discusses her latest book, <em>Pearl of China.</em> It takes place at the end of the nineteenth century in China, and tells the story of nine-year-old Willow, the only child of a poor family, and her life-long friendship with Pearl, the eldest daughter of a zealous American missionary. ...
Trey Kay, producer, of the radio documentary “The Great Textbook War,” discusses the controversy that broke out in 1974 in Kanawha County, West Virginia, over newly adopted school textbooks. Supporters thought the textbooks would introduce students to multiculturalism, while opponents felt they undermined ...
The video “Collateral Murder,” depicting a missile strike in Baghdad that killed a Reuters driver and photographer in 2007, has been viewed some 6 million times since it was posted early this month by the Web site <a href="http://www.wikileaks.org" target="_blank">WikiLeaks.</a> We’ll speak with ...
<p>Richard A. Clarke warns us of the havoc a cyber attack would wreak on our national security, and explains what cyber war is, how cyber weapons work, and how vulnerable we are as a nation and as individuals to a web of cyber criminals. In <em>Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What ...
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