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The Leonard Lopate Show from WNYC: Episodes

Ellen Fitzpatrick talks about all the condolence letters Jackie Kennedy received after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, which exceeded 1.5 million letters. Her book <em>Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation</em> is a remarkable record that preserves the grief and soul searching ...
On today’s <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/underreported/" target="_blank">Underreported</a> segment, Jeffrey Levinton, distinguished professor of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, and Ken Paynter, associate professor and director of Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences ...
Many of the guards the Metropolitan Museum of Art create art when they aren’t standing in museum galleries guarding the great works. Now they’ve created an art journal titled <a href="http://www.swipemagazine.com" target="_blank"><em> Sw!pe Magazine</em></a> and have a show of their works at 25CPW ...
Christopher Walken talks about his acting career—he starred in such films as “The Deer Hunter,” “Annie Hall,” “Biloxi Blues,” and “Catch Me If You Can,” among others. He explains how he approaches his craft and discusses his return to Broadway in Martin McDonagh’s black comedy <a ...
Ward Harkavy, Senior Editor at the <em>Village Voice</em> talks about the newspaper’s <a href="http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-03-16/news/new-york-s-ten-worst-landlords/" target="_blank">"Ten Worst Landlords"</a> roundup, a two-part profile of the city’s ten worst landlords in New York City, which ...
New York City’s board of health voted on March 16 to lift a ban against beekeeping in New York City. Beekeeper Andrew Cote talks about what legalizing bees in the city might mean for burgeoning bee keepers here, and what’s involved with urban beekeeping. Find out more about keeping honeybees in New ...
When the USSR broke apart in 1991, a generation of young people faced a new world of possibilities. Robin Hessman discusses her feature documentary <a href="http://www.myperestroika.com" target="_blank">“My Perestroika,”</a> which tells the stories of five Moscow schoolmates who grew up behind the ...
Ted Conover looks at roads and the crucial role they play in advancing civilization. In <em>The Routes of Man: How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today,</em> he explores six of the world’s key roadways—in Peru, East Africa, the West Bank, India, China, and Nigeria.
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A new investigation in <em>Harper’s</em> magazine is raising questions about whether the deaths of a number of detainees who were held at Guantanamo Bay Prison should really be classified as homicides. We’ll talk to Scott Horton, Contributing Editor of <em>Harper's</em>and professor at Columbia Law ...
<p>Jeff Shesol describes FDR&rsquo;s battle with the Supreme Court. Beginning in 1935, the Supreme Court&rsquo;s conservative majority made a series of decisions that devastated much of FDR&rsquo;s agenda.</p> <p>In 1937, Roosevelt struck back with a plan to expand the Court to fifteen justices&mdash;and ...
New York City Ballet soloists Ellen Bar and co-director Jody Lee Lipes, who made the film with Henry Joost, discuss <a href="http://opusjazz.com/" target="_blank">“NY Export: Opus Jazz,”</a> a new film adaptation of Jerome Robbins’ “ballet in sneakers,” which became a smash hit in 1958. Set ...
Anne Bass, director, and dancer Sokvannara Sar discuss the documentary film <a href="http://www.dancingacrossborders.net/index.html" target="_blank">“Dancing Across Borders,”</a> which tells the story of Sokvannara "Sy" Sar, who was dancing with a small troupe in Angkor Wat when Anne Bass, a longtime ...
We’ll look into the controversy over drilling for natural gas in Marcellus shale in Upstate New York, and discuss the challenges landowners face when deciding whether to lease their land to gas companies, the role of landowners coalitions, and how public officials are managing the drilling already ...
Gene Dattel explains how the relationship between cotton and the African American experience has been central to the history of the country, and central to America’s legacy of slavery and discrimination. His book <em>Cotton and Race in the Making of America: The Human Costs of Economic Power</em> describes ...
Michael Countryman and David Furr discuss their roles in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Bill Cain’s new play "Equivocation." The play begins when King James’ right hand man commissions William Shakespeare to write a new play about the Gunpowder Plot, a recent failed attempt to blow up Parliament ...
Tim O’Brien discusses <em>The Things They Carried</em> on the twentieth anniversary of its publication. The book remains a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.
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With last night's passage of the health care bill, Luke Mitchell, Senior Editor of <em><a href="http://www.harpers.org/" target="_blank">Harper’s Magazine</a></em>, explains what the next steps are as the legislation becomes law.<div class="feedflare">
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On today’s <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/explain.html" target="_blank">Please Explain</a> we’ll look into how hypnosis works, and how it can be effective in treating people who want to stop smoking, lose weight, or calm their nerves before a test. We’re joined by Dr. Roberta Temes, ...
Actress Noomi Rapace and director Niels Arden Oplev discuss their new film “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” the first feature film based on the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s literary phenomenon “Millennium” trilogy. It opens March 19.<div class="feedflare">
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Chris Cleave, columnist for <em>The Guardian</em> newspaper in London, talks about his second novel, <em>Little Bee,</em> which tells the story of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British couple whose lives intertwine.<div class="feedflare">
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