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The Leonard Lopate Show from WNYC: Episodes

Richard Phillips, captain of United States-flagged cargo ship <em>Maersk Alabama,</em> discusses what happened when the ship was boarded last year by Somali pirates and took Captain Phillips hostage. The tense, five-day stand-off ended in a high-seas rescue by U.S. Navy SEALs. In <em>A Captain’s Duty: ...
Preeminent Twain scholar Laura Skandera Trombley, talks about what happened during the years after the death of Mark Twain’s wife and how that time affected him personally and professionally. In <em>Mark Twain’s Other Woman,</em> Trombley draws on sixteen years of research, uncovering never-before-read ...
Carol Burnett discusses becoming one of the pioneering queens of television comedy and describes what went on behind the scenes of "The Carol Burnett Show," which ran on CBS from 1967 to 1978. Her book <em>This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection</em> looks back at her friendships and her remarkable ...
Henri Cartier-Bresson was one of the most original, accomplished, influential, and beloved figures in the history of photography. Martine Franck, photographer and widow of Cartier-Bresson, and Peter Galassi, Chief Curator in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, discuss the photographer’s ...
Norman Mailer’s wife of more than thirty years, Norris Church Mailer, talks about leaving the comforts of small-town Arkansas and meeting and falling in love in with Norman Mailer in one night. Her memoir <em>A Ticket to the Circus,</em> she describes the challenges—and rewards—of life with Norman ...
Vicky Ward tells the story of the four close friends who re-created Lehman Brothers—setting out to prove that ambitious and savvy men with no financial training could take on the Ivy-League-educated white shoe bankers on Wall Street. In <em>The Devil’s Casino: Friendship, Betrayal, and the High Stakes ...
<p>Alice Waters, champion of the sustainable, local cooking movement, discusses her essential cooking techniques and recipes for good food. Her latest book, <em>In the Green Kitchen,</em> includes more than 50 recipes and instructions on basics from steaming vegetables to dressing a salad to filleting ...
Jerry Weintraub, Hollywood producer and deal maker gives a chronicle of his remarkable career. In <em>When I Stop Talking You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man</em> Weintraub tells about his great successes with Elvis Presley, Sinatra and the Rat Pack, as a movie producer, and ...
Novelist Ian McEwan talks about his latest book <em>Solar,</em> about a Nobel prize–winning physicist faced with fixing his crumbling marriage, reviving his career, and even possibly saving the world from environmental disaster.
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<em>Event:</em> Ian McEwan will be reading<br />
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David Remnick, discusses the circumstances and experiences of Barack Obama’s life and explores the ambition behind his rise. His book <em>The Bridge</em> offers the most complete account yet of Obama’s upbringing and the experiences that shaped his greater mission.
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Kim Lane Scheppele, Yale Law School visiting professor, discusses how terrorism suspects are tried around the world.<div class="feedflare">
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Deborah Eisenberg, discusses her writing career and her latest book, <em>The Collected Stories, </em> which brings together in one volume her story collections.
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Deborah Eisenberg will be reading and signing books<br />
Wednesday, April 14, at 7:00 pm<br />
192 Books<br />
192 10th Avenue at 22nd ...
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 ...
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