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The Leonard Lopate Show from WNYC: Episodes

Atul Gawande, general surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, staff writer for <em>The New Yorker,</em> and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, explains how more training and advanced technologies don’t seem to prevent experts from ...
Emma Rice, director, and Annette McLaughlin, who plays Myrtle, talks about Noel Coward’s play <a href="http://www.stannswarehouse.org/current_season.php?show_id=42" target="_blank"> "Brief Encounter."</a> It’s playing at <a href="http://www.stannswarehouse.org" target="_blank">St. Ann’s Warehouse,</a> ...
Tracy Chevalier and Shelley Emling discusses the life and pioneering work of Mary Anning, a world-renowned paleontologist whose finds helped lay the groundwork for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Tracy Chevalier’s new novel <em>Remarkable Creatures,</em> is a fictionalized version of Mary Anning's ...
Griffin Dunne, son of the late Dominick Dunne, discusses his father’s life and last novel, <em>Too Much Money.</em> Dominick Dunne was an author, film producer, and special correspondent for <em>Vanity Fair</em> for 25 years, covering the lives and trials of celebrities.<div class="feedflare">
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Jonathan Dee talks about his novel <em>The Privileges,</em> about a couple who have always believed in a privileged life for themselves and their children, but that life isn’t arriving fast enough to suit them.
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Science writer Richard Ellis talks about how the polar bear has become a symbol of how climate change threatens life on the planet. In <em>On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear,</em> he looks at why the world population of polar bears has shrunk by half in the last 20 years.<div class="feedflare">
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Poet, editor, and cultural critic David Lehman looks at the origins of the American songbook—jazz standards, iconic love songs, and famous movie sound tracks. In his book <em>A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs,</em> explores the fact that the majority of this music was written exclusively ...
Ralph Stanley looks back on his long career as the patriarch of old-time mountain music. In <em>Man of Constant Sorrow,</em> he tells the story of how music now popular around the world was created by two brothers from a dying southern mountain culture.<div class="feedflare">
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Sir Harold Evans recounts the tale of his life as a newspaperman, from his very first job, to becoming editor of the <em>Sunday Times</em> and <em>The Times</em> of London, and then his move into book publishing, becoming president and publisher of Random House. In <em>My Paper Chase: True Stories of ...
Kamila Shamsie talks about her novel <em>Burnt Shadows,</em> an epic narrative of love and betrayal that spans more than half a century, from the bombing of Nagazaki, the partition of India, to the days after 9/11 in the United States and Afghanistan, and tells the story of two intertwined families.<div ...
Science writer Amir Aczel examines the scientific discovery of nuclear power. <em>Uranium Wars: The Scientific Rivalry that Created the Nuclear Age</em> tells the story of the scientists who first uncovered the potential of uranium, and the complex and ongoing story of uranium itself, an element that ...
John Waller describes a bizarre dancing epidemic that struck Europe in the 1500s. In <em>The Dancing Plague: The Strange, True Story of an Extraordinary Illness,</em> he looks into the strange capabilities of the human mind and examines on our susceptibility to mass hysteria.<div class="feedflare">
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Roz Savage discusses leaving her corporate career to take up a life of adventure. She was the first solo woman ever to enter the 3,000-mile Atlantic Rowing Race. In <em>Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean</em>, she describes the harrowing journey and how it led her to discover a kind ...
Max Cleland talks about his government career and his tough reelection campaign. His memoir <em>Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove</em> is about the joy he gained serving his country, no matter the cost, and how he recovered from the wounds of war ...
Chef Rozanne Gold discusses how to get kids and teenagers to love to cook and love to eat good food. Her latest cookbook, <em>Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs,</em> includes more that 80 recipes for snacks, smoothies, school lunches, burgers, pizza, and desserts, and each is made with the ...
A new study published in the journal <em>Science</em> has found that residents of New York State are the unhappiest in the country. Connecticut and New Jersey also ranked near the bottom. We'll speak to Professor Stephen Wu of Hamilton College, one of the co-authors of a study. He’s joined by Derek ...
There are some 23.6 million people living with diabetes in America, and now there’s a cookbook for diabetic food lovers who don’t want to sacrifice taste. Tom Valenti, called one of America's Ten Best Chefs by <em>Food & Wine,</em> has written <em>You Don’t Have to Be Diabetic to Love This Cookbook: ...
Humorist Andy Borowitz, of the <a href="http://borowitzreport.com/" target="_blank">borowitzreport.com,</a> and Hugo Lindgren, editorial director of <a href="http://nymag.com/" target="_blank"><em>New York</em></a> magazine, look at the highs and lows the year 2009 and at the decade as a whole.
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What if you are really convinced that these are the End Times? How do you live your life? That's one of the themes explored in the new film <a href="http://firstrunfeatures.com/armageddon_synopsis.html" target="_blank"> "Waiting for Armageddon."</a> We'll speak to two of the filmmakers <strong>Kate Davis</strong> ...
From films like "2012" to the Left Behind book series, thoughts about the so-called End Times are everywhere. But why are we so excited to see our own demise? We'll explore this theme—and what real social, political, economic, or psychological problems our fascination with The End might indicate—with ...
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