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The Leonard Lopate Show from WNYC: Episodes

In 1909, Sigmund Freud made his one and only trip to the United States of America. A century later, however, he continues to reappear in American literature. Novelists Selden Edwards (<em>The Little Book</em>) and Brenda Webster (<em>Vienna Triangle</em>) explain the enduring fascination with the father ...
In 2006, the United Nations established an anticorruption task force. During its brief existence the unit uncovered at least 20 major schemes affecting more than $1 billion in foreign aid and UN contracts. The UN shuttered the unit in 2009 and transferred its responsibilities to another part of the organization. ...
Geoengineering projects aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change are gaining traction following the failure of the Copenhagen Climate talks last year. A new paper released by a team of Columbia scientists proposes injecting and storing carbon-dioxide emissions into basalt rock formations under ...
Jennifer Chi, Associate Director for Exhibitions and Public Programs at Institute of the Study of the Ancient World, and David Anthony, Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Hartwick College, discuss the exhibition <a href="http://www.nyu.edu/isaw/exhibitions.htm" target="_blank">"The ...
Jaron Lanier has been a Silicon Valley visionary since the 1980s. He talks about the ways the World Wide has changed commerce and culture in good ways and bad. In his book <em>You Are Not a Gadget,</em> he looks at the Web’s creation and structure and the technical and cultural problems that can grow ...
Cevin Soling, director of the documentary <a href="http://www.thewaronkids.com/" target="_blank">"The War on Kids,"</a> describes the high-security state of American public schools. He's joined by researcher Dan Losen, Senior Education Law and Policy Associate at The Civil Rights Project, UCLA. He's ...
The estimated 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti yesterday was the worst in more than 200 years. We’ll speak with Leonardo Seeber, a seismologist and senior researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
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Elena Gorokhova describes what it was like to grow up in the Soviet Union of the 1960s. In her memoir <em>A Mountain of Crumbs,</em> she recounts her love of the English language, her family's daily deprivations and small joys, and tells the story of Russia in the second half of the twentieth century.<div ...
Lone Frank explains what she learned by volunteering for experiments in brain research, enduring brain scans and even wearing a God Helmet. In <em>Mindfield: How Brain Science is Changing Our World</em> is an insider's guide to the outermost boundaries of brain science.<div class="feedflare">
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Alvin and Larry Ubell, the Gurus of How-To, answer your questions about home repair. Call <strong>212-433-9692</strong> with your questions, or leave a comment below. The Ubells' <a href="http://www.accuratebuilding.com/">Accurate Building Inspectors Website.</a><div class="feedflare">
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Alan Alda, talks about hosting—and participating in experiments for—the three-part PBS series <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/humanspark/" target="-blank">"The Human Spark."</a> It looks into the question "what makes us human," from anthropological, social, and scientific viewpoints. In addition ...
Legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne discusses her career in music and her return to Carnegie Hall. Her acclaimed vocal festival "The Song Continues..." takes place January 19–22, and includes master classes with renowned artists, including Ms. Horne, conductor James Levine, and pianist Warren Jones, ...
Amanda Ripley, a contributor to <em>The Atlantic</em>, looks into how Teach for America has drawn on two decades of observation and research to determine what makes a great teacher. Her article <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/201001/good-teaching" target="_blank">"What Makes a Great Teacher?"</a> ...
Good conversation remains deeply important, but it seems to be increasingly endangered by e-mail and texting and cell phones. Daniel Menaker explains what elements create quality conversation—from subtext to structure to subliminal signals. His book <em>A Good Talk: The Story of Skill and Conversation</em> ...
Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of <a href="http://www.gourmet.com/" target="_blank"><em>Gourmet</em></a> discusses the magazine’s sudden closing and the future of food magazines.<div class="feedflare">
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Photographer Gina LeVay geologist-Sandhog Scott Chessman talk about Sandhogs, the miners who work 800 feet below the streets of Manhattan, tunneling through bedrock to build the largest unified infrastructure project in New York City history—the 60-mile-long City Water Tunnel #3. LeVay’s book <em>Sandhogs</em> ...
Renowned paleontologist Peter Ward argues that life might be its own worst enemy. He proposes a provocative vision of life's relationship with the Earth's biosphere in <em>The Medea Hypothesis: Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive?</em> Ward’s proposes that all but one of the mass extinctions ...
John Naisbitt, a long-time China observer, and Doris Naisbitt, director of the Naisbitt China Institute in Tianjin and a professor at Yunnan University, talk about the transformation of China′s economic, social, and political systems. Their book <em>China's Megatrends: The 8 Pillars of a New Society</em> ...
Award-winning journalist Barbara Demick examines what life is like under the most repressive totalitarian regime today—North Korea. Her book <em>Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea</em> follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—through the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged ...
Actresses Tracee Chimo and Dierdre O’Connell and playwright Annie Baker talk about the new hit play <a href="http://www.playwrightshorizons.org/sharp.asp" target="_blank">"Circle Mirror Transformation."</a> It tells the story of four lost New Englanders who enroll in a community center drama class, ...
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