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The Leonard Lopate Show from WNYC: Episodes

<p>Journalist <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Eliza+Griswold">Eliza Griswold</a> talks about the roots of extremist organizations like Boko Haram in Africa, and how the United States’ special forces are approaching them. She wrote about it in her article “<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/magazine/can-general-linders-special-operations-forces-stop-the-next-terrorist-threat.html">Can ...
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Laura+Silver">Laura Silver</a> describes her round-the-world quest for the origins and modern-day manifestations of the knish. Starting in New York, she tracks down heirs to several knish dynasties and discovers that her own family has roots in a Polish town ...
<p>Historian <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Richard+Barrios">Richard Barrios</a> looks at movie musicals and how they’ve become a major part of our lives. In <em><span class="book"><a title="buy this book at Amazon" target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0199973849/wnyc-20">Dangerous ...
<p>Manhattan was transformed by jazz, night clubs, radio, skyscrapers, movies, and the tremendous energy of the 1920s. <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Donald+Miller">Donald Miller</a> details the story of Manhattan’s growth and transformation in the roaring twenties and the brilliant people ...
<p>Eli Wallach's acting career spanned six decades. The Brooklyn native played everything from a Mexican bandit to a French general to a Mafia don on screen, but he really loved the theater. He won a Tony Award for his role in Tennessee Williams's "The Rose Tattoo."  He and his wife Anne Jackson appeared ...
<p>Attorneys <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=David+Boies">David Boies</a> and <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Ted+Olson">Ted Olson</a> tell the inside story of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on California’s Proposition 8. Boies and Olson argued against each other in the Supreme ...
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Sarah+Stillman">Sarah Stillman</a> investigates the industry of extra-carceral justice options, which include private-probation companies, halfway houses, and residential treatment centers. Her article “<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/06/23/140623fa_fact_stillman" ...
<p>When the Jazz Age crossed over to France in the 1920s, Cole Porter was in the center of it all. In 1928, he created a revue for the Café des Ambassadeurs, Paris' hottest night club, which became a sensation. Later that year, Porter had his first hit on Broadway and “The Ambassador Revue” fell ...
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Joshua+Ferris">Joshua Ferris</a> discusses his new novel, <em><span class="book"><a title="buy this book at Amazon" target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0316033979/wnyc-20">To Rise Again at a Decent Hour</a></span></em>. It’s about ...
<p>The boom following the opening up of India’s economy pulled Delhi into the chaos of destruction and creation: slums and markets were torn down to make way for shopping malls and apartment blocks. The transformation was abrupt and unequal, and it sparked both ambition and rage in Delhi. <a class="guestlink" ...
<p>Flexibility is usually seen as a virtue, and it’s almost always preferred to stubbornness, but constitutional law professor <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Richard+H.+Weisberg">Richard H. Weisberg</a> wants us to reexamine our collective cultural bias toward flexibility, open-mindedness, ...
<p>Actor, comedian, and former mayor of Reykjavik <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=J%C3%B3n+Gnarr">Jón Gnarr</a> talks about his political career—and why he founded the Best Party in 2009 to satirize his country’s political system. He promised to get the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park into ...
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Julia+Angwin">Julia Angwin</a> explains how the marketers that follow you around the Web are getting nosier, increasingly seeking users' offline data—such as how many kids you have and what kind of car you drive—to target you with even more intrusive ads. Her ...
<p>In 1941 President Roosevelt realized we needed weaponry to fight the Nazis—most important, airplanes—so he turned to Detroit and the auto industry for help. The Ford Motor Company went from making automobiles to producing the airplanes, which made all the difference between winning and losing ...
<p>On this week’s Please Explain, <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Urvashi+Rangan">Urvashi Rangan</a>, director of the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports, discusses the findings from Consumer Reports' new survey about food labels, and explains what terms like "natural," ...
<p>The summer is heating up—you’re busy, hot, and probably don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. <em>New York Times</em> <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/features/diningandwine/columns/a_good_appetite/index.html">Dining Section columnist</a> and cookbook writer <a class="guestlink" ...
<p>Sitting down for hours at a time, which many people do every day—at work, in the car, on the couch in front of the television—is bad for our health. <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Dan+Kois">Dan Kois</a>, senior editor at Slate; co-host of Slate's parenting podcast, <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/mom_and_dad_are_fighting.html" ...
<p><a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Linda+Emond">Linda Emond</a> and <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Danny+Burstein">Danny Burstein</a> discuss their Tony-nominated roles as Fraulein Schneider and Herr Schultz in Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of "<a href="http://www.cabaretmusical.com/" ...
<p>Advice is usually well-intentioned but sometimes it’s unwelcome or even unhelpful. <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Philip+Galanes">Philip Galanes</a>, <em>New York Times</em> <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/features/style/fashionandstyle/columns/social_qs/index.html?8qa&module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3As">Social ...
<p>Mosquitoes are one of the downsides of summer. They bite and buzz and they carry infections, including malaria, dengue fever, and, in this area, West Nile virus. On this week's Please Explain, <a class="guestlink" href="/people/r/?n=Anandasankar+Ray">Anandasankar Ray</a>, associate professor, Department ...
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