Leonard Lopate - Tributes
Tribute: Michael Blake05/15/15
Michael Blake spent several years living out of his car, and on friends' couches while writing a novel that was fairly unsuccessful, until it became a film starring his friend Kevin Costner. Ultimately, "Dances with Wolves" sold 3.5 million copies,...
Tribute: Ruth Rendell
The world of carefully plotted mystery novels has lost another key practitioner of the genre: Baroness Rendell of Babergh, otherwise known as Ruth Rendell. Though 85, she had had no plans of retiring, as she stated in 2013, “I couldn’t do that. I’ll...
Tribute: Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg calledhimselfa guerrilla satirist."Advertising Age called him the father of the funny commercial.He died at 88, and you can hear his interview from June of 1989.
Tribute: Cynthia Lennon
Cynthia Powell met John Lennon when they were art students, and he was a struggling musician.She died at the age of 75. You can hear her interview with Leonard from December of 2005.
Tribute: Albert Maysles
Filmmaker Albert Maysles, with his brother David, helped change documentary film over the course of his long career.
Tribute: Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy, who played the iconic role of the cold and calculating officer Mr. Spock in "Star Trek," died today at the age of 83. Listen to our 2002 interview with Nimoy here.
Tribute: Philip Levine
Philip Levine's poetry celebrated grease monkeys, firefighters, and milkmen. Levinewas appointed U.S. Poet Laureate for 20112012. He died at 87. He spoke to Leonard in 1991.
Tribute: Dean Smith
Dean Smith is a coaching legend, coaching for 36 years at UNCChapel Hill.He died at the age of 83. And you can enjoy Leonards interview with him here
Tribute: Lesley Gore
Lesley Gore became a pop music star for herhits: "Its My Party and Judys Turn To Cry. She passed awayon February 16, 2015. Listen to her 2005 interview on the show.
David Carr, Investigating His Own Life
NYTimes media columnist David Carr died Thursday at the age of 58. He covered the media industry for 25 years, but in this interview, which first aired in 2008, he told us his own story.
Tribute: Robert Stone
We were lucky to have had thebrilliantwriter Robert Stone on our show a couple of times over the years. He died at the age of 77, and we bring you one of our interviews with him.
Tribute: Carl Djerassi
Carl Djerassi once described himself as an intellectual polygamist, but hemay be best known as the chemist whocreated the birth control pill.
Tribute: Rod McKuen
Rod McKuen called the unofficial poet laureate of America, he sold millions of copies of books of verse, and also branched out into songwriting. He diedat the age of 81.
Tribute: Kent Haruf
After Kent Haruf’s 1999 novel Plainsong was a finalist for the National Book Award, he became an overnight sensation at the age of 56 (after having written for decades). With spare, understated writing, he brought to life a fictitious small town in...
Remembering Ben Bradlee
Ben Bradlee was the kind of quintessential newspaper editor, complete with crisp shirt and rolled up sleeves, who you’d find in the movies. During his 26-years at the helm of The Washington Post, his fierce support, with publisher Katharine Graham, of...
Remembering Actor, Choreographer, Director, Dancer,...
You noticed Geoffrey Holder first for his height – 6 foot 6. Next came his booming, deep Trinidadian voice, which he used to great effect in 7 Up “uncola” commercials. Agnes De Mille first saw him dance in St. Thomas in 1952, and invited him to New...
Remembering the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, last of the...
Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (otherwise addressed as Her Grace), died this week at the age of 94. She was the last of the six spirited, independent-minded Mitford sisters who had fascinated and sometimes scandalized British society...
Remembering Gerald Wilson
Gerald Wilsondied yesterday at the age of 96.He began playing in the 1930s, and over his career heplayed and composed music with Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie, and he arranged music for Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and Sarah...
Tribute: Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall died Tuesday at the age of 89. When shespoke with Leonard Lopate in 2006, she brought her dog Sophie to the studio. She reminisced about her career, her friendship with Katharine Hepburn, idolizing Bette Davis, and being "Bogey's wife."...
Tribute: Margot Adler
Reporter Margot Adler’s mellifluous voice has been heard on National Public Radio for 35 years, where she covered everything from budget cuts in education to the arts to Occupy Wall Street. She died yesterday at the age of 68, after battling cancer...
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