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Leonard Lopate, the Peabody and James Beard Award-winning broadcaster, is back on WBAI where he began his radio career, weekdays 1-2pm at 99.5fm or streaming at WBAI.org.

Leonard Lopate, the Peabody and James Beard Award-winning broadcaster, is back on WBAI where he began his radio career, weekdays 1-2pm at 99.5fm or streaming at WBAI.org.
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Leonard Lopate, the Peabody and James Beard Award-winning broadcaster, is back on WBAI where he began his radio career, weekdays 1-2pm at 99.5fm or streaming at WBAI.org.






George Papadopoulos on the Trump campaign and being a target of the Mueller probe (4/16/19)

On Sept. 7, George Papadopoulos became the first Donald Trump adviser to be sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election, as reported by the New York Times. A member of the foreign policy advisory panel for the President’s 2016 campaign, Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in jail for lying to the F.B.I. In his new book “Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump,” Papadopoulos...


Greg Grandin on The End of the Myth, a book how US perceptions of immigration have changed (4/15/19)

Ever since this nation’s inception, the idea of an open and ever-expanding frontier has been central to American identity. Today however, America has a new symbol to contend with—the border wall. In “The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America,” Greg Grandin explores the role the frontier has played in US history―from the American Revolution to the War of 1898, the New Deal to the election of 2016. In this installment of “Leonard Lopate at Large” on WBAI,...


Alvin and Lawrence Ubell take your calls on spring home repair issues. (4/12/19)

With spring bringing higher temperatures and a whole host of potential home repair issues, we figured now is the perfect time to welcome back our favorite handymen, Alvin and Laurence Ubell. In this Friday edition of “Leonard Lopate at Large,” we’ll open the phones so that Al and Larry Ubell can answer whatever home repair questions you’ve got. No problem is too big (or small) for these masters of getting your abode ready for springtime.


Corrine Hunt & Aaron Glass on pioneering early anthropologists Franz Boas & George Hunt (4/11/19)

A new exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center entitled The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt and the Making of Anthropology explores the hidden histories and complex legacies of one of the most influential books in the field of anthropology, Franz Boas’s 1897 highly influential “The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians.” Groundbreaking in its holistic detail, this portrait of a Native North American society was the result of Boas’s fieldwork with the...


Andy Statman and Larry Eagle perform live in the WBAI studio.(4/10/19)

Mandolin player and composer Andy Statman’s live performances defy all attempts at categorization. A Grammy nominee and recipient of grants from the NEA Fellowship and NY Council of the Arts, Andy has been the subject of features in The New York Times, NY Post, NY Daily News, Billboard, Rolling Stone, NPR, BBC, CNN, CBS, Village Voice and DownBeat and has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Met, as well as at major concert halls and festivals throughout the US,...


Carrie Gibson on her book El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America (4/9/19)

Because of our shared English language along with the celebrated origin tales of the Mayflower and the rebellion of the British colonies, the US has always prized its Anglo heritage above all others. However, as Carrie Gibson explains with great depth and clarity in her book “El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America,” the nation has much older Spanish roots—ones that have long been unacknowledged and often marginalized. Join us for a conversation with Carrie Gibson on...


Jonathan Krohn talks about his feature article for Mother Jones magazine Boy Meets Hate.(4/8/19)

On January 12, 2018, Sam Woodward was arrested and charged with the murder of a former classmate, 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein.Police had found a knife stained with Blaze’s blood in Sam’s room, along with blood inside Sam’s car. Sam told police he had hung out with Blaze the night he disappeared. The story behind Blaze’s tragic death, as reported by Jonathan Krohn in his feature article for Mother Jones magazine “How a Gay Teen, an Internet Nazi, and a Late-Night Rendezvous Turned to Tragedy”...


Sandy Hanna talks about her memoir The Ignorance of Bliss: An American Kid in Saigon. (4/5/19)

Sandy Hanna’s autobiography “The Ignorance of Bliss: An American Kid in Saigon” recounts her experience of moving to Saigon, Vietnam when she was 10 years old, where her father served as a military advisor to the South Vietnamese Army. From the crushing poverty and extraordinary beauty that was Saigon in the 1960s, Sandy discovered a world of streets, villas and brothels, where politics and intrigue were the order of the day. In this installment of “Leonard Lopate at Large” on WBAI, Sandy...


Antonio Espree and Samantha Michaels of Mother Jones on Life After Life. (4/4/19)

“When Antonio Espree was 16, he fatally shot an innocent bystander during a drug turf war near Detroit,” reads a passage from Samantha Michaels feature article in the latest issue of Mother Jones magazine. “The state sent him to die in prison. But in April 2017, he was paroled thanks to a series of Supreme Court decisions arguing that because their brains were not fully developed at the time of their crimes, kids should face more lenient sentences than adult perpetrators. The rulings, which...


Mark Alan Stamaty talks about turning his Macdoodle St. comic strip into a graphic novel. (4/3/19)

Every week, from 1978–1979, The Village Voice brought a new installment of Mark Alan Stamaty’s uproarious, endlessly inventive strip “MacDoodle St.” Centering more or less on Malcolm Frazzle, a blocked poet struggling to complete his latest lyric for Dishwasher Monthly, Stamaty’s creation encompassed a dizzying array of characters, stories, jokes and digressions. In this installment of “Leonard Lopate at Large” on WBAI, Mark Alan Stamaty talks about the process of turning his beloved strip...


Marcus Chown talks about his book Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand. (4/2/19)

Did you know that you could fit the whole human race in the volume of a sugar cube? Or, that the electrical energy in a single mosquito is enough to cause a global mass extinction? Or that out there in the cosmos, there are an infinite number of copies of you reading an infinite number of copies of this? Marcus Chown’s book “Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand: Fifty Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe” is a mind-bending journey through some of the most weird and wonderful facts...


Monona Rossol talks about the hazards of vaping and tattoos and takes your calls. (4/1/19)

Monona Rossol is a chemist, artist, and industrial hygienist. She was born into a theatrical family and worked as a professional entertainer from age 3 to 17. Currently, she is the president of Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing health and safety services to the arts. Monona is also is the Health and Safety Director for Local 829 of the United Scenic Artists, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and has lectured...


Marianne Preger-Simon, Bettijane Sills and Elizabeth McPherson on dancing for a genius (3/29/19)

In this edition of “Leonard Lopate” on WBAI, we explore what it’s like to dance for a master choreographer. Bettijane Sills and Elizabeth McPherson are the authors of “Broadway, Balanchine, and Beyond: A Memoir,” a behind-the-scenes look at the New York City Ballet during George Balanchine’s 35-years as artistic director. “Dancing with Merce Cunningham” is Marianne Preger-Simon’s captivating memoir of her lifelong creative collaboration and friendship with one of the choreographic geniuses...


Michael Smith, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard and Glen Ford on Lawyers For The Left (3/28/19)

Michael Smith’s new book “Lawyers for the Left: In The Courts In the Streets And On The Air”profiles a range of lawyers who, as radicals and socialists, devoted their careers to representing victims of injustice rather than the rich and the privileged. Their clients included Martin Luther King and Angela Davis, the prisoners in the infamous massacre at Attica, people who suffered torture, police abuse, mass arrests, and segregation. Stories like these even start to give lawyers a good name....


Julia Lurie of Mother Jones on how rehab recruiters are luring addicts into a deadly cycle (3/27/19)

“The offer was too good to resist: Go to rehab for a week, get $1,000 in cash. It was early 2017, and Brianne, a 20-year-old from a woody Atlanta suburb, had come to South Florida to leave her heroin addiction behind,” read the opening lines of Julia Lurie’s feature article in the latest issue of Mother Jones magazine entitled “Hooked: How rehab recruiters are luring recovering opioid addicts into a deadly cycle.” “$1,000 for the first week of her stay and $500 each week thereafter. That...


Alison Klayman and Marie Therese Guirgis on making the Steve Bannon documentary The Brink (3/26/19)

“The Brink” is a startling new documentary directed and filmed by Alison Klayman (“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” “Take Your Pills”) that follows former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon as he takes his effort to spread extreme nationalism from the U.S. to the rest of the world. With unprecedented access, Klayman’s fly-on-the-wall historical document employs a vérité approach that aims to expose Bannon’s tactics, including his relationship with the media. In this installment of “Leonard...


Peter Campus, Cristin Tierney and Noam M. Elcott discuss the rise of video art. (3/25/19)

Born in 1937 in New York City, Peter Campus is a seminal artist in the fields of new media and video art. Peter’s work is a part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Tate Modern. In his recent digital video work, he transforms footage of landscapes and interiors into painterly scenes, using sophisticated digital techniques. Cristin Tierney opened her eponymous art gallery in New York City in 2010, following a...


Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic on his book Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (3/22/19)

Look around your office. Turn on the TV. Incompetent leadership is everywhere, and there's no denying that most of these leaders are men. In his timely and provocative new book “Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (And How to Fix It)” Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic asks two powerful questions: why is it so easy for incompetent men to become leaders and why is it so hard for competent people—especially competent women—to advance? On Friday’s edition of “Leonard Lopate at Large” on WBAI,...


Randy Shaw on his book Generation Priced Out: Who Gets To Live in the New Urban America (3/21/19)

In cities across the country, skyrocketing rents and home values are forcing the young, the non-rich, and the non-white out of cities—or pricing them out before they move in—leaving urban America less diverse, less vibrant, and less fair. In his new book, “Generation Priced Out: Who Gets To Live in the New Urban America,” housing advocate Randy Shaw challenges progressive cities to reverse rising economic and racial inequality and offers specific strategies to do it. In this installment of...


Pete Muroski takes your spring gardening questions. (3/20/19)

In this installment of “Leonard Lopate at Large” on WBAI, we celebrate the first day of spring by opening the phones for gardening expert Pete Muroski to take your questions on all things botanical. If you’re the type of person for whom spring is all about flowers blooming and the smell of a healthy topsoil, or you’re simply interested in possibly doing some light gardening in the warmer months, you won’t want to miss it.