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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.






Home repair experts Alvin and Lawrence Ubell help you get ready for summer. (5/22/19)

When something breaks around the house, there’s no one better to tell you what do and how to do it than Alvin and Lawrence Ubell. In this installment of “Leonard Lopate at Large” on WBAI, we open the phones so that Al and Larry Ubell can answer all your questions about fixing all the things that can break in your house or apartment. No problem is too big (or small) for these experts of fixing what’s broken in the home.


Robert Bahar discusses his documentary The Silence of Others. (5/20/19)

Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo’s documentary “The Silence of Others” asks the question—what if in the 1960s you were sadistically tortured for your political beliefs – and the man responsible (Antonio González Pacheco, aka “Billy the Kid”) became your neighbor? No one has been charged with the murder of hundreds of thousands of Spaniards during the Francisco Franco regime and the bloody civil war that preceded it, buried in more than 2000 mass graves. In this installment of “Leonard...


Paul Stirton & Steven Heller on the influential typography done between the two world wars (5/17/19)

Tracing the revolution in graphic design in the 1920s, the exhibition Jan Tschichold and the New Typography: Graphic Design Between the World Wars, on display at the Bard Graduate Center gallery until July 7, displays materials assembled by typographer and designer Jan Tschichold (1902–1974) in Weimar, Germany throughout his life. Tschichold’s 1928 book “Die Neue Typographie” was one of the key texts of modern design, partly due to its grasp of Constructivist ideas and new print technology,...


David Weinberger discusses his book Everyday Chaos. (5/16/19)

Artificial intelligence, big data, modern science, and the Internet are all revealing a fundamental truth—the world is vastly more complex and unpredictable than we've allowed ourselves to see. Through stories from history, business, and technology, philosopher and technologist David Weinberger’s book “Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We’re Thriving in a New World of Possibility” finds the unifying truths lying below the surface of the tools we take for granted and explores a...


Frederic Martel on his book In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy (5/14/19)

Frederic Martel’s best-selling book “In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy” exposes the vast array of controversial issues facing the Roman Catholic Church today. Based on four years’ of exhaustive research, including extensive interviews with those in power, “In the Closet of the Vatican” aims to uncover the secrets of a clerical culture of secrecy which starts in junior seminaries and continues right up to the Vatican. In this installment of “Leonard Lopate at...


Daniel Castro of Harper's on a failed truce between two El Salvador gangs (5/13/19)

“San Salvador has become one of the most violent cities in the world,” reports Daniel Castro in article for Harper’s Magazine entitled “The Truce: How the United States helped spoil a plan to end gang violence in El Salvador." His article continues, "despite the new malls, craft breweries, and recently renovated public spaces, the capital is a city of locked metal gates and private security guards toting shotguns on street corners.” In this installment of “Leonard Lopate at Large” on WBAI,...


Rachel Louise Snyder discusses her book No Visible Bruises about domestic violence.(5/10/19)

We call it domestic violence. We call it private violence. Sometimes we call it intimate terrorism. But whatever we call it, we generally do not believe it has anything at all to do with us, despite the World Health Organization deeming it a “global epidemic.” In America, domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime, and yet it remains locked in silence, even as its tendrils reach unseen into so many of our most pressing national issues, from our economy to our education...


Segment producers Barbara Cahn and Kate Gwon-Allison interview Leonard. (5/9/19)

In this special installment of "Leonard Lopate at Large" on WBAI, our segment producers Barbara Cahn and Kate Gwon Allison talk to Leonard about how he prepares for an interview, how the show gets made and what drew him to radio in the first place.


Bee Wilson discusses her book The Way We Eat Now on the effects of the food revolution.(5/8/19)

Food is one of life's great joys. So why has eating become such a source of anxiety and confusion? In her new book “The Way We Eat Now: How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World,” Bee Wilson shows that in two generations the world has undergone a massive shift from traditional, limited diets to more globalized ways of eating, from bubble tea to quinoa, from Soylent to meal kits. Join us as Bee Wilson helps us clarify what’s happening in the modern world of...


Guitarist and vocalist Fleurine, accordionist Vitor Goncalves and bassist Eduardo Belo perform live.

Guitarist and vocalist Fleurine has gained a devoted international following for what the Los Angeles Times describes as her “warm, enveloping sound and gentle rhythmic drive.” A Dutch native, she spent summers visiting her grandparents and great uncle in Portugal, becoming fluent in Portuguese and leading her first Brazilian cover band in her teens. She went on to become the first singer authorized to translate into English the lyrics of the legendary Chico Buarque, for her 2008 Sunnyside...


John Glover, Stephen Unwin & William Spencer Reilly on their production of All Our Children (5/2/19)

It is Germany, 1941. A terrible crime is taking place in a clinic for disabled children. The perpetrators argue that it will help struggling parents and lift the financial burden on the mighty German state. One brave voice is raised in objection. But will anyone listen? Stephen Unwin's new play “All Our Children” memorializes this overlooked aspect of the Holocaust, the 200,000 children and young people who died and the brave few who fought against this injustice. In this installment of...


Dr. Laurie Helgoe on her book Fragile Bully that explores narcissism in the age of Trump (4/30/19)

Even before Donald Trump entered America’s highest office, an international survey revealed that narcissism is part of the assumed “national character” of Americans. In her book “Fragile Bully: Understanding Our Destructive Affair With Narcissism in the Age of Trump,” psychologist Dr. Laurie Helgoe looks beyond the sound bites of self-aggrandizing celebrities and selfish tweets to the real problem of narcissism. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Laurie Helgoe about our national love affair...


Dr. Lisa Mosconi talks about her book Brain Food on the way diet affects the mind. (4/29/19)

Though it may seem like common sense, like our bodies, our brains have very specific food requirements. In Dr. Lisa Mosconi’s book “Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power,” the neuroscientist and integrative nutritionist proposes a complete food plan, while calling out health trends, including why that paleo diet you are following may not be ideal, why avoiding gluten could be a terrible mistake and how simply getting enough water can dramatically improve alertness....


Leonard plays his favorite Easter gospel songs for Good Friday. (4/19/19)

On April 10, 1977, Leonard Lopate was heard through the airwaves on WBAI for the first time. He was playing gospel records for Easter. With the Easter holiday weekend upon us, we thought the timing couldn’t be better for Leonard to return to his radio roots with another gospel music spectacular. Join us for a Good Friday special featuring classic Easter recordings from Leonard’s personal collection of recordings from the golden age of black gospel music.


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...