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New York, NY

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WNYC

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Leonard Lopate lets you in on smart, unpredictable conversations with a diverse collection of great thinkers and talkers, writers, actors, ex-presidents, dancers, scientists, comedians, historians, grammarians, curators, filmmakers and do-it-yourself experts … plus expert tips on the ever-important topic: food. This daily program from WNYC is like eavesdropping on a great dinner conversation. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio and many others. Find these and more great shows at wnyc.org © WNYC

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English

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Episodes

Weekend: Black Monday, Gucci Mane, Katy Tur

9/22/2017
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The 1987 financial crash is considered to be the worst day on Wall Street. In her book, A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History, Diana Henriques looks at how "Black Monday" was really seven years in the making. Rapper Gucci Mane joins us to discuss his memoir, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane. NBC correspondent and MSNBC anchor Katy Tur with her new memoir, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.

Duration: 01:24:37


What Happens When A Dog Drinks Water?

9/22/2017
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Matin Durrani and Liz Kalaugher join us to talk about their book Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life for our latest Please Explain about how our pets use science to survive. We explore the physics behind everything from how dogs lap up water to how ants use polarized light to navigate.

Duration: 00:33:27


Christine Lahti On 'F****** A'

9/22/2017
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Christine Lahti stars in Signature Theatre’s revival of the Suzan-Lori Parks play “F****** A.” A take on Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," the plays follows Lahti as Hester Smith, a revered and hated local abortionist, who will stop at nothing to get her son out of prison. "F****** A" runs at the Signature Theatre (480 W 42nd St., between 9th and 10th Ave.) until Oct. 8.

Duration: 00:16:05


How To End A Friendship, Or Not

9/22/2017
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Figuring out the right way to end a friendship can be difficult. Do you sit them down for a very awkward talk? Or do you ghost them and hope they'll give up trying to contact you? We turn to New York Times “Social Qs” columnist Philip Galanes for advice on the social etiquette around ghosting someone, being ghosted and how you revive a friendship.

Duration: 00:33:01


A Spanish Princess' Scandals

9/22/2017
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Chantel Acevedo, winner of the Latino International Award and Associate Professor of English in the MFA program at the University of Miami, joins us to discuss her latest novel, The Living Infinite. The novel is based on the true story of the Spanish princess Eulalia, who leaves her home in the Bourbon court to travel to Cuba and, then later, to the 1893 Chicago World Fair. While she is acting as an emissary of the Bourbon dynasty, she also has another reason for her trip: to secretly find a...

Duration: 00:14:21


My Lai As An Opera

9/21/2017
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Acclaimed tenor Rinde Eckert joins us to talk about his title role in BAM’s Next Wave opening performance of “My Lai” on Sept. 27. Featuring the Kronos Quartet, the mini-opera tells the story of Capt. Hugh Thompson who went against his fellow US troops to save Vietnamese civilians during the My Lai Massacre and stood trial for his actions. Eckert will be joined by composer Jonathan Berger. "My Lai" runs from Sept. 27-30 at BAM (651 Fulton St., Brooklyn).

Duration: 00:20:11


My Lai As An Opera

9/21/2017
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Acclaimed tenor Rinde Eckert joins us to talk about his title role in BAM’s Next Wave opening performance of “My Lai” on Sept. 27. Featuring the Kronos Quartet, the mini-opera tells the story of Capt. Hugh Thompson who went against his fellow US troops to save Vietnamese civilians during the My Lai Massacre and stood trial for his actions. Eckert will be joined by composer Jonathan Berger. "My Lai" runs from Sept. 27-30 at BAM (651 Fulton St., Brooklyn).

Duration: 00:20:11


Santiago Gamboa's Gritty World

9/21/2017
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Colombian author and journalist Santiago Gamboa, winner of the Otra Orilla Literary Prize, joins us to talk about his new book, Return to the Dark Valley. He tells the stories of different characters living in gritty, dark worlds in South America, including Manuela Beltrán, a woman who uses books and poetry to escape the memories of her troubled childhood, and Tertuliano, an Argentine preacher who claims to be the Pope's son. Santiago Gamboa will appear in conversation with Chantel Acevedo...

Duration: 00:19:11


Santiago Gamboa's Gritty World

9/21/2017
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Colombian author and journalist Santiago Gamboa, winner of the Otra Orilla Literary Prize, joins us to talk about his new book, Return to the Dark Valley. He tells the stories of different characters living in gritty, dark worlds in South America, including Manuela Beltrán, a woman who uses books and poetry to escape the memories of her troubled childhood, and Tertuliano, an Argentine preacher who claims to be the Pope's son. Santiago Gamboa will appear in conversation with Chantel Acevedo...

Duration: 00:19:11


A Surprising Discovery About In Vitro Fertilization

9/21/2017
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Journalist Stephen Hall discusses a surprising new finding concerning in vitro fertilization and the screening of embryos. In his cover story for New York Magazine, "A New Last Chance", Hall explores how our understanding around what counts as a "viable" embryo is changing, what this means for the many "abnormal" embryos doctors have discarded and how this may provide more opportunities for women hoping to become mothers.

Duration: 00:28:37


A Surprising Discovery About In Vitro Fertilization

9/21/2017
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Journalist Stephen Hall discusses a surprising new finding concerning in vitro fertilization and the screening of embryos. In his cover story for New York Magazine, "A New Last Chance", Hall explores how our understanding around what counts as a "viable" embryo is changing, what this means for the many "abnormal" embryos doctors have discarded and how this may provide more opportunities for women hoping to become mothers.

Duration: 00:28:37


Why College Is Outdated & How We Can Fix It

9/20/2017
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Cathy N. Davidson, the Founding Director of the Futures Initiative and a Distinguished Professor in the Ph.D. Program in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY, joins us to discuss her latest book The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World In Flux. Davidson argues that our current system of higher education is outdated, and therefore, unable to fully prepare young people for the modern world and the gig economy. She travels to different schools to...

Duration: 00:33:58


How America Is Resegregating Its Schools

9/20/2017
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Emmanuel Felton, staff writer at The Hechinger Report and a contributor to The Nation, joins us to discuss his recent Nation article “The Department of Justice Is Overseeing the Resegregation of American Schools.” The piece looks at how 176 school districts in the United States are still under court order to desegregate, 63 years after the Supreme Court ruled on Brown v. Board of Education. Yet even with these orders, towns and cities in states like Mississippi and Alabama are forming...

Duration: 00:20:36


Katy Tur & Covering The 'Unbelievable' Trump Campaign

9/20/2017
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NBC correspondent and MSNBC anchor Katy Tur began covering Donald Trump during the early days of his campaign. As his presidential bid gained momentum, so did his attacks on the press and, specifically, Tur. Trump began signaling her out at his rallies where he called her a liar and a third-rate reporter. She documents her time on the campaign trail and her interactions with the to-be president in her new memoir, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.

Duration: 00:28:40


The Controversial Story Behind The British Museum

9/19/2017
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James Delbourgo, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, joins us to discuss his book Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum. He tells the story of Hans Sloane, who became a wealthy London society physician during the late 17th century. Through his fortune and contacts, he created an encyclopedic collection of specimens and objects that eventually became the British Museum. But, Sloane's collection was not without controversy as his story is...

Duration: 00:18:04


How To Change Someone's Mind

9/19/2017
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Tali Sharot, neuroscientist, and founder and director of the Affective Brain Lab at University College London, joins us to discuss her latest book, The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others. She argues our method for persuading others by using evidence, facts and figures is wrong because they are incompatible with how our minds operate. Sharot illustrates how to avoid these pitfalls, and how to successfully change beliefs and actions.

Duration: 00:30:26


What Led To The Worst Day On Wall Street

9/19/2017
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The 1987 financial crash is considered to be the worst day on Wall Street. In her book, A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History, Diana Henriques looks at how "Black Monday" was really seven years in the making. She writes that this was due to missed opportunities, market delusions and destructive actions that stretched from the “silver crisis” of 1980 to turf battles in Washington.

Duration: 00:31:18


How Retailers Reap The Benefits Of US Sweatshops

9/19/2017
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Stores like Forever 21, TJ Maxx and Ross are known for their low prices. But, one way they are able to sell $10 tank tops is by working with factories in Los Angeles that pay workers wages as little as $4-an-hour. This is possible because of a unique California law. Former LA Times reporter Natalie Kitroeff discusses this in her recent article, which was co-written with LA Times staff writer Victoria Kim, “Behind a $13 shirt, a $6-an-hour worker: How Forever 21 and other retailers avoid...

Duration: 00:17:05


The Life, Music And Beefs Of Gucci Mane

9/18/2017
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Rapper Gucci Mane joins us to discuss his memoir, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane. Born in rural Bessemer, Alabama, Radric Delantic Davis became Gucci Mane in East Atlanta. He recalls his roots in Alabama, the trap house and the studio where he found his voice, and reflects on his career. Gucci Mane will appear on Sept. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble (555 Fifth Avenue between E. 45th and 46th St.). Photo-ops with Gucci Mane are possible.

Duration: 00:23:40


A Journalist's Rescue Mission In Syria

9/18/2017
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In 2007, journalist Deborah Campbell traveled to Damascus to report on the flow of Iraqi refugees into Syria following the fall of Saddam Hussein. While there, she hired an Iraqi refugee named Ahlam to help her as a fixer. But while working together, Ahlam was kidnapped in front of her eyes. In her recent book, A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War, Campbell recounts her time reporting in Syria and her desperate attempt to find her fixer and...

Duration: 00:23:41

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