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The Leonard Lopate Show

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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

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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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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Episodes

Russia's Ties to Trump. John Hodgman. 'The Band's Visit' Performs Live!

11/17/2017
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Talking to the stars and creators of "The Band's Visit," and a live performance from the musicians of the show. Comedian and author John Hodgman joins us to talk about his new book Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches. In his new book Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win, Guardian journalist Luke Harding goes beyond the indictments, and looks at the many ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Duration: 01:23:14


How A City Program Helps Young NYers Find A Future In Cooking

11/17/2017
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Stage NYC is a program that helps unemployed and underemployed young New Yorkers get a foot in the door in the culinary industry. Gregg Bishop is the Small Business Services Commissioner and he started the program. He joins us along with Chef Herve Malivert, Director of Culinary Arts & Technology at the International Culinary Center, and Sherve Simeon, who went through the program and now works at Osteria Morini.

Duration: 00:17:21


Melissa Clark Helps You Get A Jump Start On Thanksgiving

11/17/2017
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Thanksgiving may be next week, but we're joined by joined by New York Times food columnist and cookbook author Melissa Clark for offer tips on how you can get started early on your favorite holiday dishes. She’ll cover everything from the many ways to cook a turkey, to her favorite new recipes for sides and desserts. You can read more about Melissa Clark's suggestions for making Thanksgiving dinner in eight hours here. Check out two of Melissa Clark's recipes below! Cranberry Sauce with...

Duration: 00:32:01


Gary Oldman Channels Churchill In 'Darkest Hour'

11/16/2017
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Gary Oldman joins us to discuss his starring role as Winston Churchill in the film “Darkest Hour.” He’ll be joined by director Joe Wright and co-star Kristin Scott Thomas, who plays Lady Churchill. “Darkest Hour” begins on the eve of World War II and finds Churchill faced with a tough decision regarding his country's future: explore a peace treaty with Nazi Germany or prepare to fight. "Darkest Hour" opens at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 (850 Broadway, between E. 13 and 14) and Lincoln...

Duration: 00:28:26


Julie Taymor & David Henry Hwang On 'M. Butterfly'

11/16/2017
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Playwright David Henry Hwang joins us for the first Broadway revival of his Tony Award-winning play, "M. Butterfly," directed by Tony-winning Julie Taymor. The play explores the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer, and changes their understanding of what it means to love. "M. Butterfly" is playing at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, between 6th and 7th Ave.) through Feb. 25.

Duration: 00:19:20


John Banville Picks Up Where 'Portrait of a Lady' Left Off

11/16/2017
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Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville joins us to discuss his new novel Mrs. Osmond. He continues the story of Isabel Archer, the heroine of Henry James’ "Portrait of a Lady." He tells the story of Isabel’s marriage to the cruel Gilbert Osmond and imagines that she decided to return to be with him in Italy, despite her chance to stay in England with Caspar Goodwood. Jon Banville will appear for a joint reading with Claire Messud (with introductions by Colum McCann and Liesl...

Duration: 00:15:18


Live Performances From The Hit Musical 'The Band's Visit'

11/16/2017
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Three-time Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek joins us to discuss the new Broadway production of his musical “The Band’s Visit.” He’s also joined by NY Drama Critics Circle, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards winner Itamar Moses, who wrote the book, along with the show’s stars Katrina Lenk, Tony Shalhoub, and Ari'el Stachel. Four band members will also join in a live performance onstage in the Greene Space. “The Band’s Visit” tells the story of an Egyptian Police...

Duration: 00:33:46


How One Woman Saved The Lost Children Of Kampala

11/15/2017
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Jessica Yu joins us to discuss her new book Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves. She tells the story of Gladys Kalibbala, a journalist and Good Samaritan in Kampala, Uganda, who writes a newspaper column called “Lost and Abandoned.” In Kampala, at least 5,000 children live on the streets. Yu details how Kalibbala dedicates her life to helping children, with the goal of providing a home and livelihood for the most...

Duration: 00:17:50


David Miliband On How Citizens Can Help Refugees

11/15/2017
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David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), joins us to discuss his book Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time. From 2007 to 2010, Miliband was Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom. He looks at what can be done about the refugee crisis, not just by governments but by concerned citizens.

Duration: 00:17:14


Luke Harding Explores The Ties Between Trump And Russia

11/15/2017
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Three advisers tied to the Trump campaign - Paul Manafort, Richard Gates and George Papadopoulos - were charged with crimes in October as part of the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In his new book Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win, Guardian journalist Luke Harding goes beyond the indictments, and looks at the many ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Duration: 00:31:41


How Body Donation Became Big Business

11/15/2017
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The United States heavily regulates the organ and tissue transplant industry, but the same is not true for the sale of body parts. In their recent series “The Body Trade," Reuters reporters John Shiffman and Brian Grow show how this lack of oversight can lead to abuse and mistreatment of the remain of body donors. They explore how body brokers can make millions, while the bodies come from donors whose families who are often poor and unable afford a traditional funeral.

Duration: 00:29:36


Comedy, Clowning & Slapstick In Theatre For A New Audience's Double-Bill

11/14/2017
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Jos Houben and Marcello Magni join us to discuss a double-bill of comic one-acts at Theatre for a New Audience: “Marcel” and “The Art of Laughter.” In the 1970’s Marcello and Jos studied at the famed L'École Internationale de Théâtre with its founder, Jacques Lecoq. In "Marcel," they play an aging comedian and his clipboard-wielding nemesis mysteriously, who presents him with a series of absurd tasks. In the "The Art of Laughter," Houben explores the comedy in everyday life from a baby’s...

Duration: 00:17:53


David Hallberg On His Life With Ballet

11/14/2017
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David Hallberg, Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, joins us to discuss his memoir Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back . Hallberg offers an intimate look at how dance has shaped his life. He shares stories from his time as an American teenager in the Paris Opera Ballet, being the first American to join the Bolshoi Ballet and how he returned to the stage following a devastating injury that almost cost him his career. David Hallberg will appear on Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m....

Duration: 00:17:51


A Fresh Look At The Life & Politics Of Vladimir Lenin

11/14/2017
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Victor Sebestyen joins us to discuss his new book Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror. In the first major biography in English about Vladimir Lenin in almost 20 years, Sebestyen examines his politics and personal life, and creates a portrait of a revolutionary who became a ruthless dictator. He draws from Lenin’s personal papers and those of other leading political figures to provide new details about how Lenin seized power, built his revolutionary state and created...

Duration: 00:29:32


How Special Interests Took Over Our Economy

11/14/2017
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Steven Teles, associate professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and Senior Fellow at the Nikansen Center, joins us to discuss The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality. He and co-author Brink Lindsey look at how wealthy special interests have taken control of the policymaking process and use it to prosper. The two offer solutions for how we can take back this process, and address a stagnating economy and growing...

Duration: 00:31:03


How 'Golden Boy' Can Shed Light On Dealing With Parkinson's

11/13/2017
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Actor Ron Shetler joins us to talk about starring in a new production of Clifford Odets’ “Golden Boy." The 1937 play tells the story of a man whose dreams of becoming a violinist clash with his potential as a competitive boxing. We're also joined by Alex Montaldo, who also stars in the show, and Dr. Roberta Marongiu Montaldo, assistant professor in the neurosurgery department at Weill Cornell Medicine. The two developed stoPD, a nonprofit that supports and trains people in living with...

Duration: 00:19:35


Sebastian Junger On Syria & ISIS

11/13/2017
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Award-winning journalist, filmmaker and bestselling author Sebastian Junger joins us to discuss his documentary “Hell On Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS.” The film chronicles Syria’s unraveling and how that opened for the Islamic State to expand. The filmmakers combed through roughly 1,000 hours of footage for the piece, and spoke with experts from around the world. "Hell on Earth" reairs on Nov. 19 at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel.

Duration: 00:28:07


Tina Brown Takes Us Behind-The-Scenes At Vanity Fair

11/13/2017
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Tina Brown, spent eight years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, and kept a daily dairy during that time. Those notes have become the basis for her new book The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 - 1992. The book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the inner-workings of Vanity Fair as well as the celebrity, politics and excess of New York and Hollywood during the 1980s. Tina Brown will be speaking and signing books at Barnes and Noble Upper East Side (150 E. 86th St., between Lexington and 3rd Ave.)...

Duration: 00:32:15


John Hodgman On The Virtues Of Mustaches

11/13/2017
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Comedian and author John Hodgman joins us to talk about his new book Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches. Through a series of essays, Hodgman writes about freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache as well as life as a dad and how he deals with growing older. John Hodgman will appear at the Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn) on Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. with Jean Grae for a live performance of their “Jean and John” variety show.

Duration: 00:16:48


The Invisible Forces That Shape our Behavior

11/11/2017
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On Wednesday, Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely came on the show to talk about the hidden forces that make it harder for us to save and spend money intelligently. For our Bonus Weekend Podcast, we wanted to revisit three other interviews about the invisible forces that shape our behavior. In 2012 Leonard spoke with Leonard Mlodinow about how often we misperceive our relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. In 2016, Jonah Berger explained why our important personal decisions can...

Duration: 01:29:14

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