Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller officially joined the Lopate Show in November 2014, having previously interned and freelanced at the show. She directs the live broadcast, oversees the Book Club, contributes to Please Explain, and makes supercuts. A graduate of Barnard College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, she has contributed to The Atlantic, 99 Percent Invisible, the WNYC newsroom and other shows around the station. She also occasionally writes games for NPR’s Ask Me Another. Twitter: @TimestepJess

Jessica Miller appears in the following:

Banjos 0, Gowanus Canal 1

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Brooklyn Folk Festival's Annual Banjo Toss Competition lets people find some catharsis from playing the banjo, by throwing one into the Gowanus Canal.

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The Notorious Leonard Lopate

Monday, November 09, 2015

Listen to Leonard up his street cred, all while informing our listeners about jurisprudence. If you don't know, now you know.
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You Won't Get That Out of Franzen! A Web Extra Starring Daniel Handler

Friday, February 27, 2015

Daniel Handler on who he reads, how he writes, where he writes, and a few extra things too.


#CookingUpAStorm with a Chef, an Editor in Chief, a Food Critic, and a Novelist

Monday, January 26, 2015

Today's guests tell us what they like to cook up in a snowstorm!
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Inside Martha Plimpton's Acting Studio

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Emmy Award-winning actress filled in for Leonard, and lent her expertise to Please Explain about acting.
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Jellyfish Strike Again!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Last week, Lisa-ann Gershwin, Director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services and author of Stung!, called us all the way from Tasmania to talk about jellyfish. She explained that the recent surge in the global jellyfish population is more than just a pain in the neck (or side, or leg...) for beach swimmers. As it turns out jellies also pose a serious threat to our global infrastructure.

"There have been some amazing things that jellyfish have been getting up to -- behaving very, very badly," she says.

So we weren't all that surprised to see that jellyfish are making headlines again. The New York Times reported today that, "in an episode that evokes B-grade sci-fi movie plots from the 1950s," a bloom of moon jellyfish in the Baltic Sea brought down a nuclear reactor in southeastern Sweden.

The cooling system intake pipes at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant became clogged by the otherwise innocuous animal, forcing a shut down. The plant's operator said a similar incident occurred in 2005.

The pipes have been unclogged... for now, but engineers are concerned a new jellyfish bloom could be lurking just around the corner. Cue Jaws music.


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A Beach for Lower Manhattan: Good Idea?

Thursday, August 01, 2013

On Monday, Mother Jones reporter Kate Sheppard was on The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about how coastal communities along the East Coast – including New York City - are adapting to rising sea levels and the ongoing threat of repeated floods. In her article “Under Water,” Sheppard wrote that, although Hurricane Sandy might have been a “100-year flood,” city officials have been repeatedly warned that global warming and rising water levels leave New York increasingly susceptible to major amounts of flooding.

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Tips for a Pollution-Free Kitchen

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dr. Brett Singer, Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was recently on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about indoor air pollution caused by cooking. According to the Berkeley Lab's study, the long term health effects of indoor pollutants is on par with that of car accidents and infectious disease, and the pollution we create in our kitchens can be a large part of that problem. Dr. Singer shared a few tips about cooking safely.

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The Super-Rich Look to Cultivate the Serengeti of Montana

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Since its inception, American Prairie Reserve has raised $60 million from well-known, ultra-rich donors in an effort to create a national park in Montana that would be about the size ...

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The Surprising History of an American Anthem

Thursday, July 04, 2013

In 1918 Irving Berlin composed a show tune called "God Bless America." But he never would have imagined that his work would eventually become a nationally known patriotic anthem. Sher...

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Special Session Marks Round Two in Texas Abortion Battle

Monday, July 01, 2013

Last Tuesday, Senator Wendy Davis filibustered her way to the national stage after spending nearly 11 hours speaking in order to block Senate Bill 5 from passing in the Texas legislat...

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SCOTUS Decisions Bring Landmark Change

Thursday, June 27, 2013

It may be hard to believe, but just one month ago, the United States was a very different place to live. There were historic Supreme Court decisions out on affirmative action, votin...


Is Silicon Valley Good for the World?

Monday, June 03, 2013

In his most recent New Yorker article, George Packer describes Silicon Valley's biggest blind spot: namely, that its wealth and its youthful demographics has given way to a distinct...

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Pushing for a Greener Mexico City

Friday, May 31, 2013

Mexico City is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, with close to 20 million people living within its borders. For its residents, it is also an incredibly polluted...


Facebook: "We Need to Do Better" on Anti-Women Hate Speech

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Facebook issued a statement Tuesday saying it had failed to effectively remove misogynistic images and language from its pages. The announcement is in response to a campaign led by f...

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50 Years Later, the Birmingham Class of 1963 Finally Gets a Prom

Friday, May 17, 2013

There was no prom for the high school seniors of Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. The prom, along with other normal high school end-of-the-year activities in these schools were cancelled ...

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Your Questions About the Affordable Care Act, Answered

Friday, May 17, 2013

Jennifer Tolbert, director of State Health Reform at the Kaiser Family Foundation, responds to listener questions and concerns about the Affordable Care Act.

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A Look Inside the World of the ICU

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Intensive Care Unit of a hospital is a place most of us hope we’ll never get to know. But for some families, these places can suddenly become all too familiar. Other people, like ...


Local Perspectives on the Affordable Care Act

Monday, May 13, 2013

According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey, roughly half of American adults do not feel they have enough information to understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect t...

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American Sentenced in North Korea

Friday, May 10, 2013

Last week, 44 year old Kenneth Bae became the sixth American detained in North Korea since 2009. His sentence is the most severe punishment to date. He faces 15 years of hard labor ...