On March 5, 2015, Leonard Lopate celebrated his 30th anniversary as the host of WNYC’s daily talk show The Leonard Lopate Show. Every week day from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, New Yorkers explore literature, art, culture, food, and life in and around our city with Leonard Lopate as their guide.
Heavy-hitting writers, actors, ex-presidents, political figures, economists, scientists, comedians, dancers, chefs, historians, filmmakers and do-it-yourself experts have all sat down with Leonard Lopate in the WNYC studios for in-depth and personal conversations. More than 35 Noble Prize winners have appeared on The Leonard Lopate Show over the years. Prominent guests have included: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain, Henry Kissinger, Lech Walesa, Orhan Pamuk, Ang Lee, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Deneuve, Stephen Sondheim, John Updike, Doris Lessing, Bill Bradley, Mark Morris, Francis Ford Coppola, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alice Munro, Robert Altman, Mel Brooks, and too many others to list. The program has been honored with multiple awards for its work including a George Foster Peabody Award, three Associated Press Awards for Best Interview and three James Beard Awards for Best Shows on Food.
Each Friday, Lopate gets to the bottom of one complex issue in his Please Explain series and each month he digs deep into a particular novel with listeners through the popular Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. He also hosts live event series and annual specials like Lopate & Locavores in New York Public Radio’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.
In addition to his work with New York Public Radio, Lopate makes frequent appearances as an interviewer and moderator at the 92nd St. Y, Queens College, Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn Public Library and other major venues throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Lopate’s career in radio began in 1977 at WBAI. For many years, he was the host of WBAI’s program Round Midnight. Before radio found him, Lopate worked in advertising as an art director and copywriter.
Lopate was born and raised in Brooklyn. He studied art at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn College and Hunter College Graduate School. He knows just enough Cantonese to order the best dim sum in Chinatown.
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Leonard Lopate appears in the following:
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Wed, Oct. 8 | WNYC’s Leonard Lopate talks with Lidia Bastianich, Andrew Carmellini and David Bouley. A live video webcast will be available.
Friday, September 05, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Join WNYC's Leonard Lopate for a conversation with Santiago Calatrava, Jill Lerner, and John Ochsendorf on the marvels of engineering and architectural beauty created by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino, Sr. and his son, Rafael Jr. in public spaces across the five boroughs. Watch a live video webcast of the sold-out show beginning 7pm.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Veteran host Leonard Lopate spoke about Food Fridays and the new three-ingredient challenge. Also, find out what food-related issues cause the most controversy and what kitchen tool is his favorite.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Having trouble getting your kids to eat foods that don't come packaged in box or wrapped in cellophane?
Thursday, October 31, 2013
When you talk about picky eaters, the average kid can make a restaurant critic seem easy to please. Chef Bill Telepan shows us how to cook healthy meals kids will want to eat, and even make themselves.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Chef Bill Telepan has gotten three stars for his cooking at Telepan, but he's also the executive chef of Wellness in the Schools, bringing fresh and nutritious menu options to a public school cafeteria near you. He joins three-time James Beard Award winner Leonard Lopate to show us not only how to cook for kids, but how to get kids to cook their own healthy meals.
Friday, October 25, 2013
These past few weeks, Leonard Lopate has been putting the "loco" in "locavore." He's been talking about eating, drinking and the politics of food during his show on the Food Fridays series by day, hosting "Lopate and Locavores" events in the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at night and is launching another "3-ingredient challenge" with chef Rozanne Gold.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
In any given year, about a thousand restaurants will open in New York City. Only 20 percent will still be around five years later, and just a few will be able to score a great review in the Times, boast a steady crowd, or gather enough support to expand.
In the second installment of this year's Lopate and Locavores food series, WNYC host Leonard Lopate invited restaurateurs behind some of the city's hottest spots to compare notes on their success secrets and talk about what it's like to battle to the top in a seriously competitive business.