On March 5, 2013, Leonard Lopate celebrated his twenty-eighth anniversary as the host of WNYC’s daily talk show The Leonard Lopate Show. Every weekday 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, 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.
Every 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:
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
"If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything." So tells the celebrated and deceased author David Foster Wallace in a 1996 interview with Leonard Lopate Show. In this Blank on Blank digital animation, Wallace talks about his thoughts on ambition.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Porter House New York's Chef Michael Lomonaco invites Leonard Lopate to his kitchen for some pro tips in cooking the perfect steak.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Greene Space presents the Third Annual Loapate and Locavores Series.
Saturday, September 08, 2012
Today’s archival Glass interviews feature an appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show from 2002 about Koyaanisqatsi and an episode of New Sounds from 1985, in which the composer talks about scoring Mishima.
Friday, September 07, 2012
Today’s archival interviews from 2007 and 2008 feature two appearances on The Leonard Lopate Show, and cover a wide range of topics from working with choreographers to the release of the Glass Box retrospective.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
What would Philip Glass need to survive in complete isolation? Find out on this episode of Survival Kit from 2003. The composer opens up about what recordings he would bring along, including some unexpected selections.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Get an inside look at the Broadway premier of the new play -- The Columnist -- with Tony and Emmy award winner John Lithgow; Tony nominee Stephen Kunken; and Pulitzer and Tony award winning playwright David Auburn.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Join Leonard Lopate for An Evening with Dave Isay, to discuss his new book, “All There Is: Love Stories From StoryCorps.” We’ll listen together to excerpts from the oral history project and talk to couples who participated and share your stories.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Leonard Lopate plays some of his favorites for his annual Christmas gospel hour.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Founder of the Hot Bread Kitchen Jessamyn Waldman, chef and owner of Pizza a Casa Pizza School Mark Bello, and owner of the Sullivan St. Bakery Jim Lahey joined Leonard Lopate to discuss the art of baking bread and more.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Award-winning chef Dan Barber, vegetable farm manager Jack Algiere, Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo and Michaela Hayes will join Leonard Lopate to discuss the art of cooking and canning vegetables in this interactive event.
Friday, July 01, 2011
WNYC's Leonard Lopate hosted a conversation with Michael Boyd, Nigel Redden, Rebecca Roberston, and David O. Frantz of the Royal Shakespeare Company about what it means to transport an entire company and theater across the Atlantic for the Shakespeare theatrical canon. Watch Michael Boyd discuss the differences between British and American audiences.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Panelists Michael Boyd, Nigel Redden, Rebecca Roberston, and David O. Frantz tell Leonard Lopate about transporting an entire theater company across the Atlantic and what this partnership means for New York City and the Shakespeare theatrical canon.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Comedians from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre perform long-form improvisational comedy. Plus, we’re kicking off the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! We’re inviting the audience to read The Tragedy of Arthur in advance and participate in the conversation.
Friday, April 22, 2011
I combined Please Explain with our annual Good Friday gospel show in order to give some background on gospel music. Many people interested in learning about gospel music have been confused by some of its terminology, so I’ll try to clear up some of that.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Meet a new generation of filmmakers. Leonard Lopate welcomes four young filmmakers and Emmy-winning director Jon Alpert, co-founder of a program that teaches video production to disadvantaged youths. They'll screen excerpts from their films.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Join Leonard Lopate, ethnomusicologist and bandleader Samuel R. Thomas and voices from within the Brooklyn Sephardic community for an exploration of Sephardic sacred poems through live musical performance and conversation.