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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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.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
What's it like to be on the other side of the dining table in New York City? Leonard Lopate dishes with a panel of service professionals in this kick-off to the fourth season of the Lopate and Locavores food series.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
WNYC's Leonard Lopate assembles a panel of service professionals from New York City's most elegant restaurants to give us their inside tips on dining etiquette, dinner date mistakes, the truth about tipping and ways to land a great table without a reservation. They'll also teach you how to be a better host with demonstrations on how to serve wine, carve meat and more.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Join WNYC's Leonard Lopate in conversation with Constanza Romero, widow of August Wilson, as we take a look at the playwright's historic collaboration with director Lloyd Richards - one of the most successful artistic partnerships in American theater.
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.