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Tribute: Carl Djerassi

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Carl Djerassi once described himself as an “intellectual polygamist,” but he may be best known as the chemist who created the birth control pill.


Tribute: Rod McKuen

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rod McKuen called “the unofficial poet laureate of America,” he sold millions of copies of books of verse, and also branched out into songwriting. He died at the age of 81.


Tribute: Mario Cuomo

Friday, January 02, 2015

Mario Cuomo, the 52nd  gov of New York State for 12 years, from 1983-1994, was on the show twice, to discuss his legacy, his politics, and his admiration for Lincoln. 


Tribute: Kent Haruf

Monday, December 08, 2014

Kent Haruf passed away from complications on November 30, 2014. He wrote of small town Colorado in his novels, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. 


Tribute: P.D. James

Thursday, December 04, 2014

P.D. James was known as “the Queen of Crime” for her amazing detective mysteries. She died at the age of 94. You can hear several of her interviews with Leonard here. 


Remembering Mike Nichols

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The film and theater director was on the Lopate Show in 2012 and 2013. He spoke about why he loves directing plays on the stage and why he fired himself from the 'The Sopranos.'

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Tribute: Galway Kinnell

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Galway Kinnell’s poems straddled the social and the spiritual,focusing on outsiders and the underside of life. Listen to three interviews he's done on our show over the years.


Remembering Ben Bradlee

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Listen to legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee speaking with Leonard Lopate in September 1995 about his career as a newspaperman and about his memoir, A Good Life. 


Remembering Actor, Choreographer, Director, Dancer, Painter, Costume Designer, and Singer Geoffrey Holder

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The Tony winner is probably best remembered for playing Punjab in the 1982 film "Annie."


Remembering Marian Seldes

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Marian Seldes had an enviable career that spanned six decades, and included the stage, screen, radio, and television. Listen to her on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2003 and in 2004.

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Remembering the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, last of the Mitford Sisters

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, the last of the six Mitford sisters who had fascinated and scandalized British society in the 1940s, died this week at age 94.


Remembering Gerald Wilson

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The big band leader and jazz composer began his career in music more than 75 years ago. 


Leonard Remembers Joan Rivers

Friday, September 05, 2014

Although she (of course) said outrageous things, what I remember best is just how funny she was no matter what we were talking about.
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Tribute: Lauren Bacall

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The acclaimed actress died Tuesday at the age of 89. When she spoke with Leonard Lopate in 2006, she brought her dog Sophie to the studio. She reminisced about her career, her friendship with Katharine Hepburn, idolizing Bette Davis and being "Bogey's wife."


Tribute: Steve Post

Monday, August 04, 2014

The former WNYC host and world-class curmudgeon's program "Morning Music” ran for two decades.

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Tribute: Robert Drew

Friday, August 01, 2014

The pioneer of cinema verite died this week. Listen to him speak with Leonard about his work making documentary films.


Tribute: Margot Adler

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Her voice has been heard on National Public Radio for 35 years, where she covered everything from budget cuts in education to the arts to Occupy Wall Street. 

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Tribute: James MacGregor Burns

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

He won the Pulitzer for his book on Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1970, and spent his life writing about the nature of leadership in general, and the presidency in particular.


Tribute: Lorin Maazel

Monday, July 14, 2014

During his career, he conducted over 150 orchestras (including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra), and at least 5,000 opera and concert performances.

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Tribute: Charlie Haden

Monday, July 14, 2014

Time magazine described him as "one of the most restless, gifted and intrepid players in all of jazz."