The Leonard Lopate Show : December 2012

Something in the Air

Monday, December 31, 2012

On today's show: We're replaying some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Kurt Eichenwald looks at how some of the decisions made in the first 500 days that followed the 9/11 attacks have dramatically reshaped the world in the years since. Junot Diaz talks about his new book of short stories, This Is How You Lose Her. Luis Rodriguez tells us how he escaped from gang life. And William Bryant Logan talks about air—life would not exist without it, yet we take it for granted.


Friday, December 28, 2012

On today’s show: We’ve reached into our archives to replay some of my interviews with people who passed away this year.
First, author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. Then Rodney King and his fiancé Cynthia Kelley. And writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron talks about aging, memory, and the perfect pie. In the second hour cookbook writer Marion Cunningham discussed about getting back to basics when she was on the show in 1999. Then we’ll replay a 2005 interview with reporter Anthony Shadid about his time covering the war in Iraq. Plus, author David Rakoff looked at the positive side of pessimism when he was here in 2010.

You can see all of our tributes here, and listen to interviews with people such as George McGovern, Robert Hughes, Ray Bradbury, and Mike Wallace.

Food and Drink

Thursday, December 27, 2012

On today's Show we're talking about food and drink. First, Allen Katz, from the New York Distilling Company, talks about cocktails. Then New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov talks about this memoir and manifesto, How to Love Wine. Plus, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, of, talk about their new cookbook.

Standing Out

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

We're beginning today's show by re-airing two interviews with National Book Award winners—first, Katherine Boo on her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers, about life in a Mumbai slum. Then with Louise Erdrich, who talks about her novel, The Round House. And Carol and Joe Reich talk about their education advocacy work and their Brooklyn charter school. And we’ll take a look at the rise in allergies and auto-immune disorders and new ways of treating them.

Leonard's Christmas Gospel Show

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Leonard Lopate hosts a two-hour gospel special, with favorite Christmas songs from gospel greats Mahalia Jackson, Marion Williams, Mme. Edmond Cook, and Alex Bradford, and others.

Musical Journeys

Monday, December 24, 2012

We're replaying some favorite interviews from the year on this Christmas Eve. First, Neil Young and filmmaker Jonathan Demme talk about the new documentary “Neil Young Journeys.” Then, legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy reflects on his influential career and colorful life. Lawrence Norfolk discusses his new historical novel, John Saturnall’s Feast, about a young orphan who becomes a great chef. Then Kenny Rogers tells us about his life in music and his new memoir, Luck or Something Like It.

Round Up

Friday, December 21, 2012

On today’s show: Joshua Rothkopf, Richard Corliss, and John Anderson discuss some of this year’s award-winning films chosen by the New York Film Critics Circle. Jancis Robinson discusses what DNA tests have revealed about your favorite wine grapes. Actress Nina Hoss discusses “Barbara,” her new film about life in East Germany. Plus, our latest Please Explain continues our look into how to cope with stress.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

On today’s show: Robert Kane helps us understand the causes of police misconduct and bad cops. Then, we’ll examine a $430 million boondoggle at the Department of Homeland Security, where employees were given radios they don’t know how to use. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard discusses singing in the new English-language production of "The Barber of Seville" at the Metropolitan Opera. And we’ll look at how Staten Island’s political system may have contributed to the disaster there following hurricane Sandy.

What We Eat and What We Watch

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

On today’s show: We'll take a look at how well the Food and Drug Administration oversees food production and food safety with journalist Barry Estabrook and Peter Lehner, the executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Then writer, producer and director Judd Apatow talks about his latest film, “This Is 40.” It stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, Judd Apatow’s wife, and their two kids. Our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner will take your calls on the complexities of the English language.

Sweet Treats

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

On today’s show: James Beard Award-winning food writer Melissa Clark will speak with some of the winning contributors to our Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap! We’ll hear about the musical adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s “A Christmas Story” on Broadway. Robert Garnett talks about the love life of Charles Dickens, and looks at how it influenced his fiction. Plus, the revival of Clifford Odets’ classic “Golden Boy” has received rave reviews, and we’ll speak with director Bartlett Sher and two of its stars: Tony Shaloub and Seth Numrich.

Fracking, Baking, History Making

Monday, December 17, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll talk to Elizabeth Royte about her in-depth look at an alleged connection between diseased cattle and fracking fluids. Celebrated chef Thomas Keller talks about his latest cookbook Bouchon Bakery. And we’ll find out how to make healthy dishes for kids this holiday season. Plus, we’ll take a look at the life of Frederick Law Olmsted and his contributions to landscape architecture, from New York’s Central Park to Boston’s Emerald Necklace!

No Pressure

Friday, December 14, 2012

On today’s show: we look into the world of “big data” and how industries are mining our personal information to help their bottom line. Lidia Bastianich shares some foolproof Italian recipes. Karen Engelmann on her debut novel, The Stockholm Octavo. And, just in time for the holidays, Please Explain is all about stress!

Bright Stars

Thursday, December 13, 2012

We have a star-studded show today: Samuel L. Jackson talks about his career and his role in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “Django Unchained.” Then Harry Belafonte and Peter Coyote discuss an upcoming concert to benefit the Native American activist Leonard Peltier, who’s been imprisoned since the mid 1970s. And Ric Ocasek discusses his work with and beyond his iconic band The Cars. But first, Mark Bittman talks about food policy, seasonal dishes, and of course, how to cook everything.

At Home

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Norbert Leo Butz, Judy Greer, and Katie Holmes talk about starring in the Broadway play “Dead Accounts.” Then, Orhan Pamuk discusses an early novel of his, called Silent House, which has been translated into English for the first time. On the Media’s Bob Garfield talks about his novel Bedfellows, about an ad executive who gets into the discount mattress business only to run into complications with the mafia. And the gurus of how-to, Al and Larry Ubell, take your calls on home repair!

Hot and Cold

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

On today’s show: Boston Globe language columnist Ben Zimmer discusses the best—and worst—words of 2012, including “selfie,” “YOLO,” and “Romnesia.” Jon Wiener helps us understand how the Cold War is being remembered—or forgotten—across the country. Chris Ware talks about a new box set that collects a decades worth of his acclaimed Building Stories comics. And historian Richard Lingeman looks at how the late 1940s set the stage for the Korean War and the Red Scare.

Standing Apart

Monday, December 10, 2012

On today’s show: National Book Award-winning author Andrew Solomon looks into how parents learn to cope with unique children. John Glassie talks about about the life of Athanasius Kircher, an unconventional 17th century priest-scientist who was seen as either a great genius or a colossal crackpot—or both. We’ll examine the underground rock and roll scene in China. Plus, historian David Nasaw tells about the life of Joseph P. Kennedy.

The Shape We’re In

Friday, December 07, 2012

Economist editor Daniel Franklin details the most pressing issues the world faces in 2013. Then Rupert Holmes, who wrote the book, music, and lyrics for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” will be here along with two of the play’s stars: Jim Norton and Jessie Mueller. Jay Neugeboren talks about his latest novel, The Other Side of the World. And, mark the date! Because today’s Please Explain is all about calendars.

Fair Game

Thursday, December 06, 2012

New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes gives advice on how to survive the holidays—from regifting to navigating boozy office parties. Susannah Cahalan describes her month of madness, caused by a mysterious illness that affected her brain. Colin Bailey, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Frick Collection, talks about the exhibition Mantegna to Matisse. Plus we’ll look at why the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act, which was supposed to help integrate cities, has gone largely unenforced.

Muddling Through

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

On today’s show: New York Times contributing writer Robin Marantz Henig  and her daughter Samantha Henig talk about why so many 20-somethings are finding it hard to establish independent lives. Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury and director Eric Ting discuss the New York premiere of “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...” Farmer Eric Herm explains how he thinks community, education, and agriculture will need to change in order for us to survive the 21st century. Plus, we’ll look at the toll Hurricane Sandy took on museums and galleries.

Reality and Fantasy

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Filmmakers Sarah Burns and David McMahon, and Raymond Santana, one of the falsely accused men featured in their documentary, “The Central Park Five.” Corey Olsen explains why J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit has become one of the most widely read and best-loved books of the 20th century. Deb Perelman talks about turning her award-winning blog, Smitten Kitchen, into a bestselling cookbook. Plus, we’ll examine how newspapers reported the American Revolution.

Tearing Down, Building Up

Monday, December 03, 2012

On today’s show: Jane McAlevey talks about her struggles as a union organizer and discusses ways the labor movement might be revived. Benjamin Lorr describes his experience with competitive yoga. Frances Beinecke, the President of the NRDC, and acclaimed photographer Paul Nicklen, discuss changes in the Arctic and his photographs a changing worlds at the earth’s poles. And we’ll look at efforts by urban planners, land speculators, and utopian environmentalists to remake Detroit.