Rough Seas

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard. He’ll speak with Michael Lemonick about climate change and the future “global weirdness” he sees coming. We’ll look at the dark side of SeaWorld, and the problems with holding killer whales in captivity. Two of the stars of “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” a new musical comedy featuring the music and lyrics of the Gershwins, talk about the show. And Lisa Miller looks at the money-empathy gap.

The American Dream

Monday, July 30, 2012

Jonathan Capehart fills in for Leonard. He’ll speak with TARP administrator Neil Barofsky about the ways he thinks the $700 billion bailout fund was mishandled. Bravo executive Andy Cohen shares his life-long love affair with pop culture. We’ll take a look at the life stories of five African American men who were recruited in 1968 to attend College of the Holy Cross, including Clarence Thomas, Edward P. Jones, and Theodore Wells. Plus, investigative reporters Don Barlett and James Steele examine the nature of the American Dream and whether it’s still a possibility for the middle class.

Super Hot

Friday, July 27, 2012

On today’s show: Melissa Clark suggests ways to make tasty summer meals without having to turn on the oven during these hot summer nights. Then, we’ll take a look at the stranger than fiction story of singer/songwriter Rodriquez, the subject of the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man.” Alison Klayman discusses her documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” a look at the life and work of the renowned Chinese artist and dissident. Plus, Please Explain segment is all about athletic doping.

Gracious Guests

Thursday, July 26, 2012

On today’s show: Philip Galanes, who writes the Social Q’s column for the New York Times, answers your questions about how to be a gracious house guest or host this summer. The inventor of the board game Cranium—and his brother—on the challenges of trying to start a business in Ghana. Tracie Bennett talks about her acclaimed portrayal of Judy Garland in the Broadway play, “End of the Rainbow.” Plus, our latest Backstory and Underreported segments.

The Grass Is Greener

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

On today’s show: Adam Davidson of the New York Times Magazine and NPR’s Planet Money team explains why the Bronx can’t be more like Brooklyn. Then Jeffrey Eugenides joins us for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex! A master glass blower and a designer tell us all about the Mobile Glass Lab on Governor’s Island. Plus, the editor and two contributors of Central Park: An Anthology on what the Park means in their lives and to the lives of New Yorkers in general.

Pay to Play

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

On today’s show: The New Yorker’s John Cassidy talks about how the recent economic news is likely to shape the presidential campaign. We’ll talk to the founder of a nonprofit organization that inspires disaffected and underperforming students by getting them involved in sprucing up their schools. Novelist Peter Carey, playwright John Guare, and poet and playwright Jessica Hagedorn explain why they oppose NYU’s proposed expansion and discuss its possible effect on Greenwich Village. Plus, Vanity Fair's Kurt Eichenwald explains how Microsoft went from leading the computer industry to watching as Apple created best-selling devices like the iPod and iPhone.

The Heat Is On

Monday, July 23, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll take a look at the myths and realities about censorship and government propaganda in the Chinese media. Then Kay Larson describes how composer John Cage’s life and work was influenced by his conversion to Zen Buddhism. Daniel Okrent, creator of “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” is joined by two of the show’s performers. And New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert examines the consequences of this summer’s heat waves and drought.

Known and Unknown

Friday, July 20, 2012

On today’s show: we’ll take a look at how your cell phone can be used as a tracking device and can reveal all kinds of information about you to corporations or to the government. Annie Baker talks about her much-praised adaptation of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” along with two of the production’s stars, Michael Shannon and Reed Birney. We’ll investigate the death of Yasir Arafat and whether he might have been poisoned with polonium. Plus, on Please Explain, physicists Brian Greene and Kyle Cranmer discuss why the discovery of the Higgs boson is so important!


Up in the Air

Thursday, July 19, 2012

On today’s show: we’ll examine the state of the airline industry and find out whether the so-called “friendly skies” are really that friendly—or safe. Gene Kelly’s widow, film historian Patricia Ward Kelly, discusses the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s salute to her husband! Two stars of the Mint Theater’s revival of Martha Gellhorn and Virginia Cowles’ sharp-tongued comedy “Love Goes to Press” talk about the production with the Mint Theater’s artistic director, Jonathan Bank. On Backstory we’ll get an update on the volatile political situation in Egypt from journalist Ashraf Khalil. And we’ll find out how HSBC became the bank of choice for Mexican drug traffickers—and why both the bank and regulators were slow to catch on.

An Alternate View

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

On today’s show: a UN statistician and economist takes a look at how the United States compares to similar countries in the areas of health, safety and education and why we’re often ranked near the bottom. Two of the actors and the director of the new play called “Cock” talk about the production. Stephen Carter describes his new novel, an alternate history titled The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. Plus, linguists have reconstructed what they believe to be the sound of Elizabethan speech, and Patricia T. O’Conner talks about what Shakespeare’s productions would have sounded like in the 17th century.

Trial of Endurance

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll look at why the military is suffering from a suicide epidemic and what can be done to address it. Environmentalist, Harvard Business School graduate, and priest Bob Massie on his memoir A Song in the Night. Pablo Medina discusses his new novel about a city that’s been shaped by jazz musicians. Novelist Uzodinma Iweala gives us a non-fiction account of the terrible toll the HIV/AIDS crisis has taken in Africa.

Under Pressure

Monday, July 16, 2012

Director Lauren Greenfield talks about her new documentary, “The Queen of Versailles." Brian Castner discusses serving as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq and gives an honest account of the difficulties of adjusting to life back at home. And Dr. Eric Manheimer tells us about his memoir, Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital.

The Elites and Sweets

Friday, July 13, 2012

MSNBC host Chris Hayes discusses his new book, Twilight of the Elites. Then the director and star of “Farewell, My Queen” talk about the film, which examines the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the French Revolution. We’ll find out about the life and work of composer Raymond Scott, subject of the film “Deconstructing Dad.” Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about artificial sweeteners like Splenda, Sweet’N Low, and Equal.

Sight Seeing

Thursday, July 12, 2012

On today’s show: Andrew Blackwell provides a guide for tourist interested in traveling to some of the world’s most polluted places. We’ll take a look at the long and complicated relationship between Jewish Americans and alcohol during the Prohibition years. Janet Groth describes her two decades working as a receptionist at The New Yorker. Plus, on Backstory we’ll a get comprehensive history of campaign finance in the United States.

Led Astray

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

On today’s show: James Carville and pollster Stan Greenberg discuss why they think Wall Street and our leaders in Washington have made things difficult for the American middle class. Tanner Colby takes a look at America’s complicated history of racial integration. Kurt Andersen talks about his new novel, True Believers. Plus, the gurus of how-to take your calls on home repair!

Coming Up for Air

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

On today’s show: Fred Guterl, executive editor of Scientific American, argues that the earth is experiencing another mass extinction event and discusses how we can survive it. We’ll look at ways you can help keep your brain in shape. Leanne Shapton discusses how her life-long love of swimming has helped influence her art. And John Dramani Mahama, Vice President of Ghana, talks about his life, career, country, and his new memoir, My First Coup d’Etat.

The Insiders

Monday, July 09, 2012

CBS News correspondent Dan Raviv gives a history of Israel's spies and a super-secret unit inside the Mossad. Mary R. Morgan, daughter of former governor of New York Nelson A. Rockefeller, talks about coming to terms with the mysterious disappearance of her twin brother in the 1961. Anthony Heilbut discusses some of the figures who transformed the American cultural landscape—from gospel to Aretha Franklin to soap opera creators. Michael Findlay explains the art market and examines the value of art for all of us.

The Moral of the Story

Friday, July 06, 2012

On today’s show we're re-airing some favorite recent interviews: Paul J. Zak describes his research into what has been called “the moral molecule,” Oxytocin. Joe Bastianich talks about his memoir, Restaurant Man. The final installment of our weeklong series American History XX is about Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the United States Congress in 1916. Rosecrans Baldwin describes his comic account of living in the French capital, Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down. And Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead talks about her career in comedy and her new book of essays.

Deep Resources

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Today we're re-airing a few favorite interviews. We'll find out about the global race to gobble up the earth’s last natural resources. Novelist Jeanette Winterson talks about her memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Today's installment of our week-long series American History XX is about the "Witch of Wall Street," Hetty Green, called America’s first female tycoon. Dr. Ira Byock looks at ways to reform end-of-life care. Plus, James Kunen tells us about being laid off from a corporate PR job and, as a result, finding a life.

A Hard Line

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Today we're re-airing some favorite interviews in recent months. Eric Alterman looks at how the idea of liberalism has changed from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama. Benjamin Busch talks about his memoir Dust to Dust, about serving in Iraq and creating a life as an artist. Today's installment of our week-long series American History XX is about Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, a freeborn African American woman who was a noted writer, abolitionist, and suffragist. Plus, the former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council talks about North Korea’s troubled present and uncertain future.

Hold Tight

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Today we're re-airing some favorite recent interviews. Gary Dorrien takes a critical look at the Obama Presidency, from the left. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about trying his hand at writing fiction. Today's installment of American History XX takes a look at Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president of the United States. Nathan Englander talks about his latest collection of short stories. And Mayim Bialik talks about starring in the 1990s sitcom, "Blossom," getting a Ph.D. in neuroscience, and promoting attachment parenting.

Mixed Up

Monday, July 02, 2012

This week we're re-airing some of our favorite interviews from recent months. Rachel Maddow discusses the current state of the American media to changes in U.S. military policy and her winding path to hosting her own show. Robert Kanigel talks about On an Irish Island, his book about the country’s great literary traditions and the vanishing Irish language. We kick off a weeklong series, American History XX, profiles of American women who, in many cases, have been written out of the history books. Today’s installment is about Jane Franklin Mecom—Ben Franklin’s sister. We’ll speak to Alex Gilvarry about his debut novel, From the Memoirs of a Non-enemy Combatant. Plus, comic actor Stephen Fry on his life and career!