Imagination Station

Friday, June 29, 2012

Leonard Lopate is back! He’ll be joined by Jim Parsons, Jessica Hecht, and Carol Kane, three of the stars of the Broadway revival of “Harvey.” Carole Bouquet, one of France's most acclaimed actresses, discusses her role in the film “Unforgivable.” Jason Schwartzman talks about appearing in Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” And this week’s Please Explain is all about obsessive compulsive disorder.

Out in the Field

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate today. Rajiv Chandrasekaran gives a firsthand account of life inside the war in Afghanistan. Then it’s the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! Chad Harbach joins us to talk about his novel The Art of Fielding. Janet Groth tells us about her two decades working as a receptionist at The New Yorker. Plus, our latest Underreported and Backstory segments.

Sky High

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jonathan Capehart fills in for Leonard today. He’ll speak with three NYU professors about the university’s expansion plans and the role of corporate influence in higher education. Mitch Winehouse discusses the life and untimely death of his daughter, the singer Amy Winehouse. Jimmie Walker talks about his memoir, Dyn-o-mite! And Carlin Romano argues that America is one of the most philosophical cultures in the history of the world.  

Movers, Shakers, and Decision Makers

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Today guest host Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard. He’ll talk to Frank Partnoy about why we should delay making decisions both big and small. We’ll look at the role that race has played in professional sports over last 20th century. Comedian, writer, and musician Dave Hill discusses his first collection of essays called Tasteful Nudes...and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation. American Film Institute founder George Stevens, Jr., talks about the art of making movies and the people who have shaped the industry.

Who Gets What?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Kenneth Feinberg has overseen funds to compensate victims of 9/11 and the BP oil spill. On today’s show he talks about when and how victims should be compensated. One man shares the story of his remarkable journey from war-torn Ethiopia to Australia. Director Beate Arnestad talks about “Silenced Voices,” her film about a Sri Lankan journalist who was gunned down in broad daylight, and we’ll be joined by his widow. Pierre Desrochers explains why the locavore movement may actually distract us from other serious global food issues.

Sowing and Growing

Friday, June 22, 2012

On today’s show: we’ll take a look at how the ways corporations focus on their shareholders can do damage to their business and to themselves. We’ll investigate how genetically modified seeds have been linked to an epidemic of farmer suicides in India. Filmmaker Keith Miller tells the story behind making his award-winning film “Welcome to Pine Hill." Please Explain is all about the Human Microbiome Projects and how the 100 trillion good bacteria in your body work to keep you healthy.

Risk and Reward

Thursday, June 21, 2012

On today’s show: Madeleine Kunin, the first female governor of Vermont, discusses five decades of feminist advocacy and where the feminist movement is today. Dr. Marvin Johnson explains how you can stop—or at least settle—disputes in your life. A researcher who specializes in neuroscience and finance explains why we take risks and the biology of boom and bust cycles. Plus, we’ll look at the challenges facing journalists in Tijuana.

Comedy and the Giant Squid

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Daily Show’s John Hodgman and Wyatt Cenac kick off today’s show with a chat about the 2012 Presidential election and a preview Comedy Central’s upcoming “Indecision in the Park.” We’ll take a look at one of the world's most mysterious creatures, the giant squid! Vikram Gandhi tells us about the unexpected places his film on the yoga industry took him. And word maven Patricia T. O’ Conner takes your calls on our perplexing language.  

Confronting Crisis

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger talks about President Obama’s aggressive use of drones, cyberwar, and special forces around the world. Alex Stone tells us about his quest to join the ranks of New York City’s master magicians. John Lanchester discusses his critically acclaimed novel Capital, set at the height of the financial crisis. Plus, with a growing number of 20-somethings still living with their parents, Sally Koslow discusses the trends that enable today’s “adultescents.”

Under a Microscope

Monday, June 18, 2012

On today’s show: Peter Piot reflects on founding UNAIDS and his career chasing some of the world’s most dangerous viruses, like Ebola and HIV. The co-directors of the new documentary “Ikland,” about the Ik tribe in Northern Uganda, who have been called the most depraved people on earth. Jess Walter talks about his new novel, Beautiful Ruins. Plus, industrial safety expert Monona Rossol explains the hazards of fire retardants.

Growing Up

Friday, June 15, 2012

On today’s show: Our resident horticulturist Gerard Lordahl takes calls and shares tips on how to develop your green thumb and tend to your summer garden. We’ll take a look at how various American texts—from the Constitution to presidential speeches to the novels of Ayn Rand—have influenced the American culture wars. Buzz Bissinger talks about raising twin boys, born minutes apart, but living incredibly different lives. And this week’s Please Explain is all about tattoos!

State of Change

Thursday, June 14, 2012

On today’s show: journalists Bob Ingle and Michael Symons discuss the precipitous rise of New Jersey governor Chris Christie. Actors Nicole Ari Parker and Daphne Rubin-Vega, and director Emily Mann talk about the unorthodox revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Ethan Hawke discusses his role in a new thriller called “The Woman in the Fifth.” The New America Foundation’s Peter Bergen examines the Obama Administration’s acceleration of the drone war in Yemen for our latest Underreported segment. And then the scientist who discovered discoverer of a huge and baffling plankton bloom deep under Arctic ice explains its implications for climate change and the global ecosystem.

Dollars and Sense

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

On today’s show: Robert and Edward Skidelsky help us determine what the true value of money is, and what it should be. Performance artist Marina Abramovic joins us, along with directors Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre, to discuss their new documentary “Marina
Abramovic: The Artist Is Present.” Alix Ohlin talks about her novel Inside, and her collection of short stories called Signs and
. And the Gurus of How-To, Al & Larry Ubell, field questions about your home repair woes!

Turning Wheels

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

On today’s show: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Ingrassia looks at America’s long love affair with the automobile—from the Model Ts to minivans. László Krasznahorkai, one of Hungary’s leading writers, talks about his new novel Satantango, about what happens when a charismatic figure returns to a decaying Hungarian village. Spy novelist Alan Furst describes his latest book, set in Paris on the eve of WWII. Roger Thurow discusses how poor farmers in Kenya deal with what they call “the Hunger Season.”

Plays in the Park and Boris Johnson

Monday, June 11, 2012

Oskar Eustis, Kevin Kline, and Jeffrey Wright discuss 50 years at the Delacorte and this year's Shakespeare in the Park lineup. We’ll hear the story of Samuel Zemurray and the United Fruit Company, and how American’s desire for bananas disrupted Central American politics for decades. Mark Sundeen talks about his decision to quit using money. Plus, Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, talks about how his city became one of the most exciting and influential places on Earth.

In the Shadows

Friday, June 08, 2012

We take a look at the hacker collectives Anonymous and LulzSec. Eilen Jewell—who’s been described as a hybrid of Neko Case, Billie Holiday, and Madeleine Peyroux—performs live in our studios. Peter Cameron talks about his novel Coral Glynn. And Please Explain looks at the very difficult economic decisions that have to be made to prepare for retirement! How safe is your 401K?

Musical Journeys

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Neil Young and filmmaker Jonathan Demme stop by to discuss the new documentary “Neil Young Journeys.” Blues guitarist Buddy Guy reflects on his influential career and interesting life. Angelo and Gaia Gaja discuss making wine as a father-daughter team of vintners! Our latest Backstory segments take a look at the uptick in religious violence in Sub-Saharan Africa and at the potential unraveling of the Euro.

An Honest Look

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

On today’s show: Dan Ariely tells why some things are easier to lie about than others, and what determines whether we’ll behave ethically – or not! Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer on his humorous rewrite of the U.S. Constitution. Richard Ford discusses his latest novel, Canada. And Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz explains the social and economic costs of the top 1 percent of Americans controlling 40 percent of the nation’s wealth, and what our growing income inequality means for the future.

Picking a Fight

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Lindsey Hilsum discusses her eyewitness account of the Libyan revolution from its start to the death of Gaddafi. Mare Winningham and Jeff Perry talk about their roles in the play “Tribes,” about a quarrelsome family and the way it relates to a deaf son. Supreme Court lawyer Linda Hirshman tells the story of the gay rights movement. Plus, the one and only Joan Rivers.


Monday, June 04, 2012

On today’s show: Former Wall Street Journal editor Michael Casey discusses how our financial system is hurting the middle class. We’ll take a look at how American business and industrial power helped win World War II. Scott Jurek talks about his career as an “ultrarunner” and how he manages 100-plus-mile races on a vegan diet. Phil Stutz and Barry Michels discuss their new approach for speeding up change for psychotherapy patients.

Home and Away

Friday, June 01, 2012

On today’s show: we’ll take a look at why Chinese consumers prefer western products to their own national brands. Alan Alda and Nobel laureate Harold Varmus discuss the World Science Festival. Jeremy Shamos and Crystal Dickinson, two cast members from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Clybourne Park.” Plus, our latest Please Explain is all about vitamin D and other vitamins.