The Leonard Lopate Show : November 2012

Dark and Light

Friday, November 30, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll find out about the complicated and often misunderstood history of Afghanistan. The director and two of the stars of a new production of “The Piano Lesson,” the fourth play in August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle. A. M. Homes talks about May We Be Forgiven, her new dark-comic novel about 21st century suburban life. Please Explain is all about mold!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Howard Bloom talks about his new book, The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates. We’ll take a look at why some psychotherapists are branding themselves to attract more patients—and what that means for the treatments they provide. Then Kristine Nielsen, David Hyde Pierce, and Sigourney Weaver discuss their roles in Christopher Durang’s latest comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Plus, we’ll examine whether positive thinking is really the true path to happiness.

Digging Deep

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Gerard Lordahl, the greening director of GrowNYC, offers tips on how to deal with indoor plants and how to help your garden recover from Sandy and survive the winter. New York Times food writers Julia Moskin and Kim Severson discuss their 12-month-long head-to-head kitchen duel. We’ll look at a wrongful conviction case—and the effort to overturn it. Plus, physicist Sean Carroll discusses the search for the Higgs boson.

Check In

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Today we find out the true meaning of hospitality with Jacob Tomsky, who spent more than a decade working in the hotel industry and reveals some insider secrets about the passive-aggressive techniques that might be used during your stay. Actors Brian D’Arcy James and Kate Baldwin and composer and lyricist Michael John LaChiusa talk about the new musical “Giant.” Michael Feinstein, who knew Ira Gershwin well, looks back at the lives and legacies of the Gershwin brothers through 12 of their songs. And a new look at ancient Roman politician Cato, and how his principled stand against Caesar has been remembered through the ages.

Big Stars

Monday, November 26, 2012

Jack Black talks about his career in movies, music, and his latest role in the film "Bernie." Then Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Applebaum gives a glimpse behind the iron curtain, and reveals how communism took over Eastern Europe after WWII. And the great Tony Bennett shares the lessons he's learned over the course of his long career, working with everyone from Duke Ellington to Bill Evans to Lady Gaga.

Drama, School

Friday, November 23, 2012

We hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! Today we’re rebroadcasting some favorite interviews. We’ll find out the history and future of anonymous information leaks by hackers and activists, like Wikileaks and Anonymous. Tony Danza tells us about his experiences teaching 10th-grade English for a year at Philadelphia’s largest high school, and explains why he wants to apologize to every teacher he’s ever had. Emma Straub talks about her new novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures. Plus, Paul Tough looks at why children’s success depends less on intelligence and more on skills like curiosity, optimism, and self-control.

Here's the Thing Marathon

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Leonard Lopate Show won't be heard today. Instead, WNYC brings you one-hour specials of Alec Baldwin's Here's The Thing. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at the Leonard Lopate Show! We'll be back tomorrow with an episode of favorite recent interviews.

Taking Flight

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

On today’s show: Director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter John Gatins discuss the new film “Flight.” Susanna Moore talks about her new novel The Life of Objects. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan, talks about his latest book, Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder. And, just in time for Thanksgiving, the final installment of Globavores looks at turkeys with food historian Andrew Smith and chef Waldy Malouf.

A Higher Plane

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On today’s show: Futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, and how human minds might be merged with intelligent technology. Austin Pendleton and Ethan Hawke tell us about their new production of “Ivanov.” Then, we’ll preview an upcoming performance of Bach’s Magnificat, performed with period instruments. Also, historian Kenneth T. Jackson talks about how our city has recovered from previous disasters.

Spinning Around

Monday, November 19, 2012

Craig Whitney examines America’s relationship with guns and looks at the history of the Second Amendment and the gun control movement. Aman Sethi talks about poverty in Delhi. We’ll find out about “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” a play that combines original music, shadow puppetry, live action, and lighting effects. And Sean Wilentz gives an account of the rich history of Columbia Records.

In the Kitchen, in the Theater

Friday, November 16, 2012

James Beard Award-winning food writer Melissa Clark offers Thanksgiving shortcuts. Playwright Ayad Akhtar and actor Aasif Mandvi talk about their play, “Disgraced.” We’ll celebrate the 25th anniversary season of the Irish Repertory Theater and look at its production of “The Freedom of the City.” Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about the Fiscal Cliff.

Melting Pot

Thursday, November 15, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll look at the complicated issues that arise when once-endangered species like wolves return to populated areas. Filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick discuss their new Showtime documentary series, and companion book: The Untold History of The United States. Christopher Bonanos tells the history of the Polaroid! Plus, we’ll examine the future of the New York waterfront post Sandy.

Masters of the Universe

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll take a look at the country’s complex legal system. Then, Tom Wolfe stops by to discuss The Bonfire of the Vanities, the latest selection for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. Our latest Globavores segment looks at pumpkins and squash. And the gurus of how-to, Al and Larry Ubell, take your calls on home repair.

Clutter and Culture

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On today’s show: Dr. Robin Zasio of the A & E show Hoarders offers tips on how to declutter your life. WNYC’s Sara Fishko talks about the cultural importance of the year 1913, when cubism came to America and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring debuted. Timothy Egan tells the story behind some of the most dramatic pictures in Native American history. Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor discuss the current state of Affirmative Action, from who’s benefiting under it to who might not be.

Big Impressions

Monday, November 12, 2012

Pulitizer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham discusses the complex life and personality of Thomas Jefferson. Then Evan Thomas talks about President Eisenhower’s brilliance as a political tactician. Barbara Kingsolver tells us about her latest novel, Flight Behavior. Celebrated film editor Walter Murch discusses his translation of Curzio Malaparte’s work.

The Inside Story

Friday, November 09, 2012

On today’s show: NPR’s Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg and her sidekick Jonathan Coulton are here with a special quiz for you! Actor Kevin Pollak talks about his new memoir, How I Slept My Way to the Middle. Playwright Colman Domingo discusses his latest work “Wild with Happy,” at the Public Theater. Plus, Please Explain is all about the good and bad microbes that live in our houses, hospitals, and workplaces!

Breaking Free

Thursday, November 08, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll look at how Egyptian women are faring in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen talks about his fourth solo album, “Sunken Condos,” and he’ll be joined by Michael Leonhart, who produced it. Ethan Chorin, one of the first American diplomats posted to Libya after international sanctions were lifted, shares his first hand account of the Libyan revolution. John Schwartz on his family’s struggle to help their troubled son navigate his teens.

The Day After

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

On today’s show: The New Yorker’s John Cassidy helps us parse the election results. Our series Globavores continues, with a look at potatoes! David Rothenberg tells of his surprising life on and off Broadway. And we’ll look at China Central Television, the world’s largest TV network and the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party.

Elections and Hallucinations

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Todd Purdum, Vanity Fair national editor, gives us an election forecast, and the story behind it. Sam Wang of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, on how predictions can be right—or wrong. The one and only Christopher Walken discusses his latest film, “A Late Quartet.” Then, Oliver Sacks explores hallucinations and why we experience them.

Lasting Impression

Monday, November 05, 2012

Chrystia Freeland talks about growing economic inequality and the rise of the global super-rich. We’ll look at how photography was manipulated before the advent of Photoshop. Andy Borowitz talks about the Presidential election. Plus, we’ll look at the story behind Leonardo da Vinci and "The Last Supper."

Changing Winds

Friday, November 02, 2012

WNYC’s Charlie Herman discusses the economic impact of the storm. Then on Please Explain we’ll find out how storms are predicted and tracked. David Rothenberg talks about his varied life in the arts and in activism. Christopher Hayes talks about what’s been happening on the campaign trail with the presidential election just days away.

Point A to Point B

Thursday, November 01, 2012

We’ll continue getting updates on how the region is recovering from Superstorm Sandy. And Steven Starr discusses the deteriorating situation in Syria. We’ll look at whether the storm is connected to climate change. We'll find out about the repair and recovery efforts to restore subways, trains, airport service to the storm-damaged New York area. Larry Ubell offers advice on cleaning up and repairing your home after Sandy blew through. Slate’s Sasha Issenberg talks about how the presidential campaigns have been collecting data to target voters more effectively.