The Leonard Lopate Show : October 2012

In Order

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

We’ll have more updates about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Leslie Bushara, of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, offers advice on how to entertain your kids with schools closed for the third day in a row. Thomas Ricks talks about American military leadership from World War II to Iraq. And Larry Ubell returns with advice on cleaning up and repairing your home after the storm. 

Grace Under Pressure

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We’ll be bringing you continuing coverage of Hurricane Sandy's aftermath with Andrea Bernstein and Bob Hennelly. Then Michael Shannon and Ed Asner discuss their roles in the new Broadway play “Grace.” Larry Ubell answers questions about staying safe at home during the storm, and how to handle repairs when it’s over. Adam Davidson looks at the possible economic impact of the storm. And Phillip Musegaas, of Riverkeeper, discusses the environmental impact of the storm on the NY Metro Area’s waterways. 

Gray Area

Monday, October 29, 2012

We'll talk with parents holed up indoors with children and share ideas about how to keep them entertained. Laurie Rubin describes her experience as a blind woman and explains how she’s seen color her entire life. And photographer Joel Meyerowitz and his wife and collaborator Maggie Barrett talk about a new two-part exhibition of his work and a new book of photographs he’s taken over his career. We'll also have updates on the storm throughout the show.

Facing the Music

Friday, October 26, 2012

Richard Hake fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: We’ll get some advice on how to de-clutter your life! Andy Borowitz talks about the presidential campaign as it enters the home stretch. Alan Gilbert, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, gives us a preview of the season ahead. And this week’s Please Explain is all about skyscrapers!

Social Strategy

Thursday, October 25, 2012

With Election Day less than two weeks away, everyone seems to be talking about the presidential campaign, so New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes gives advice on how you can talk politics without burning bridges. Then, Beth Terry tells us about her quest to rid her life of plastic and gives tips on how you can reduce the amount of plastic in yours. We’ll look at the chess program in a public school in Williamsburg that’s won more national championships than any other in the country. We’ll take a look at the issues that candidates hope will win them votes in Florida. Plus this week’s Backstory segment.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Greg Smith talks about why he left Goldman Sachs. Globavores is about chilies. Tama Matsuoka Wong, the forager for Daniel Boulud’s flagship restaurant, explains how to uncover fabulous ingredients in your backyard and what to do with them.

On Stage

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tracy Letts and Amy Morton talk about working together again—they’re starring in the new Broadway revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” Wall Street Journal columnist Sue Shellenbarger explains what research reveals about when the best time of day is to perform certain tasks. Then, Jake Gyllenhaal and Brían F. O’Byrne discuss their roles in the off-Broadway production of “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.”

Sowing and Reaping

Monday, October 22, 2012

Frederick Kaufman investigates the hidden connection between global food and global finance, asking why can’t delicious, inexpensive, and healthy food be available to everyone? Nick Hornby talks about his latest book, a collection of essays from his column in the Believer magazine. Mark Bowden gives an account of the hunt for and final killing of Osama bin Laden. And we'll get the latest on what's happening in Afghanistan and what role the war there is playing in the presidential election.

Making the Most

Friday, October 19, 2012

Barbara Ireland, creator of the “36 Hours” column in the New York Times, and editor Nina Wiener on The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada. This week's Please Explain is all about the fungal meningitis outbreak and compounding pharmacies.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ina Garten talks about her latest cookbook full of foolproof recipes. We’ll look at how the economy has changed in various states across the country, and what it means for the 2012 Election. Our latest Backstory segment.

The World Over

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

David Quammen tracks animal infections around the world, in search of the next human pandemic. Jacques Torres looks at the history and worldwide appeal of chocolate for our Globavores series. David Mitchell talks about his novel Cloud Atlas for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club!

Map for Success

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Neuroscientist and clinical psychologist Ian Robertson gives a scientific explanation of why some people succeed in life while others remain powerless, and looks at the brain functions behind winning and losing. Robert D. Kaplan tells why we should view global conflicts through geography.

Room for Improvement

Monday, October 15, 2012

On today’s show, New York magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson talks about whether architecture in NY has improved—or gotten worse—during the Bloomberg years. We’ll help DCTV celebrate 40 years of filmmaking! Sherman Alexie talks about his latest collection of new and selected stories, called Blasphemy. Sisters Daisy and Hallie Foote talk about their new play “Him.” Plus, Nancy Mullane tells the stories of five convicted murderers sentenced to life in prison and their struggle for redemption and another chance.

Across Cultures

Friday, October 12, 2012

Eric Jay Dolin discusses America’s first encounters with China in the 18th century...and what those encounters on the high seas can tell us about the relationship between the two super powers today. Historian Sönke Neitzel looks into the mindset of German soldiers during World War II. Andy Borowitz offers his take on the presidential election and the vice presidential debate. Plus, Hal Needham joins us for our Please Explain segment—it’s all about stuntmen!

Piece by Piece

Thursday, October 11, 2012

On today’s we’ll discuss traumatic brain injury among veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. G. Y. Dryansky takes us on a culinary tour of France. The director and star of the Middle of Nowhere talk about the film. We’ll get an update on how ethanol is influencing the election in Iowa. Plus, our latest Backstory segment.

Good Taste

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Stanley Tucci discusses how food has seeped into his professional life as an actor and led to his new cookbook. Boston Globe language columnist Ben Zimmer explains the rise of terms like “locavore.” The second installment of our new series Globavores looks at how corn has traveled around the world since 1492. The stars of Least Among Saints talk about the film. Plus, our Gurus of How-To take your calls on home repair!

Shadows and Light

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

We’ll kick off today’s show with a panel discussion of the power of dark money on political campaigns. Ty Burr takes a look at the nature of modern fame and why our culture has always obsessed over movie stars. Daniel Mendelsohn explains the art of criticism. Paul Elie talks about how some musicians are reinventing Bach by finding ways to make him new for our time.

Success and Failure

Monday, October 08, 2012

Nate Silver looks at what makes some predictions accurate while others fail. Sociologist Vivian Louie on how Latino immigrants are adapting to American schools, jobs, and culture. John Banville discusses his latest novel, Ancient Light. And the former President of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe Velez, talks about leading the country’s transformation from what some called a “failed state” to a stable, modern democracy.

Order in the Court

Friday, October 05, 2012

Jeffrey Toobin, of The New Yorker and CNN, takes a close look at the Supreme Court’s often contentious relationship with the White House. Janet Wallach tells the story of America’s first female tycoon, Hetty Green. Louise Erdrich discusses her new novel, The Round House. Please Explain is all about cloud computing and data barns.

Feeding Frenzy

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Melissa Clark discusses how to make the most of this fall’s amazing produce selections. Tori Hogan suggests ways foreign aid can be improved to benefit more people. Tarun Tejpal discusses his novel The Story of My Assassin, based on real events. We’ll have our latest look at the economy and the election. Plus, our latest Backstory segment.

Around the World

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

On today’s show: The Wall Street Journal’s Julia Angwin discusses how law enforcement is using your license plate to track you. We kick off our new series, Globavores, about the travels of food from the Columbian Exchange—this week we’ll discuss the tomato with culinary historian Andrew Smith and chef Lidia Bastianich. Lois Lowry on her latest novel, The Son. Daniel Botkin argues that we need to reassess our global conservation policies.

Feast and Famine

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

On today’s show: Lester Brown takes a look at food scarcity and why food security will be one of the driving geopolitical issues of the next century. Tom Reiss tells the true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo. Lawrence Norfolk discusses his new historical novel, John Saturnall’s Feast, about a young orphan who became one of the greatest chefs of his generation. Kenny Rogers tells us about his life in music and his new memoir Luck or Something Like It.

A Great Divide

Monday, October 01, 2012

MSNBC analyst and Salon columnist Joan Walsh looks at the roots of the growing divisiveness in American politics. Mark Helprin tells us about his new novel, In Sunlight and in Shadow. Luisa Weiss discusses her memoir, My Berlin Kitchen, about her transformation through food in Germany. Plus, Liv Ullman reflects on her relationship with Ingmar Bergman and Dheeraj Alkolkar’s new film about it.