The Leonard Lopate Show : February 2013

Gospel, Protecting the Environment, Building Storm Barriers

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Leonard Lopate hosts a one-hour gospel special in honor of Black History Month. Then we’ll talk about the documentary “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet,” about the environmentalist movement. And we'll discuss proposals to protect New York from storm surges with barriers

Fading Hearing, A Palace in India, Joan Rivers

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

On today’s show, Katherine Bouton talks about hearing loss—which affects 50 million Americans. Alison Singh Gee tells the story of moving into a crumbling Indian palace. And Joan Rivers discusses her television and comedy work and her place as a biting fashion critic.

The Unlived Life, Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, "Winter Morning Walks"

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Author and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips describes the two parallel lives we all seem to lead—the one we’re actually living and the one we want to be living—and how we can reconcile the two. Historian Taylor Branch talks about the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Soprano Dawn Upshaw and musician and composer Maria Schneider talk about their new album, “Winter Morning Walks.”

The Economy, Maps, and Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Monday, February 25, 2013

Adam Davidson, of Planet Money and author of the "It's the Economy" column in the New York Times Magazine, tackles the current economic issues facing the nation. Simon Garfield talks about how humans came to make maps, and how they shape the world. Sandra Cisneros discusses her latest novel, Have You Seen Marie? And Steven Brill explores why why health care costs in the U.S. continue to rise.

Anthropology, Inc. - Why We Love Cats...and People - Please Explain

Friday, February 22, 2013

We’ll find out how anthropological research is being used by corporations to find out the needs, fears, and desires of consumers. Peter Trachtenberg talks about how searching for a lost cat led him to ponder his relationships with felines and with people. Then on Please Explain we’ll find out about endocrine-disrupting chemicals and how they affect human health.

Slow Cooking and Fast Future

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Smitten Kitchen blogger Deb Perelman gives some inspiration for cooking at home, even in a tiny kitchen. And David Burstein talks about how the millennial generation is shaping the world.

Drug Companies, Happy Families

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ben Goldacre uncovers some ways that drug companies mislead doctors and can harm patients. And New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler talks about how to teach kids values and how to make your families happier.

Big Influence

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Gail Collins talks about how Texas influences American politics. Karen Russell discusses her new book of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, examines the value of art school.

Protect and Defend

Monday, February 18, 2013

On today’s show: we’ll have the first insider’s account of what happened during the Benghazi attack that claimed the lives of four Americans last September 11th. David Ives talks about the off-Broadway production of a group of his short plays under the title “All in the Timing,” along with Carson Elrod, who is one of its stars. Kenny Vance on his latest album, “Acapella." Plus, a look at the New York City teachers and professors who were investigated during the Red Scare in the 1950s and 60s.

Life, Death, and Art

Friday, February 15, 2013

Marc Bookman looks into the case of Andre Thomas, who was convicted of murdering his family and sentenced to death, despite the fact that he was mentally ill. Nigerian artist El Anatsui describes creating large tapestries out of unlikely things like bottle caps. He’ll be joined by Susan Vogel, who’s directed a film and written a book about the international art star. Photographer Chester Higgins discusses Ancient Nubia, which stretched along the Nile in southern Egypt and Northern Sudan. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about nursing!

V Day Advice

Thursday, February 14, 2013

On today’s show: New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes takes your calls and questions about how to navigate the social and romantic minefield that is Valentine’s Day. We’ll look at the life and work of fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga. Martin Moran talks about his one-man show called “All the Rage.”

Learning from the Masters

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On today’s show: Leonard’s brother Phillip Lopate talks about his two new books—one is advice to writers and professors, the other is a collection of his personal essays called Portrait Inside My Head. Country music superstars Vince Gill and Doug Green discuss their Western swing band called The Time Jumpers. Manil Suri on his latest novel, The City of Devi, which is set in Mumbai. Plus, our gurus of how-to, Alvin and Lawrence Ubell, are here to take calls and questions about home repair!

Cooking, Writing, Reading

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

On today’s show: Melissa Clark returns to the show with tips and ideas to help us prepare that special Valentine’s Day meal! Chris Terrio talks about writing his Oscar-nominated screenplay for the film “Argo.” Jackie Collins discusses her latest novel, The Power Trip. And former Microsoft executive John Wood describes his efforts to build more libraries in the developing world.

A World Away

Monday, February 11, 2013

Journalist Dan Slater discusses how online dating is changing society in more profound ways than we may imagine. James Lasdun relates his experience being stalked online and offline by a former student. The conductor of the Afghan Youth Orchestra and one of his young musicians talk about coming to the United States to perform. Plus, field biologist George Schaller talks about his three decades exploring the wilderness of Tibet!

Listen and Learn

Friday, February 08, 2013

On today’s show: Judith and Bill Moyers are joined by their son, William Cope Moyers, to discuss how families deal with addiction. Mike Daisey talks about his latest show, about how life on-line is influencing life off-line; he’ll also address the controversy surrounding his This American Life piece on Foxconn factories in China. Directors Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill on the Academy Award-nominated short “Redemption,” about people who survive by collecting bottles and cans. Plus, Please Explain is all about the role hearing plays in shaping our memories and our brains.

The World's a Stage

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Benjamin Walker and Ciaran Hinds talk about the new Broadway revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Music executive Tommy Mottola tells how he became the hitmaking producer of Gloria Estephan, Mariah Carey, and Celine Dion. Plus, find out what the rising global middle class means for diplomacy in the 21st century.

Guns, Guitars, and Presidental Pals

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Walmart is the nation’s top seller of both firearms and ammunition. Reporter George Zornick tells us how the chain retailer helped make the AR-15 the most popular assault weapon in the country. Singer-songwriter and celebrated guitarist Richard Thompson talks about his latest album, “Electric.” British pop icon Lulu discusses her career, her hits like “To Sir With Love” and “Shout,” and making her U.S. debut. Plus, Jeffrey Frank looks at the complex relationship between Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.

Creating and Breaking Habits

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Michelle Rhee talks about her controversial tenure as chancellor of Washington D.C.’s public schools and what she’s doing now to improve our schools. We’ll mark the 50th anniversary of the New York Review of Books, with editor Bob Silvers and contributors John Banville and Darryl Pinckney. Then, Charles Duhigg talks about The Power of Habit, the February pick of the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! Plus, Ed Whitacre talks about bringing General Motors back from the brink of bankruptcy.

Divided We Stand

Monday, February 04, 2013

Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne explains that our politicians can’t agree on where we’re going as a country, because they can’t agree on where we’ve been. We take a look at the earliest mavericks of Silicon Valley. Teddy Wayne talks about his latest novel, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine. And we’ll look at school desegregation—and why a group of African Americans challenged the policy in a 2007 Supreme Court case.

Set Up

Friday, February 01, 2013

On today’s show: find out how the FBI built up a network of over 15,000 informants in the years after 9/11, and how they infiltrated our country’s Muslim communities. America Ferrera talks about playing a financially strapped woman who will go to extraordinary lengths to save her home from foreclosure in the off-Broadway play “Bethany.” Director Fisher Stevens describes working with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin on the new film “Stand Up Guys.” And our latest Please Explain!