The Leonard Lopate Show : January 2013

Bailed Out, Covered Up

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Former Vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board and Wall St. Journal columnist Alan Blinder discusses the financial meltdown and what lies ahead for our economic future. Alex Gibney on his latest documentary, how the Catholic Church has covered up sexual abuse. Edward Ball tells the true story of an unusual collaboration between the inventor of moving pictures who was a cold-blooded killer and the railroad tycoon Leland Stanford.

The Past, Future, and the Sea in Between

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Al Gore explains what six key things will shape the future—from shifting military power to scientific breakthroughs to climate change. Sam Roberts marks the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Terminal. Peter Hook, a founding member and bass player for Joy Division, takes us behind the scenes of the band’s three years together. And we’ll start off our show with Fabien Cousteau and marine toxicologist Dr. Susan Shaw, who discuss the biggest threats to the health of the world’s oceans and waterways.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nobel laureate economist and New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman shares his thoughts on how the economy is doing and how to make its recovery stronger. We’ll take a look at Henry Ford—a Michigan farm boy grew up to become one of our most influential innovators. Dave Barry talks about his latest novel about a destination wedding in Florida that goes awry. Plus, Dr. Leana Wen on why she thinks the art of the medical diagnosis is being lost and what that means for us as patients.

Surviving and Thriving

Monday, January 28, 2013

Peter Georgescu talks growing up in a Romanian labor camp and then becoming CEO of Young & Rubicam, and his thoughts on the human capacity for good and evil. Dror Moreh, director of “The Gatekeepers,” discusses his documentary about Israel’s Secret Service and how politics and diplomacy have affected national security there. We’ll find out why high school really may be just as brutal—and formative—as you think. And Baohaus chef and co-owner Eddie Huang, one of the food world’s more colorful new stars, explains how he molded his own identity—and talks about the food he ate along the way.

Jazzed Up

Friday, January 25, 2013

New York Times food columnist and cookbook writer Melissa Clark shares ideas for stocks and soups! We’ll mark four decades of jazz at LaGuardia High School, home to the nation’s first fully accredited jazz education program, started by Justin DiCioccio. Also joining us is one of its most famous alums: Jimmy Owens. Curator Rebecca Rabinow talks about the exhibition “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And this week’s Please Explain is all about exercise—and how to get the most out of your workout!

Crossing Over

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Investigative journalist Ian Cobain traces the United Kingdom’s secret history of torture, and why—when a nation’s security is at stake—the gloves almost always come off. David O. Russell talks about writing and directing “Silver Linings Playbook,” which has been nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Director! Mare Winningham and Elizabeth Marvel discuss their roles in the Broadway revival of William Inge’s “Picnic.” And we'll find out about the decline in corporate outsourcing and take a look at Japan's planned economic stimulus and hopes that it will lift that country out of its lasting recession.

Inside Outside

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright investigates the inner workings of the Church of Scientology, and the controversy that surrounds it. D. T. Max discusses the life and legacy of the writer David Foster Wallace. Michael Dahlie talks about his comic novel about an introverted ghost writer. Plus, we’ll look at immigration reform—and find out who gets into this country, who doesn’t, and why.

Close Watch

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

On today’s show: Frontline producer Martin Smith describes his investigation into why the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to act on what many argue is credible evidence of crimes on Wall Street. Peter Yost talks about his NOVA documentary “Rise of the Drones,” about how robots are revolutionizing warfare. New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot tells us about the life and career of her father Lyle Talbot, a star during the early days of Hollywood. Plus, Aaron Neville on the release of his latest recording “My True Story.”

Inauguration Day

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Leonard Lopate Show presents a presidential inauguration special. Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post and MSNBC discusses President Obama’s speech. Then Frank Rich, Todd Purdum, and Joan Walsh look at some of the key challenges facing the president's second term.

Pulled Apart

Friday, January 18, 2013

On today’s show: We’ll find out how the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder among the country’s veterans is spreading to their families. Writer, director, and producer Bill Persky looks back at the Golden Age of television and his work on “The Dick van Dyke Show” and “Kate and Allie,” and other hit shows. The curator of “Inventing Abstraction” at the Museum of Modern Art talks about how abstraction transformed art. Plus: this week’s Please Explain is all about our troubled postal service.

Commanding Attention

Thursday, January 17, 2013

General Stanley McChrystal reflects on his tenure as the commanding officer of all US & coalition forces in Afghanistan. John Matteson discusses the life and times of the fiery social critic Margaret Fuller. Emmy winner Laurie Metcaff and her daughter Zoe Perry talk about staring in “The Other Room” on Broadway.

Reaching for Peace

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Middle East experts Flynt and Hillary Leverett argue that we need a new, more direct engagement with Iran. André Aciman discusses his latest collection of personal essays. Adam Mansbach, the author of the wildly popular Go the F*ck to Sleep, talks about his latest novel, Rage is Back. Plus, our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner looks at the vocabulary that emerged from Watergate and answers your questions about the sometimes vexing English language.

The Bomb

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ward Wilson describes what he calls the five myths about nuclear weapons. Filmmaker Stephen Maing talks about his documentary “High Tech, Low Life,” about two journalists who pursue stories that the official Chinese media doesn’t want to cover. Ann Leary discusses her new comic novel about an alcoholic New England real estate broker and her complicated web of relationships. Plus, Nick Turse on his new history of the Vietnam War and new evidence of the true brutality of the conflict.

Risk and Reward

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ping Fu talks about her remarkable journey escaping the Chinese Cultural Revolution to becoming an entrepreneurial leader in the United States. National Book Award Winner Deidre Bair discusses her new biography of iconic New Yorker artist Saul Steinberg. We’ll get a preview of The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. Plus, Glenn Croston explains how we misinterpret risk.

Collected Stories

Friday, January 11, 2013

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. We start the show with a Please Explain look at the top science stories of 2012! George Saunders talks about his new short story collection, Tenth of December. Michael Cannell tells the story of a California mechanic who became the first American-born driver to win the Grand Prix. And the Wall Street Journal’s Julia Angwin discusses the new powers given to the National Counterterrorism Center to collect information on Americans, even if they have not been suspected of a crime.

Roll with It

Thursday, January 10, 2013

On today’s show: Alicia Menendez fills in for Leonard Lopate. Jesse Prinz examines nature versus nurture in human development and tells us why our DNA is not necessarily our destiny. Massimo Montanari on his new book Let the Meatballs Rest, about food culture, cooking methods, and eating habits throughout history. Dena Kaye talks about the centenary celebration of her father, the award-winning entertainer Danny Kaye. And Cali Williams Yost tells us how small, consistent, everyday changes can help us all find a better fit between work and life.

Shake Up

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Alicia Menendez, in today for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Journalist Jonathan Katz gives a firsthand account of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 and the monumentalbut rocky—recovery effort there. Then, we’ll find out how habits are made and broken. And science writer Neil Shubin explains there’s evidence of the Big Bang inside all of us. Plus, Wenonah Hauter, organic farmer and executive director of Food & Water Watch, takes a look at the effects of corporate consolidation of our food supply on public health.

Lessons Learned

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: We’ll find out how Michelle Rhee’s attempts to reform Washington, D.C.’s, schools made her a highly controversial national figure. Actor Jeff Bridges and his Buddhist teacher Roshi Bernie Glassman talks about their decades-long dialogue on life, friendship, and the movies. Woodcarver David Esterly talks about being asked to replace a destroyed masterpiece. And Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan look at the trade-offs and inefficiencies inherent in every organization—from McDonald’s to Al Qaeda.

Digging Deep

Monday, January 07, 2013

On today’s show, we’ll compare the amount of money both sides of the gun control debate spend on elections and lobbying efforts. Then, guest host Julie Burstein talks with Joyce Carol Oates about her novel, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. Ayana Mathis discusses her acclaimed debut novel The 12 Tribes of Hattie. Plus, a look at new research which indicates that being more emotionally vulnerable could actually make us stronger.


Friday, January 04, 2013

On today’s show: we’ll look at how some of the principles of physics could be applied to Wall Street and how some physicists are already changing our financial institutions. Also, filmmaker Michael Apted talks about the latest installment of his 7 Up series, which checks in on the lives of a group of men and women every 7 years. And, Rob Rapley and Neal Huff discuss their documentary “The Abolitionists.” Plus, our latest Please Explain is about helium!

The Spread

Thursday, January 03, 2013

On today’s show: ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger takes a look at why public trust in banks is at an all time low. Then, Charles Morris describes the first industrial revolution in the United States, which started in the 1820s. Also, a history of peanut butter. And, we’ll investigate whether lead in gasoline was a cause of fluctuations in violent crime over the last 50 years.

Big Issues

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

On today’s Leonard Lopate Show we’ll find out about the Economist’s special report on global obesity and what countries are doing to address it. Then violinist Midori talks about the 30th anniversary of her performing career. Landscape architect Kate Orff describes the environmental damage done along the Mississippi River system. And Monona Rossol talks about theater safely.

Movers and Shakers

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

On today's New Year's Day show, we're replaying some favorite interviews from last year. Wyclef Jean tells about his journey from Haiti to the housing projects of Brooklyn to Newark and onto the world stage as a member of the Fugees. Director Penny Marshall talks about her life and career in front of—and behind—the camera. Supreme Court lawyer Linda Hirshman tells the story of the gay rights movement. Plus, the one and only Joan Rivers.