Germany and the Eurozone; "Smash & Grab"; Catskills and Comedy; FDR, LaGuardia, and NYC

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Timothy Garton Ash looks at whether Germany will be able to lead the Eurozone into a sustainable, internationally competitive future. Havana Marking discusses “Smash & Grab,” her documentary about the Pink Panthers, an international ring of jewelry thieves. Comedian Robert Klein and Lawrence Richards tell stories about the generations of Catskill-trained Jewish comedians. We’ll find out how President Franklin Roosevelt and Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia shaped New York City during the Great Depression.

Assisted Living; Richard Russo's Memoir of His Mother; Mystery, Revenge, and Cheese; YouTube and the Media

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A. C. Thompson talks about his year-long investigation into a multi-billion-dollar assisted-living company. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo on his complex relationship with his mother. Then, the story of a man who was lured to Spain by a famous cheese and its mysterious history. Plus, a look at what’s happened to YouTube since it was bought by Google in 2006, and whether the site could help transform entertainment.

The Mayor's Race; Astronaut Wives; Balanchine, Ballet, and Revolution; Beach Erosion and Protection

Monday, July 29, 2013

Andrew Meier explains why Mayor Bloomberg’s 12 years in office may be the biggest issue in this year’s mayoral campaign. Lily Koppel looks at the wives of the Mercury Seven astronauts, who became national celebrities as their husbands launched into space. We’ll find out about the working and personal relationship between choreographer George Balanchine and his childhood friend, ballerina Lidia Ivanova. Kate Sheppard talks about how coastal communities from Maine to Miami are adapting to rising sea levels and the threat of flooding.

Melissa Clark Talks Tomatoes; 50 Shades of Kale; Noisy Restaurants; Please Explain

Friday, July 26, 2013

New York Times Dining section columnist Melissa Clark who shares her ideas on what to do with all those tomatoes that are coming into season. Dr. Drew Ramsey and Jennifer Iserloh tell us how to cook with that super healthy and suddenly popular vegetable: kale. Plus, New York Magazine’s restaurant critic Adam Platt talks about how the city’s restaurants keep getting louder. Plus Please Explain is about rabies!

The History of the Voting Rights Act; "The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin"; Solar Plane; Indoor Air Pollution

Thursday, July 25, 2013

We’ll look at the history of the Voting Rights Act and what last month’s Supreme Court decision means for its uncertain future. David Morse and Rich Sommer talk about their roles in the new play, “The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin.” Dagmara Daminczyk discusses her new novel, The Lullaby of Polish Girls. We’ll find out about the first solar-powered airplane and about how your kitchen could be a pollution hazard.

Advice for Teachers; NYPL Pres. Anthony Marx; "Buyer & Cellar"; the Future of Fishing

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Veteran teacher Rafe Esquith shares what he’s learned and offers advice for rookie teachers and tenured faculty alike. New York Public Library President Anthony Marx talks about the library’s renovation project and the controversy it’s created. Playwright Jonathan Tolins and star Michael Urie on the off-Broadway play, “Buyer and Cellar.” And we’ll look at what’s happened to the Sea of Cortez when its fish population declined—it took the area’s economy down with it.

The Fertility Industry; Ayad Akhtar's American Dervish; Uncovering J. K. Rowling; the Rise of China

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Miriam Zoll talks about trying to get pregnant at 40 and her experience navigating the multi-billion-dollar fertility industry. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar joins us for July’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! Wall St. Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer explains how linguists figured out that J.K. Rowling published a crime novel under a pseudonym. And Orville Schell and John Delury talk about the people behind China’s extraordinary transformation over the last 150 years.

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The Environment and the Economy; Chuck Klosterman; What Unites Americans; Murder Mystery on Long Island

Monday, July 22, 2013

Environmentalist Amy Larkin explains why we need to translate the costs of global warming and extreme weather into dollar amounts—and start paying up. Chuck Klosterman talks villains, and what we’re really saying when we call someone bad or evil. Philip Caputo on what he learned while traveling from the United States’ most southern point to its most northern point. And reporter Robert Kolker discusses the murders of women on Long Island who used Craigslist to advertise as escorts, and the investigation to find the killer.

Guest Etiquette; Orange Is the New Black; "The Act of Killing"; Please Explain

Friday, July 19, 2013

On today’s show: New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes answers your etiquette questions for house guests and hosts! Piper Kerman on Orange is the New Black, her memoir about the time she spent in prison, which is the basis for the new Netflix series. Director Joshua Oppenheimer talks about his documentary, “The Act of Killing,” an unorthodox take on the story of the Indonesian death squads of the 1960’s. And this week’s Please Explain is all about sleep apnea!

Why Childbirth So Expensive in the US; Starting a Winery in France; the Novel On the Floor; Space Junk

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Leonard is back! He’ll speak with New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal about why it’s more expensive to give birth in the United than in the rest of the world. Ray Walker tells why—and how—he left a career in finance to start a winery in France. Aifric Campbell talks about her novel, On the Floor. We’ll find out about space junk and the problems it's causing.

Guest Host Andy Borowitz; Are Cities Good for You?; Led Zeppelin and The Who in 1973; The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells; Patricia T. O'Conner

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard. Leo Hollis argues that cities are good for you. Michael Walker recounts 1973 tours by Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Alice Cooper, and how they changed rock and roll. Andrew Sean Green discusses his new novel, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. And our word maven, Patricia T. O'Conner, tells how Jane Austen changed the English language.

Elliott Forrest Fills In! Clifton Leaf on Not Winning the War on Cancer; Violinist Nicola Benedetti; NYPL Renovation; "Kinky Boots"

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Elliott Forrest guest hosts. He speaks with journalist and cancer survivor Clifton Leaf about why we have made such limited progress in fighting the disease. Then, 25-year-old violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti talks about her latest album. We’ll take a look at the controversial renovation of the New York Public Library. And Billy Porter and Stark Sands discuss their roles in the Tony Award-winning new musical “Kinky Boots”!

Andy Borowitz Guest Hosts: DC's Media Industrial Complex; Jeff Garlin; Protecting the Jersey Shore; Difficult Men on TV

Monday, July 15, 2013

Andy Borowitz fills in as guest host. Mark Leibovich discusses Washington DC’s “media industrial complex.” Jeff Garlin from “Curb Your Enthusiasm” talks about directing and starring in the new film “Dealin with Idiots.” We’ll take a look at efforts to protect the Jersey Shore from the next storm. Brett Martin on the creative television revolution of the late 1990s and 2000s and the writers behind it.

Andy Borowitz Guest Hosts; Insider Trading; "Dancing in the Streets"; Kevin Pearce's TBI; Please Explain

Friday, July 12, 2013

Guest host Andy Borowitz fills in! He’ll speak with Charles Gasparino about the federal crackdown on insider trading. Mark Kurlansky on how the song “Dancing in the Street” became an anthem for changing America. Champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce talks about surviving his traumatic brain injury, along with Lucy Walker, director of a new documentary that chronicles his road to recovery. Plus, Please Explain is all about the art of complaining.

Martha Plimpton Hosts: Prop 8 Lawyer David Boies; Best Musicals; Lucy Wainwright Roche; Fracking

Thursday, July 11, 2013

She speaks with David Boies, co-lead counsel in the legal challenge to California’s Proposition 8. Singer-songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche discusses her latest album “Fairytale and Myth,” and Josh Fox discusses hydraulic fracturing and “Gasland Part Two,” the follow-up to his Oscar-nominated documentary.

Guest Host Martha Plimpton: Politics and Abortion; Ira Glass on David Rakoff; a New Literary Journal; Fighting HIV/AIDS in India; Why Humans Love Animals

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Martha Plimpton fills in for Leonard Lopate. First, Slate's Amanda Marcotte discusses states restricting abortion access and other reproductive rights. This American Life's Ira Glass talks about David Rakoff's final work—a novel written in verse. Uzoamaka Maduka talks about the new literary journal The American Reader. Meena Seshu, founder and secretary general of SANGRAM, discusses fighting HIV/AIDS among sex workers in India. Dr. Vint Virga explains what animals can teach us about being human.

Martha Plimpton Guest Hosts the Leonard Lopate Show: Wallace Shawn and More

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Guest host Martha Plimpton speaks with Constance Rosenblum, who writes the “Habitats” column for the New York Times, about how New Yorkers really live. Dave Malloy, who created “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” director Rachel Chavkin, and Blake DeLong discuss their unusual production. Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn talk about their collaboration on “The Designated Mourner.” Plus Simon Critchely and Jamieson Webster look at one of the most famous works in Western literature: Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”

Hallucinations; Topsy in Coney Island; "The Weir"; and Our Missing Ancestor

Monday, July 08, 2013

Brooke Gladstone fills in for Leonard Lopate. She speaks with neurologist Oliver Sacks about his work and his research into hallucinations. We’ll find out the true story of an elephant that was electrocuted at the turn of the last century. Director Ciaran O’Reilly and actor Dan Butler discuss “The Weir,” playing at the Irish Rep. And National Geographic’s Jamie Shreeve explains what DNA found in a cave in Siberia tells us about our human roots.

Doors' Drummer John Densmore; the True Story Behind "The Searchers"; a Life in the Movies; Aaron Neville

Friday, July 05, 2013

John Densmore talks about being the drummer in The Doors and the conflicts that grew along with the band’s success. We’ll look at how the story of Cynthia Ann Parker has inspired operas, plays, and John Ford’s classic movie “The Searchers.” 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.”

Jaron Lanier on Technology and the Future; the Life and Work of Eric Fromm; Nathaniel Philbrick on Bunker Hill; Nanotechnology

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Jaron Lanier, the father of virtual reality and one of the most influential thinkers of our time, examines the effects network technologies have had on our economy. In his new book Who Owns the Future? he asserts that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class. He looks at why and charts the path toward a new information economy that will stabilize the middle class and allow it to grow.

The Waning Labor Movement; Competitive Yoga; the Changing Arctic; Remaking Detroit

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

On today’s show: Jane McAlevey talks about her struggles as a union organizer and discusses ways the labor movement might be revived. Benjamin Lorr describes his experience with competitive yoga. Frances Beinecke, the President of the NRDC, and acclaimed photographer Paul Nicklen, discuss changes in the Arctic and his photographs a changing worlds at the earth’s poles. And we’ll look at efforts by urban planners, land speculators, and utopian environmentalists to remake Detroit.

Andrew Solomon on Unique Children; Unconventional in the 17th Century; Ruth Ozeki's Novel; Coach Bobby Knight

Monday, July 01, 2013

On today’s show: National Book Award-winning author Andrew Solomon looks into how parents learn to cope with unique children. John Glassie talks about about the life of Athanasius Kircher, an unconventional 17th-century priest-scientist who was seen as either a great genius or a colossal crackpot—or both. Ruth Ozeki talks about her new novel, The Tale for the Time Being. And legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight talks about his career and explains the power of negative thinking.