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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.