The NY Waterfront; Hitchcock's Early Films; Lidia Bastianich; Please Explain Sinkholes

Friday, June 28, 2013

Richard Hake fills in for Leonard. Justin Davidson, New York magazine’s architecture critic, discusses Mayor Bloomberg’s plans for the city’s waterfront. We’ll find out about Hitchcock’s earliest films. Lidia Bastianich looks at how immigrants and others celebrate independence in America. And Please Explain is all about sinkholes!

The Forces Behind the Arab Spring; Changes in Hollywood; Rufus Wainwright on Kate McGarrigle's Life and Music; Matt Taibbi

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Join guest host Richard Hake on tomorrow’s show when he speaks to political scientist Shibley Telhami about the driving forces behind the Arab Spring. Veteran Hollywood producer Lynda Obst looks at the major transformation in the movie business over the last decade. Director Lian Lunson talks about her documentary “Sing the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle,” along with Rufus Wainwright. And Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi explains what new documents reveal about the role that the rating agencies played in the 2008 financial meltdown.


Wrangling for Immigration Reform; Tap Dancer Savion Glover; Excesses on Wall St.; Unknown Shakespeare

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Guest host Jonathan Capehart fills in for Leonard. First, Lanae Erickson Hatalsky talks about today's Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage. New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza looks at the congressional wrangling over immigration legislation. Savion Glover discusses  his new show at the Joyce called “Stepz.” Former Galleon Group trader Turney Duff describes what Wall Street people do after hours. And scholar James Shapiro shares some little known facts about Shakespeare and his work!

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Crimes Against Women Migrant Workers; Growing Up in Kabul; the Enlightenment in America; Hijacking in the 1960s

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman looks at the lives of—and crimes committed against—migrant women working in America’s fields and packing plants. Qais Akbar Omar talks about growing up in Kabul, surviving the civil war, and defying of the Taliban. Jonathan Lyons on how Ben Franklin and his contemporaries brought the enlightenment to America. We’ll examine the rash of Airplane hijackings in the late 1960s.


Public Defenders; Hilary Mantel; Emma Brockes' Memoir; Inside a Failing School

Monday, June 24, 2013

The HBO documentary “Gideon’s Army” looks at the challenges facing public defenders in the Deep South, and we’ll speak with its director, Dawn Porter, and Travis Williams, one of the public defenders featured in the film. And Hilary Mantel talks about Bring Up The Bodies, this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club selection! Emma Brockes discusses uncovering mysteries of her mother's past. Ron Berler on spending a year in one of our nation’s 45,000 failing schools, and what teachers are doing to try to turn it around.

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Gardening Questions; Florida's Dark Side; "Cornelius" on Stage; Please Explain

Friday, June 21, 2013

Gerard Lordahl, the Greening Director of GrowNYC, answers all your questions about summer gardening! Then T. D. Allman looks at how the state of Florida went from being a swampy backwater to the nation’s fourth most populous state, which is playing a key role in 21st century America. Alan Cox and Emily Barber talk about “Cornelius,” a long forgotten play by J.B. Priestely, one of Britain’s greatest dramatists. Our latest Please Explain is about new insights into Alzheimer’s disease.

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A New Economy; "The Comedy of Errors"; John Hodgman; "Fatal Assistance" in Haiti; the History of Privacy

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Gar Alperovitz discusses what a new economy might look like and how it might be more democratic, support communities, and be better governed. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater talk about playing twins in “The Comedy of Errors,” the summer’s first Shakespeare in the Park production. John Hodgman on “John Hodgman: Ragnarok,” a survival guide to the Mayan apocalypse. Filmmaker Raoul Peck talks about his film “Fatal Assistance,” a look at what happened in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. And, The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore on the NSA data collection program and the history of state surveillance.

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Daily Rituals; Accordionist Rob Curto; "Downtown Express"; Monona Rossol on Mold

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

We all have our routines, and today we’ll look at the daily rituals of creative people like Jane Austen, Benjamin Franklin, and Twyla Tharp, and how they’ve influenced their work. Accordionist Rob Curto, who’s a member of the band Matuto, performs live in our studio! Michael Bacon, Nellie McKay, and Philippe Quint discuss recording the soundtrack to David Grubin’s film “Downtown Express.” And Monona Rossol talks about how to deal with mold damage from Sandy.

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Head of the NSA; FISA Courts; Lionel Shriver's Big Brother; Big Data

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

On today’s show: Wired magazine’s James Bamford fills us in on General Keith Alexander, the four-star general who leads the National Security Agency. We’ll look at the FISA courts and the efforts to make their rulings public. Ed Hardy on building a billion-dollar brand out of his love of tattoos. Lionel Shriver talks about her latest novel, Big Brother. Plus, we’ll find out how corporations are competing to get as much information as they can about their consumers.  

Cyber-War; Two Films: "The Attack" and "My Afghanistan"; Bretton Woods

Monday, June 17, 2013

Vanity Fair’s Michael Joseph Gross explains how America’s bid to stop the 20th-century threat of nuclear proliferation may have unleashed a unexpected 21st century threat—cyber-war! Then the director “The Attack” talks about the film, about a Israeli-Palestinian surgeon whose life is shattered after he discovers secrets his wife has kept from him. Plus, a powerful documentary from the forbidden zone of Afghanistan. And how a new geopolitical order was hatched at Bretton Woods, when representatives of 44 nations gathered there in July 1944.

Chris Hayes on Politics; Gettysburg; Pacific by Tom Drury; Please Explain

Friday, June 14, 2013

MSNBC host Chris Hayes talks about the push to pass immigration reform, the NSA scandal, and why so many Americans have lost trust in their government. Then, as the 150th anniversary of the battle approaches, we’ll look at Gettysburg and why it was a turning point in the Civil War. Tom Drury discusses his latest novel, Pacific. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is about pain and how the body responds to it in many different ways.

Measuring Intelligence; Comedian Trevor Noah; Deciphering an Ancient Code; Bradley Manning Trial

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman on why the ways we measure intelligence in children often fails to predict adult success. South African comedian Trevor Noah talks about his new one-man off-Broadway show “Born a Crime,” about growing up in Apartheid South Africa as a mixed-race child. We’ll find out why it took scholars 50 years to break a code that enabled them to read Europe’s earliest written records. Plus, we’ll get the latest on the Bradley Manning trial.

Curing Cataract Blindness; Only Children; Claire Messud's New Novel; The Gurus of How-To

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On today’s show: Dr. Geoffrey Tabin talks about cataract blindness in isolated and impoverished countries. Lauren Sandler—an only child and the parent of an only child—argues that there are benefits from growing up in a single-child household. Claire Messud discusses her latest novel, The Woman Upstairs. Plus, our gurus of how-to, Alvin and Lawrence Ubell, take your calls on home repair!

Women in India; Backup Singers; the Summer of 1776; Chicago and Modern America

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Wall Street Journal’s Asia Editor talks about how the rape of a young woman in Delhi last year has touched off a national debate about women’s rights in India. Singers Darlene Love and Merry Clayton and director Morgan Neville discuss “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” a new documentary about backup singers. Historian Joseph J. Ellis looks at the events of the summer of 1776. Plus, we’ll find out about the pivotal role that Chicago has played in shaping American culture.

The High Cost of Health Care; Family Stories; Jeffrey Sachs on JFK

Monday, June 10, 2013

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal explains why colonoscopies have gotten more expensive, despite their becoming more commonplace, and how that’s driven up healthcare costs. Alysia Abbott talks about growing up with her openly gay father in 1970s and 80s San Francisco. David Berg tells of growing up with a troubled father and the 1968 murder of his brother. Economist Jeffrey Sachs on the foreign policy triumphs during John F. Kennedy’s presidency.

Good Taste; BBQ Pitmasters; "Lucky Guy"; Please Explain

Friday, June 07, 2013

Tom Vanderbilt discusses what science can tell us about why we like certain foods but not others. We’ll get a preview of this weekend’s Big Apple Barbecue Block Party with three great pitmasters. Director George C. Wolfe and actor Courtney B. Vance talk about bringing Nora Ephron’s play “Lucky Guy” to Broadway. This week’s Please Explain looks at the changes in the new fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders.

Melissa Clark on Summer Parties; "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer"; Cotton Tenants

Thursday, June 06, 2013

New York Times Dining section columnist Melissa Clark shares ideas about what to make for parties and picnics that can stand up to the summer heat. Then we’ll talk to the directors of a new documentary about Pussy Riot, the Russian group whose members were arrested and jailed for performing in a cathedral. We’ll find out about a re-discovered article by James Agee and photographer Walker Evans that was the basis of their celebrated book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.

Wedding Advice; Four Seasons in Afghanistan; Federico Garcia Lorca in New York; The Billionaire's Apprentice

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Weddings can come with all kinds of potential social disasters, and New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes is here to answer your wedding etiquette questions! Anna Badkhen tells what kept drawing her back to Afghanistan after she covered the war there in 2001. Frederico Garcia Lorca’s niece Laura Garcia Lorca and editor Christopher Maurer discusses Poet in New York and the Lorca Festival going on now in New York. Plus, a look at the rise of Indian Americans to the top ranks of American business—and the fall of Galleon founder Raj Rajaratnam who was convicted of conspiracy and securities fraud in 2011.

Dwight Gooden; the History of Superman; the Novel, Sparta; "Dirty Wars"

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

On today’s show: Dwight Gooden talks about his years with the Mets, winning 3 World Series, pitching a no-hitter, and how he finally conquered his addictions on reality television. Larry Tye tells the history of Superman, one of popular culture’s most enduring heroes. Roxana Robinson discusses her new novel, Sparta. Jeremy Scahill and Richard Rowley discuss their new documentary “Dirty Wars.”

Hedge Fund Collapse; Marriage and the Movies; Colum McCann's TransAtlantic; the World After Oil

Monday, June 03, 2013

Securities analyst turned investigative reporter Barbara Dreyfus describes what led to the largest hedge fund collapse in history when Amaranth Advisors imploded. Jeanine Basinger charts the history of marriage in the movies. Colum McCann talks about his latest novel, TransAtlantic. And we’ll learn how reducing our dependence on oil could transform almost every aspect of American society.