Kitchen Essentials, Lidia Bastianich, Springtime Foraging, Please Explain: Culinary Traditions

Friday, March 29, 2013

We’ll start off today’s Food Fridays with Jack Bishop from the America’s Test Kitchen, who gives advice about what ingredients you should always have on-hand in your home. Lidia Bastianich discusses the foods and traditions of an Italian Easter. Tama Matsuoka Wong shares tips on what you can find in the wild to use in your kitchen. And on this week’s Please Explain, we’ll find out how foods like gefilte fish and ham have come to be associated with certain holidays like Passover and Easter.

Public Defenders; Aleksandar Hemon; Typhoid Mary; and Dr. Robert Lustig on Sugar, Fat, and Health

Thursday, March 28, 2013

We’ll look at the current status of public defenders and the legacy of the Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright. Aleksandar Hemon talks about growing up in Sarajevo, and watching its destruction from Chicago during the Balkan War. Mary Beth Keane discusses her new novel about Typhoid Mary, called Fever. Dr. Robert Lustig explains how the massive amount of sugar we’re consuming has changed our brain chemistry, affecting what—and how much—we eat.

Bo Xilai and Corruption in China, Bach 360, a Novel set in Vichy France, Animal Drones

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

We’ll look at the recent downfall of Bo Xilai and how it revealed a major power struggle within the Chinese Communist Party. Graham Parker and pianist Simone Dinnerstein talk about WQXR’s Bach 360 festival and about Dinnerstein’s performance of the Goldberg Variations. Nancy Kricorian talks about her novel, All the Light There Was, about an Armenian family’s struggle to survive in Vichy France. And we'll find about insects and animals engineered to be drones!

Abuse at Horace Mann, Growing Up in Alaska, the Novel Ghana Must Go, Waste and Fraud in the NSA.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The New Yorker contributor and Horace Mann graduate Marc Fisher talks about the shocking allegations of sexual abuse at the elite prep school. Then, one woman’s memoir of splitting her childhood between the wilds of Alaska and urban wilds of Baltimore. Taiye Selasi talks about her novel, Ghana Must Go.The Nation’s Tim Shorrock on what’s happened to the  men who blew the whistle on the waste and fraud they saw in the NSA’s system to intercept communications before 9/11.

Electronic Trash, The Bronfman Haggadah, "The Flick" on Stage, and Manhattan's Grid

Monday, March 25, 2013

Flat-screen televisions and monitors are harder to recycle than their older counterparts. On today’s showwe'll find out what’s happening to this new kind of trash. Edgar M. Bronfman and illustrator Jan Aronson talk about their new version of the Haggadah. Annie Baker talks about her latest play, “The Flick,” along with actor Matthew Maher. And, we’ll hear the little-known story of John Randel, Jr., the man who invented Manhattan’s street grid in the 19th century.

Ina Garten, the Bacon Brothers, DIY Recipes, Please Explain Artificial Flavors

Friday, March 22, 2013

Food Fridays continue!  Ina Garten returns to share tips on entertaining and some of her trademark recipes for simple and tasty meals. Kevin and Michael Bacon perform live in our studios, and we’ll find out what they like to eat when they’re out on the road. America’s Test Kitchen’s Julia Collin Davison returns to talk about how to make foods like corn chips and peanut butter at home. And, on this week’s Please Explain, we’ll find out at how artificial flavors are designed to appeal to your taste buds.

Iraq Today, Sustainable Architecture, Kids and Screens

Thursday, March 21, 2013

We wrap up our three-day series to mark the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq with a look at the impact the war has had both on the soldiers who have fought in it and Iraq’s environment. Architect Bjarke Ingels explains “hedonistic sustainability.” American Book Award-winner Mackenzie Bezos on her new novel, Traps. We’ll find out about the microbial life that scientists have discovered over 6 miles beneath the ocean’s surface. And, Hanna Rosin looks at whether apps geared toward kids are educational or are just teaching kids how to zone out.

A Look Back at Iraq, The Lost Weekend's Author, Piero della Francesca at the Frick, and Our Word Maven

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

We continue our three-day series to mark the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Then, we talk about writer Charles Jackson, whose life and work captured what it meant to be an addict and a closeted gay man in mid-century America. Curator Nathaniel Silver discusses the exhibit of Piero della Francesca paintings at the Frick Collection. And our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls and questions on the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the English language.

Looking Back at Iraq, Soprano Diana Damrau, Piecing Together WWII Stories, Celebrating MAD Magazine

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

We’re launching a three-day series to mark the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Today we’ll start by looking at how the Bush Administration made the case to invade. German soprano Diana Damrau talks about singing opposite Placido Domingo in “La Traviata” at the Metropolitan Opera. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dale Maharidge describes trying to find the surviving members of his father’s WWII Marine Company. And illustrators Drew Friedman, Al Jaffe, and Arnold Roth on the life and work of MAD Magazine founding editor Harvey Kurtzman.

Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, "Belleville," Sam Lipsyte's Stories, Stem Cell Research

Monday, March 18, 2013

BBC foreign correspondent Kim Ghattas looks at Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State and how she went from being called a polarizing politician to a popular diplomat. Actors Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller discuss the off-Broadway production of “Belleville.” Sam Lipsyte talks about his new book of short stories called The Fun Parts. Esquire editor Tyler Cabot and researcher Dr. Anthony Atala explain the current state of stem cells research.

Food's Future, Seasonal Eating, Swapping Recipes, Cheese Please

Friday, March 15, 2013

Dana Cowin, Dan Barber, and Dave Arnold on the future of food. Irish cookbook writer Clodagh McKenna. Food 52’s Amanda Hesser on making a recipe your own. Please Explain cheese!

Supreme Court, "The Dance and the Railroad, Guggenheim Partners

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin discusses Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her lasting impact on the high court. David Henry Hwang talks about “The Dance and the Railroad,” the second production of his year-long residency at the Signature Theater Company. And we’ll look at Guggenheim Partners—the company has bought the LA Dodgers and The Hollywood Reporter but remains incredibly secretive.

NYU President John Sexton, Training Navy SEALs, and Education in America

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

John Sexton, president of NYU, explains why baseball is more than a game.  Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver talks about training Navy SEALs. Jamie Quatro discusses her debut collection of stories, in I Want to Show You More. And Sarah Carr discusses education in 21st-century America and in New Orleans.

Coach Bob Knight, Sex in the Arab World, "Old Hats"

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

We'll find how attitudes toward sex are shifting in the Arab World. Bill Irwin and David Shiner talk about their new show, "Old Hats." Ruth Ozeki talks about her new novel, The Tale for the Time Being. And legendary basketball coach Bob Knight talks about his career and explains the power of negative thinking.

The Taliban vs. Teenage Girl, Richard Hell, The New Deal

Monday, March 11, 2013

Vanity Fair’s Marie Brenner tells how a Pakistani girl became the face of resistance against the Taliban—and the target of gunfire. Richard Hell talks about starting pivotal punk bands like Television, the Heartbreakers, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids. Jonathan Dee describes his latest novel, A Thousand Pardons. Historian Ira Katznelson argues that a small group of Southern lawmakers protected American democracy during the 1930’s, even as they safeguarded racial segregation. 

Fat Sugar Salt, Eddie Huang, Russ & Daughters, the Science of Baking

Friday, March 08, 2013

Michael Moss explains why the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese and 70 pounds of sugar each year, and 8,500 milligrams of salt a day! Baohaus chef Eddie Huang talks pork buns and politics of food! Mark Russ Federman tells the story of how Russ & Daughters, his family’s multi-generational appetizing store in the Lower East side, has survived for nearly 100 years. And this week’s Please Explain is all about the science of baking.

Putin’s Russia, and the Films “The Girl” and “Beyond the Hills”

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Russian journalist Masha Gessen traces the rise of Vladimir Putin from low-level KGB operative to president of Russia, and looks at how he’s been able to maintain his power. Director David Riker and Abbie Cornish, his star in the new film, “The Girl,” about a single mother who’s lost her child to social services and tries some desperate measures to straighten out her life. Christian Mungiu talks about his latest film, “Beyond the Hills,” which won Best Actress and Best Screenplay at Cannes last year.

Clive Davis, Why Things Catch On, Inside the Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Legendary music producer Clive Davis talks about working with some of music’s biggest names over the last five decades, including Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and Kelly Clarkson.  Marketing professor Jonah Berger helps us understand why some products and ideas catch on while others don’t. Carlene Bauer talks about her latest novel, Frances and Bernard. Plus, one woman’s experience growing up in the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its high-profile protests and extreme beliefs.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, People in the Amazon, the Rise of Big Data

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor talks about the history of the high court and her place in it. Mark Plotkin discusses the isolated tribes that still live deep in the Amazon forest, with little or no contact with the outside world. Elizabeth Graver talks about her latest novel, The End of the Point. And we’ll look at big data and how it will affect our economy, scientific discovery, and revolutionize our daily lives.

Terror Courts, Rita Moreno, Phone Phreaks, Morality and Technology

Monday, March 04, 2013

The Wall Street Journal’s Supreme Court correspondent Jess Bravin and government prosecutor Lt. Col. Stuart Crouch talk about the courts at Guantanamo Bay, where suspected Al Qaeda terrorists are tried. Rita Moreno looks back at her career on stage and screen. She’s one of the few artists to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards. We’ll look at the underground network of “phone phreaks” who managed to hack into the country’s telephone system. Plus, the political and moral dilemmas posed by the technological efficiencies of the digital age.

Food Fridays with Leonard Lopate

Friday, March 01, 2013

For the next 10 weeks, we’re dedicating our Friday shows to all things food. From the kitchen to the school cafeteria to restaurants to the FDA, the series will look at food through a variety of lenses—culinary, social, cultural, political. The series will include interviews with chefs, restaurant critics, food writers, and will include recipes, cooking tips, how-to demonstrations, and discussions on tipping servers, catering, obesity, and lunch at work.

On today’s show, Chef Tom Colicchio and directors Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson discuss the documentary “A Place at the Table,” about the more than 49 million people who are food insecure in this country. New York magazine’s food critic Adam Platt discusses food trends. Julia Collin Davidson, of America’s Test Kitchen, talks about the DIY Cookbook. Plus Please Explain is all about superfoods.