On today’s show: we’ll look into the forces that have shaped the planning and design of great industrial cities from the 19th century to the present. Jesmyn Ward talks about how the deaths of five young men who were close to her, prompted her to look at the role race and poverty played in cutting their lives short. Flat picking guitarist and vocalist David Bromberg performs live. And we’ll discuss the long, complex history that many of our oldest colleges and universities have had with slavery and emancipation.
Today on Food Fridays: food writer Rozanne Gold and farmer Elizabeth Ryan share their ideas for what you can do with this year’s bumper crop of apples. Find out why the USDA recently lifted its ban on chickens that are processed in Chinese plants. Sushi chef Bun Lai tells us about cooking with invasive species like Asian carp, feral hogs, and European green crabs! And this week’s Please Explain is all about pepper—from its role in the spice trade to how we use it in our favorite dishes.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Sheri Fink reveals the shocking story behind patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. We’ll take a look at Muscle Shoals—Rick Hall describes putting the small Alabama town on the map with his FAME studios where some of the greatest pop music hits of the past 50 years have been recorded. Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard on her work “Ona,” a 19-and-a-half foot tall piece that’s been permanently installed at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Plus, a look at the military commission that will soon hear the trial of Abd al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind behind the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.
Mike Nichols talks about directing the upcoming Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s play, “Betrayal.” We’ll take a look at the white women who became part of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. We’ll get a preview of this year’s New York Film Festival, which is marking its 50th anniversary. Richard Dawkins talks about his early life, of becoming a scientist and writing The Selfish Gene.
We’ll take a look at the challenges that stand in China’s path to global supremacy, including extreme gender disparity and an aging labor force. Novelist David Plante talks about the first volume of his memoirs, Becoming a Londoner, about his first 20 years in that city. Tom Barbash discusses his new collection of short stories called Stay Up with Me. And find out how Mexico became home to Latin America’s biggest drug cartels and the violence and corruption that came along with them.
On today’s show: Barnard College president Debora Spar talks about how American women’s lives have changed over the past 50 years, and why the challenges women face are more complex than ever. We’ll get a peek into the life of Huguette Clark, the eccentric and reclusive heiress who died in 2011. Zoë Heller joins us for September’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about her novel Everything You Know! Graham Nash talks about his career with The Hollies and then with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Today: the return of Food Fridays—our weekly series about food and how we cook it! Martha Stewart talks about enjoying the good things in life—like dessert—well into old age. We’ll learn about food in the Soviet Union, and how dinner was packed with meaning at a time when there were bread shortages, rationing, and even state-run lessons in table manners. Jack Bishop from America’s Test Kitchen teaches us how to pickle. And this week’s Please Explain is about calories—what they are, why they matter and whether you should bother to count them.
Richard Scheller and Blake Wilson talk about the research that’s earned them prestigious Lasker Awards this year. Grammy Award-winner Gary Burton looks back on his 50-year-long career as one of the few openly gay musicians in jazz. Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah talk about their film “The Muslims Are Coming!” And we’ll get a preview of this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival!
Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser looks into the management and near-misses of our nuclear arsenal—and how we ensure that our nuclear missiles aren’t stolen, sabotaged, or detonated by accident. Linda Ronstadt talks about her life and her career—and her recent announcement that she has Parkinson’s disease and will never perform again. Plus, our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls and questions about the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the English language!
Fewer than three years after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s politics remain in disarray. Martin Smith looks back at what’s happened and suggests what might be next. Samantha Geimer describes being the young woman in the sexual assault case involving Roman Polanski. We’ll look at what’s happened to the doctors who’ve continued to perform late-term abortions in the US in the wake of the assassination of Dr. George Tiller. Former mayor David Dinkins on his life, his time at City Hall—and his take on this year’s race for mayor.
On today’s show: political journalist John Nichols talks about how the money we spend on political campaigns has come to define our elections and our democracy. We’ll find out why ancient Greek and Roman history still matters. Margaret Atwood discusses her latest novel, MaddAddam, which concludes her dystopian trilogy. Richard Wolffe takes us behind the scenes of President Obama’s re-election campaign to explain how marketers and admakers shaped his winning strategy.
Financial journalist Duff McDonald explains how the consulting firm McKinsey & Company has shaped American business since 1926. Filmmaker Joe Berlinger on his new documentary about how former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson steered the economy through the financial meltdown 5 years ago. Jonathan Lethem talks about his latest novel, Dissident Gardens. Plus, during this Jewish holiday season, this week’s Please Explain is all about Yiddish!
Sasha Abramsky talks about how poverty in America has changed in recent years—and how addressing poverty could help reinvigorate our political system. Paris Review editor Lorin Stein and professor Steven Goldleaf discuss John O’Hara’s BUtterfield 8 and New York Stories. Screenwriter Darci Picoult and star Danai Gurira on the new film, “Mother of George,” about a newly married Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. Plus, a film about a leftist activist who became an FBI informant. And we’ll look at the mismanagement of the city’s drug clinics and sober houses.
Billy Crystal talks about his long career, bringing his one-man show back to Broadway, and how he’s coping with turning 65. Director M. Night Shyamalan explains how he became an education advocate—and how we can close the achievement gap. Jojo Moyes discusses her latest novel, The Girl You Left Behind, about what happens when a young French artist goes off to the front during World War I. James Davies looks at why psychiatry is one of the fastest growing medical fields, and why patients aren’t necessarily getting better care as a result.
Scientist Stephen Emmott describes how the rising world population will strain our planet’s complex natural systems. Peter Kornbluh and Joyce Horman discuss the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought Pinochet to power in Chile, and the ongoing quest for justice for those he murdered. Edwidge Danticat talks about her latest novel, Claire of the Sea Light, about the interwoven lives of the people in a small seaside Haitian town. Rosalind Wiseman looks at boys—how they think, experience the world, and cope with social pressures.
Juan Zarate, who crafted the government’s financial warfare tactics at both the Treasury and the White House, explains how the US government fights back against rogue regimes, criminal syndicates, and terrorists. Writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour talks about her film, “Wadjda,” shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, despite severe restrictions. Film critic Molly Haskell on her brother’s decision to undergo gender reassignment surgery at the age of 60. And Dr. Brendan Reilly on his experiences on the front lines of our medical system and the ways medicine has changed over his career.
Since it started in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories. We’ll talk to founder George Dawes Green, artistic director Catherine Burns, and contributor Dr. George Lombardi about the art of telling stories. We'll talk to the director of the new movie "A Teacher." Poet Jeanne Murray talks about her mother’s long decline into dementia. Plus, this week’s Please Explain!
Amana Fontanella-Khan tells the story of the Pink Sari Revolution and how one poor, illiterate Indian woman mobilized thousands of her countrywomen against abuse and injustice. Jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer plays songs from his latest album, “Heart of the Piano” live in our studio! Plus, painter Christian Brechneff talks about stumbling upon the Greek island of Sifnos and how returning there year after year changed his life.
Five months ago, a building collapse in Bangladesh killed more than 1,000 garment workers. We’ll find out how the fashion industry has been changing how overseas workers are treated. Alan Alda and neurologist Bea Luna talk about how developments in neuroscience could change criminal trials. We’ll hear one woman’s story of how her parents’ love survived war and the Holocaust. And Kirk Johnson describes going to Baghdad in 2005 with USAID, his struggles with depression and PTSD, and how he’s now trying to help Iraqis find refuge in the United States.
Journalist Ray Suarez describes the role Latinos have played in shaping the nation for over 500 years. Lee Childs talks about his latest Jack Reacher novel, called Never Go Back. Robert Sullivan shines a light on the often overlooked roles that New Jersey and New York played in the American Revolution. And we’ll hear about FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, and poison-pen letters at Berkeley in the 1960s.
Happy Labor Day! We're re-airing some favorite recent interviews for the holiday. 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.