The Leonard Lopate Show : February 2014

U.S.-China Competition; Wave, a Memoir about the 2004 Tsunami; "Kids for Cash"; Please Explain

Friday, February 28, 2014

Geoff Dyer, former Beijing bureau chief for The Financial Times, talks about how China and the US are competing for global influence. Sonali Deraniyagala talks about Wave, for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. We’ll find out about a new documentary about a Pennsylvania judge who imposed harsh sentences on the kids who came before him in exchange for cash from the privately owned juvenile detention centers he helped fill. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about hypnosis!

Mass Extinction on the Horizon; Surveillance, Security, and Protecting Your Privacy

Thursday, February 27, 2014

New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert discusses the predictions of another mass extinction, coming soon and triggered by humans. And investigative journalist Julia Angwin looks at how our personal data is collected every day by the government, private companies, and even criminals, and what we can do to protect ourselves.

A Look Back at the Trayvon Martin Case; Rosie Perez

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Legal analyst Lisa Bloom talks about George Zimmerman's trial and the laws and biases that allowed the Trayvon Martin shooting to happen. Actress Rosie Perez talks about her harrowing childhood and how she found happiness and success.

Easy Weeknight Meals; Michio Kaku on the Future of the Human Brain

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Homecooks Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion share their favorite easy recipes for weeknight meals. Physicist Michio Kaku tells what high-tech brain scans are showing scientists about telepathy, memory, and telekinesis.

Studying Abroad, Bosnia, Obesity and Age, Affordable Housing

Monday, February 24, 2014

On today's show: Time magazine writer Amanda Ripley talks about following three American high school students as they studied abroad for a year in countries with higher standards, better teaching, and more motivated students. Then, Kenan Trebincevic discusses his memoir, The Bosnia List, about returning to Bosnia 20 years after he and his family fled the war there. Time magazine reporter Alice Park on the problems of obesity in children. Plus, New York Observer reporter Chris Pomorski looks at why efforts to incorporate affordable housing into real estate development plans like Hudson Yards have had mixed results, and what changes the de Blasio administration plans to make.

Protecting Yourself from Problem People; Please Explain: Breast Cancer

Friday, February 21, 2014

Human resources executive Victoria Humphrey explains how to handle difficult people whose bad behavior affects everyone else. And with a recent long-term study questioning the benefits of annual mammograms for older women, this week’s Please Explain is about breast cancer.

Modern Love and Fracking in Texas

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Daniel Jones, the editor of the Modern Love column in the New York Times, talks about 10 aspects of love that he’s seen over and over in the 50,000 stories that have crossed his desk in the last 10 years. Plus, we'll take a look at the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, which is one of the most active hydraulic fracturing sites in North America and how natural gas drilling has affected air quality there.

How Amazon Is Transforming Publishing and Hollywood; "The Standys"; a Farm-to-Table Meal

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

On tomorrow’s show, New Yorker staff writer George Packer talks about how Amazon has transformed the world of publishing and how it’s now taking on Hollywood. Director Stephanie Riggs on the new documentary, “The Standbys,” about the lives and careers of the Broadway understudies. And we’ll be joined by Ben Crawford and Alena Watters, who are featured in the film. Kurt Timmermeister brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “farm-to-table,” and he tells the story of one meal, made using only ingredients grown on his Washington State farm.

Andy Borowitz Fills In; a Closer Look at ADHD; Andy Statman Performs Live; Caregiving; Facial Recognition Technology

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate today. First, behavioral neurologist Dr. Richard Saul argues that there's more to ADHD than we know. Andy Statman performs live and talks about his latest album "Superstring Theory." We'll discuss the complex issues of caring for a sick or aging loved one. And Natasha Singer explains how facial recognition technology works and what it's used for.

Anjelica Huston; 85 Years of the Academy Awards; Amnesia; Regulating Wall Street

Monday, February 17, 2014

On today’s show we’re replaying some favorite recent interviews: Anjelica Huston talks about growing up the child of actor and director John Huston, her mother’s untimely death, and finding her own way in the entertainment industry. Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne tells us about the history of the Academy Awards. David MacLean describes coming to on a train platform in India with no idea of who he was or how he got there. Larry Doyle on how—5 years after the financial meltdown—Wall Street’s regulators are still failing to protect investors and taxpayers.

Cooking with Aphrodisiacs; Third Reich Scientists; "Saint Joan"; Please Explain: Genius

Friday, February 14, 2014

On today’s Valentine’s Day show with New York Times Dining columnist Melissa Clark talking about aphrodisiacs like figs, oysters and artichokes, and what to cook for your special someone. We’ll look at the secret American program to bring the Third Reich’s scientists into the US after the end of World War II. Director Eric Tucker talks about an unusual production of George Bernard Shaw’s play Saint Joan, starring Andrus Nichols as Joan of Arc.And this week’s Please Explain is all about genius and the various ways we measure intelligence.

What Works for Women at Work; A Curious Madness; Prince Igor Returns to the Met; The Ivory Trade; Starfish Death

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Rebirth of Hillary Clinton; "Out of Hand" at MAD; Matthew Quick's New Novel; Gurus of How-To

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

On today’s show, we’ll take a look at the political rebirth of Hillary Rodham Clinton after her defeat in the 2008 primaries. Curator Ronald Lobaco and artists Richard Dupont and Barry X Ball discuss a new exhibition of digitally fabricated works at the Museum of Arts and Design. Silver Linings Playbook writer Matthew Quick talks about his new novel, The Good Luck of Right Now. Plus, the gurus of how-to, Al and Larry Ubell, answer your questions about home repair!

Ethics and Reading DNA; the Rise and Fall of Penn Station; You Disappear; What You Should Know About Obamacare

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

On today’s show: we’ll examine the challenging ethical, social and legal questions posed by reading the DNA of a newborn. Then, a look at the building and sad destruction of Penn Station. Christian Jungersen discusses his new novel, You Disappear, about the way we understand others, and ourselves. Plus, we’ll get an update on the rollout of Obamacare is going and what consumers should know about enrolling!

Social Physics; John Hammond Plays Live; James Scott's New Novel; the Pope and Mussolini

Monday, February 10, 2014

MIT's Alex Pentland explains the emerging field of “social physics” - and what new research is showing us about how human ideas spread—and turn into behaviors. John Hammond performs live in our studio and tells us about his half century in music. James Scott on his novel, The Kept. And we'll find out about the complicated secret relationship between Pope Pius the 11th and Mussolini!

Climate Change and Weird Weather; the Plays "Machinal" and "Row After Row"; Please Explain

Friday, February 07, 2014

On today’s show: We’ll find out how polar vortexes, drought in the west, and snow in the south are connected to climate change. Then, Rebecca Hall tells us about her acclaimed role in the Roundabout’s Broadway production of “Machinal.” And we’ll find out about the off-Broadway play “Row After Row,” about Civil War re-enactors. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about container ships, and how products move around in a globalized world.

Corporations and Public Health; March Against Fear; B. J. Novak Talks Short Stories; Antitibiotics in Animal Feed

Thursday, February 06, 2014

On today’s show: Nicholas Freudenberg examines the ways corporate influence and weakened regulations have affected public health over the last century. Then, the story of one of the central dramas of the civil rights era—the “March Against Fear” in Mississippi and the shooting of its leader, James Meredith. B. J. Novak, the writer/actor best known for his work on "The Office," talks about his new collection of short stories, One More Thing. Time magazine’s Bryan Walsh looks into why it took the Food and Drug Administration so long to act to stop the use of antibiotics in animal feed.


How the Body Evolved; Polish Film; a Novel in the New Tales of the City Series; McCarthyism in NYC

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Evolutionary biologist Daniel E. Lieberman looks at how the human body has evolved over millions of years, and the conditions our bodies have not entirely adapted to, resulting in obesity and new but avoidable diseases like type 2 diabetes. Then, we’ll talk with director Kryzstztof Zanussi and two film restoration experts about a retrospective of Polish cinema curated by Martin Scorsese. Armistead Maupin discusses The Days of Anna Madrigal, the ninth installment in his Tales of the City series. And we’ll take look at the personal, physical and mental impact of McCarthyism on six New York City political activists.

Good and Evil; the Story of Dancer Tanaquil le Clercq; Roddy Doyle's Novel, The Guts; Brothers Who Shaped History

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

On today’s show: Cognitive scientist Paul Bloom explains why he thinks that a moral sense of good and evil is hardwired into our brains from birth. Director Nancy Biurski talks about her documentary about Tanaquil le Clercq, the ballet star who was a muse to George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins before she was paralyzed by polio at the age of 27. Roddy Doyle discusses his new novel The Guts, which picks up the story of his bestseller, The Commitments, almost 30 years later. And we’ll look at how John Foster Dulles and his brother Allen Dulles led the United States into foreign conflicts in the 1950s and how we’re still feeling the aftereffects today.

Philip Seymour Hoffman; Exiled from an Ultra-Orthodox Community; Profiting from Climate Change

Monday, February 03, 2014

We're so sorry about the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. We're remembering him by re-airing a 2005 interview with him about the film "Capote." Leah Vincent tells us about growing up in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and what happened when she was thrown of it. And we’ll take a look at how some countries and entrepreneurs could benefit from climate change, while the rest of the world suffers.