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'Man on Wire' Star Schools Us on the Keys to Creativity

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Creativity isn't always a high wire act. The beloved Philippe Petit shares with us new and unconventional ways of going about any endeavor—from the artistic to the everyday.
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How to Be More Creative, Raise Bees and Have a Healthier Yard

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A call for more profit-sharing and employee-owned companies. Philippe Petit on creativity. An urban beekeeper shares tips. The environmental hazards of using pesticides on your lawn!
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Reducing Inequality in the 21st Century

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

How profit sharing and employee ownership at small and large corporations could help bolster the middle class.
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Invisible By Poverty and Invisible By Profession

Monday, September 01, 2014

On today’s show: As the Supreme Court winds up its term this month, liberal legal scholar Laurence Tribe talks about whether the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of the Constitution. The doctor who helped save Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ life talks about his interesting road to becoming a leading trauma surgeon. Thomas Nazario describes what everyday life is like for the world’s poorest people. Plus, a look at fact-checkers, anesthesiologists, U.N. interpreters and other important professionals who are often invisible and anonymous.

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The Lasting Impact of the Roberts Court and the Changing Interpretations of the Constitution

Monday, September 01, 2014

We are re-airing this interview which originally aired on June 5, 2014. 

From Citizens United to its rulings on the Affordable Care Act and gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life.  Laurence Tribe talks about the extent to which the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution and digs into the court’s recent rulings. In Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution, written with Joshua Matz, Tribe looks at why political gridlock, cultural change, and technological progress mean that the court’s decisions on key topics—including free speech, privacy, voting rights, and presidential power—could be uniquely durable.

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Tales from a Trauma Surgeon: From War Zones to Inner City America, to Saving the Life of Gabby Giffords

Monday, September 01, 2014

We are re-airing this interview which originally aired on June 5, 2014. 

Dr. Peter Rhee played a vital role in saving Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ life in Arizona in 2011 when she was a victim of an act of violence that left six dead and 13 wounded. Born in South Korea, Rhee moved with his family to Uganda where he watched his father remove a spear from a man’s belly—and began his lifelong interest in medicine. In Trauma Red: The Making of a Surgeon in War and in America’s Cities Dr. Rhee chronicles the cases he’s handled over two decades on two distinct battle fronts: In Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served as a frontline US Navy surgeon, and in the urban zones of Los Angeles and Washington, DC, where he has been confronted by an endless stream of victims of violence and accidents.

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The One Billion Who Live on a Dollar a Day

Monday, September 01, 2014

We are re-airing this interview which originally aired on July 7, 2014. 

More than one billion people around the world live on a dollar a day. While the reasons for their poverty may be different across geographic regions and political circumstances, the results are much the same. Thomas Nazario looks at the ways extreme poverty severely limits people’s options in life, and that the cycle of poverty is nearly impossible to break without help. His book Living on a Dollar a Day shares the personal stories of some the poorest of the poor.

 

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The Hidden Structural Engineers Who Keep Our Buildings Up, and Other Invisible Professionals

Monday, September 01, 2014

We are re-airing this interview which originally aired on July 7, 2014. 

Fact-checkers, anesthesiologists, U.N. interpreters, structural engineers, and other professionals, are masters of their crafts but rarely get attention for their work behind the scenes. David Zweig takes us into the worlds of “invisibles”—top experts who do the quiet work behind the scenes of public successes. Zweig uncovers how these hidden professionals hide from the spotlight by mastering their craft in his book Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion.

 

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Changing America: Fighting For Marriage Equality and Designing Iconic Buildings

Friday, August 29, 2014

David Boies and Ted Olson join forces to fight for marriage equality. We trace the worldwide origins of the Knish. Actress Swoosie Kurtz on her life in show business. And James Stewart Polshek discusses his architecture that has changed the look of America's iconic buildings. 

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David Boies and Ted Olson Make the Case for Marriage Equality

Friday, August 29, 2014

We are re-airing this interview which originally aired on June 25, 2014. 

Attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson tell the inside story of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on California’s Proposition 8. Boies and Olson argued against each other in the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore in 2000, but they joined forces after that battle to forge the unique legal argument that would pave the way for marriage equality. Their book Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality tells the story of the five-year struggle to win the right for gays to marry, from Proposition 8’s adoption by California voters in 2008 to its defeat before the highest court in the land in Hollingsworth v. Perry in 2013.

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The Delicious Knish

Friday, August 29, 2014

We are re-airing this interview which originally aired on June 25, 2014. 

Laura Silver describes her round-the-world quest for the origins and modern-day manifestations of the knish. Starting in New York, she tracks down heirs to several knish dynasties and discovers that her own family has roots in a Polish town named Knyszyn. In Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food Silver tells stories of entrepreneurship, survival, and delicious knishes. She even meets a legendary knish maker, who share their family recipe.

The first written record of a knish dates back to 1614 and Polish town of Krakowiec (now in Ukraine). No filling was mentioned, but it may have contained grains.

The word “knish” has links to Ukrainian, Russian, Yiddish, Polish, and old German. You pronounce the “k” (kah-NISH), though Silver met some people in the Midwest who make the “k” silent (nish).

 Silver says that the knish could make a comeback in the coming years. “I think the knish is poised for a renaissance in the US, in Poland and beyond because it’s still a wholesome food. One that has this mark of history and something homemade. And it’s a great way to break bread – or break knish – together.”

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Swoosie Kurtz: Part Swan, Part Goose

Friday, August 29, 2014

We are re-airing this interview which originally aired on April 29, 2014. 

Actress Swoosie Kurtz looks back on her life and career. Her new memoir, Part Swan, Part Goose is a combination of personal misadventure and showbiz lore. She candidly reflects on the right choices that empowered her, the wrong choices that enlightened her, and her experience caring for an aging parent.

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Inspired Architect James Stewart Polshek

Friday, August 29, 2014

We are re-airing this interview which originally aired on April 29, 2014. 

Architect James Stewart Polshek, whose works include the Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Newseum in Washington, D.C.,  discusses his life’s work and the process of designing buildings. He also served as the dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation from 1972 to 1987. His book Build, Memory is about witnessing changing architectural tastes, working with numerous high-profile personalities, and designing some of America’s most prominent buildings, including the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the renovation and expansion of Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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Joan Rivers, Mad Diva

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Note: Today's Leonard Lopate Show in on tape. This is a rebroadcast of an interview that took place on June 30th, 2014. 

Joan was given a diary by her daughter for Christmas, and after complaining that she wasn't gifted a "certificate for Botox," she began writing in it and ultimately created her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva. The preface warns that anyone who takes its contents seriously is an "idiot."

In this exclusive interview, the 81 year old comedienne tackles topics for all the non-idiots: ranging from the "brilliant" Kardashian sisters, to why she doesn't wear the color yellow, to why she'll never apologize for her jokes. 

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You Can't Believe Everything You Read, on the Internet or by Joan Rivers

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Charles Seife explains why, when it comes to the Internet, you shouldn’t believe everything you read—and how to tell the difference between truth and fiction. Francisco Goldman talks about trying to make sense of Mexico City, one of the world’s largest metropolises. We’ll find out how many words in the English language were once considered linguistic mistakes, slang, or just plain wrong. And the one and only Joan Rivers takes us inside her everyday world and shares her thoughts on life, celebrities and pop culture.

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The Scandalous History of Proper English

Thursday, August 28, 2014

We are re-airing this interview which originally aired on June 30, 2014. 

English is a glorious mess of a language, cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, and changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong. Ammon Shea looks at language “mistakes” and how they came to be accepted as correct—or not. His book Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation chronicles the long history of language mistakes.

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Just Because It's on the Internet Doesn't Make It True

Thursday, August 28, 2014

We are re-airing this interview which originally aired on June 30, 2014. 

Digital information spreads rapidly, reaches all corners of society, and is basically impossible to control—even when that information is false. Charles Seife look into the Internet information jungle and explains how to identify and avoid the trickery and fakery that’s so prevalent online. His book Virtual Unreality: Just Because the Internet Told You, How Do You Know It’s True? takes on breaking news coverage, online dating, Wikipedia, and more.

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An Inside Look at the Hidden Stories of Mexico City

Thursday, August 28, 2014

We are re-airing this interview which originally aired on June 30, 2014. 

Francisco Goldman discusses the life and culture of one of the world’s most remarkable and often misunderstood cities—Mexico City. Mexico’s narco war continues to rage on, and in the summer of 2013, Mexican organized crime violence erupted in the city. His book The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle is an account of his personal and political awakening in Mexico City and a look at the challenges the city faces.

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Sticking Up For Teachers

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A former teacher returns to the classroom and offers a rousing defense of his beleaguered vocation.
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The New Museum Showcases Art from the Arab World

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The first museum-wide exhibition in New York City to feature contemporary art from and about the Arab world.
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