The Leonard Lopate Show : About

Airs weekdays at noon on 93.9FM and AM 820. Rebroadcast at midnight on 93.9FM.

Host Leonard Lopate lets you in on the best conversations with writers, actors, ex-presidents, dancers, scientists, comedians, historians, grammarians, curators, filmmakers, and do-it-yourself experts. Live interaction is critical to Lopate's conversational and personal style. "I think it's crucial to maintain eye contact when you're discussing complex matters with the likes of John Updike, Doris Lessing, Bill Bradley, Mark Morris, and Francis Ford Coppola, all of whom are return guests to Leonard Lopate on WNYC," says Lopate.

The Leonard Lopate Show won a Peabody Award in 2012. The Peabody judges said of the show: “Lopate presides over New York’s most revered radio forum for exploring the arts, cultural affairs and the public life of the city.”


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  • Barbara Cahn

    Barbara studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and New York University, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras. When not at WNYC, she can generally be found making pottery in her Greenwich Village studio.

  • Julia Corcoran - Associate Producer, The Leonard Lopate Show

    Julia Corcoran joined the show as an intern in spring 2007 after listening to the show for many years, and joined the staff full-time in February 2009. She produces the Please Explain series, the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club, and other segments on topics ranging from root vegetables to politics and the economy to the musical stylings of Weird Al Yankovic. She has reported and produced radio features for WAMC Northeast Public Radio in Albany and for WSHU Public Radio in Connecticut. Julia studied literature and art at the University of New Mexico, and has an M.S. from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys escaping the city to climb up and ski down mountains.

  • Debbie Daughtry

    Debbie Daughtry has been with the show since 2005. She comes to us from freeform station WFMU in Jersey City, New Jersey, and hosts a 24-hour webstream of solid gold hits at Her motto: "Don't piss off the sound guy."

  • Virginia Dorris

    In addition to working for The Leonard Lopate Show, Virginia is a freelance writer who has written frequently about architecture, engineering and construction. She has an MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism and a BS in architecture from the University of Virginia.

  • Melissa Eagan - Executive Producer, The Leonard Lopate Show

    During the time Melissa has been Executive Producer, the program has been honored with a George Foster Peabody Award, three AP Awards for Best Interview and three James Beard Awards, among others. Before that, she wrote for publications including The Christian Science Monitor and Yankee, covering everything from windmills and stained glass studios to tugboat captains. 

  • Bonnie Lafave

    Bonnie Lafave worked for many years as a producer of national news and current affairs programming with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto. In 1996, she was awarded a Nieman Fellowship and spent a year studying at Harvard University.

  • Leonard Lopate - Host, The Leonard Lopate Show

    On March 5, 2013, Leonard Lopate celebrated his twenty-eighth anniversary as the host of WNYC’s daily talk show The Leonard Lopate Show.  Every weekday from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, New Yorkers explore literature, art, culture, food, and life in and around our city with Leonard Lopate as their guide. 

  • Hugh Sansom

    Hugh Sansom is a writer and photographer based in Brooklyn where he runs GravityLens, a small consulting firm. His clients include publishers, universities, news organizations, and non-profits. He has degrees in physics, philosophy, and public administration from Cornell, M.I.T., and Columbia.

  • Steven Valentino - Associate Producer, The Leonard Lopate Show

    Steven contributes to the Underreported and Backstory series. Before joining the Lopate team as an Assistant Producer in 2008, he produced two radio documentaries for Pacifica and Sirius Satellite Radio, one on the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and another on gay marriage called “Regulating Love,” for which he won the 2005 NLGJA Student Journalist of the Year Award. He graduated from UC Davis in 2006 after a two-year stint as General Manager of KDVS, his college radio station. He joined the show as an intern shortly after stumbling off the plane. A California native, Steven currently resides in Brooklyn.