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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  • Leonard Lopate - Host, The Leonard Lopate Show

    On March 5, 2015, Leonard Lopate celebrated his 30th anniversary as the host of WNYC’s daily talk show The Leonard Lopate Show.  Every week day 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Steven Valentino - Producer, The Leonard Lopate Show

    Steven Valentino produces segments for The Leonard Lopate Show about everything from Guantanamo Bay to Broadway. He also occasionally contributes to the WNYC newsroom. He graduated from U.C. Davis in 2006 after a two-year stint as general manager of KDVS. 

    Twitter: @stevenvalentino 

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jessica Miller - Assistant Producer, The Leonard Lopate Show

    Jessica Miller officially joined the Lopate Show in November 2014, having previously interned and freelanced at the show. She oversees the Book Club, contributes to Please Explain, and makes supercuts. She occasionally writes games for NPR’s Ask Me Another, and her independently reported pieces have appeared in places like The Atlantic and 99 Percent Invisible. A graduate of Barnard College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, she can often be found making music, sailing, or walking very long distances. Twitter: @TimestepJess

  • Andres O’Hara-Plotnik - Assistant Producer, The Leonard Lopate Show

    Andres O’Hara-Plotnik is an Assistant Producer at The Leonard Lopate Show. He contributes to the show’s Please Explain Series, produces segments on a variety of topics, creates the show’s daily website, and contributes to the LoDown blog. And, yes, he gets lots of questions about his name. He’s on twitter @Andresputnik