Recipe: Hearty Split Pea Soup

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This thick, rib-sticking soup is the perfect cold-weather complement for Châteauneuf-du-Pape or other wines from the southern Rhône.

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Guest Picks: Kara Walker

Monday, May 12, 2014

Artist Kara Walker talked about her sculpture installation in the Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She shared a few of her favorite things with us.


Guest Picks: Ruth Reichl

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Former Gourmet editor-in-chief and best-selling memoirist Ruth Reichl was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about writing her first novel. She also told what her favorite comfort food and the one thing she couldn't live without. 


Guest Picks: Mona Simpson

Monday, May 05, 2014

Writer Mona Simpson was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her novel, Casebook. She also told us about what she's listening to -- on the radio, in the car, at home. 


Guest Picks: Santino Fontana

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Santino Fontana was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his role as Moss Hart in "Act One." (A role he shares with Tony Shalhoub.) He also told us that he's a fan of soup. Find out what else he's a fan of!


Guest Picks: Tony Shalhoub

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Tony Shalhoub was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his Tony-nominated performance as Moss Hart in "Act One." (A role he shares with Santino Fontana.) He also told us what he listens to when he's feeling nostalgic. 


Recipe: Melissa Clark's Pan-Fried Asparagus with Scallions, Lemon, and Fried Eggs

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Makes 2 to 4 servings

If you can find ramps, use those in place of the scallions.

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1 bunch scallions (about 4 ounces), whites and greens separated and thinly sliced

3 thin lemon slices, each round cut into eight wedges

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, for seasoning

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional, for seasoning

1 bunch asparagus (about 1/2 pound), trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

4 large eggs

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Recipe: Quick-Braised Pork Chops with Spring Greens and Anchovies

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Makes 2 servings


2 center-cut bone-in pork chops, about 1 1/2 inches thick

Kosher salt, for seasoning

Freshly ground black pepper, for seasoning

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot

3 anchovy fillets, finely chopped

1/4 cup chicken stock

1 large bunch of arugula, Swiss chard, or watercress, stems trimmed, about 5 ounces

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Tributes: Paul Robeson, Jr.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Paul Robeson, Jr. had the deeply resonant voice of his father, as well as the tall build of the former actor, singer, and civil rights activist.  And he spent a lifetime working to preserve that legacy.  He not only wrote two books about his father, but created an archive of his writings and films at Howard University, and accepted a Grammy on his behalf in 1998.  Paul Robeson, Jr. died at the age of 86. Leonard last spoke with him in August of 2001. 


Tributes: Alistair MacLeod

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Herald of Glasgow called Alistair MacLeod was “one of the greatest living writers in English.”  That’s despite the fact that the Canadian’s output was relatively small.  He only published one novel, No Great Mischief, (which he wrote over the course of 13 years), and fewer than two dozen short stories (which were all collected in the volume, Island). Rugged Cape Breton was his emotional heartland, and where he set most of his fiction.  A perfectionist, he explained, “I take a lot of time thinking about what I’m writing.”  He died recently at the age of 77.  And you can hear Leonard’s interview with him from January, 2001.


Guest Picks: Barney Frank

Friday, April 25, 2014

Barney Frank, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013, talks to guest host Jonathan Capehart about his political career, his time in Washington, and being the first openly gay congressman.


Guest Picks: Pawel Pawlikowski

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pawel Pawlikowski talks to guest host Jonathan Capehart about writing and directing the film “Ida,” set in Poland in 1962.


Video: Mary Roach "If you dig enough, anything is fascinating"

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mary Roach came by April 17 to talk about her book Gulp for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. She took some time to tell us about writers she loves, how to find fascinating subjects, and the characters she's found along the way--like a food safety expert with a filthy kitchen.


Guest Picks: Brian Yorkey

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Brian Yorkey, the lyricist and book writer for "If/Then," was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about the new Broadway musical. he also told us what he's listening to and what he's a fan of that you might not expect.


Guest Picks: Michael Greif

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Michael Greif was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about directing the new Broadway musical, "If/Then." He also told us what he's been reading, listening to, and watching recently.


Tributes: Rubin (Hurricane) Carter

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rubin Carter, otherwise known as Hurricane, had a powerful left hook and a ferocious, mesmerizing presence in and out of the ring. But his promise as a star prizefighter was cut short after he was wrongly convicted of murder, twice. He was imprisoned for 19 years before the charges were finally dismissed. His life became the subject of the 1999 movie “The Hurricane,” starring Denzel Washington. Carter told The New York Times shortly after his second conviction in 1977, “They can incarcerate my body but never my mind.” Carter died Sunday, April 20, of prostate cancer. He and his biographer James Hirsch spoke with Leonard on January 11, 2000.


Guest Picks: Anna Chlumsky

Friday, April 11, 2014

Anna Chlumsky was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her role in HBO's Veep. She also told us about the song that's become her personal anthem. Find out what else Anna Chlumsky's reading, watching and hearing...


Guest Picks: Bob Saget

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Comedian Bob Saget was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about how he got into comedy, an incident with a donkey on the set of Full House, and his infamous routine in the film The Aristocrats. He also told us that he's a foodie. Find out what else Bob Saget told us about books, music and meatloaf. 


Guest Picks: Barbara Ehrenreich

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Barbara Ehrenreich was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her book, Living With a Wild God. She also told us what she's been reading and watching (rock climbing, anyone?) and what her favorite comfort food is...


Tributes: Mickey Rooney

Monday, April 07, 2014

Mickey Rooney got his first laugh on stage when he was just 18 months old, launching him to a long career in show business. He became a major box office draw in the late 1930 and early 1940's, and was best-known for the nine films he made with Judy Garland. He died recently at the age of 93. He was on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2004 with his wife Jan - his 8th - to talk about their off-Broadway show "Let's Put on a Show," which looked back at Rooney's long and varied career. 

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