Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Writer Junot Diaz, whose 2007 novel The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and whose most recent book is This Is How You Lose Her, was awarded a MacArthur "genius" grant. You can listen to Leonard's conversations with him about both of those books.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
When he accepted the presidential nomination earlier this month, Barack Obama joked about the nature of modern politics—and the amount of money required to run a media campaign— by saying “If you're sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me, so am I.” There was sustained applause.
The Museum of the Moving Image has a great collection of Presidential campaign advertisements and posted below are a few examples of the lost art of the political jingle. The lyrics in most of these ads aren’t exactly at Cole Porter levels of word-play. A few notable clunkers include: “He is the gov that brings the dove of peace and joy” and “Reachin’ out across the sea, makin’ friends where foes used to be.” But many of them are catchy.
Take this 1952 ad for Adlai Stevenson. The Democratic governor of Illinois may have lost two consecutive Presidential elections, but he did produce at least one hummable advertisement. The show-tunes vote has been an essential swing constituency ever since.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice organization, addressed the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. She was one of the Nuns on the Bus, and she spoke with guest host Julie Burstein in August about her advocacy work for the poor and why she was critical of Paul Ryan's budget. At the convention she didn't expressly endorse President Barack Obama, but she did speak out against the Romney-Ryan budget, saying it would hurt struggling families.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
It’s not every day that you get to hear a first-hand account of what political conventions used to be like when a floor fight an expected part of the proceedings. On today’s show, Leonard spoke to Diana Serra Cary, who had been a child star in Hollywood during the Silent Era. Now 93, she was hired by the Democrats as a kind of mascot to appear alongside Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the 1924 Convention. Hear her describe the chaotic scene on the floor that she saw, far different from the carefully choreographed events we see today.
Diana Serra Cary Talks About Attending the 1924 DNC
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
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Monday, August 13, 2012
Writer David Rakoff died Thursday at the age of 47. His humorous essays examined a wide range of subjects, from his annoyance at first-world problems to undertaking a 21-day fast to his own bout with cancer. His most recent essay collection, Half Empty, won the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor. He was a frequent contributor to This American Life, and the author of the essay collections Don’t Get Too Comfortableand Fraud. He responded to our Guest Picks question “What’s one thing you are a fan of that people might not expect?” with “As someone often seen as hating everything and being immune to pleasure, which isn’t true, I love everything (except sports). I’m just scared of it.” He was on the Leonard Lopate Show a number of times, and was always a generous guest. You can listen to those interviews below.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Seventeen-year-old boxer Claressa Shields won a gold medal in the Olympics Thursday. It’s the first time women have competed in boxing in the Olympics, and it has been her goal to box in London since 2009. Shields was on the Leonard Lopate Show in February, along with her coach Jason Crutchfield and former pro fighter Christy Halbert, and you can listen to that interview here.
Shields and the other women who competed for a chance to fight in the 2012 Olympics were the subject of a radio documentary produced by WNYC’s Marianne McCune. Go For It: Life Lessons From Girl Boxers.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Robert Hughes brought great gusto and eloquence to the craft of art criticism. The native Australian could be scathing in his opinions, saying the art world had "finally turned into a kind of entropic, institutionalized parody of its old self.” He just died August 6, at the age of 74. You can hear his interview with Leonard from 2006, when he described his life before, and after, a traumatic car crash in 1999, from which he’d never quite recovered.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Gore Vidal was many things—a writer, social critic, playwright, political candidate, sometime actor, and perennial iconoclast. He was on the Leonard Lopate Show several times. You can listen to two of his more recent conversations below.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
John Damani Mahama was on the Lopate Show on July 10 to discuss his memoir and his political rise to become the Vice President of Ghana. Yesterday, following the death of Pres. John Atta Mills, Mr. Mahama was sworn in as Ghana's 4th president. You can listen to Leonard's conversation with John Dramani Mahama:
Friday, June 22, 2012
Industrial hygienist and environmental health expert Monona Rossol was here last week to talk about the safety concerns about fire retardants. We got a lot of comments and questions during that segment, and Monona has responded with answers.
Friday, June 22, 2012
On March 27 filmmakers Nina Rosenblum and Daniel Allentuck were on the show to talk about their documentary “Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York.” Their film is opening in New York tonight at the Quad Cinema, and the filmmakers are doing a Q&A at the 7:00 screening.
Friday, June 01, 2012
Topher Grace really enjoyed making out with Scarlett Johansson in the movie “In Good Company.”
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
When the Pulitzer Prize winners were announced in April, many people were surprised that no fiction award was given this year. The publishing industry is understandably irritated by this decision—or indecision. Sig Gissler, the administrator of the Pulitzers for Columbia University, explained that a three-person jury chooses three finalists out of hundreds of books, then sends the finalists to the Pulitzer board, which, this year, was unable to determine a winner. The finalists were Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!, Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams, and David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King, published after the author’s death.
Weigh in: What novels do you think should have won this year? Leave a comment below to let us know!
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
The nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday, May 1, and you can hear Leonard's conversations with many of this year’s nominees. (You can find a full list of the nominees here.) The awards will be presented on June 10.