Philip Roth on the Leonard Lopate Show

Monday, March 18, 2013

Celebrated novelist Philip Roth is turning 80 this week. As you may have heard on WNYC, he's returning to Newark to mark the occasion. You can mark the occasion by listening to his conversations with Leonard Lopate - he was on the show in 2008 to talk about Indignation and in 2010 to talk about Nemesis.

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Your Spin on Amanda Hesser's Take on Mark Bittman's Chickpea Recipe

Friday, March 15, 2013

When Food's Amanda Hesser joined us for Food Fridays, we talked about how to make a recipe your own. Now it's your turn!
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Food Fridays: What Do You Want to Learn How to Make?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Our first Food Friday includes a look at how to make red wine vinegar, sriracha sauce and other condiments at home. Do-it-yourself projects are a big part of our Food Fridays series, so tell us: What do you want to learn how to make? Is it beer? Bread? Greek-style yogurt? Pickles?

Tell us in comments section below, and we’ll see if we can include it in a future Food Fridays DIY segment!

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Revisiting Downton Abbey

Thursday, February 14, 2013

There are quite a few "Downton Abbey" fans here at the show, and we're pretty excited to watch the end of Season Three. In preparation for Sunday's finale, you can listen back to Leonard's conversation with Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, and Joanne Froggatt. (You may know them better as Lord and Lady Grantham and Anna Bates.) They were on the show at the beginning of Season Two. You can also read Dan Stevens's Guest Picks!

Downton Abbey Cast Members on the Lopate Show

WNYC will be live-chatting during Sunday's finale, which starts at 9 pm. Join us!

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Oscar Nominations on the Lopate Show

Friday, February 08, 2013

This year, the Leonard Lopate Show spoke with many of the actors, directors, and writers of films nominated for Oscars in 2013. The Academy Awards are being held Sunday, February 24.

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Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on the Lopate Show in 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

On Thursday, Senator Chuck Hagel, Pres. Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, will testify before the Senate Armed Forces Committee. As he prepares for his confirmation hearings, you can hear his 2008 conversation with Leonard Lopate about his memoir, America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers.

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John Kerry on the Lopate Show in 2007

Friday, January 25, 2013

On Thursday, John Kerry, Pres. Obama's nominee for Secretary of State, testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations committee at his confirmation haring for the post. He was on the show back in March 2007, along with his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. They discussed their involvement in environmental issues, which Sen. Kerry discussed during his testimony on Thursday. You can listen to Leonard's conversation with the Kerrys below.

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Follow us on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook

Friday, January 11, 2013

You can keep up with the Leonard Lopate Show on Facebook and Twitter! Find out who's on the show, see photos, listen to interviews you may have missed, and ask questions and leave comments.

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Lilly Ledbetter on Equal Pay for Women

Thursday, October 18, 2012

When asked how the candidates intend to address the issue of unequal pay for women in the workplace in the debate Tuesday night,  President Obama referred to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was the first bill he signed into law when he took office. Mr. Obama said: "It's named after this amazing woman who had been doing the same job as a man for years, found out that she was getting paid less, and the Supreme Court said that she couldn't bring suit because she should have found about it earlier, whereas she had no way of finding out about it. So we fixed that."

Lilly Ledbetter told her story on the Leonard Lopate Show in March, and you can listen to to that interview here!

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Joe Biden on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2007

Friday, October 12, 2012

Having watched Vice President Joe Biden debate Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan last night (you can hear Andy Borowitz's take on the night here), we thought we'd post the audio from Leonard's 2007 conversation with then-Senator Joe Biden. He doesn't call Leonard his friend, but he does call him a wise guy.

Joe Biden on the Lopate Show in 2007

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National Book Award Nominees Announced

Friday, October 12, 2012

The 2012 National Book Award nominees were announced this week, and many of the finalists in the fiction and nonfiction categories have been on the Lopate Show to talk about their work. We love great conversations about great books! Listen to those interviews:


Junot Diaz on This is How You Lose Her

Louise Erdrich on The Round House

Ben Fountain on Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Kevin Powers on The Yellow Birds 


Katherine Boo on Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Robert Caro on The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power

Nada Bakri on her late husband Anthony Shadid's memoir House of Stone. Anthony Shadid died while covering the conflict in Syria in February 2012.

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Junot Diaz Wins a MacArthur Fellowship

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.

Listen: Junot Diaz's This Is How You Lose Her, September 11, 2012

Listen: The Wondrous Debut Novel of Junot Diaz, October 1, 2007

Junot Diaz on Studio 360 February 25, 2011, live in the Greene Space


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A Totally Incomplete Collection of Campaign Jingles: Part 1

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.

More jingles after the jump--->


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Wyclef Jean Performs in Our Green Room

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

After Wyclef Jean's interview with Leonard, in which he said he wanted to sample Leonard on his next album, he sat down at the piano in WNYC's green room and played a song.

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Sister Simone Campbell Speaks at the DNC

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.

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A First Person Account of the 1924 Democratic National Convention

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


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Sign Up for the Book Club E-Newsletter & Register for Audible Giveaway!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The monthly newsletter fills you in on our Book Club selections, author interviews, and links to literary news and events. When you sign up for the newsletter now through February 14, you'll be registered for a drawing to receive a 3-month membership to! Sign up now!

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Remembering David Rakoff

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.

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Boxer Claressa Shields Wins Gold Medal

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.

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Remembering Robert Hughes

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.

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