Changing Lives

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Monday, January 16, 2012

We’ll mark Martin Luther King Day by devoting our first hour to Leonard’s annual special of classic gospel music that was recorded during Martin Luther King’s lifetime. Today’s installment of the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a look at the Clovis Spear Point. We’ll find out why the competition surrounding New York City’s Preschool Gifted and Talented Test is so fierce. Matilda Raffa Cuomo discusses editing a book of famous people’s recollections about the people who changed their lives; she’s joined by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who talks about his mentors.

Martin Luther King Day Gospel Hour

Leonard Lopate plays classic gospel songs recorded during Martin Luther King’s lifetime for our annual Martin Luther King Day gospel hour.

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NYC's Preschool Gifted and Talented Tests

Julie Shapiro, reporter, talks about the Preschool Gifted and Talented Tests offered now through February 10 in New York City. Last year, only 6 percent of test takers were selected for a spot in one of the city’s prestigious gifted kindergarten programs, and to beat these odds, parents sometimes go to extremes to prepare their preschool children for the standardized test. Julie Shapiro’s article “How to Prepare your Preschooler for Gifted and Talented Tests” appears on

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Matilda Cuomo and Mayor Cory Booker on Their Mentors

Matilda Raffa Cuomo discusses the updated and expanded edition of her book, The Person Who Changed My Life: Prominent People Recall Their Mentors. She’s joined by Newark mayor Cory Booker, who is featured in the book, and who talks about the people that made a difference in his life. The book includes stories by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Joe Torre, Rosie O’Donnell, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Nora Ephron, General Colin Powell, and many others.

Is there a person who has been a mentor to you and has changed your life? Let us know!

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Golden Globe Winners on the Lopate Show

Last night’s Golden Globe Awards honored a few recent guests on the Leonard Lopate Show.


Guest Picks: Georgia Pelligrini

Georgia Pelligrini was on the Lopate Show recently to talk about how her interest in food issues led her from the kitchen to the forest and learning how to hunt. She also told us that she's a classically trained cellist!


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