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The Brian Lehrer Show

Five Census Myths (Part 5)

Friday, March 05, 2010

William Frey, PhD, demographer and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, shares a new common myth about the US Census each day this week.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Naked City

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Sociologist Sharon Zukin traces the economic and social evolution of six archetypal New York areas—Williamsburg, Harlem, the East Village, Union Square, Red Hook, and the city's community gardens. Her book Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places, looks at how the demand for urban "authenticity" helps ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Electric City

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

On today’s show, Sharon Zukin explains how gentrification happens and how it has changed some New York neighborhoods, from Harlem to Red Hook. Then, we’ll look at the pluses and minuses of electric cars, and find out how viable they are in the city.

Leonard Lopate has been ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Harlan

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Felix Moeller, director of the film "Harlan - In the Shadow of Jew Süss," discusses the life, work, and legacy of Veit Harlan, one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious filmmakers, whose film anti-Semitic propaganda film "Jew Süss" was required viewing for all SS members. He’s joined by Jessica Jacoby, Veit ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rock & Roll Jihad

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Salman Ahmad tells the story of his groundbreaking career in music, bringing Western-style rock and pop to Pakistani teenagers for the first time. His book Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star's Revolution explains how his band Junoon became the U2 of Asia at a time when mullahs ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Molto Radio

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll talk about Italian cooking at home with Chef Mario Batali. Then, Pakistani rock star Salman Ahmad talks about creating an underground rock music jihad in Pakistan. Also Felix Moeller and Jessica Jacoby discuss the documentary "Harlan - In the Shadow of Jew Süss."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Forty Rules of Love

Monday, March 01, 2010

Turkish author Elif Shafak discusses her new novel The Forty Rules of Love. It includes two parallel narratives—one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century, when the Persian poet and mystic Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz—that together bring to ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Genius on the Edge

Monday, March 01, 2010

Surgeon Dr. Gerald Imber talks about the doctor who invented modern surgery in the nineteenth century, the brilliant but haunted William Stewart Halsted. Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted is a biography of the man who took surgery from a dangerous practice ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rescue Operations

Monday, March 01, 2010

Today, we’ll discuss the rising rate of suicides among veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And we'll find out about William Stewart Halsted, the doctor who has been called the father of modern surgery. Then, Turkish novelist Elif Shafak talks about her new novel, which tells two tales--one ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Pride

Friday, February 26, 2010

British actors Hugh Dancy, Andrea Riseborough, and Ben Whishaw discuss their roles in the American premier of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play “The Pride.” Oliver, Philip, and Sylvia are caught in a kind of erotic time warp. Their complex love triangle jumps from 1958 to the present and back ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Pride

Friday, February 26, 2010

Today we speak with three British actors currently in “The Pride,” on stage in New York. And today’s edition of Please Explain is all about 3D technology.

Leonard Lopate has been with WNYC for 25 years! You’re invited to celebrate his anniversary at a star-studded roast on March ...

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The Heat Is On

Friday, February 26, 2010

With the rough weather this winter, writer Henry Alford has been cooped up inside more than he’d like. He’s been listening to the radiator clanging, banging, and hissing so long that it sounds like music. So he created his own composition for radiators, and he got a professional ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Infinities

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Novelist John Banville talks about latest book, The Infinities. It tells the story of a family that gathers together as the patriarch is dying. But the family is not alone—they’re joined by some mischievous immortals: Zeus, Pan, and Hermes.

Event: John Banville will be reading with Colum McCann
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The Leonard Lopate Show

This Book is Overdue!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Marilyn Johnson explains how librarians can help us manage the myriad sources of information available to us —from paper and discs, books, e-books, and thumb drives. Her book This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All smashes the stereotypes of librarians and shows how they’re ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Digging Beneath the Surface

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

We’ll talk to filmmaker Jon Alpert about “China’s Unnatural Disaster,” his Oscar-nominated documentary about the fallout from the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan. And we’ll look into how technology has changed the lives of most librarians, and why one author thinks they remain essential in our Google-Wikipedia world. Then, John Banville ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Re-Imagining Black History

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

In her young adult novel A Wish After Midnight, Zetta Elliott examines the African American experience in Civil War-era Brooklyn through the eyes of a contemporary girl. And she explores how our understanding of history is shaped by interpretation, memory and place.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Science of Liberty

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Timothy Ferris, called "the best popular science writer in the English language today" by the Christian Science Monitor, makes a case for science as the inspiration behind the rise of democracy. In The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason, and the Law of Nature, he argues that the Enlightenment values ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

36 Arguments for the Existence of God

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Award-winning novelist and MacArthur Fellow Rebecca Newberger Goldstein explores the great debate of our day: the clash between faith and reason. Her novel 36 Arguments for the Existence of God explores why people refuse to embrace skepticism and continue to embrace faith in God as their source of meaning, ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Drawings of Bronzino

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Carmen C. Bambach, curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Janet Cox-Rearick, professor of Art History at CUNY, discuss the exhibition “The Drawings of Bronzino.” It brings together nearly all of the 61 known drawings by, or attributed to, the ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Between the Lines

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

On today’s show, The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer discusses the controversy surrounding the trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the so-called Underwear Bomber. Then, we’ll look at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new exhibition of drawings by Agnolo Bronzino, the great Florentine court artist of the Medici. Also, Rebecca Newberger ...

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