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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Happier Home

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, talks about her new project to improve her home life. Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life is an account of her nine-month experiment to make her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mayim Bialik on Acting and Attachment Parenting

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Mayim Bialik may be known to many as the star of the 1990’s sitcom “Blossom.” She currently stars in the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory." She'll discuss getting her Ph.D in neuroscience and her book Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Buzz Bissinger's Father's Day

Friday, June 15, 2012

Buzz Bissinger, best-selling author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August, talks about his new memoir, Father’s Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son. His twin sons were born three minutes apart and are extremely different—Gerry is a graduate student at Penn, while Zach has spent his life attending special schools, challenged by serious intellectual deficits. Bissinger shares revelations about his own parents, fatherhood, and the price of ambition and its effect on his twins.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Grandma Lamott

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

After striking a chord with her story of single motherhood, Operating Instructions, Anne Lamott, author of Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son, now writes of her experience as a grandmother.  

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Matilda Cuomo and Mayor Cory Booker on Their Mentors

Monday, January 16, 2012

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Family, France, and the Meaning of Food

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Adam Gopnik talks about the meaning of food in our lives, from 18th-century to the kitchens of the White House, the molecular meccas of Barcelona, and beyond. The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food reveals that what goes on the table has never mattered as much to our lives as what goes on around the table- families, friends, lovers coming together.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Joan Didion's Blue Nights

Monday, January 02, 2012

Joan Didion discusses her latest book, Blue Nights, about losing her daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne. She reflects on her fears and doubts about having children, her daughters fears and challenges, illness and death, and her own thoughts on growing old.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What Chefs Feed Their Kids

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fanae Aaron and Chef Marc Murphy talk about the special challenges of cooking for children. Aaron sought out advice from a diverse group of 20 award-winning chefs who are also parents—including Murphy, Eric Bromberg, Zack Gross, Ana Sortun, Piero Selvaggio, and Floyd Cardoz. What Chefs Feed Their Kids: Recipes and Techniques for Cultivating a Love of Good Food includes stories, tips, and 75 recipes.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Michael Lindsay-Hogg: Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond

Monday, December 19, 2011

Acclaimed director Michael Lindsay-Hogg talks about his boyhood and coming-of-age in the worlds of theater, film, and television, growing up the son of glamorous Warner’s movie star Geraldine Fitzgerald, and his distant father was an English baronet from a family whose money came from the China trade. His memoir Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond tells of his struggle to make sense of his life, questions of missed chances, and the rumor—never proved or disproved—that his real father is Orson Welles.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What Chefs Feed Their Kids

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Fanae Aaron and Chef Marc Murphy talk about the special challenges of cooking for children. Aaron sought out advice from a diverse group of 20 award-winning chefs who are also parents—including Murphy, Eric Bromberg, Zack Gross, Ana Sortun, Piero Selvaggio, and Floyd Cardoz. What Chefs Feed Their Kids: Recipes and Techniques for Cultivating a Love of Good Food includes stories, tips, and 75 recipes—such as Kale and Scrambed Eggs, Baby Lamb Chops, Nori Chips, and Risotto with Pumpkin, Ginger, and Sage.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Joan Didion on Blue Nights

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Joan Didion discusses her latest book, Blue Nights, about losing her daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne. Reflecting on her daughter and also on her own role as a parent, Didion asks candid questions about how she feels she failed either because she didn’t notice cues or perhaps displaced them. She also reflects on her fears and doubts about having children, her daughters fears and challenges, illness and death, and her own thoughts on growing old.

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The Takeaway

One Woman's Quest: Re-imagine Detroit's Public Education System

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

If Michigan legislators have their way, the state could soon be home to some of the most permissive charter school regulations in the nation.

Michigan, and Detroit in particular, is widely seen as one of the epicenters for a number of experimental school reforms. The recently introduced legislation aiming to relax the cap on charter school growth, follows a move, earlier this year, that essentially placed the worst performing schools in the Detroit Public School system into a separate district. The city and the state have been rallying to overcome U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s declaration, last year, that DPS was “arguably the worst urban school district in the country.’’

But in the push to implement sweeping school reform, some veteran educators say Detroit and the state may be missing an opportunity to make student and classroom-centered changes.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Parents of a Certain Age

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lisa Miller talks about the rising age of motherhood and looks at whether women in their late 40s and 50s are too old to get pregnant. Her article “Parents of a Certain Age” appears in the October 3 issue of New York magazine. Lisa Miller is a contributing editor at New York magazine, the author of Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife, and writes about religion for the Washington Post.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Sibling Effect

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Time science writer, Jeffrey Kluger looks at the bonds between siblings. In The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal about Us, Kluger explores the complex world of siblings in a way that is equal parts science, psychology, sociology, and memoir. Based on new and emerging research, it looks at birth order, twin studies, genetic encoding of behavioral traits, emotional disorders and their effects on-and effects from-sibling relationships.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Alexandra Fuller on Her Memoir Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Monday, September 19, 2011

Alexandra Fuller discusses her new memoir, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, the follow-up to her 2003 book Let’s Not Go to the Dogs Tonight. It tells of the Happy Valley-era Africa of her mother's childhood; the boiled cabbage grimness of her father's English childhood; and the darker, civil war-torn Africa of her own childhood. The story focuses on Fuller’s mother, Nicola, born on the Scottish Isle of Skye and raised in Kenya, and her resilience in the face of tragedy and heartbreak.

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The Takeaway

Adopted Chinese Children Learn About Their Roots on 'Heritage Tour'

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Official statistics show that since 1999 over 64,000 Chinese babies, most of them girls, have been adopted by Americans. China’s one child policy has caused an increase in the number of children abandoned, many of whom end up in orphanages. But China has changed a great deal in the last two decades, and so has its attitude towards adoption. The Chinese government recently paid for 90 adopted Chinese children and their families to travel from the U.S. to the country of their birth on a "heritage tour" — billed as an opportunity for these children to learn more about their roots.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Adventures in Fertility

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

July 25th marked the 33rd birthday of the first test-tube baby. Since then, 4 million children have been born with the help of IVF, now a booming $5 billion business in the United States. Holly Finn, who is undergoing her sixth attempt at in vitro fertilization this week, discusses the challenges women face when they wait too long to have a baby. In The Baby Chase: An Adventure in Fertility she shares her personal story and writes about the new scientific frontiers of fertility, and breaks the silence around egg and sperm donation.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Judy Gold

Monday, July 18, 2011

Emmy Award-winner and comedienne Judy Gold talks about her return to the stage in “The Judy Show - My Life As A Sitcom,” a journey through her life with a little help from classic television sitcoms. Judy is the mother of two sons, has a girlfriend who is a therapist, and a mother who lives in a nursing home in New Jersey—all of which provides Judy with endless material.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Children and Technology

Monday, July 18, 2011

Shelley Pasnik, Director of the Center for Children and Technology, discusses how children are using technology and how technology is changing education and family dynamics. She looks at the advantages and disadvantages of children using computers, iPads, and iPhones. We'll find out what guidelines parents should follow in terms of their children's use of technology. And we’re taking your calls!

Do you use iPads or iPhones to keep your kids occupied? Are they a learning tool or a time-waster? Tell us in the comments section below!

Or call us at 646-829-3985 with a question or to share how you manage kids and technology in your home.

Can iPads help kids learn to read or do computers and games drive kids to destraction?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction that Changed America

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Les Standiford and Detective Joe Matthews describe the 1981 abduction and murder of six-year-old Adam Walsh—unsolved for over 25 years—and how it changed America. Before Adam Walsh there were no faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alerts, no National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, no federal databases of crimes against children, and no pedophile registry. Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction that Changed America reveals how this crime captured public attention and how its aftermath altered America and our ideas about childhood.

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