The Leonard Lopate Show

To Pursue Art, or a Family?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Caleb Powell and David Shields recount four days together at a cabin in the Cascade Mountains, where they debate whether life is worth sacrificing for your art, or vice versa.

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Laura Kipnis Looks at Her Personal Life, and the Public Eye, When It Comes to Men Behaving Badly

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Laura Kipnis talks about her collection of essays exploring why badly behaved men have been her lifelong fascination, on and off the page.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

In a Modern World, Vladimir Putin Keeps Power Concentrated Using Medieval Methods

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Vladimir Putin runs a neo-feudal world where iPads, WTO membership, and Brioni business suits conceal a power structure straight out of the Middle Ages. 

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Just The Two Of Us: The Creative Power of Pairing Up

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Famous creative duos—like John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Marie and Pierre Curie, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak—usually have a special chemistry. Joshua Wolf Shenk looks at how creative intimacy unfolds, and examines new scientific research into the foundations of creativity. In his book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, he reveals how pairs begin to talk, think, and even look like each other; how the most successful creative partners thrive on conflict; and why some duos flame out while others endure.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Are Child Sexual Abuse Cases More Common Than We Think?

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Ross Cheit on his new book The Witch Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children.

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Chasing a Dream: Richard Russo Discusses His Memoir, Elsewhere

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"I was giving up something secure for something that, to her mind, was a dream." Richard Russo discusses his memoir Elsewhere, his path toward becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, and his lifelong bond with his spirited mother.  



Gay Talese: Committed Voyeur

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Legendary non-fiction writer, Gay Talese, discusses his marriage, his work, and the scandals that have made waves in both. - Get the full story here.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Gut Wrench: Human Digestion 101

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Mary Roach tells you everything you every wanted to know (and maybe some stuff you didn’t) about human digestion. In Packing for Mars, she wrote about space toilets and for RadioLab she stuck her hand inside a real-live cow’s stomach to experience digestion from the inside. Her new book is Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

National Book Critics Circle Awards

Monday, March 04, 2013

The National Book Critics Circle's national awards were given out last week. A number of the winners have been guests on the Leonard Lopate Show, and you can find their interviews in the show archives.

Robert Caro won for his biography of Lyndon Johnson, The Passage of Power. Leonard spoke with him about that book in May, and you can listen to that conversation here.

The general nonfiction award was given to Andrew Solomon for Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. Listen to Leonard's interview with him here.

Ben Fountain's novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk won the award for fiction. He spoke with Leonard about that book in August, and you can listen to that interview here.

Author and illustrator Leanne Shapton's memoir Swimming Studies won in the category of autobiography. Listen to Leonard's conversation with her here.


A Harsh Tale Of War, But An Unforgettable Read

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How can we understand the experiences of those who have lived through war? What do they have to teach us? Author Hilary Thayer Hamann's favorite book attempts to answer these questions, and reinforces just how beautifully implausible life during conflict can be. It's The War by Marguerite Duras.


Three Books For The Grammar Lover In Your Life

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

English is definitely changing, but whether it's declining or evolving depends on who — ahem, whom — you ask. Writer Robert Lane Greene recommends three books about what it means to speak and write "well" — when the definition of "well" is a moving target.


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Great Interviews with Award-Winning Authors

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A number of authors who have recently won awards for their work have been guests on the Leonard Lopate Show, where they talked about their books and their careers as writers.

Jennifer Egan won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for her novel A Visit from the Good Squad. She was on the Lopate Show on June 10, 2010, to talk about the book, life in Brooklyn, and composing stories in PowerPoint. Listen to that interview here.

Isabel Wilkerson won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction for her book The Warmth of Other Suns, about the history of migration of African Americans who left the South for northern and western cities. You can listen to her interview with Leonard here.

Darin Strauss won the the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography for Half a Life, about being in a car accident as a teenager that killed a classmate. In October he spoke with Leonard about the accident and of writing about it, and you can listen to that interview here.

Deborah Eisenberg won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg, a compilation of her short stories. She was on the Leonard Lopate Show April 5, 2010, to talk about her writing career and her craft. You can listen to that interview here.

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The Story of Bunker Hill

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Historian Thomas Fleming discusses the 50th anniversary edition of his book Now We Are Enemies: The Story of Bunker Hill . Hailed as a masterpiece when it was published, it still remains the most complete account of the clash that changed the course of America history—the battle of Bunker Hill.

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Studio 360

Joan Didion

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Joan Didion is one of the most acclaimed authors of our time. Her long essays — in a form of journalistic meditation unique to her — are the envy of any nonfiction writer. She has not been a memoirist, until now. Her new book, The Year of ...


Studio 360

Special Guest: Paul Theroux

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Paul Theroux has written fiction and nonfiction for more than 35 years. His books on Patagonia, Oceania, and Hong Kong have made him the most acclaimed travel writer of our time. Dark Star Safari chronicles a rail journey the entire length of Africa. His most recent book is ...


Studio 360

Birth of the Novel

Saturday, June 21, 2003

A couple of centuries ago, when the novel was first coming into its own in English literature, writers and publishers had no scruples about pretending their fiction was the god's-honest truth. Then as now, lots of readers felt that nonfiction was more important. Studio 360's David Krasnow went looking ...