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Farm-to-Table; Food and Community; Food in Jars; Please Explain

Friday, October 04, 2013

Liz Neumark talks about owning one of the city’s premier catering companies and an organic farm—and how to make farm-to-table cooking a reality. We’ll find out about the story of The Stop, which started as a food bank in Toronto, and is now a community center with gardens, a greenhouse, and a farmers market. Marisa McClellan, who writes the blog Food in Jars, shares some pickling tips for everything from cauliflower to squash. This week’s Please Explain is all about the Farm Bill—we’ll find out what programs are affected by the omnibus spending bill, which has been stalled in Congress for over a year.

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Please Explain: Pepper

Friday, September 27, 2013

Marjorie Shaffer, author of Pepper, and Andrew Smith, food historian, discuss pepper, the world’s most popular spice—from pepper’s role in bringing the Europeans, and later the Americans, to Asia to the many ways to use pepper to enhance your cooking!

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Apples; Chicken Processing in China; Cooking Invasive Species; Please Explain

Friday, September 27, 2013

Today on Food Fridays: food writer Rozanne Gold and farmer Elizabeth Ryan share their ideas for what you can do with this year’s bumper crop of apples. Find out why the USDA recently lifted its ban on chickens that are processed in Chinese plants. Sushi chef Bun Lai tells us about cooking with invasive species like Asian carp, feral hogs, and European green crabs! And this week’s Please Explain is all about pepper—from its role in the spice trade to how we use it in our favorite dishes.

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Please Explain: Yiddish

Friday, September 13, 2013

Chutzpah, glitch, klutz, schlep, and tchotchke are all Yiddish words that have entered into everyday usage. On this week’s Please Explain, we’ll find out all about the Yiddish language—where it comes from, how it’s influenced our culture, and its resurgence.

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McKinsey and Capitalism; Joe Berlinger on Hank Paulson; Jonathan Lethem on His New Novel; Please Explain

Friday, September 13, 2013

Financial journalist Duff McDonald explains how the consulting firm McKinsey & Company has shaped American business since 1926. Filmmaker Joe Berlinger on his new documentary about how former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson steered the economy through the financial meltdown 5 years ago. Jonathan Lethem talks about his latest novel, Dissident Gardens. Plus, during this Jewish holiday season, this week’s Please Explain is all about Yiddish!

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Please Explain: Whales

Friday, September 06, 2013

This week's Please Explain is about the largest mammals on earth: whales. Joining us are: Dr. John J. Flynn, the Frick Curator of Fossil Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History and the Dean of the Museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School. He's also the curator of the exhibition "Whales: Giants of the Deep," on view at the museum through January 5. And Dr. Mark Baumgartner, Marine Biologist and Associate Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.

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Please Explain: The Moon

Friday, August 23, 2013

We can see the moon is up there in the sky most nights, but how much do we really know about it? Dr. Juliane Gross, a research scientist in the American Museum of Natural History's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, tells us all about the moon--how it got there, why it orbits the earth, and what a blue moon—the kind of full moon we had on Tuesday—is.

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Entrepreneurship in the Middle East; Junot Díaz and the Lopate Show Book Club; the Saga of John Fahey; Please Explain

Friday, August 16, 2013

We’ll find out how entrepreneurship is shaping the Middle East. Junot Díaz joins us for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. James Cullingham talks about his documentary about John Fahey, who’s been called the father of American primitive guitar, and who helped preserve the sound of the Delta blues and New Orleans jazz. And before you go for a hike this weekend, listen to this week’s Please Explain—it’s all about ticks!

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Please Explain: Pain Medication

Friday, August 02, 2013

This week we're following up on Please Explain: Pain to find out more about pain killers. Barry Meier, New York Times reporter and author of A World of Hurt: Fixing Pain Medicine’s Biggest Mistake, talks about how pain medications work, how over the counter analgesics compare to prescription pain killers, and the problems of pain killer addiction.

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"Prince Avalanche"; Drama and Intrigue at FSG; Instructions for a Heatwave, a Novel; Please Explain

Friday, August 02, 2013

Director David Gordon Green and actors Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch talk about their new film, “Prince Avalanche.” Then, a look at the sex, ego-stroking, and grudge matches that took place during the early days of the renowned publishing house, Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Maggie O’Farrell talks about her latest novel, Instructions for a Heatwave. And our latest Please Explain is all about pain medications!

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Please Explain: Rabies

Friday, July 26, 2013

Rabies is a virus most often transmitted through the bite of an infected animal, and it has been around as long as humans have. Veterinarian Monica Murphy and  journalist Bill Wasik, authors of Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus, explain the history, science, and cultural mythology surrounding rabies—and how it has spawned stories of pandemic, werewolves, and zombies.

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Melissa Clark Talks Tomatoes; 50 Shades of Kale; Noisy Restaurants; Please Explain

Friday, July 26, 2013

New York Times Dining section columnist Melissa Clark who shares her ideas on what to do with all those tomatoes that are coming into season. Dr. Drew Ramsey and Jennifer Iserloh tell us how to cook with that super healthy and suddenly popular vegetable: kale. Plus, New York Magazine’s restaurant critic Adam Platt talks about how the city’s restaurants keep getting louder. Plus Please Explain is about rabies!

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Please Explain: Sleep Apnea

Friday, July 19, 2013

If you snore loudly and you wake up feeling tired even after a full night's sleep, you may have sleep apnea, is a potentially serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. On this week’s Please Explain two sleep specialists talk about what sleep apnea is and what problems and complications it may cause. We’re joined by Dr. David M. Rapoport, Professor and Medical Director of NYU Sleep Disorders Center; and Dr. Susan Redline is Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Senior Physician, Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Physician, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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Guest Etiquette; Orange Is the New Black; "The Act of Killing"; Please Explain

Friday, July 19, 2013

On today’s show: New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes answers your etiquette questions for house guests and hosts! Piper Kerman on Orange is the New Black, her memoir about the time she spent in prison, which is the basis for the new Netflix series. Director Joshua Oppenheimer talks about his documentary, “The Act of Killing,” an unorthodox take on the story of the Indonesian death squads of the 1960’s. And this week’s Please Explain is all about sleep apnea!

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Please Explain: How to Complain Effectively

Friday, July 12, 2013

Complaining is a favorite pastime for some people, but it is possible to complain in order to get results and prompt change?

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The NY Waterfront; Hitchcock's Early Films; Lidia Bastianich; Please Explain Sinkholes

Friday, June 28, 2013

Richard Hake fills in for Leonard. Justin Davidson, New York magazine’s architecture critic, discusses Mayor Bloomberg’s plans for the city’s waterfront. We’ll find out about Hitchcock’s earliest films. Lidia Bastianich looks at how immigrants and others celebrate independence in America. And Please Explain is all about sinkholes!

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Please Explain: Sink Holes

Friday, June 28, 2013

After a Florida man disappeared into a sinkhole that swallowed his bedroom, many people began wondering how stable the ground beneath our feet really is. On this week's Please Explain, Randall Orndorff, Director of the USGS Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center, explains what sinkholes are, why they form, where and when they are most likely to occur and how best to prevent them or predict and prepare for them.

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Please Explain: Pain

Friday, June 14, 2013

This week we’ll explore how the body perceives pain—what causes it, how it affects us, and how to treat it. We're joined by Dr. Denise Chou, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Columbia University Headache and Facial Pain Center; and Dr. Jing Wang, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, NYU School of Medicine, and director of research and education at NYU Langone’s Center for the Study and Treatment of Pain.

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"Pippin"; "Here Lies Love"; "Frances Ha"; and Please Explain: Neuroaesthetics

Friday, May 31, 2013

Three stars from “Pippin,” Andrea Martin, Patina Miller, and Terrence Mann, talk about their Tony-nominated roles in the Broadway revival of this beloved musical. David Byrne talks about bringing his disco musical “Here Lies Love,” to the Public Theater, and its star, Ruthie Ann Miles, talks about playing Imelda Marcos. Director Noah Baumbach and star Greta Gerwig discuss their new film, “Frances Ha.” And this week’s Please Explain is about neuroaesthetics and the science of how we perceive beauty.

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Please Explain: Neuroaesthetics

Friday, May 31, 2013

Neuroaesthetics is an emerging field of studying art through neuroscience to find out what it is about certain works of art that moves us. David Freedberg, the Pierre Matisse Professor of the history of art at Columbia University, and Neuroscientist Ed Vessel, research scientist at the NYU Center for Brain Imaging, explain what happens in our brains when we see artwork that we find beautiful and what the neuroaesthetics is revealing  how we look at art and the mind. 

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