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The “Origin” Then and Now

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Charles Darwin's Origin of Species is one of the most widely cited books in modern science. David Reznick explains how he made Darwin's masterwork accessible to a wider audience by deconstructing and reorganizing it to clarify its key concepts. His book The “Origin” Then and Now: An Interpretive Guide ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Freedom and Captivity

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Eric Volz describes his experience being wrongfully accused of murder while he was living in Nicaragua. Then, award-winning cartoonist, playwright, and author Jules Feiffer discusses his new illustrated autobiography. And Andrea Levy talks about her new novel The Long Song. Plus, David Reznick discusses his interpretive guide to Darwin’s Origin ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Smoke and Mirrors

Monday, April 26, 2010

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Burton Richter, who has served on U.S. and international review committees on climate change and energy issues, discusses the sensible, senseless, and biased proposals for averting the consequences of global warming. In Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century, he ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

World Voices

Monday, April 26, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll look at some of the sensible and senseless proposals for curbing global warming and the disasters associated with it. Then, we’ll learn about the unintended consequences of “operation Babylift,” the U.S. government’s 1975 effort to place thousands of Vietnamese children with families overseas. Also, Emmy Award-winning ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cyber War

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A cyber attack could wreak havoc on our national security.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Red Alert

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

On today’s show, former Presidential Advisor and counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke discusses the threat posed to the United States by cyber-warfare. Then, Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, discusses his family’s journey from the south side of Chicago to the Ivy League and beyond. Also, Jennifer Gilmore talks about her novel, ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Emerald Cities

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Author and urban planner Joan Fitzgerald, and Dan Miner, chair of Sierra Club NYC, look at how American cities are leading the way toward greener, cleaner, more sustainable forms of economic development, and looks at the role of state and national government policy in helping cities create clean technology growth. ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chemical Regulation

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monona Rossol, industrial hygienist and founder and president of Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc., discusses the European Union's adopting new labeling and information systems and requirements for industry testing of chemicals before they’re used in consumer products. She'll look at why U.S. manufacturers resist chemical testing and provide such ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chemical Reaction

Monday, April 19, 2010

On today’s show, industrial hygienist Monona Rossol explains why the European Union is more stringent than the United States when it comes to regulating chemicals in everyday products. Then, Mark Kurlansky talks about how baseball changed one town in the Dominican Republic. Also, Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro discusses why so ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Undereported: Brazil, Biofuels, and Deforrestation

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Plant-derived ethanol has long been touted as a green alternative to regular gasoline for cars. Since the 1970s, Brazil has embraced ethanol derived from sugar cane and lavished the sugar industry with government subsidies, making the biofuel cheap and plentiful. Today, 90% of new cars sold in Brazil can run ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Stories from Africa and around the World

Thursday, April 15, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll speak with the filmmaker Connie Field and anti-apartheid activist Adwoa Dunn-Mouton, about the new documentary “Have You Heard from Johannesburg,” a chronicle of the worldwide movement of ordinary people to defeat apartheid in South Africa. And Lisa Shannon talks about her decision to give up a ...

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The Takeaway

The Library of Congress to Archive All Public Twitter Feeds

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Earlier this week social media darling, Twitter, announced a plan to make money through internally generated ad revenue, by displaying "promoted tweets" when people search Twitter.com. (Google returns sponsored links in much the same way.) People have wondered for years how Twitter planned to make money, so the announcement made some waves. However, more historic news came yesterday, when the Library of Congress announced it would begin the process of archiving all the public tweets ever tweeted, going back to Twitter's inception in 2006.  

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The Takeaway

2010's Space Odyssey: Obama's NASA Proposals May Change Space Flight Forever

Thursday, April 15, 2010

President Obama is in Cape Canaveral, Fla. today, where he'll defend his controversial vision for NASA. The linchpin of Obama's plan involves cancelling the Constellation program and reviving the Orion project. Axing Constellation will effectively prohibit NASA from returning astronauts to the moon - a prospect that lead iconic astronauts Neil Armstrong and James Lovell to publicly express dismay, calling Obama's plan "devastating." 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Wisdom

Monday, April 12, 2010

Stephen S. Hall explores the history of wisdom and its journey from philosophy to science. He looks at how wisdom became one of our most cherished ideals, and at the efforts of modern science to penetrate the mysterious nature of it. In Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience he reveals ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Wise Ones

Monday, April 12, 2010

Live from Afghanistan, former NPR correspondent Sarah Chayes gives us an update on what’s happening there. Then, Army gunner Ryan Conklin describes what it's been like for him to serve on the front lines in Iraq. And Olga Grushin discusses her second novel, The Line. Also, science writer Stephen Hall ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Acting Out

Friday, April 09, 2010

On today’s show, financial journalist Roger Lowenstein gives us a blow-by-blow account of the biggest financial crash since the Great Depression. Then, a look at “method acting” and Lee Strasberg… we’ll talk about his legacy with his widow and with acting teacher Lola Cohen. Also, Robocop director Paul Verhoeven (who ...

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WNYC News

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant’s Future in Question

Monday, April 05, 2010

The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that the Indian Point nuclear power plant run by the Entergy Corporation is outdated and destructive to aquatic life in the Hudson River. The state ruling denies the power plant a crucial water quality permit.

Alex Matthiessen, president of ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Wrong Kind of Green

Friday, April 02, 2010

Johann Hari talks about how environmental groups might respond to President Obama’s decision to open up offshore drilling, and he’ll discuss his investigation into conservation groups, such as Conservation International, among the most trusted groups in America to protect and defend nature, are actually cashing in on the world's worst ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Green and Gay, Flora and Fructose

Friday, April 02, 2010

On today’s show, Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. Find out why some environmental groups have come out in favor of policies that some say harm the environment more than protect it. Then, we’ll get the latest on the science of same-sex animal attraction. Also, we’ll take a look ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An End to Gene Patents?

Friday, April 02, 2010

ACLU First Amendment Working Group attorney, Chris Hansen, talks about this week’s New York federal court ruling that declared patents on genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer invalid. And Nathan Tinker, executive director of the New York Biotechnology Association, explores the ruling's potential impact ...

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