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The Leonard Lopate Show

Research Report

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Jeremy Singer-Vine, who writes the Research Report for the Wall Street Journal, talks about the most interesting recent medical research and how it can be used to inform and improve our health. He covers myriad topics—from why some people sneeze when they look at the sun comes out ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Weight of the World

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Guest host Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. She’ll talk to Nancy Sherman about the psychological and moral weight war has on soldiers. And Wall Street Journal columnist Jeremy Singer-Vine tells us about the latest medical research and how you can use it. Then, we’ll find out about the ...

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The Takeaway

Does Technology Take Away the Element of Surprise?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

These days, it seems that technology connects us with everything we want to know. Using our phones, Facebook, the pages of Wikipedia and YouTube videos, we instantly fulfill our desires for information, connection and amusement. But as a result, have we eliminated many of life's surprises?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rebecca Skloot discusses the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. Her book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of the Lacks family, the dark history of experimentation on ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Green Choices

Thursday, March 18, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll discuss the impact each of us can have on the health of the planet by doing small positive things. Then, we’ll learn about the life of Henrietta Lacks, who died of cancer in 1951, but whose cells were kept alive and have changed the course of ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Age of Wonder

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Richard Holmes tells the history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the 18th century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. In The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, he looks at the ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Political and the Poetical

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Harry Markopolos tells us about the years he spent investigating Bernard Madoff, and how the SEC ignored all the red flags he'd raised about Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Then, William Kentridge discusses his career and the new stunning exhibit of his work at MoMA. And Chang-Rae Lee talks about his latest ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Slow Death by Rubber Duck

Monday, March 08, 2010

Pollution is not just caused by industrial smokestacks; it’s also caused by commonplace items in our homes and workplaces. Bruce Lourie discusses pollution in our modern world. Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things, written with Rick Smith, looks into the corporate manufacturers of toxins, ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

25 Live

Friday, March 05, 2010

On today’s show, we’re starting off with Please Explain, which is all about the most ubiquitous of substances—dust. We’ll find out what it’s made of, where it comes from, and whether there’s anything to do to eliminate it. Then, in our second hour, we’re celebrating Leonard’s 25 years on WNYC, ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Electric Cars

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

More electric cars are on their way to New York metro area, which means the city is going to have to make some major infrastructure changes. We’ll examine the advantages and disadvantages of more electric autos in the city, with Neal Parikh, Senior Policy Advisor to the Mayor’s office of ...

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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

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 Brian Lehrer Show

Fallows on Washington

Thursday, February 25, 2010

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly discusses the latest news out of Washington, including today's health care summit.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Reckoning at Eagle Creek

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cultural historian Jeff Biggers gives an account of how strip-mining has destroyed his family’s nearly 200-year-old hillside homestead in southern Illinois. In Reckoning at Eagle Creek, he chronicles the legacy of coal outside of Appalachia.

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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 Takeaway

Takeouts: Discovering How King Tut Really Died, New Airport Screening Measures

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

  • KING TUT: For years it was thought that King Tut had died from foul play, but new research reveals that he most likely was killed by a severe bout of malaria combined with a degenerative bone condition. He even used crutches! Egypt's top archaeologist and Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass solved the mystery behind King Tut's death and discovered clues in the young pharoah's DNA that give us new insight into his ancestry.
  • AIRPORT SECURITY: In a few weeks, airport screeners will begin walking through terminals taking chemical swabs from randomly selected passengers and their luggage to check for explosives like those used in the attempted Christmas Day bombing. Joining us is Col. Randall Larsen, the founding director of the Institute for Homeland Security at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Checklist Manifesto

Monday, February 15, 2010

Atul Gawande, general surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, staff writer for The New Yorker, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, explains how more training and advanced technologies don’t seem to prevent experts from making costly mistakes, but ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Checks and Balances

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy President’s Day! On Today's show we're replaying some of our favorite interviews from the year. Atul Gawande explains how a simple checklist can help doctors save lives – and why so many of his colleagues have resisted using it. Also, science writer Richard Ellis on the lives of polar ...

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Invasive Carp, Your Take on Labeling Mental Disorders

Friday, February 12, 2010

  • CARP TAKEOUT: Invasive Carp are causing problems in the great lakes, threatening to overrun the waters and create rifts between the bordering states. Michigan is asking the federal government to close a canal linking the Mississippi River to the great lakes. We speak to Tina Lam, Detroit Free Press environmental writer.
  • LISTENER TAKEOUT: Yesterday we talked about changes to how we label mental ailments. Listeners chimed in about the benefits of labeling everything from ADHD to Bipolar disorder to depression.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Space Is the Place

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Obama Administration’s NASA budget was released this month and some critics claim its proposals have shifted the space program toward a more commercial footing. We’ll talk with Dr. Henry Hertzfeld, of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, former astronaut Scott Horowitz, and with Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer ...

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