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The Leonard Lopate Show

Space Race

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

In the light of President Obama's proposed NASA budget, we’ll look into the future of space exploration…and its growing commercialization. Then, Jim Lahey, of the Sullivan Street Bakery discusses his revolutionary technique of making bread that requires no kneading! Also, Amy Bloom tells us about her critically acclaimed new story ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chasing Miracles

Monday, February 08, 2010

When John Crowley and his wife Aileen learned that their two youngest children had a rare genetic disorder called Pompe disease, he left his corporate job to help co-found a start-up biotech company focused exclusively on developing a treatment for the disease. His book Chasing Miracles: The Crowley Family ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fight or Flight

Monday, February 08, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning military correspondent Thomas E. Ricks gives us an update on what's happening in Iraq. Then, saxophonist David Sanborn discusses his new album, “Only Everything.” The new Harrison Ford film “Extraordinary Measures” was inspired by a true story, and we’ll talk to John Crowley about his experience trying to ...

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WNYC News

At School in the Museum

Monday, February 08, 2010


Joel Cracraft, a curator of ornithology, teaching an evolution class.

Students studying to become biologists usually go straight from college to a masters or Ph.D. program at a university. But the American Museum of Natural History is offering them another route. It recently became ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Plastic and Fantastic

Friday, February 05, 2010

We’ll start off today’s show with our latest Please Explain, which is all about bisphenol-A, the controversial and potentially dangerous plastic additive. Then, RuPaul offers us some fashion tips. And Josh Rouse tells us how a Cuban cabaret legend inspired his latest album, which he wrote in Spain. We'll also ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Extreme Fear

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Science journalist Jeff Wise explains the latest research about how the brain reacts to fear, and describes his hands-on approach to his reporting. His book Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger reveals how the simple "fight or flight" model has been replaced by a more complex ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Deep Down

Thursday, February 04, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll look into what a yearlong investigation has revealed about secret prisons in military bases in Afghanistan. Then, Alex Lemon discusses being afflicted with strokes and undergoing brain surgery while he was still a college freshman. Also, science journalist Jeff Wise tells us about the latest research ...

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WNYC News

Panel Issues Recommendations for Greener Buildings

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

A series of 111 recommendations has just landed on the desks of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The report was submitted by the NYC Green Codes Task Force, a panel of 200 experts that was convened last year with the purpose of ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bomb Power

Monday, February 01, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills reveals how the atomic bomb transformed American democracy, increasing the power of the presidency and redefining the government as a national security state. In Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State, he draws a line from the Manhattan Project to the ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Power Mixer

Monday, February 01, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills discusses the role the atomic bomb played in strengthening the American presidency. Then, Mary Gordon, who often found herself at odds with those who call themselves Christians, tells us some of the surprising things she discovered in rereading the Gospels. Also, Dorothy Cann Hamilton and ...

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WQXR News

Are Honeybees Too Wild For NYC?

Monday, February 01, 2010

Urban beekeepers are abuzz with the possibility that a decade-old-ban on keeping hives in New York City might soon be overturned.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hidden Brain

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Shankar Vedantam, author of the Washington Post’s "Department of Human Behavior" column, explains the brain functions, emotional responses, and cognitive processes that happen without conscious awareness, but that control our behavior. In The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hidden Brain and Underground Crime

Thursday, January 28, 2010

On today’s show, Mike Pesca fills in as guest host. Science writer Shankar Vedantam explains how our unconscious minds help us make all kinds of decisions. Then, we’ll trace the evolution of cybercrime and learn why it’s become so popular with Russian and American gangsters. And we’ll look back at ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Megadisasters

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Florin Diacu, author of Megadisasters: The Science of Predicting the Next Catastrophe, and Lee Clarke, a Rutgers professor and expert on dealing with disasters, take us through some of the epic upheavals of the past, and whether we’ve ever figured out how to effectively deal with disaster.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

State of the Nation

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

On today’s show, Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. We’ll talk to economic advisor Leo Hindery, Jr. and The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg about the economy, the jobless recovery, and the proposed bank tax. Then we’ll delve into the life and presidency of James K. Polk. And Stacy Parker ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Other Brain

Friday, January 22, 2010

Neuroscientist Douglas Field, explains how glia, which make up approximately 85 percent of the cells in the brain, work. In The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science, he explains recent discoveries in glia research and looks at what ...

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WNYC News

Investigation Continues Into Faulty Landing Gear at Newark

Monday, January 11, 2010

Investigators are trying to determine why a United Airline jet's landing gear failed to deploy yesterday as it approached Newark Airport the malfunction forced passengers to crouch in their seats and brace for a crash before the pilot touched down safely on the runway. The ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Don't Drill Baby

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Natural gas exploration is heating up in New York State. Steve Lawitts, acting commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, discusses the city’s findings that hydraulic drilling for natural gas would contaminate the city’s watershed. Plus, Tamara Reynolds and Zora O’Neill return with more party planning tips. ...

The Brian Lehrer Show

The Perfect Stove

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Half of the world’s population still burn wood, dung, coal, or other solid fuels for cooking, which leads to environmental and health hazards around the world. So how do you build cheap, durable, clean-burning stoves for three billion people? The New Yorker staff writer Burkhard Bilger reports on the quest ...

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WNYC News

Battle Brews Over Gowanus Canal Clean-Up

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

After more than a century of abuse from the industries along its shores, a polluted waterway in Brooklyn may be on the brink of becoming a federal Superfund cleanup site. So why is the city fighting to stop this? WNYC's Amy Eddings explains.

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