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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Internet is Making Us (Blank)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker, discusses how books like Dr. Elias Aboujaoude's Virtually You and Nicolas Carr's The Shallows have been tackling the subject of the Internet and how it changes the way we behave and think.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hustle

Monday, January 17, 2011

Doug Merlino talks about a 1986 experiment to mix white players from an elite Seattle private school and black players from the inner city on a basketball team. The experiment was testing if exposure to privilege would give the black kids better opportunities and the white kids a view of a different side of life. He tells the story of being on that team in The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White, and looks at how crossing lines of class, race, and wealth affected the lives of these ten boys.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Self-Control in an Age of Excess

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Daniel Akst discusses why a lack of self-control is a central problem of our time—temptations have multiplied and social constraints have eroded. In We Have Met the Enemy: Self-Control in an Age of Excess he shows the ways freedom can be dangerous: Half of all deaths in America are due to overeating, smoking, drinking too much, failing to exercise, and other bad habits. He also looks at ways to save ourselves from overindulgence.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Money and Debt in America

Monday, January 03, 2011

R. Christopher Whalen discusses the American tendency to overspend in order to sustain a lifestyle that is beyond their means. In Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream, talks about why inflation and public debt are enduring (and perhaps endearing) features of American life—from get-rich-quick schemes from the Gold Rush of the 1840s to the real estate bubble of the early 21st Century.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Not Quite Adults

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Richard Settersten and Barbara Ray discuss why 20-somethings are delaying adulthood. Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It's Good for Everyone draws on almost a decade of cutting-edge research, and has nearly 500 interviews with young people. The findings reveal that a slower path to adulthood may be beneficial.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Guide for Holiday Tipping

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Peter Post, a director of The Emily Post Institute and author of Essential Manners for Men and The Etiquette Advantage in Business: Personal Skills for Professional Success, among other books; and Jodi R. R. Smith, president and owner of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting and author of From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Man and From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Woman, discuss the etiquette of holiday tipping and explain who we should tip and how much—from hairdressers to doormen to babysitters to bartenders.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Makeshift Metropolis

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Professor and Slate architecture critic Witold Rybczynski discusses how current urban planning ideas have evolved from 20th century movements such as City Beautiful, the Garden City, and the ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright and Jane Jacobs. In Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities, he looks at urban planning for the twenty-first century—creating a new kind of city with mixed-use developments, downtown living, diversity, density, and liveliness.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen at MoMA

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

MoMA curator Juliet Kinchin and Davin Stowell, founder and CEO of the design consultancy Smart Design, discuss the exhibition “Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen,” on view at the Museum of Modern Art through March 14. They’ll look at how kitchen design has changed in the last century, and examine the kitchen as a barometer of changing aesthetics and technologies.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chasing the Sun

Monday, November 29, 2010

Richard Cohen discusses our relationship with the sun. In Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life, he travels the world to shows that the Sun is present everywhere—in mythology, language, religion, sciences, art, literature, and medicine.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Martin Fletcher on Walking Israel

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Martin Fletcher, longtime chief of NBC’s Tel Aviv news bureau, discusses walking along the entire coast of Israel, from Lebanon to Gaza, observing facets of the country that are ignored in news reports. His book Walking Israel: A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation is packed with humor, historical insights, emotion, and true-life tales.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Liberation of European Jews

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Michael Goldfarb discusses the emancipation of Europe’s Jews in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance gives a account of how Jews ushered in a second renaissance after they were freed from their ghettos, and how within a century, Marx, Freud, and Einstein revolutionized politics, human science, and physics that continue to shape our world.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

There is Power in a Union

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Historian Philip Dray gives an account of American labor from the dawn of the industrial age to the present day—from the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, the first real factories in America, to the waning influence of unions today. There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America  gives an account of the accomplishments of organized labor and reveals its central role in our social, political, economic, and cultural evolution.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dick Cavett

Monday, November 15, 2010

Legendary talk show host Dick Cavett host of The Dick Cavett Show, which aired on ABC from 1968 to 1975 and on PBS from 1977 to 1982, discusses the great figures he has known and shares his thoughts on culture and politics today. In Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets, he tells his best tales and he recounts great moments with the legendary entertainers who crossed his path.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Edwidge Danticat on Art and Exile

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Edwidge Danticat reflects on art and exile, and discusses what it means to be an immigrant artist from a country in crisis. Her book Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work combines memoir and essay to tell the stories of artists, including herself, who create, despite—or because of—the suffering, violence, poverty, and oppression that drove them from their homelands, and continues to haunt them.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Dating Etiquette

Friday, October 22, 2010

If you've ever wondered how long you should wait before asking for a second date, or if it's acceptable to split the check, or whether or not you should declare that you are in a relationship on Facebook, today's Please Explain will provide some answers. Thomas P. Farley and Diane Gottsman discuss the etiquette of dating.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Arab Roots, American Stories

Friday, October 15, 2010

Alia Malek looks at the last 40-plus years of American history through the eyes of Arab Americans. A Country Called Amreeka: Arab Roots, American Stories includes timeless stories of an immigrant community becoming American, the nostalgia for home, and the alienation from a society sometimes as intolerant as its laws are generous.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: The Ex Gay Movement

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Today’s Backstory segment looks at the ex-gay movement, a collection of religious and psychological groups that espouse discredited theories about sexuality and claim to be able to "cure" homosexuality. We’ll talk with Peterson Toscano, an ex ex-gay with the group Beyond Ex-Gay, and with Dr. William Meyer, a clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at Duke University.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Tipping

Friday, October 08, 2010

Doling out 15 percent of the check to the waiter is standard, but how much should you tip cab drivers and hairdressers?  Today’s Please Explain is all about tipping. Milla Bloch and Diane Gottsman explain how much to give, to whom, and where tipping comes from.

Do you have different tipping methods based on service? Do you tip a cab driver the same way you tip a waitress or a hairdresser?

Current and former waiters: do you tip more generously than others?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Martin Fletcher's Walk in Israel

Monday, October 04, 2010

Martin Fletcher, longtime chief of NBC’s Tel Aviv news bureau, discusses walking along the entire coast of Israel, from Lebanon to Gaza, observing facets of the country that are ignored in news reports. His book Walking Israel: A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation is packed with humor, historical insights, emotion, and true-life tales.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Warmth of Other Suns

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens, who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. In The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, she tells this story through the lives of three individuals, and examines how the migration changed the face of America.

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