The Leonard Lopate Show

Fighting Crime in Capes, Masks, and Skinny Jeans

Friday, March 13, 2015

Can an idealistic hardware store clerk and a superhero determined to retire save Brooklyn when it suddenly teeters on the brink of disaster?

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Studio 360

Lucy Fixed Hollywood's Female Superhero Problem

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Scarlett Johansson took a bunch of drugs, started using more of her brain, and beat up The Rock at the box office this weekend. 

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The Takeaway

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a... Real-Life Superhero?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

There are over 300 registered superheroes in the United States. Coming from all walks of life, they patrol the streets, stop crimes, and do community outreach in homemade costumes. While each real life superhero has a different reason for taking up the cause, the one thing that's certain about this eccentric bunch of concerned citizens is that their ranks are growing: The New York Initiative, a New York City-based collective of superheroes, has gone from four members to 12 in 2011.



New York's Comic Con Kicks Off in Manhattan, Superheroes and All

Friday, October 14, 2011

If you see a superhero walking around Midtown Manhattan this weekend, chances are he or she is here for Comic Con. The convention kicked off Thursday, and it is about more than just comics. Movies, television shows, books and video games — not all of them based on comics — are represented, and so are the fans.


The Takeaway

'The 99': Superheroes and Comics in the Islamic World

Monday, August 01, 2011

When times are tough, Americans often turn to comic books. The so-called Golden Age of Comics in the U.S. began with the Great Depression, when out-of-work Americans were desperate for superheroes and role models. Our appetite for Superman and the Green Lantern only grew as Hitler marched across Europe. And Americans aren’t the only ones who need superheroes in difficult times. Our guest for this segment is the author of "The 99," a comic book series published in Kuwait and translated into nine languages. "The 99" follows Islam-inspired superheroes as they fight evil dictators and extremists.


Studio 360

The Escapist

Saturday, December 08, 2001

Michael Chabon, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, tells us how comics reveal unintended things about their creators.