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A Walking Tour of Don Draper's New York

Friday, April 11, 2014

WNYC

The year is 1971. Manhattan's Fur District is booming and Mad Men's Don Draper is about to enter a decade of possibilities (or not).

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bicycling Alone Across the Country

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

New York Times obit writer Bruce Weber made the trip by himself at the age of 57, and wrote about it as it unfolded mile by mile. He talks about the challenges and rewards of strenuous physical effort — and the pleasures of a 3,000-calorie breakfast.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

These Men Searched the World for What's Funny

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Turns out, everyone loves mother-in-law jokes. And Freud saw humor as a release of sexual tension. Isn't that hilarious?

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Transportation Nation

Delta Changes Frequent-Flier Program, Social Media Erupts

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The airline will now calculate miles earned based not on how far you fly, but how much you pay for the ticket.

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The Truth

Biological Clock

Friday, December 20, 2013

Adam and Allie would do anything to have a baby. Performed by Tami Sagher, Ed Herbstman, Louis Kornfeld, and Kerry Kastin. Written by Ira Gamerman. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell. 

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The Takeaway

FCC May Lift Cell Phone Airplane Ban

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission is poised to make a decision on whether to lift the ban on cell phones in flight. Now the cell phone proposition has flight crews up in arms—and passengers aren't so sure how they feel about it, either. Barbara Peterson, senior aviation correspondent for Condé Nast Traveler, looks at the changes ahead, and what we can expect as the holiday travel season kicks off.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

On the Trail of Genghis Khan

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tim Cope tells us about traveling on horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea, and the Ukraine to the Danube River in Hungary. He writes about the journey, which was inspired by the nomadic life of the Mongols, in On the Trail of Genghis Khan.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; Jonathan Franzen; on Horseback through Eurasia; E-Cigarettes; Fast Evolution

Thursday, November 21, 2013

On today’s show: Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, and Paul Chahidi discuss starring in Twelfth Night, which they’re performing in repertory with Richard III on Broadway. Jonathan Franzen joins us for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about his debut novel from 1988, The Twenty-Seventh City. Tim Cope tells about the challenges he faced when he re-created the journey of nomadic Mongolians following the trail of Genghis Khan. We’ll learn about the fastest-evolving place on Earth, and we’ll take a look at e-cigarettes.

 

The Leonard Lopate Show

This Is How You Say Goodbye

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Victoria Loustalot discusses her memoir, This Is How You Say Goodbye, about grieving for difficult and charismatic father. When Victoria Loustalot was eight years old her father swept her up in a fantasy: a trip around the world. But it never happened, because her father was HIV positive and would die within three years. Some 15 years later, Victoria went to Stockholm, to Angkor Wat, and to Paris, the places they were meant to see together, to make peace with her father.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Life-Changing Meals

Friday, November 08, 2013

James Oseland, Alan Richman, and Louisa Ermelino talk about their life-changing food experiences. They’re contributors to A Fork in the Road, a collection of  original stories from food-obsessed writers and chefs.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Extends Closure of Some Embassies & Diplomatic Posts

Monday, August 05, 2013

Over the weekend, a terrorism threat prompted the United States to close dozens of American diplomatic posts in the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere. In addition to closing embassies, the Department of State issued a travel alert to U.S. citizens abroad. On Sunday the State Department extended the closure of some diplomatic posts. Joining us to discuss the closures is Mark Mazzetti, reporter for our partner The New York Times.

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Showdown @ High Noon

Pick the Piece to Add to Your Summer Travel Playlist

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It's summer and for so many that means its the season to travel. This week's Showdown features three light works inspired by the composers' travels in the United States.

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The Takeaway

Taking a Trip to Saturn, at The Speed of Light

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Comic book heroes travel at the speed of light, leaving the rest of us in the dust...until now. If Harold G. White gets his way, we’ll all eventually be traveling at the speed of light. White is a physicist and advanced propulsion engineer at NASA. He's been given a green light to begin looking at how we might move through space at what amounts to faster than the speed of light.

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Transportation Nation

Weekend Subway Warning: All But 2 NYC Lines to See Delays

Friday, July 26, 2013

WNYC

Of the 20 New York subway lines, 18 will be affected by track work this weekend, hindering transportation around the five boroughs on what looks likely to be the first halfway decent weather weekend in a month. Here's the deal. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean

Monday, July 22, 2013

Philip Caputo talks about his journey across America, from the nation’s southernmost point to the northernmost point reachable by road, with an Airstream in tow. Along the way he asked Americans what unites and divides a country. In The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean, he looks at how the United States, peopled by every race on earth, remain united despite all the conflicts that could cause us to pull apart.

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Transportation Nation

Gadgets Could Be Allowed on Planes Soon

Friday, June 21, 2013

Marketplace

The Federal Aviation Administration issued rules on gadgets in flight when cellphones first became popular. There were fears they could interfere with planes’ navigational systems. So passengers are told to turn off their electronic devices at the beginning and end of a flight. But today’s gadgets have weaker signals. So, some experts say, interference should be less of a problem.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Life of Margaret Thatcher; Paul Theroux in Africa; "Fill the Void," a Film

Thursday, May 23, 2013

On today’s show: we’ll look at Margaret Thatcher’s early life, her early political career, and her first years as Britain’s only female prime minister. Celebrated travel writer Paul Theroux describes returning to Africa after 50 years of traveling around the world. The star and director discuss Israeli film “Fill the Void,” which follows a young Orthodox Hasidic woman who is preparing to marry when tragedy strikes. And we’ll take a look at how Apple is just one of many corporations trying to avoid paying corporate taxes by moving its money out of the United States.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Paul Theroux's Ultimate African Safari

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Celebrated travel writer Paul Theroux first went to Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, and the pull of the continent never left him. In The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari, he tells what it was like to return, after 50 years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take stock both of the place and of himself.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Frugal Traveler's Memoir

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Matt Gross, former 'Frugal Traveler' for The New York Times, now editor of BonAppetit.com, and author of The Turk Who Loved Apples And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World, talks about his journeys around the world and takes your travel quandaries and questions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Terror After Boston; NYC Affordability; Bipolar Disorder

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A new study finds that New York City is a bargain for those making around $100,000 a year. Catherine Rampell of The New York Times talks about the findings and new poverty rates in the five boroughs. Plus: Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg View and The Atlantic on new questions about terror threats to the U.S., both foreign and domestic. Also, the author of a memoir about living with bipolar disorder; a call-in on a proposal to raise the age limit for buying cigarettes to 21 from 18; and Matt Gross, formerly Frugal Traveler for The New York Times, on his journeys and how to make the best of yours’.