On March 5, 2015, Leonard Lopate celebrated his 30th anniversary as the host of WNYC’s daily talk show The Leonard Lopate Show. Every week day from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, New Yorkers explore literature, art, culture, food, and life in and around our city with Leonard Lopate as their guide.
Heavy-hitting writers, actors, ex-presidents, political figures, economists, scientists, comedians, dancers, chefs, historians, filmmakers and do-it-yourself experts have all sat down with Leonard Lopate in the WNYC studios for in-depth and personal conversations. More than 35 Noble Prize winners have appeared on The Leonard Lopate Show over the years. Prominent guests have included: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain, Henry Kissinger, Lech Walesa, Orhan Pamuk, Ang Lee, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Deneuve, Stephen Sondheim, John Updike, Doris Lessing, Bill Bradley, Mark Morris, Francis Ford Coppola, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alice Munro, Robert Altman, Mel Brooks, and too many others to list. The program has been honored with multiple awards for its work including a George Foster Peabody Award, three Associated Press Awards for Best Interview and three James Beard Awards for Best Shows on Food.
Each Friday, Lopate gets to the bottom of one complex issue in his Please Explain series and each month he digs deep into a particular novel with listeners through the popular Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. He also hosts live event series and annual specials like Lopate & Locavores in New York Public Radio’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.
In addition to his work with New York Public Radio, Lopate makes frequent appearances as an interviewer and moderator at the 92nd St. Y, Queens College, Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn Public Library and other major venues throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Lopate’s career in radio began in 1977 at WBAI. For many years, he was the host of WBAI’s program Round Midnight. Before radio found him, Lopate worked in advertising as an art director and copywriter.
Lopate was born and raised in Brooklyn. He studied art at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn College and Hunter College Graduate School. He knows just enough Cantonese to order the best dim sum in Chinatown.
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Leonard Lopate appears in the following:
The Leonard Lopate Show Live: Tony Shalhoub, Gary Oldman, Julie Taymor, Kristin Scott Thomas and More
Thursday, November 16, 2017
The Leonard Lopate Show Live: Christine Ebersole, Anthony Bourdain, Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin and More
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Monday, February 06, 2017
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Thursday, November 03, 2016
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Wed, Oct. 8 | WNYC’s Leonard Lopate talks with Lidia Bastianich, Andrew Carmellini and David Bouley. A live video webcast will be available.
Friday, September 05, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Join WNYC's Leonard Lopate for a conversation with Santiago Calatrava, Jill Lerner, and John Ochsendorf on the marvels of engineering and architectural beauty created by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino, Sr. and his son, Rafael Jr. in public spaces across the five boroughs. Watch a live video webcast of the sold-out show beginning 7pm.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Veteran host Leonard Lopate spoke about Food Fridays and the new three-ingredient challenge. Also, find out what food-related issues cause the most controversy and what kitchen tool is his favorite.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Having trouble getting your kids to eat foods that don't come packaged in box or wrapped in cellophane?