A weekly feature on The Leonard Lopate Show; airs every Friday at noon
In Please Explain, we set aside time every Friday afternoon to get to the bottom of one complex issue. Ever wonder how New York City's water system works? Or how the US became so polarized politically? We'll back up and review the basic facts and principles of complicated issues across a broad range of topics — history, politics, science, you name it.
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Friday, January 09, 2015
More than 50 people died at a recent volcanic eruption in Japan. Iceland continues to experience its largest volcanic event in centuries. How do we predict which spot will pop next?
Friday, January 02, 2015
In time for New Years resolution-making (and keeping), Charles Duhigg will explain habits, why we form them, and how we can break them.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Grammy-winning bandleader Vince Giordano and trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Bria Skonberg join us for Please Explain: swing music!
Friday, December 12, 2014
On this week's Please Explain, we dig into the history of grand juries and trial juries, and ask if the structure of the jury system influences court cases.
Friday, December 05, 2014
In this week's Please Explain, we learn about the history of ballet with the Director of the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU and the Artistic Director at ABT.
Friday, November 21, 2014
An MIT Professor and the Director of the Center for SETI Research, tell us all about how astronomers look for extraterrestrial life and other planets like earth in the universe.
Friday, November 14, 2014
On this week's Please Explain, we explore the politics and policy behind Net Neutrality, and what it means for the future of the internet.
Friday, November 07, 2014
For this week’s Please Explain we'll find out about the field of archaeology.
Friday, October 31, 2014
On this week's Please Explain, we are talking about the history of and medical and legal guidelines for quarantines.
Friday, October 24, 2014
For this week's Please Explain, Atlantic editor Hanna Rosin discusses teen sexting, the pervasive trend of sending naked pictures of themselves and their peers on their cell phones.
Friday, October 17, 2014
For this week’s Please Explain, linguist Dan Jurafsky tells us about the language of food—from the origins of ketchup to the words we use to describe food.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Decades ago, as agriculture became centralized, seeds were selected for yield, and many varieties nearly went extinct.
Friday, October 03, 2014
Pete Wells, New York Times restaurant critic, and Sam Sifton, the New York Times food editor and former restaurant reviewer, explain the ins and outs of being a restaurant critic.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Eating too much fish could mean consuming too much mercury. On this week's Please Explain, an experts from Consumer Reports tell us which fish is safest, which to avoid.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Find out the philosophy behind using the whole animal and how to prepare organ meats, pig's feet, tongue and more.
Friday, September 12, 2014
It's a popular trend in the United States, but there's evidence that the health benefits of many foods can only be unlocked when they're cooked.
Friday, September 05, 2014
This week's Please Explain is all about rice—from arborio to wehai—how it's grown, prepared, and it's place in culture and cuisine around the globe.
Friday, August 22, 2014
This week's Please Explain is about religious communities in the Middle East—Shia, Sunni, Alawite, Yazidi, and more—and their political conflicts and power struggles.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Find out how the U.S. highway system was created and how it changed the country by connecting small towns and cities from coast to coast.
Friday, August 08, 2014
West Africa is in the midst of the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded. For this week's Please Explain, an infectious disease expert talks about where it comes from, how it spreads, and how it can be contained.