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WNYC hosts the conversation New Yorkers turn to each afternoon for insight into contemporary art, theater, and literature, plus expert tips about the ever-important lunchtime topic: food.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Major news events throughout the world continue to be largely ignored until they reach tragic proportions. Underreported, a weekly feature on The Leonard Lopate Show, tackles these issues and gives an in-depth look into stories that are often relegated to the back pages.
 
Leonard Lopate at Large … lively hour-long, in-depth discussions that will provide overview and context to topics usually covered in partial measures. His guests will include leading thinkers, scientists, artists, economists, farmers, historians, authors, and politicians. Mr. Lopate is a Peabody Award winner whose numerous honors include three Associated Press Awards and three James Beard Awards
 
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.
 
This year Leonard spoke with the stars, writers and directors of 14 Tony nominated Broadway productions! Check out all the conversations as the June 7th awards ceremony approaches!
 
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“Leonard Lopate at Large” features lively, in-depth daily conversations with the nation’s preeminent thinkers, scientists, artists, journalists, economists, farmers, musicians, historians, authors and politicians that have marked Lopate’s much loved and respected career in radio for more than four decades. Leonard’s guest today. Clyde Haberman ...…
 
Journalist Will Doig discusses his new book, High-Speed Empire: Chinese Expansion and the Future of Southeast Asia. Today, China owns a network of 14,000 miles of high-speed rail, far more than the rest of the world combined, and it is now pushing its railway expansion further into Southeast Asia. The Pan-Asia Railway portion of China’s One Bel ...…
 
The Families Belong Together Coalition, comprised of a diverse network of organizations, recently led a 30,000 person protest in NYC against the separation of families at the border. The coalition is assisting in reuniting immigrant children and parents around the country. Jessica Morales Rocketto, the political director for the National Domest ...…
 
Lindy Lou Isonhood discusses the story behind the documentary for which she is the subject, Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2, which premieres on July 16 on PBS at 10 pm. For 20 years, Lindy Isonhood has lived with an unbearable feeling of guilt -- she sat on a jury that handed down the death penalty to a Mississippi man convicted of a double homicide. ...…
 
Amy Littlefield and Tina Vasquez discuss their recent piece for Rewire News titled, “Bethany Christian Services Is Fostering Migrant Kids. It Also Has a History of Coercive Adoptions.” The article focuses on the children being separated by the Trump administration from their families. Some of them are going to homes run by Bethany Christian, “a ...…
 
Robin de Jesús, Charlie Carver and Tuc Watkins discuss starring in the new production Boys in the Band, which focuses on a group of gay men who gather in a New York City apartment for a friend’s birthday party. The evening slowly exposes the fault lines beneath their friendships and the heartache that threatens their solidarity. When it first o ...…
 
Tony-award winning artistic director and director John Doyle discuss the new production of Carmen Jones. This Classic Stage Company production features a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Georges Bizet. Based on the canonical opera Carmen, this is the first major New York revival of the musical since its Broadway debut 75 yea ...…
 
Richard E. Cytowic MD will join us for a 'Please Explain' on synesthesia. One in twenty-three people carry the genes for the synesthesia. This neurological trait vividly creates cross-sensory couplings. A synesthete might hear a voice and at the same time see it as a color or shape, taste its distinctive flavor, or feel it as a physical touch. ...…
 
Lynda La Plante discusses her recent book Widows, which is also the basis for Steve McQueen’s upcoming film. When their husbands are killed in a security van heist that goes disastrously wrong, the women in La Plante’s novel decide to carry out the robbery themselves. On July 13 Lynda La Plante will be appearing at Thrillerfest. This segment is ...…
 
Ryan Gallagher and Henrik Moltke discuss their new piece in The Intercept titled, “The Wiretap Rooms: The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities,” which looks at how AT&T has offered its buildings and facilities to the NSA. The evidence “indicates that the buildings are central to an NSA spying initiative that has for years monitored billio ...…
 
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jonathan Hacker and Jesse Morton a former jihadist and founder of Parallel Networks, an organization dedicated to countering violent extremism discuss Hacker’s new documentary, Path of Blood. Based on his acclaimed book of the same title, the film offers an intimate perspective on terrorism using a trove of A ...…
 
Admission to New York City’s specialized high schools have always depended on single test, but all that may change as the de Blasio administration works to implement policy that would designate a number of spots in specialized high schools to black and Latino students from under-resourced schools around the city. This plan is receiving pushback ...…
 
Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland discusses her new documentary LOVE, CECIL. Cecil Beaton was a photographer, writer and painter who also designed sets and costumes for Oscar-winning films such as My Fair Lady and Gigi. Vreeland shows how Beaton intersected multiple worlds from British royalty to fashion to Hollywood. LOVE, CECIL is playing at ...…
 
Jon Meacham talks about his book The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels. The title derives from what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature,” who Meacham argues have have repeatedly won out during tense ideological junctures in US history. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents and illumina ...…
 
Mother Jones senior reporter Tim Murphy tells the story of the housing crisis in Cairo, Illinois, and how the city has been affected by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its secretary, Ben Carson’s, crusade against fair housing. Murphy dives deep into the consequences of Carson’s reign at HUD, a department lacking the ...…
 
Paul Greenberg discusses his book The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet. Omega-3 fatty acids have long been celebrated by doctors and dietitians as key to a healthy heart and a sharper brain, and they are now a multi-billion dollar business--even as recent medical studies caution that the promise of o ...…
 
Nandini Bagchee discusses her book Counter Institution: Activist Estates of the Lower East Side. Intersecting architecture, urban design practices, geography, and cartography with history, politics, and sociology, the book deftly charts the history of activism in New York City and how the city can inspire and encourage political engagement. Usi ...…
 
The 2018 World Cup has 736 players from around the world with many playing on teams that are not from their country of origin. Though this makes for diverse teams, the fans don’t always agree, expressing their dismay in abrasive language, racial slurs, and in one case, even death threats. Chiqui Esteban, an editor at The Washington Post, explai ...…
 
Peter Whoriskey, a reporter and staff writer for The Washington Post discusses his recent article, “A way of monetizing poor people: How private equity firms make money offering loans to cash-strapped Americans.” Whoriskey looks at one company in particular, Mariner Finance, and how it targets low-income Americans and offers them high-interest ...…
 
John H. Tucker discusses his recent investigation for New York Magazine, “Rape at Rosie’s,” along with Darcell Marshall, who is featured in the piece and won $1.2 million in a suit against the city last year. A recent anonymous survey of 53,000 inmates in 358 jails nationwide put Rikers’ Rose M. Singer Center among the top ten worst jails in th ...…
 
Adam Fisher discusses his new book Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley. He goes inside the secret history of Silicon Valley -- from the origins of Apple and Atari, to Google and Facebook, and all the start-ups that rose and fell along the way. This segment is guest hosted by Arun Venugopal.…
 
Emily Jane Fox talks about her book Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family. She goes inside the lives of President Trump’s five children and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, their roles in the campaign and administration, and their relationships with their father. This episode is guest hosted by Arun Venugopal.…
 
Dan Kaufman discusses his new book The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics, where he examines how Wisconsin went from being a progressive laboratory of democracy, to the state that elevated Donald Trump to the presidency in the 2016 election. On July 10 Dan Kaufman will be in ...…
 
James Crabtree discusses his book The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age. Crabtree relays a personal journey through India’s elite to meet billionaires, tycoons, and political power brokers. Crabtree dramatizes the battle between crony capitalists and economic reformers, revealing a tense struggle between equality and pri ...…
 
Caroline Kaufman used poetry as a means of coping with depression and self-harm. In 2013 when she started posting her work on an anonymous Instagram account, she received a resounding response from people all over the world. Her poetry became a light for people to find a way out of their own dark times. Kaufman's work is collected in her new bo ...…
 
Sarah Friedman and Aaron Neville, proprietors of Freville Farm in Pawling, NY. Besides discussing farming in the Hudson Valley and the problems this year’s crazy weather has caused, we will devote a little time to talking about his move from New Orleans to this area in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Freville Farm products are created in a ...…
 
New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer discusses her article in the March 12 issue, “The Man Behind the Dossier” (Online: “Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier”). Mayer profiles the former British spy turned private investigator Christopher Steele, and untangles the many inaccuracies, misunderstandings, and accusations around the in ...…
 
The Beatles’ hair style set off a cultural revolution. It was the symbol of the Sixties’ psychedelic dreams of peace, love and playful rebellion, and hairdresser Leslie Cavendish was the man behind it all. In his new memoir, The Cutting Edge, Cavendish details his journey from a North London suburb to becoming the Beatles’ hairdresser and a maj ...…
 
Dr. Michio Kaku is planning for life on mars. In his new book The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality and Our Destiny Beyond Earth, Kaku details the process by which humanity may gradually move away from the planet and develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. He explores how humans would need to lea ...…
 
Joy Press talks about her book Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television. Female writers, directors, and producers have radically transformed the television industry in recent years. Press looks at how it took decades of determination in the face of prejudice to reach this new era. She tells the story of the maverick women who ...…
 
Historian Joshua Zeitz discusses his book Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson's White House. He looks at how LBJ’s Great Society programs were put into practice by staff members who included Bill Moyers, Jack Valenti, Joe Califano and Harry McPherson. He tells the story of how one White House staff fundamentally changed everyday l ...…
 
Bestselling author Kristin Hannah discusses her new novel The Great Alone. Set in Alaska in 1974, it tells the story of two families who move to the Alaskan wilderness in search of a better life. It focuses on the lives of Ernt Allbright, a former POW, who has recently returned from Vietnam and Leni, a 13-year-old girl caught in the middle of h ...…
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Cay Johnston discusses his latest book It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the The Trump Administration is Doing to America. Cay Johnston, who has been reporting on Trump since 1988, examines how the Trump administration is remaking the government and goes inside the administration to show how the federal ag ...…
 
Former attorney and writer Zack McDermott talks about his new book Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love. McDermott, who is bipolar, tells the story of his descent into psychosis at age 26 and his desperate, poignant, often hilarious struggle to claw his way back to sanity. It's a journey that took him from New York City ...…
 
July is here, and so are the days of excessive heat. Listeners, we want to hear your tips and stories for surviving the sweltering summer! Did you grow up with air conditioning? What's the craziest thing you've done to stay cool? What places in the city are your cool refuge? Leave a comment here, tweet us, or call 212-433-9692! This segment is ...…
 
Actors Jessie Shelton and Jeremy Beck and The Mint Theater's artistic director Jonathan Bank discuss their new production, Conflict. Set in the 1920s in London, the play is a love story set against the backdrop of a hotly contested election. What starts off as people wanting to better the world turns ugly when politics become personal, and muds ...…
 
Terence Stamp discusses The Ocean Fell into the Drop: A Memoir, a show business memoir that traces Terence Stamp's obsessions of acting and mysticism and the relationship the two have to each other for him. From working with directors like Fellini, Loach, Pasolini and acting legends such as Olivier, Brando and Redgrave to following his spiritua ...…
 
Andrew Marantz, a contributing editor for The New Yorker, discusses his piece "Fighting Words," which (is titled online as "How Social-Media Trolls Turned U.C. Berkeley Into a Free-Speech Circus") appears in the July 2 issue. Marantz reports from University of California, Berkeley, which was the home of the Free Speech Movement in the 1960s, an ...…
 
Actors Jon Michael Hill and Namir Smallwood are joined by playwright Antoinette Nwandu to discuss the new production Pass Over. The play focuses on two characters, Moses and Kitch, who stand around on the corner passing the time and hoping that maybe today will be different. A provocative riff on Waiting for Godot, the play exposes the emotiona ...…
 
Leonard Lopate At Large-Michael Brodman, MD and Dr. Joseph Grosso, MD: OBGYN Changes In Medicine And Changes In Patients Dr. Michael Brodman is an obstetrician-gynecologist in New York, New York and is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. He received his medical degree from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and has been in practice for m ...…
 
Emmy Award-winning socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell discusses his debut Netflix special, “W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro,” available for streaming globally on June 26, 2018. Bell offers keen commentary on the current presidential administration, racism in America, parenting, and what it would be like if Michelle Obama still had a rol ...…
 
Kevin Baker, a Harper’s Magazine contributing editor, discusses his July cover story, “Death of a Great American City: New York and the Urban Crisis of Affluence,” which looks at how New York City has sacrificed the unique people the city has historically been known for being home to in the name of high-end development. Baker writes that this i ...…
 
Imani Perry discusses her recent piece in Harper’s Magazine, “Letter from Alabama: As Goes the South, so Goes the Nation.” Perry, a professor of African-American Studies at Princeton, finds that for every Roy Moore there is a Doug Jones or a Randall Woodfin, the progressive mayor of Birmingham. While much can be said about the South’s shortcomi ...…
 
Chefs Allison Plumer and Anita Lo join Meghan McCarron special correspondent for Eater, to discuss her recent article, “The Chefs We Don’t See.” Meghan writes about the condescending language used to describe female chefs and the underrated lens through which female chefs are seen. McCarron writes, “The reckoning, so far, has not reckoned with ...…
 
This week’s Please Explain is all about knives! Josh Donald discusses his new book, Sharp: The Definitive Guide to Knives, Knife Care, and Cutting Techniques, with Recipes from Great Chefs, which includes photographs by Molly DeCoudreaux. Donald’s knowledge as a premier knife purveyor and go-to knives expert serves his readers well by offering ...…
 
Von Diaz discusses her new book, Coconuts and Collards: Recipes and Stories from Puerto Rico to the Deep South. When her family moved from Puerto Rico to Atlanta, Diaz traded not only locations, her diet also changed. Brimming with humor and nostalgia, this recipe-packed memoir takes a close look at what it means to grow up Latina in the Deep S ...…
 
Sam Sifton, food editor of The New York Times and an "Eat" columnist for The Times Magazine, discusses the many different shades of barbeque – how barbeque is very different from a cookout, though both involve grills. He’ll get into how grilling and smoking can be about far more than just ribs and hamburgers. This segment is guest hosted by Mel ...…
 
Playwright Jordan Harrison and actors Ian Harvie and Dolly Wells discuss their new play Log Cabin at Playwrights Horizons. The play focuses on a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians who, when they see themselves through the eyes of their transgender friend, realize that the march toward progress is anything but unified. Using satire, ...…
 
Tony Award winning actors Jessie Mueller and Lindsay Mendez and three-time Tony Award winning director Jack O’Brien discusses their revival production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, a musical about two couples dealing with labor and love. Showing at the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). This segment is guest hosted by DW Gibson.…
 
Director Tim Wardle discusses his new documentary, Three Identical Strangers, which tells the story of triplets who were separated at birth and then reunited by chance. They became fast friends before discovering the dark story they all shared. Three Identical Strangers will be playing at Angelika Film Center and The Landmark at 57 West. Q&As a ...…
 
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