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The Leonard Lopate Show



Leonard Lopate 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.



Last Build Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

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What Michael Flynn's Guilty Plea Means for Trump

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Jeffrey Toobin, New Yorker staff writer and chief legal analyst for CNN, discusses his latest piece, “The Russia Portfolio” (Online: Michael Flynn’s Guilty Plea Sends Donald Trump’s Lawyers Scrambling) He examines Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election in the wake of Michael Flynn, the former national-security adviser to President Trump, pleading guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador.

This segment is guest hosted by Jonathan Capehart.  

What Michael Flynn's Guilty Plea Means for Trump


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Director Errol Morris on 'Wormwood' with Peter Sarsgaard

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Director Errol Morris talks about his new miniseries “Wormwood,” along with Peter Sarsgaard, who stars in it. This six-part series explores the limits of our knowledge about the past and the lengths we'll go in our search for the truth. It tells the story of one man's 60-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father's mysterious death -- a quest which brings him face-to-face with some of the darkest secrets of the United States.

"Wormwood" opens at the Metrograph on December 15th, and globally, on Netflix that day as well. 

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This segment is guest hosted by Jonathan Capehart. 

Director Errol Morris on 'Wormwood' with Peter Sarsgaard


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The Military Explosives Buried in Your Backyard

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Senior ProPublica reporter Abrahm Lustgarten discusses his investigation “Open Burns, Ill Winds.” This story looks at how the military spends more than a billion dollars a year to clean up sites its operations have contaminated with toxic waste and explosives at sites that exist in every state in the country. Some are located near schools, residential neighborhoods, rivers and lakes. In addition to the story, ProPublica created an interactive map of the sites across the country. 

This segment is guest hosted by Jonathan Capehart. 

The Military Explosives Buried in Your Backyard


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Inside the Plot to Bomb Garden City, Kansas

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Jessica Pressler discusses her article in the December 11-14 issue of New York Magazine, "The Insane Plot to Bomb Garden City Kansas." She investigated how three Kansas men who called themselves "the crusaders" planned an attack on an apartment complex filled with Somali immigrants and a mosque. They planned to carry out the attack one day after the presidential election last November. 

Inside the Plot to Bomb Garden City, Kansas


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Bombs Left Behind, Errol Morris & Peter Sarsgaard, Flynn's Guilty Plea

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Senior ProPublica reporter Abrahm Lustgarten discusses his investigation into sites contaminated by U.S. military operations. Jessica Pressler, a writer for New York Magazine on her latest article, "The Insane Plot to Bomb Garden City, Kansas.". Director Errol Morris on his new miniseries “Wormwood,” along with Peter Sarsgaard, who stars in it. Jeffrey Toobin, New Yorker staff writer and chief legal analyst for CNN, discusses his latest piece, “The Russia Portfolio."

This episode is guest hosted by Jonathan Capehart. 




How Silicon Valley Became A Political Force

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Noam Cohen, who wrote the “Link by Link” technology column for The New York Times, joins us to discuss his new book The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball . He chronicles the rise of Silicon Valley as it become a force in American politics and beyond. Cohen follows the rise of people like Jeff Bezos, Peter Thiel and Mark Zuckerberg, and how the “meritocratic” Silicon Valley ideology promotes a society that belittles civility, empathy and collaboration. 

Noam Cohen will appear with Micah Sifry on Dec. 13 at Civic Hall (118 W. 22nd St., 12th Floor) at 6 p.m.

Note: Jonathan Capehart guest-hosted this segment of "The Leonard Lopate Show."

How Silicon Valley Became A Political Force


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How To Sniff Like A Dog

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

For this week’s Please Explain, we’re following dogs as they sniff their way through the world with their incredible sense of smell. Alexandra Horowitz, who teaches canine cognition and creative nonfiction at Barnard College and runs the Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab, explores the abilities of a dog’s nose, how it’s evolved, how it’s being put to use and how we can improve our own sense of smell. Her latest book is Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell

Note: Jonathan Capehart guest-hosted this segment of "The Leonard Lopate Show."

How To Sniff Like A Dog


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Return To Neverland With Bedlam's 'Peter Pan'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Kelley Curran and Brad Heberlee joins us to discuss starring as Wendy and Peter in the Bedlam production of “Peter Pan.” The new production of J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play tells the story of the Darling children as they befriend Peter Pan and follow him to Neverland. The play features six cast members, who jump from character to character including Pirates, the Lost Boys, Mermaids and Captain Hook. 

"Peter Pan" runs through Saturday, Dec. 23 playing at The Duke (229 W 42nd St., between 7th and 8th Ave.).

Note: Jonathan Capehart guest-hosted this segment of "The Leonard Lopate Show."

Return To Neverland With Bedlam's 'Peter Pan'


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Todd Webb's New York Of The 1940s/50s

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Todd Webb was an iconic photographer who spent all hours of the day capturing the people, buildings and avenues that made up New York City during the 1940's and '50s. Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York, Daniel Okrent, an American writer and editor who served as the first public editor of The New York Times and Betsy Evans-Hunt, Executive Director, Todd Webb Archive, join us to discuss I See a City: Todd Webb's New York.The book features some of Webb's most captivating images from that era.

A book party and signing to celebrate the publication of "I See a City: Todd Webb’s New York" with Betsy Evans Hunt, Sean Corcoran, and Daniel Okrent will take place Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at The Curator Gallery (520 West 23rd St., between 10th and 11th Ave.).

Note: Jonathan Capehart guest-hosted this segment of "The Leonard Lopate Show."

 

Todd Webb's New York Of The 1940s/50s


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How Silicon Valley Became A Political Force, Todd Webb's New York Of The 1940s/50s, Returning To Neverland, Why Dogs Rock!

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Noam Cohen on the rise of Silicon Valley as a political forceSean CorcoranDaniel Okrent and Betsy Evans-Hunt on Todd Webb’s NYC photographs from the ‘40s and ‘50s. Kelley Curran and Brad Heberlee on the Bedlam production of "Peter Pan." Please Explain is all about dogs and their sense of smell with Alexandra Horowitz.

Note: Jonathan Capehart guest-hosted this episode of "The Leonard Lopate Show."




Why Dinner Parties Can Solve Everything!

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:20:55 -0500

Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano, creators, hosts, and producers of The Dinner Party Download, join us to discuss their new book Brunch Is Hell: How to Save the World by Throwing a Dinner Party. They argue that brunch is an overrated, overpriced scam and that we must fight back by throwing dinner parties. Their guide takes hosts through every phase of throwing a great dinner party, and how they can use the meal to bring people together.

Brendan Francis Newnam & Rico Gagliano will appear at Books Are Magic (225 Smith Street, Brooklyn) on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. 

Note: Mary Harris guest-hosted this segment of "The Leonard Lopate Show."

Why Dinner Parties Can Solve Everything!


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Jonathan Capehart On Interviewing Hillary Clinton

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:20:43 -0500

Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for the Washington Post, recently traveled to Chappaqua, N.Y. to speak with Hillary Clinton for his podcast "Cape Up." He speaks with Clinton about her book What Happened, how she spent her time following the 2016 election and how she feels about President Trump's first year in office.

Note: Mary Harris guest-hosted this segment of "The Leonard Lopate Show."

Jonathan Capehart On Interviewing Hillary Clinton


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The Economist's Daniel Franklin On The Stories To Watch In 2018

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:20:31 -0500

Daniel Franklin, the Executive Editor of The Economist's annual "The World In..." issue, joins us to discuss “The World in 2018.”  In this special issue, Economist writers and contributors report on what will be the top stories of the coming year. They cover every continent, with a special section devoted to the USA, and focus on multiple beats from science to business.

Note: Mary Harris guest-hosted this segment of "The Leonard Lopate Show."

The Economist's Daniel Franklin On The Stories To Watch In 2018


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The Father Of Virtual Reality On How It Can Make Our Lives Richer

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:20:08 -0500

Jaron Lanier, an interdisciplinary scientist at Microsoft, joins us to discuss his book Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality. Lanier is considered the father of virtual reality, and he explores how VR can make our lives richer and fuller in the book, which is a mix of memoir, scientific writing and philosophy.

Jaron Lanier will appear in conversation with Maureen Dowd at The Strand (828 Broadway & 12th St.) on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. 

Note: Mary Harris guest-hosted this segment of "The Leonard Lopate Show."

The Father Of Virtual Reality On How It Can Make Our Lives Richer


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How Virtual Reality Can Make Our Lives Fuller, Jonathan Capehart & Hillary Clinton, The Dinner Party Download, The Stories To Watch In 2018

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Jaron Lanier shares his encounters with virtual reality. Jonathan Capehart discusses his recent interview with Hillary Clinton. Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano explain how to throw a great dinner party. Daniel Franklin on The Economist’s special year-end analysis, “The World in 2018.”

Note: Mary Harris guest-hosted this episode of "The Leonard Lopate Show."




How Hospitals Waste Billions on Unnecessary Treatments

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Journalist Marshall Allen joins us to discuss his recent investigation for ProPublica: “A Hospital Charged $1,877 to Pierce a 5-Year-Old’s Ears. This Is Why Health Care Costs So Much.” He reveals how an epidemic of unnecessary treatment is wasting billions of healthcare dollars a year. Some particularly absurd examples include how two women were given unnecessary pregnancy tests even though one was 82 years old and the other, though younger, no longer had a uterus.

 

How Hospitals Waste Billions on Unnecessary Treatments


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The Smog and the Serial Killer that Terrorized London in the Winter of 1952

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Kate Winkler Dawson discusses her new book Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City.  She weaves together the historical narrative of a serial killer and an environmental disaster that converged in London in the winter of 1952. The dense smog caused by cars and coal-burning hearths covered the city for days and 12,000 people died as a result of accidents and criminal activity. That same month, a serial killer murdered at least six women in London.

 

The Smog and the Serial Killer that Terrorized London in the Winter of 1952


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The Cost of Unnecessary Medical Treatments, London's Deadly Smog,

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Journalist Marshall Allen discusses his recent investigation for ProPublica that examines the epidemic of unnecessary treatment is wasting billions of healthcare dollars a year. Kate Winkler Dawson on her new book Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City. 




The 60-Year Career Of Blues Musician Delbert McClinton

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Blues musician Delbert McClinton and author Diana Finlay Hendricks join us to discuss her new book Delbert McClinton: One of the Fortunate Few. The book chronicles McClinton's life and music, from growing up in Texas during World War WWII to playing roadhouses along Fort Worth’s Jacksboro Highway. McClinton and Finlay Hendricks also discuss how he continues to play concert and dance halls, theaters and festivals across the nation. 

Delbert and Diana will celebrate the book release with a Q&A on December 6th at Lucille's, the club at BB King Blues Bar in Times Square (237 W 42nd St., between 7th and 8th Ave.) at 7 p.m. The Q&A is open to the public and will also be livestreamed by BackStory Events and Guitar World.

The 60-Year Career Of Blues Musician Delbert McClinton


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How Improv Comedy Took Over America

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Sam Wasson joins us to discuss his book  Improv Nation: How We Made a Great American Art. Wasson charts the rise of improv comedy in America, and tells the stories of those who helped it take hold including Mike Nichols, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi and Gilda Radner. 

Sam Wasson will appear in conversation with Tom Santopietro on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble/Upper East Side (150 East 86th Street at Lexington Ave.).

He will also appear on Dec. 6 at 6:00 p.m. at The Peoples Improv (123 East 24th St., between Park and Lexington Ave.) for a reading, talk and book signing.

 

How Improv Comedy Took Over America


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The 'Wild Side' Of Lou Reed's Life

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor to Rolling Stone, joins us to discuss his book Lou Reed. DeCurtis chronicles the five decade-long career of Lou Reed, from his early days with the Velvet Underground to his prolific work as a solo artist.

The 'Wild Side' Of Lou Reed's Life


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Eva Moskowitz On The Battle For Charter Schools In NYC

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Eva Moskowitz is a polarizing figure in the world of education reform. As a former City Councilmember and now in her role as CEO and founder of Success Academy, she has advocated for using charter schools as a way for disadvantaged children to succeed academically. In her new memoir The Education of Eva Moskowitz, Moskowitz writes about her battles to bring charter schools to the five boroughs, and how she has run up against opposition including from Mayor Bill de Blasio. 

Eva Moskowitz On The Battle For Charter Schools In NYC


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Eva Moskowitz, The 'Wild Side' Of Lou Reed, Blues Musician Delbert McClinton, How Improv Took Over America

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Eva Moskowitz on bringing charter schools to New York City. Anthony DeCurtis explores the life of Lou Reed. Delbert McClinton with his biographer, Diana Finlay HendricksSam Wasson recalls the history of improv in America.




From 'Meteor Shower' To 'Little Shop Of Horrors': Broadway Man Jerry Zaks

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:48:53 -0500

Jerry Zaks and National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene director Zalmen Mlotek join us to discuss Zaks' 40 years of working on Broadway, directing hits from "Hello, Dolly!" to "Little Shop of Horrors." They'll also discuss the influence of Yiddish theater in Zaks' work. 

Jerry Zaks' work is being celebrated at the concert event "Broadway, a Jewish American Legacy" in The Edmond J. Safra Hall at The Museum of Jewish Heritage (36 Battery Pl., Battery Park) on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m. (VIP pre-show reception at 6:00 p.m.)

 

From 'Meteor Shower' To 'Little Shop Of Horrors': Broadway Man Jerry Zaks


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Patti Smith Remembers Her Friend, Sam Shepard

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:49:02 -0500

Singer/songwriter Patti Smith and the late Sam Shephard were longtime friends, who were so close that she helped him complete, edit and arrange the final manuscript of his last novella Spy of the First Person. It tells the story of an unnamed narrator who is becoming increasingly incapacitated by a condition, and looks back on his memories of work, adventure and travel as he undergoes medical procedures. Smith shares stories of her friendship with Shepard, and what it was like to work with him to finish the novella.

Patti Smith will appear for an event titled "Remembering Sam Shepard" on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church (157 Montague St., Brooklyn). It will also feature Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan. The event is co-represented by PEN America and Knopf, with Books Are Magic.

Patti Smith Remembers Her Friend, Sam Shepard


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Zac Posen Hits The Kitchen

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:26:32 -0500

Zac Posen is known for his work as a fashion designer and "Project Runway" judge, but in his new book Cooking with Zac: Recipes From Rustic to Refined, he also shares his passion for crafting delicious dishes. He discusses his favorite recipes that strike a balance between healthy and fresh flavors. His dishes include summer corn salads, beer can chicken and savory dashi-glazed lotus root. Zac Posen will appear in conversation at the 92nd St. Y (1395 Lexington Ave., at E 92nd St.) on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.  He will also appear at BookMarc (400 Bleecker, at W 11th St.) on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Check out three of Zac Posen's recipes below! Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans  Makes 4 cups This recipe came to me from my Uncle Dan’s mom. The pecans are sweet and salty, great as a snack or sprinkled over salad or yogurt and granola in the morning. This recipe is just as tasty made with peanuts or walnuts—or mix a few different nuts and pack in Mason jars as a gift. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature ½ cup granulated sugar ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½  teaspoon fine sea salt 1 large egg white 4 cups pecan halves (about 1 pound) Preheat the oven to 275°F. Use the butter to lightly grease a rimmed sheet pan and set aside. Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a small bowl and set aside. Whisk together the egg white and 1 tablespoon of water in a medium bowl until the mixture is slightly frothy. Add the pecans and stir to coat. Add the sugar mixture, stirring to coat.  Transfer the pecans to the prepared pan and bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until the nuts are deeply toasty and glossy, about 1 hour total. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool, then transfer to a serving dish or airtight container (the nuts can be kept at room temperature for 1 week). Gluten-Free Bûche De Noël  Makes 1 log serving 8 to 10 Indulgent, airy, and gluten-free, this ganache-frosted chocolate mousse–filled yule log is decadent but not too rich, and, since there isn’t any flour or butter in it, it stays light and airy. The true magic in making a bûche de Noël (often called a Yule log) is in the accessorizing—I love to make white mushrooms out of meringue. It’s also fun to play with chocolate shavings or gold dust to make them resemble tree bark. Along with the gingerbread castle on page 254, this is a great recipe to really expand the depths of your creative self. Now break out those dragées and get sprinkling! The cake is also excellent filled with the chestnut cream on page 247. Meringue Mushrooms 2 large egg whites 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup powdered sugar Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting   Chocolate Roulade 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, for greasing the pan 9 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder 9 large eggs, at room temperature 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt Heaping 3/4 cup finely chopped semisweet chocolate (about 4 ounces), melted 1/2 cup granulated sugar   Caffeinated Chocolate Mousse (page 186)   Chocolate Ganache Frosting  2 1⁄3 cups finely chopped semisweet chocolate (about 12 ounces) 3/4 cup heavy cream Matcha powder, for decorating the cake 1)      To make the meringue mushrooms: Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper. Add the egg whites to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip the whit[...]Zac Posen Hits The Kitchen


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Ben Taub On Lake Chad's Complex Humanitarian Crisis

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

New Yorker staff writer Ben Taub joins us to discuss his latest article, "Lake Chad: The World’s Most Complex Humanitarian Disaster." He explores how the Lake Chad region of Africa has fallen into disarray through a combination of climate change, violent extremism, food insecurity, population explosion, disease, poverty, weak statehood and corruption. 

Ben Taub On Lake Chad's Complex Humanitarian Crisis


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Broadway Man Jerry Zaks, Zac Posen Hits The Kitchen, Patti Smith On Sam Shepard, The Complex Humanitarian Crisis In Lake Chad

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Jerry Zaks and Zalmen Mlotek on Yiddish theater and Zaks' career on Broadway. Zac Posen shares his passion for cooking. Patti Smith remembers her late friend Sam Shepard. Ben Taub explores the complex humanitarian disaster in the Lake Chad region of Africa.




Guillermo del Toro On 'The Shape of Water'

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:13:28 -0500

Guillermo del Toro joins us to discuss his new movie, "The Shape of Water." Del Toro wrote, directed and produced the film, which is set during the Cold War and tells the story of a worker named Elisa. Elisa works inside of a research facility, and her life changes when shes stumbles upon something there. 

"The Shape of Water" is now playing at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 (1998 Broadway, at W 68th St.) and at the Angelika Film Center (18 Houston St., at Mercer St.). The number of theaters playing the feature will continue to expand.

Angelika Film Center Events:

Guillermo del Toro will hold a Q&A on Friday 12/1 following the 4:15 p.m. show.

Guillermo del Toro, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer and Doug Jones will a hold a Q&A on Saturday 12/2 following the 7:00 p.m. show.

Guillermo del Toro On 'The Shape of Water'


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The Consequences Of Solitary Confinement

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:03:27 -0500

Terry Allen Kupers, an award-winning psychiatrist and Professor Emeritus at The Wright Institute Graduate School of Psychology, joins us to discuss his book Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It. There are 100,000 inmates in solitary confinement in the United States today, and Allen Kupers looks at the psychological and physical consequences of time in isolation. He also looks at the larger picture of how putting individuals in solitary confinement impacts society as a whole.

The Consequences Of Solitary Confinement


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Philip Galanes Picks Through The Social Wreckage Of Thanksgiving, Pianist Jeremy Denk Plays Live! Joseph Stiglitz

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:35:37 -0500

Philip Galanes picks through the wreckage of Thanksgiving & offers tips for surviving the next round of holidays. Pianist Jeremy Denk on his music and performs live in our studio. Joseph Stiglitz explores anti-globalization in the Trump era.

Philip Galanes Picks Through The Social Wreckage Of Thanksgiving, Pianist Jeremy Denk Plays Live! Joseph Stiglitz


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Leigh Silverman, Billy Crudup & David Cale On 'Harry Clarke'

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:17:11 -0500

Director Leigh Silverman, playwright David Cale and Tony Award-winning actor Billy Crudup join us to discuss their play "Harry Clarke." It tells the story of a reclusive Midwesterner who lives a double-life as Harry Clarke, an outgoing Londoner. When he moves to New York City, Clarke pushes the limits of how far he's willing to keep up the act as he works his way into the lives of a wealthy family.

"Harry Clarke" is running at the Vineyard Theater (108 E. 15th St., at Irving Pl.) through Dec. 23. 

You can listen to a clip of "Harry Clarke" here!

Leigh Silverman, Billy Crudup & David Cale On 'Harry Clarke'


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What's Your Cat Really Thinking?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

How did cats get domesticated? Why are they so popular on the internet? Are they good or evil?

If you have wanted to know the answers to these questions, and more, tune in to our latest Please Explain, which is all about cats. We're joined by Abigail Tucker, correspondent for Smithsonian Magazine, and author of The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World.

What's Your Cat Really Thinking?


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The Consequences Of Solitary Confinement, Billy Crudup aka 'Harry Clarke,' Guillermo del Toro, What's Your Cat Really Thinking?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Terry Allen Kupers with the inside story of Supermax isolation. Billy CrudupLeigh Silverman and David Cale on their play, “Harry Clarke.” Guillermo del Toro on his movie "The Shape of Water." Please Explain! is all about cats with Abigail Tucker.




How The Coast Guard Keeps Prisoners On The Open Sea

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:08:23 -0500

Journalist Seth Freed Wessler joins us to discuss his new investigation in The New York Times Magazine produced in partnership with The Investigative Fund: “The Coast Guard’s ‘Floating Guantánamos’.”  He explores how the United States Coast Guard has been patrolling international waters in the Pacific Ocean in search of drug smugglers, who are often Colombian, Ecuadorian and Guatemalan fishermen. After they are caught, the smugglers are shackled to decks and transported to America to stand before a judge. Freed Wessler explores the conditions on these ships, and why these detainees are held on the high seas for weeks or sometimes months.

How The Coast Guard Keeps Prisoners On The Open Sea


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Rebecca Taichman & The Stars Of 'School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play'

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:05:19 -0500

Director Rebecca Taichman, and actors Nabiyah Be and MaameYaa Boafo join us to discuss their new show, “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play.” Set in Ghana's most prestigious boarding school, the play tells the story of Paulina, a popular student who's determined to make it to the Miss Universe pageant. But, that plan gets complicated with the arrival of Ericka, who becomes a threat to Paulina's status in the school while also catching the eye of the pageant recruiter.

"School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play" runs at the MCC Theater (121 Christopher St., at Houston St.) through Dec. 31. 

Rebecca Taichman & The Stars Of 'School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play'


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Life As A Foreign Correspondent

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:03:14 -0500

New York Times foreign correspondent Elaine Sciolino and New York Times foreign editorial writer Carol Giacomo have both spent years working as foreign correspondents. Sciolino has been locked in a room by Muammar Qaddafi, and thrown into prison for a day in Syria. Giacomo was a former diplomatic correspondent for Reuters and is an expert on American foreign policy, national security and arms control. The two join us to share their experiences in the sometimes exciting, sometimes terrifying world of overseas journalism.

Life As A Foreign Correspondent


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The New Museum Turns 40!

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The New Museum of Contemporary Art turns 40 this year, and to celebrate its anniversary we are joined by curator Johanna Burton and Massimiliano Gioni, artistic director at the New Museum. The two explore the institution's upcoming exhibitions, programs and publications. Burton also discusses her new exhibit, “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” which looks to the current cultural moment and beyond.

"Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon" is on display at the New Museum (235 Bowery, between Rivington and Stanton St.) through Jan. 21. 

The New Museum Turns 40!


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The Life Of A Foreign Correspondent, The New Museum Turns 40, Rebecca Taichman & 2 'School Girls', How The Coast Guard Keeps Prisoners On The Open Sea

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Elaine Sciolino and Carol Giacomo discuss what life is like as a foreign correspondent. Johanna Burton and Massimiliano Gioni on The New Museum of Contemporary Art's 40th anniversary. Rebecca TaichmanNabiyah Be and Maame Yaa Boafo with their play “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play.” Seth Freed Wessler investigates “The Coast Guard’s ‘Floating Guantánamo.'"




1917: How Lenin & Woodrow Wilson Collided

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:29:39 -0500

In his new book 1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder, Arthur Herman argues the world was never the same after 1917. It was the year where Woodrow Wilson’s entry into World War One and Lenin’s Bolshevik Revolution converged, unleashing disruptive ideologies, from nationalism and globalism to Communism and terrorism that have failed to be contained to this day. 

1917: How Lenin & Woodrow Wilson Collided


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Khary Lazarre-White's Debut Novel Explores Love, Danger & Oppression In NYC

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:28:10 -0500

Khary Lazarre-White joins us to discuss his debut novel Passage. Lazaare-White's novel follows 17-year-old Warrior as he navigates the streets of New York amidst love, danger, oppression and the spirits of his ancestors. Lazarre-White is also the executive director of Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis), a Harlem-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting young people of color.

Khary Lazarre-White's Debut Novel Explores Love, Danger & Oppression In NYC


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Joseph Stiglitz On What Anti-Globalization Looks Like In The Trump Age

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:23:58 -0500

Nobel Prize-Winning economist Joseph Stiglitz joins us to discuss his new book Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump. Stiglitz once again explores how globalization has bee mismanaged, which was the basis for his original book, and shows how this has ultimately led to the rise of Donald Trump. The book includes a new introduction and chapters.

Joseph Stiglitz will appear with John D.MacArthur, the president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine, at the W83 Ministry Center (150 West 83rd St., between Amsterdam and Columbus Aves.) on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 ($20 for students) and include a copy of the new book and a one year subscription to Harper’s Magazine.

Joseph Stiglitz On What Anti-Globalization Looks Like In The Trump Age


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Richard Nelson & John Magaro On The Public Theater's 'Illyria'

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Director/writer Richard Nelson joins us to discuss his new play, “Illyria,” which is running at the Public Theater through Dec. 10. He’s also joined by John Magaro who stars as Joseph Papp. The play is set in 1958, and follows artist Joe Papp and his friends as they struggle to put on free productions of Shakespeare in Central Park. As the summer progresses, a major building boom rapidly changes the city around them.

"Illyria" runs at the Public Theater (425 Lafayette St., at Astor Pl.) through Dec. 10.

Richard Nelson & John Magaro On The Public Theater's 'Illyria'


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Joseph Stiglitz, Joseph Papp In The Public Theater's 'Illyria,' Love & Oppression In NYC, How 1917 Changed The World

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Joseph Stiglitz on anti-globalization in the era of Trump. Richard Nelson and John Magaro on their new play “Illyria." Khary Lazarre-White with his debut novel, Passage. Arthur Herman looks at the intersecting lives of Woodrow Wilson and Vladimir Lenin. 




What The Wilds Taught Erling Kagge About The Virtues Of Silence

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:08:52 -0500

Erling Kagge became the first person to reach the South Pole alone in 1993, after walking for 50 days across Antarctica. He writes about this achievement, and what it taught him about how to find quiet in our constantly noisy world in his new book, Silence: In the Age of Noise.

Erling Kagge will appear on Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m. at The New Museum “Visionaries Series” event (235 Bowery at Park Pl.). He will also appear on Nov. 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Scandinavia House (58 Park Ave., between E. 37th and 38th St.) in conversation with Academy Award-winning actor Timothy Hutton.

What The Wilds Taught Erling Kagge About The Virtues Of Silence


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Philip Galanes Picks Through The Social Wreckage Of Thanksgiving

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:04:50 -0500

Thanksgiving may be over, but there's still another round of holidays to go and that means more questions about who to invite to dinner, what they should bring and how to avoid heated political conversations with relatives. New York Times “Social Q’s” columnist Philip Galanes chats with listeners about how their Thanksgivings went, and what they can do during the next batch of holidays to make them pleasant for everyone.

Philip Galanes Picks Through The Social Wreckage Of Thanksgiving


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Anne Fadiman On Life With Renowned Critic Clifton Fadiman - Her Dad

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Anne Fadiman, the Francis Writer-in-Residence at Yale, joins us to discuss her memoir The Wine Lover's Daughter. She explores her relationship with her father, Clifton Fadiman, who was a renowned literary critic, editor and radio host known for his love of wine.

Anne Fadiman will appear at McNally Jackson (52 Prince St., between Mulberry & Lafayette St.) on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.

Anne Fadiman On Life With Renowned Critic Clifton Fadiman - Her Dad


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How An Anti-Racist Vegan Became The Alt-Right's Most Powerful Propagandist

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Journalist Luke O’Brien joins us to discuss his story for The Atlantic called, “The Making of an American Nazi.” O'Brien follows the secretive neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin from his origins as an anti-racist vegan to one of the alt-right’s most vicious trolls. O’Brien explores how Anglin connects with like-minded young men over the internet, and reveals why he is an effective propagandist for the alt-right.

How An Anti-Racist Vegan Became The Alt-Right's Most Powerful Propagandist


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Philip Galanes' Thanksgiving Post-Mortem, Life With Famed Critic Clifton Fadiman, The Virtues Of Silence, How Andrew Anglin Became A Prominent American Nazi

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Philip Galanes picks through the wreckage of Thanksgiving and offers tips for surviving the holidays. Anne Fadiman on her relationship with her father, critic Clifton Fadiman. Erling Kagge on how to find silence in our noisy world. Luke O’Brien profiles the alt-right's most vicious troll, Andrew Anglin.




Tell Us About The Change-Makers YOU Know!

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:28:06 -0500

These may be chaotic times, but there are people who are making a difference - although we don’t always hear about them. For our new series, we want to shine a spotlight on the Change-Makers you know. 

We are collecting nominations through Dec. 22 and will select five Change-Makers to feature on our show during the week of Jan. 15.

To nominate your Change-Maker, click HERE!