The Leonard Lopate Show

The Leonard Lopate Show

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Host Leonard Lopate lets you in on the best conversations with writers, actors, ex-presidents, dancers, scientists, comedians, historians, grammarians, curators, filmmakers, and do-it-yourself experts. Live interaction is critical to Lopate's conversational and personal style.More from The Leonard Lopate Show »

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Sorry Not Sorry: Your Questions About Apologies, Answered

Saying "I'm sorry" can make or break any type of relationship. On July 28th, New York Times "Social Q's" columnist Philip Galanes will be taking your calls about how to gracefully give and receive apologies. If you have a question for Philip Galanes, leave it in the comments section below, or Tweet it to @LeonardLopate!

Who's Behind the DNC Hack?

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, a staff writer at Motherboard, a tech and culture channel at VICE, is one of the only reporters who has actually chatted with Guccifer 2.0, the self-proclaimed "Romanian" hacker behind the DNC hack. He'll talk about his interview with Guccifer, and his extensive reporting on the hack. While many experts are convinced that Russia is behind the hack, Guccifer claims personal responsibility.

Jessi Klein on Being a Tomboy, Womanhood & Writing for Amy Schumer

Comedian Jessi Klein, who is known for her work as a writer on Inside Amy Schumer, talks about her new book You'll Grow Out of It, a collection of funny, personal essays. Klein writes about being a tomboy as a child and a late-bloomer as a young adult, and shares anecdotes and stories that have inspired sketches on Inside Amy Schumer. Jessi Klein appears in this clip from Inside Amy Schumer:

Love in the Time of Pharmaceuticals

Director David Cromer joins us to discuss "The Effect", now playing at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street) through September 4th. Starring Steve Key and Kati Brazda, it follows a love story set in a medical research center between a man and a woman who are guinea pigs in a four-week pharmaceutical trial for a new antidepressant.

James Schamus on his Film Adaptation of Philip Roth's 'Indignation'

The new film, "Indignation," based on the 2008 novel by Philip Roth, is screenwriter and former Focus Features CEO James Schamus' directorial debut. The film tells the story of Marcus Messner, a Jewish college student from Newark who in 1951, transfers to a small Christian liberal arts college in Ohio in an effort to escape his repressive father. He becomes involved with a classmate named Olivia, but his parents forbid him to see her after they learn about her suicide attempt. Linda Emond, who plays Marcus' mother, Esther, also joins the conversation. "Indignation" opens July 29th at the Lincoln Plaza, Landmark Sunshine and the City Cinemas 1,2,3.

Why Humans Must Collaborate, Not Compete, with Robots

In a society that increasingly relies on technology and constant digital connection, author Thomas Davenport looks at where this leaves educated workers and professionals in his book, Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines. Davenport and his co-author, Julia Kirby, argue that the future of increased productivity and business relies on using both artificial intelligence and human ingenuity.

An Exploration of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms on Stage

Writer and performer Adam Strauss talks about his new show at "The Mushroom Cure," running through August 7th at The Cherry Lane Theater (38 Commerce Street). Strauss' one-person show was inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder. He tells the story of how he uncovered an underground community of chemists and had a love affair with a psychologist who took him on as her unofficial research subject. "The Mushroom Cure" runs through August 7th at The Cherry Lane Theatre. For tickets, visit their website.

Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson May Have a Fighting Chance

New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza profiled Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party's 2016 Presidential candidate, for his recent article, "In a Bizarre Presidential Race, Gary Johnson Might Actually Have a Shot." He spoke to Johnson and his running mate, William F. Weld, about their party's most mainstream ticket since its founding. Johnson, who is currently polling at 13%, will debate Trump and Clinton and if he reaches 15%.

Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson May Have a Fighting Chance

The One and Only... 'Miss Sharon Jones!'

Iconic soul singer Sharon Jones joins us to talk about the documentary "Miss Sharon Jones!" along with director Barbara Kopple. The film follows Sharon Jones during one of the most difficult years of her life as she tries to keep her band and career together while battling pancreatic cancer. "Miss Sharon Jones!" Opens on Friday, July 29th at the IFC Center (323 Ave of the Americas).

More than Just a Pretty Song, the Subtle Power of Music

Scientist and musician John Powell talks about his new book, Why You Love Music: From Mozart to Metallica--The Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds, which looks at how and why music affects our mood, cognition, intellect, taste and even our physical nature. He examines all aspects of music psychology, its transformative power and applies it to our everyday lives.

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