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 »

Most Recent Episodes

Growing up in Internment Camps

Filmmaker Emiko Omori joins us to discuss a retrospective of her films at MoMA titled, "Emiko Omori Retrospective: Rabbit in the Moon." Omori is a Japanese-American woman who grew up in an internment camp. Her 1999 film "Rabbit on the Moon" recounts the story of two sisters, Emiko Omori and her co-producer, Chizu Omori, who as children were uprooted from their home in southern California and incarcerated with their family and thousands of others in internment camps during World War II. Emiko Omori was also the first woman news cameraperson in San Francisco in 1968. The retrospective is a part of MoMA's Doc Fortnight 2017. There will be a screening of "Rabbit in the Moon," followed by a discussion with Emiko and Chizu Omori, on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:00pm at MoMA (11 West 53rd St). For more information, click here.

Why Are U.S. Medical Costs So High?

Miriam J. Laugesen, associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, joins us to discuss her new book Fixing Medical Prices: How Physicians Are Paid. Laugesen examines the U.S. medical pricing process and looks at why our nation has the highest medical costs in the world. She explains the subtle influence of the American Medical Association that advises Medicare, which readily accepts their recommendations regarding medical costs.

Education Behind Bars

Daniel Karpowitz, director of policy and academics for the Bard Prison Initiative and lecturer in law and the humanities at Bard College, joins us to discuss his book, College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration. He'll also be joined by two of the program's graduates, Anibal Cortes and Salih Israil. Established in 2001, the Bard Prison initiative (BPI) has provided hundreds of incarcerated men and women across the country with access to a liberal arts education and degrees in subjects ranging from Mandarin to advanced mathematics. Karpowitz tells the story of BPI's development from a small pilot project to a nationwide network, and what this means for prison reform.

One Korean Family, Four Generations Later

Min Jin Lee joins us to discuss her new novel Pachinko, which traces four generations of a Korean family. Lee recounts the origins of the Korean diaspora, beginning with Japan's annexation of Korea in 1910. The story begins in the village in Busan with a fisherman and his wife and the birth of their son, and follows their descendants who live as ethnic Koreans in Japan. Min Jin Lee will be in conversation with Leena Kim, with a book signing to follow, at Barnes & Noble at 765 Route 17 South in Paramus, NJ on Saturday, March 4th at 2:00pm. For more information, click here. Min Jin Lee will be in conversation with Ken Chen, with a book signing to follow, on Wednesday, March 15th at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum at 103 Orchard St. at 6:30pm. For more information, click here.

Bonus Weekend Podcast: Barbara Carroll, Barbara Gelb, Eugene O'Neill

Last week, we were saddened to learn of the deaths of Barbara Carroll and Barbara Gelb. Barbara Carroll, who was often introduced as "the first lady of jazz piano," visited our show in 2004, when she paid tribute to Harold Arlen. Barbara Gelb is best known for her biographies of Eugene O'Neil, and Leonard spoke with her and her husband Arthur Gelb in 2000 when they were on the show to discuss their 2nd biography of Eugene O'Neill, "O'Neill, Life With Monte Cristo." For our Bonus Weekend Podcast, we are bringing you both of those interviews. And as an additional tribute to Barbara Gelb, we are also replaying Leonard's interview in 2016 with Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne and Michael Shannon about the Roundabout Theatre Company Production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night."

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Writing for Money, Women Running for Office, Zootopia

Editor Manjula Martin, and authors Leslie Jamison and Alexander Chee, join us to discuss Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living. Andrea Dew Steele, president and founder of Emerge America, and Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics, join us to discuss their programs to train women with little political experience in the art of running for office. Byron Howard and Rich Moore join us to discuss their Oscar-nominated, animated feature, "Zootopia."

Going Behind the Scenes with The Beatles

Martha Karsh joins us to discuss The Beatles A Hard Day's Night: A Private Archive, a new collection of previously unreleased publicity photos from The Beatles' 1964 film, "A Hard Day's Night." In 2001, Martha Karsh and her husband, Bruce, bought the rights to behind-the-scenes images from the making of the film from the film's producer. The book, edited by Martha, containing hundreds of the candid images, was planned as a surprise 60th birthday present to Bruce.

Why Can't You Just Stop?

Sharon Begley, the senior science writer for STAT, joins us for our latest Please Explain on compulsions to discuss her latest book Can't Just Stop: An Investigation of Compulsions. She explores the spectrum of compulsions afflicting many people, from checking your smartphone frequently to the people who hoard and exhibit symptoms of OCD. Begley finds that the root of compulsion lies in the areas of the brain that triggers anxiety. Have questions about compulsions? Leave us a comment below, or let us know on Twitter or Facebook.

Is White Supremacist Dylann Roof's Death Sentence Morally Correct?

New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb joins us to discuss his recent article "Prodigy of Hate" (Online title: "Inside the Trial of Dylann Roof") about the federal trial of Dylann Roof in Charleston, South Carolina. Cobb considers the complex moral calculations regarding the death penalty. Some family members of Roof's victims thought that he should live out every day of his natural life in full knowledge of what he had done, while others thought he deserved to die. Cobb looks at the racial and historical implications of passing a sentence, whether it's the death penalty or a life in prison.

Exploring the Natural World with "Planet Earth II"

Mike Gunton, creative director at the BBC and executive producer of "Planet Earth II" joins us to discuss the series. Throughout his exploration of many of the islands, jungles, mountains, grasslands, cities, and deserts of the world, Gunton portrays the forces shaping life in each unique landscape and the challenges faced by animals today. "Planet Earth II" premieres on Saturday, February 18th at 9/8c, simulcasting across BBC AMERICA, AMC and SundanceTV. The remaining episodes of the season will air on Saturdays at 9/8c on BBC AMERICA.

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