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

Bonus Weekend Podcast: Being Targeted in Russia

This past Thursday, the journalist Masha Gessen joined us to talk about the challenges facing people who are trying to change political and social conditions in Russia. For this week's Bonus Weekend Podcast, we've chosen three interviews from a couple of years ago that highlighted people who were trying to expose wrongdoings in Russia. In February 2015, investor Bill Browder talked about his attorney, Sergei Magnitsky, who, after exposing corruption in Russia, was tortured and then later died in prison. In November, 2015 Chess champion Garry Kasparov discussed his book about Vladimir Putin's anti-democratic tendencies. And also that month, I spoke with journalist Marvin Kalb about the Russian invasion of Crimea.

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Masha Gessen, Min Jin Lee, Phillip Lopate

Journalist Masha Gessen on the spread of the antigay movement in Russia and Eastern Europe. Min Jin Lee discusses her new novel Pachinko, which traces four generations of a Korean family. Phillip Lopate, Leonard's brother, talks about his new book A Mother's Tale, about their mother, Frances Lopate.

Understanding CRISPR, the Sci-Fi-Esque Gene Editing Tool

Science journalist Jennifer Kahn joins us for this week's Please Explain, which is all about CRISPR, an incredible tool that makes precise gene editing cheaper and easier than ever before. Researchers have used CRISPR to genetically engineer malaria-resistant mosquitoes and manipulate the genes so that they copy-and-paste themselves, making it more likely that the new generation of mosquitoes will also be resistant. Kahn will discuss CRISPR, how it can be used in humans, the ethical questions it presents, gene drives and the recent CRISPR patent decision. Have questions about CRISPR and genetic engineering? Leave us a comment below, or let us know on Twitter or Facebook.

In "Fade," Two Latinos Cross Paths at a Hollywood Studio

Actors Annie Dow and Eddie Martinez are starring in the New York premiere of "Fade" at Primary Stages. "Fade" is a comedy about the burgeoning friendship between Lucia (Dow) and Abel (Martinez), two Latinos of Mexican descent working at a Hollywood studio. Lucia is a novelist, newly hired to write for a TV detective series and struggling to find her place among a team of domineering white male co-workers. Abel is one of the studio's janitors, compassionate to Lucia's difficulties and generous with his opinions and personal anecdotes which keeps them in an absorbing tête-à-tête throughout their workdays. "Fade" runs through Sunday, March 5th at Primary Stages at 38 Commerce Street. For more information, click here.

August Wilson's "Jitney," Comes to Broadway

Actor John Douglas Thompson and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson join us to discuss Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway debut of August Wilson's "Jitney," the only one of the ten plays in Wilson's The American Century Cycle that has never been seen on Broadway. Set in the 1970s, the play follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city threatens to close the business and the boss's son returns from prison, tempers flare, secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone. "Jitney" runs through Sunday, March 12th at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre at 261 West 47th Street. For more information, click here. August Wilson's "Jitney" (L to R): André Holland as "Youngblood" and Carra Patterson as "Rena." (Joan Marcus, 2017)

Changing the NYPD from Within

Charles Campisi joins us to discuss his book Blue on Blue: An Insider's Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops. For nearly 20 years, Campisi led the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau, known among patrol officers as "the rat squad." He worked to change the reputation of the bureau while also improving techniques to catch and punish corrupt officers who stole drugs, or used excessive force. He discusses infamous cases in detail, including the violent assault of Abner Louima and the shooting death of Amadou Diallo.

Using Biology to Predict the Future

Yuval Noah Harari, professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, joins us to discuss his latest book Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Harai examines connections between biology and history. He explores the projects that will shape the 21st century life - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

The Metropolitan Opera's Take On "The Little Mermaid"

Critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton joins us to discuss her lead role in The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Dvořák's "Rusalka," an operatic adaptation of "The Little Mermaid." Barton, who recently won the Beverly Sills Award (a $50,000 prize given by The Met to a young artist), will also talk about her career. "Rusalka" plays through Thursday, March 2nd. For more information, click here.

A Weary Clockmaker Remembers His Life on Coney Island

Composer Paola Prestini, the creative and executive director of National Sawdust, an artist-led performance space in Williamsburg, joins us to discuss her new theater piece, "Aging Magician." The opera-theater work tells the story of Harold, a world-weary clockmaker near the end of his unusual life as he is transported to his memories of Coney Island. "Aging Magician" makes its off-Broadway premiere at The New Victory Theater (209 W 42nd St.) March 3rd-12th. For more information, click here.

The Antigay Movement Growing Abroad

Journalist Masha Gessen joins us to discuss her recent piece for Harper's called, "Family Values: Mapping the Spread of Antigay Ideology," which looks at the spread of the antigay movement in Russia and Eastern Europe, and what it means for the United States today. Gessen traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia to attend the annual summit of the World Congress of Families, an organization that opposes gay marriage and access to abortion.

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