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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylor and Celia Weston On 'Marvin's Room' by WNYC

Actors Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylorand Celia Weston come to Broadway with their new show “Marvin’s Room.”  The play follows, Lee (Garofalo), a single mother who lives with her tr…

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Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylor & Celia Weston In 'Marvin's Room'; 'Pipeline'; 'What We Lose'; Are Diners Dead? by WNYC

Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylor and Celia Weston discuss their performances in the new Broadway show "Marvin's Room." Playwright Dominique Morisseau, and actors Karen Pittman and Namir Smallwo…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The History Of Air by WNYC

Award-winning science writer Sam Kean dives deep into the origins of our atmosphere for his latest book, Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us. Kean looks at wh…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

10 Shows, One Theater Company by WNYC

Albert Schultz, Founding Artistic Director of Soulpepper, Toronto’s acclaimed theater company, joins us to discuss their 10 shows in repertory at the Signature Center. The productions inc…

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How Terror Groups Think; Steve Bannon's Ascent; Photographing The World's Most Vulnerable Animals; 10 Shows, One Theater Company by WNYC

Former FBI special agent Ali Soufan explains how terror organizations grew following Osama bin Laden's death. Soulpepper artistic director Albert Schultz, composer Mike Ross and actress Mi…

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How Steve Bannon Seized The Presidency by WNYC

Joshua Green, a senior national correspondent at Bloomberg Businessweek, spent six years interviewing the key players who would go onto shape the results of the 2016 presidential election fo…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Adjusting To Life As An Eviction-Mover by WNYC

Joshua Cohenjoins us to discuss his latest novel Moving Kings. It tells the story of Yoav and Uri, 21-year-old veterans of the last Gaza War, who move to New York City and begin working for …

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Big Brother on Broadway, a World of Pure Imagination, Journalists Report from the Ruins of Raqqa by WNYC

Tom Sturridge, Olivia Wilde, and Reed Birney talk about their starring roles in the Broadway premiere of the new stage adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.” Christian…

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George Orwell's Dystopian Nightmare Comes to Broadway by WNYC

Tom Sturridge, Olivia Wilde and Reed Birney join us to discuss their starring roles the Broadway premiere of the new stage adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. Sturridge pl…

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From Raqqa In Ruins by WNYC

Filmmaker Matthew Heineman joins us to discuss his new film “City of Ghosts” , along with Syrian journalist and activist Abdalaziz Alhamza. Heineman offers an up-close look at the citize…

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A World Of Pure Imagination in 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by WNYC

Christian Borle joins us to discuss starring as Willy Wonka in the Broadway premiere of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory along with the musical’s songwriters Marc Shaiman …

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bringing Zero Mostel Back Onstage by WNYC

Jim Brochu joins us to discuss his one man show, “Zero Hour,” a play about the life of theater legend Zero Mostel. The play traces Mostel's early days growing up on the Lower East Side a…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Today is Bloomsday! Symphony Space is Celebrating! by WNYC

Today is Bloomsday, where people in cities all over the world come together and celebrate the life of James Joyce, and celebrate his masterpiece “Ulysses” by reading portions of the book…

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Two Political Foes Take A Car Ride In 'The Journey' by WNYC

Director Nick Hamm, and actors Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney join us to discuss their new film, “The Journey.” The film re-imagines the real life event that found two men on opposi…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tracking Digital Spies In 'Black Code' by WNYC

Filmmaker Nicholas de Pencier joins us, along with Bill Marczak, senior research fellow at Citizen Lab, to discuss his documentary, “Black Code,” which will be shown during the Human Rig…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Life As A Long-Haul Trucker by WNYC

Finn Murphy discusses his book The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road, about his over 30-year career as a long-haul trucker. Murphy has driven more than a million miles arou…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

The 2017 Tony Winners on The Leonard Lopate Show by WNYC

We've had some great conversations with many of the people behind the 2017 Tony winners. Listen below! Ben Platt, Steven Levenson on ‘Dear Evan Hansen’  The Secret ‘Oslo’ Peace Tal…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Sam Elliott, Brett Haley On 'The Hero' by WNYC

Director Brett Haley and actor Sam Elliott join us to discuss their new film, "The Hero." Elliott plays Lee Hayden, an aging Western movie star who reevaluates his life, legacy and relati…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins And Aisling Walsh On 'Maudie' by WNYC

Director Aisling Walsh joins us to discuss her new film “Maudie,” along with Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. The movie tells the true story of Maude Lewis, a Nova Scotian artist in the 19…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A New Musical About A Canadian Town That Welcomed 9/11 Passengers by WNYC

Tony Award nominees, actress Jenn Colella, director Chris Ashley and choreographer Kelly Devine join us to discuss their Broadway play, “Come From Away,” which has received 7 Tony nomina…

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West Virginia's High Overdose Death Rate, 'Come From Away,' Trombonist Carol Jarvis, The Battle That Changed The Vietnam War by WNYC

New Yorker staff writer Margaret Talbot on how residents of West Virginia -- the state with the highest overdose death rate in the country -- are trying to push back against an opioid epi…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Alan Alda's Quest For Better Communication by WNYC

Alan Alda joins us to discuss his book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating. Alda is fascinated with …

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Al Franken, Barry Sonnenfeld, 'Dear Evan Hansen' by WNYC

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken on his life in comedy and politics. Director and producer Barry Sonnenfeld joins us to discuss the second season of his critically acclaimed Netflix series, “A Se…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Ben Platt, Steven Levenson On 'Dear Evan Hansen' by WNYC

Ben Platt joins us to discuss his starring role in the new Tony-nominated musical, “Dear Evan Hansen,” along with Steven Levenson, who wrote the book. It tells the story of Evan Hansen, …

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Resisting Deportation, Cynthia Nixon, Marriage Equality's Long Fight, 'Dear Evan Hansen' by WNYC

New York Times Magazine contributing writer Marcela Valdes and immigrant rights activist Erika Andiola on how Arizona activist groups hope to take their resistance strategies nationwide.…

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Cynthia Nixon On Alternating Roles In 'The Little Foxes' by WNYC

Tony winner Cynthia Nixon discusses her starring role in The Manhattan Theatre Club production of “The Little Foxes.” It tells the story of the Regina Giddens and her sister-in-law Bi…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Bryan Cranston, Writing Well, The Internet's Secrets by WNYC

Actor Bryan Cranston, and director and writer Robin Swicord join us to discuss their new film “Wakefield." Reuters editor-at-large, Harold Evans discusses his latest book, "Do I Make Myse…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Small Chinatown Bank Targeted After The Financial Crisis; Bryan Cranston, Robin Swicord On 'Wakefield'; How Daydreaming Can Help You Focus by WNYC

Filmmaker Steve James joins us to discuss his new documentary “Abacus: Too Small to Jail,” which chronicles the prosecution of a family-owned bank in New York’s Chinatown. He's also b…

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Bryan Cranston, Robin Swicord On 'Wakefield' by WNYC

Actor Bryan Cranston, and director and writer Robin Swicord join us to discuss their new film “Wakefield." An adaptation of an E.L. Doctorow short story, the movie follows a successful…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Day Of Theatre! 'Present Laughter', 'Oslo', Dianne Wiest On 'Happy Days', Andy Karl On 'Groundhog Day' by WNYC

Actors Kristine Nielsen, Cobie Smulders and Kate Burton join us to discuss their roles in Noël Coward’s “Present Laughter." The play follows a narcissistic actor, Garry Essendine, who…

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Andy Karl On Reliving 'Groundhog Day' by WNYC

Tony Award-winning actor Andy Karl joins us to discuss his starring role in “Groundhog Day.” Based on the 1993 film, the musical tells the story of a weatherman who finds himself trapp…

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