Leonard Lopate brings a diverse collection of great thinkers and talkers together for smart, unpredictable conversations. This daily program from WNYC, New York Public Radio is more like eavesdropping on a great dinner conversation than your usual talk radio show.
Bonus Weekend Podcast: Edward Albee, Arthur...
We were saddened to learn of Edward Albee's death last week. For many years he was one of our... Show More
We were saddened to learn of Edward Albee's death last week. For many years he was one of our country's most influential playwrights. In our Bonus Weekend Podcast, we're revisiting an interview with Mr. Albee from 2003, with actors Marian Seldes and Brian Murray to discuss their production of "Beckett/Albee." We also want to pay tribute to other icons of 20th century Theater. In 1995, Leonard spoke to Arthur Miller about "Homely Girl," a collection of short stories he'd written. And in 2000, Bill Irwin spoke to Leonard about his fascination with Samuel Beckett. Show Less
It turns out that humans aren't the only ones who have a tough time dating. In her new book... Show More
It turns out that humans aren't the only ones who have a tough time dating. In her new book, Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom, biologist Dr. Carin Bondar , who also hosts the "Wild Sex" web series, explores the mating rituals and sexual behaviors of a diverse range of creatures, from elephants to sea slugs.
Event: Dr. Bondar will be facilitating September's REMIX TEDxNewYorkSalon at The Olivia (315 West 33rd Street), doors open at 5:30 pm, the screening begins at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis on Friday, September 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Show Less
Sweet Dreams (and Nightmares) Are Made of This
Dreams are a natural part of life, and throughout human history, people have tried to interpret... Show More
Dreams are a natural part of life, and throughout human history, people have tried to interpret their dreams. But dreaming, in many ways, still remains mysterious. On this week's Please Explain, we'll find out what happens in our brains while we dream, what causes nightmares and lucid dreaming, and why some of us talk and walk in our sleep. We'll also learn about the many ways psychologists interpret dreams.
Joining us is Dr. Michael Breus, a Clinical Psychologist, Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He's the author of several books, most recently, The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype--and the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More and Dr. Kelly Bulkeley, a dream researcher and Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, Senior Editor of the APA journal Dreaming and the author of Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion.
Have questions about dreaming? Send us your questions in a comment below, or let us know on Twitter or Facebook!
Events: Kelly Bulkeley will be part of a panel at the New York Academy of Sciences on December 7th, talking about dreams and new research on the unconscious. He'll be giving a talk at the National Arts Club on January 30th about the film "Pan's Labyrinth" and lucid dreaming in Guillermo del Toro's childhood. Show Less
Exploring the Hidden Wonders of the World
Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton take us to some of the world's most strange and... Show More
Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton take us to some of the world's most strange and exotic places in their book Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders, which highlights over 700 under-the-radar places and events in the world, including a tree in South Africa, that's home to a cozy pub, a Baby Jumping Festival in Spain and caves in New Zealand.
Events: There will be a presentation and release party for Atlas Obscura on Saturday, September 24th at 8 p.m. at BUILDING 128, Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Ave Cumberland Gate Entrance.
There will be a discussion and reception on October 9th at The New Yorker Festival at the Covers Café (24th Street Loft 148 W 24th St #9) at 2 p.m. Show Less
Why NYC Has Struggled with Homelessness for...
New York City shelters more than 50,000 homeless people at an annual cost of more than $1... Show More
New York City shelters more than 50,000 homeless people at an annual cost of more than $1 billion. Professor Thomas J. Main of Baruch College in his new book, Homelessness in New York City: Policymaking from Koch to De Blasio, chronicles the history of NYC's homelessness policy, how the needs of society's most vulnerable conflict with entrenched interests, what ending homelessness really means, and how it might be achieved. Show Less
Leonard Lopate Weekend: Norm Macdonald, Building...
Norm Macdonald talks about his memoir, "Based on a True Story," about his life on and off SNL.... Show More
Norm Macdonald talks about his memoir, "Based on a True Story," about his life on and off SNL. Peter Diamandis discusses his $10 million prize for the first privately funded team to build and fly a manned rocket into space, with Julian Guthrie, who has written a new book on the venture. Philip Galanes answers listener back to school, and school bullying, questions. Show Less
The Jazz Legends Next Door
Between 1957 and 1965 in New York, dozens of jazz musicians jammed night after night in a... Show More
School is back in session, and for many kids and parents, this means navigating a new social... Show More
School is back in session, and for many kids and parents, this means navigating a new social scene. From dealing with bullies and cliques, to homesick college students leaving the nest for the first time, The New York Times' Social Q's columnist Philip Galanes is here to answer your back to school questions!
Send us your questions in a comment below, or let us know on Twitter or Facebook!
The Lasker Awards Honor the Best in Science...
Three Lasker laureates ?William Kaelin, Jr., Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager, and Bruce Alberts?... Show More
Three Lasker laureates ?William Kaelin, Jr., Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager, and Bruce Alberts? discuss their achievements in science education, research and medicine. Kaelin shares the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award with two other scientists for their work in illustrating the cellular path by which the majority of animals respond to changes in oxygen levels. Dr. Bartenschlager, a virologist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, is one of two scientists to receive the Lasker/DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for researching Hepatitis C. Alberts, a biochemist at the University of California, San Francisco, received the Lasker-Koshland Award, for his discoveries in DNA replication and protein biochemistry and for his work in improving science and mathematics education.
The Terror of a Racial Cleansing in Georgia
104 years ago in the largely African American community of Forsyth, Georgia, three black men... Show More
104 years ago in the largely African American community of Forsyth, Georgia, three black men were accused of raping and murdering a white girl. All three men were executed, and following their deaths, white "night riders" launched violently drove all 1,098 black citizens out of the county. In Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, Patrick Phillips traces the history of racial violence in Georgia, and looks at how Forsyth County remained "all white" into the 1990s.
Event: Patrick Phillips will be in conversation with Tiphanie Yanique and signing books at Book Court (163 Court Street, Brooklyn) on Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m. Show Less
Norm Macdonald on the Highs and Lows of his Comedy...
Comedian, writer and actor Norm Macdonald talks about his memoir, Based on a True Story. He... Show More
Comedian, writer and actor Norm Macdonald talks about his memoir, Based on a True Story. He recounts his life, from his work on SNL, to his affinity for gambling, while on a road trip to Las Vegas with his "sidekick and enabler" Adam Eget.
Event: Norm Macdonald will be in conversation with Vulture editor David Marchese on Wednesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. at the Union Square Barnes and Noble (33 E. 17th St., b/w Broadway & Union Sq. East). Show Less