Good Listens: The Leonard Lopate Show Podcast

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mza_7074018866017961747.170x170-75.jpgI don’t have time to listen to a lot of podcasts, but one of the ones I’ve been listening to for ages is the Leonard Lopate Show, a radio show that is broadcast on WNYC in New York City. Mr. Lopate is a fascinating interviewer, and his show features guests in an eclectic range of subjects: books, movies, theater, science, health, language and much more.

Recent segments that have interested me include:

  • Just Because It’s on the Internet Doesn’t Mean It’s True
  • How Bad English Became Good English
  • Online Tracking Is Getting Creepier
  • How to Get Better Health Care from Your Doctor
  • House of Cards Author: Politics Isn’t a Place for Angels
  • Please Explain: Pain
  • Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise in America: 1848-1877
  • Genes, Race, and Human History
  • Glenn Greenwald on Edward Snowden and the ‘Inept and Menacing’ NSA
  • Words Wrought by Writers
  • The Secret Partnership Between Silicon Valley and the NSA

There are several segments a day, and, while I don’t listen to all of them, at least one a day interests me. One of the regular segments is Please Explain, where one or more experts explains a subject, such as pain, allergies, spiders, weeds, jellyfish and others.

There’s plenty of variety on this podcast, but Leonard Lopate does feature many well-known people. And he’s a wonderful interviewer, and seems to know a lot about each subject he covers (or does very good homework).

Subscribe to The Leonard Lopate Show on iTunes.

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  1. Chucky says:

    Lopate is OK, but Brian Lehrer is better. (On a US Eastern schedule, tune to WNYC live streaming from 10 to 12 for Lehrer, and KCRW live streaming from 12 to 3 for Morning Becomes Eclectic. If you live in Europe, shift your sleep schedule to conform to US Eastern norms.) And on Sunday, you gotta listen to Harry Shearer’s Le Show live, cuz the podcast strips out the great music because of the incomprehensibly crazy cost structure of different kinds of internet music. (Actually, the best part of Lopate is the guest hosts when he’s off. Andy Borowitz is a frequent replacement, and they even had Christopher Walken do a two week guest stint.)


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