Leonard Lopate

Host, The Leonard Lopate Show

On March 5, 2013, Leonard Lopate celebrated his twenty-eighth anniversary as the host of WNYC’s daily talk show The Leonard Lopate Show.  Every weekday from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, New Yorkers explore literature, art, culture, food, and life in and around our city with Leonard Lopate as their guide. 

Heavy-hitting writers, actors, ex-presidents, political figures, economists, scientists, comedians, dancers, chefs, historians, filmmakers and do-it-yourself experts have all sat down with Leonard Lopate in the WNYC studios for in-depth and personal conversations.  More than 35 Noble Prize winners have appeared on The Leonard Lopate Show over the years.  Prominent guests have included:  Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain, Henry Kissinger, Lech Walesa, Orhan Pamuk, Ang Lee, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Deneuve, Stephen Sondheim, John Updike, Doris Lessing, Bill Bradley, Mark Morris, Francis Ford Coppola, and too many others to list.   The program has been honored with multiple awards for its work including a George Foster Peabody Award, three Associated Press Awards for Best Interview and three James Beard Awards for Best Shows on Food. 

Every Friday, Lopate gets to the bottom of one complex issue in his Please Explain series and each month he digs deep into a particular novel with listeners through the popular Leonard Lopate Show Book Club.  He also hosts live event series and annual specials like Lopate & Locavores in New York Public Radio’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

In addition to his work with New York Public Radio, Lopate makes frequent appearances as an interviewer and moderator at the 92nd St. Y, Queens College, Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn Public Library and other major venues throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Lopate’s career in radio began in 1977 at WBAI.  For many years, he was the host of WBAI’s program Round Midnight. Before radio found him, Lopate worked in advertising as an art director and copywriter.

Lopate was born and raised in Brooklyn. He studied art at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn College and Hunter College Graduate School.  He knows just enough Cantonese to order the best dim sum in Chinatown.

Leonard Lopate appears in the following:

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Guastavino in New York

Monday, February 24, 2014

6:30 PM

Join WNYC's Leonard Lopate for a conversation with Santiago Calatrava, Jill Lerner, and John Ochsendorf on the marvels of engineering and architectural beauty created by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino, Sr. and his son, Rafael Jr. in public spaces across the five boroughs. Watch a live video webcast of the sold-out show beginning 7pm.

Lopate and Locavores: Chef Bill Telepan's Healthy Recipes for Kids

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Having trouble getting your kids to eat foods that don't come packaged in box or wrapped in cellophane? 

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On-Demand Video: Lopate and Locavores' Getting Kids Past Fast Food with Chef Bill Telepan

Thursday, October 31, 2013

When you talk about picky eaters, the average kid can make a restaurant critic seem easy to please. Chef Bill Telepan shows us how to cook healthy meals kids will want to eat, and even make themselves.

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Watch Live: Lopate and Locavores With Bill Telepan

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

7:00 PM

Chef Bill Telepan has gotten three stars for his cooking at Telepan, but he's also the executive chef of Wellness in the Schools, bringing fresh and nutritious menu options to a public school cafeteria near you. He joins three-time James Beard Award winner Leonard Lopate to show us not only how to cook for kids, but how to get kids to cook their own healthy meals.

On-Demand Video: Lopate and Locavores' Opening a Restaurant in New York City

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In any given year, about a thousand restaurants will open in New York City. Only 20 percent will still be around five years later, and just a few will be able to score a great review in the Times, boast a steady crowd, or gather enough support to expand.

In the second installment of this year's Lopate and Locavores food series, WNYC host Leonard Lopate invited restaurateurs behind some of the city's hottest spots to compare notes on their success secrets and talk about what it's like to battle to the top in a seriously competitive business.  

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Lopate and Locavores: Opening a Restaurant in NYC

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

7:00 PM

Tues, Oct 22 Leonard Lopate talks with restaurateurs who’ve made their mark on the NYC food scene: Eddie HuangEd SchoenfeldSohui Kim and Brandon Hoy. Watch a live webcast at 7pm.

On-Demand Video: Lopate and Locavores - Tips From Your Waiter

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What's it like to be on the other side of the dining table in New York City? Leonard Lopate dishes with a panel of service professionals in this kick-off to the fourth season of the Lopate and Locavores food series.

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Lopate and Locavores: Tips From Your Waiter

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

7:00 PM

WNYC's Leonard Lopate assembles a panel of service professionals from New York City's most elegant restaurants to give us their inside tips on dining etiquette, dinner date mistakes, the truth about tipping and ways to land a great table without a reservation. They'll also teach you how to be a better host with demonstrations on how to serve wine, carve meat and more.

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The Lloyd Richards Effect

Thursday, August 29, 2013

7:00 PM

Join WNYC's Leonard Lopate in conversation with Constanza Romero, widow of August Wilson, as we take a look at the playwright's historic collaboration with director Lloyd Richards - one of the most successful artistic partnerships in American theater.

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Inside Look: Golden Boy

Friday, December 14, 2012

5:00 PM

Theater Happy Hour: Join us for a conversation with WNYC host Leonard Lopate and stars of Lincoln Center Theater's production of Golden Boy, including Tony Shalhoub and director Bartlett Sher.

Third Annual Lopate and Locavores Series.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Greene Space presents the Third Annual Loapate and Locavores Series.

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Manhattan Theatre Club’s The Columnist

Thursday, May 10, 2012

5:00 PM

Get an inside look at the Broadway premier of the new play -- The Columnist -- with Tony and Emmy award winner John Lithgow; Tony nominee Stephen Kunken; and Pulitzer and Tony award winning playwright David Auburn.

 

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Artists and the Business of Art

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

7:00 PM

On Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm, WNYC’s Leonard Lopate will convene two panels of gallery owners and artists to discuss the ecosystem of the New York art world in 2012.

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Lopate and Locavores: Sustainable Seafood

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

7:00 PM

Founder of the Blue Ocean Institute and author Carl Safina, co-owner of Le Bernadin Eric Ripert, oyster raiser Karen Rivara join Leonard Lopate to shuck oysters and discuss sustainable seafood.

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Lopate and Locavores: Bread and Grain

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

7:00 PM

Founder of the Hot Bread Kitchen Jessamyn Waldman, chef and owner of Pizza a Casa Pizza School Mark Bello, and owner of the Sullivan St. Bakery Jim Lahey joined Leonard Lopate to discuss the art of baking bread and more.

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Lopate and Locavores: Master Chefs Think Vegetables

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

7:00 PM

Award-winning chef Dan Barber, vegetable farm manager Jack Algiere, Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo and Michaela Hayes will join   Leonard Lopate to discuss the art of cooking and canning vegetables in this interactive event.

Collaborations

Friday, July 01, 2011

WNYC's Leonard Lopate hosted a conversation with Michael Boyd, Nigel Redden, Rebecca Roberston, and David O. Frantz of the Royal Shakespeare Company about what it means to transport an entire company and theater across the Atlantic for the Shakespeare theatrical canon. Watch Michael Boyd discuss the differences between British and American audiences.

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Setting the Stage: the RSC in The Greene Space – Collaborations

Thursday, June 30, 2011

7:00 PM

Panelists Michael Boyd, Nigel Redden, Rebecca Roberston, and David O. Frantz tell Leonard Lopate about transporting an entire theater company across the Atlantic and what this partnership means for New York City and the Shakespeare theatrical canon.

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Leonard Lopate Live with the Upright Citizens Brigade

Thursday, June 16, 2011

7:00 PM

Comedians from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre perform long-form improvisational comedy. Plus, we’re kicking off the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! We’re inviting the audience to read The Tragedy of Arthur in advance and participate in the conversation.

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Through Kids' Eyes

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

7:00 PM

Meet a new generation of filmmakers. Leonard Lopate welcomes four young filmmakers and Emmy-winning director Jon Alpert, co-founder of a program that teaches video production to disadvantaged youths. They'll screen excerpts from their films.