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The Leonard Lopate Show Live: Tony Shalhoub, Gary Oldman, Julie Taymor, Kristin Scott Thomas and More

Watch Live Thursday, November 16 at 12pm

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Leonard Lopate live in The Greene Space (Janice Yi)

WNYC's Leonard Lopate broadcast live from our stage with guests Tony Shalhoub of Broadway's buzzed-about new musical "The Band's Visit," along with creators David Yazbek and Itamar MosesKatrina Lenk and Ari'el Stachel also performed from the show.

Also joining Leonard were Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas and director Joe Wright talking about their new movie "Darkest Hour."

Author John Banville sat down to discuss his new novel, "Mrs. Osmond."

And playwright David Henry Hwang and director Julie Taymor talked about the first Broadway revival of the Tony Award-winning play, "M. Butterfly."

Please note: The Leonard Lopate Show is a daily news program. All guests are subject to change based on the news of the day and the needs of the show.


David Henry Hwang, Katrina Lenk, Itamar Moses, Gary Oldman, Tony Shalhoub, Ari'el Stachel, Julie Taymor, Joe Wright and David Yazbek

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Ellen Diamond from NYC

I don't know who E.Diamond is, but I am most definitely not that person. Saying Lopate was "a jerk about sexual politics" shows a complete lack of understanding about the effect these kinds of comments have on women and men, most especially young ones. "I didn't know you were so bosomy," he said to one, and "Get off your knees - someone might get the wrong idea," to a colleague who was plugging in a computer under his desk.

When you go to your first jobs out of college, the last thing on your mind is encountering inappropriate comments or behavior. The whole workplace scene is new--you're learning how to be at a job 5 days/wk and manage your life. You're on your own for the first time, probably. That's scary enough. I haven't forgotten, decades later, 2 comments I received on my first 2 jobs: "Is the rest of you as pretty as your elbows?" and "I love to watch you walk - you're so very graceful." I remember the words. I'm sure the men who said them wouldn't.

This person is angry that Lopate was fired so abruptly. How many women have been abruptly fired for bringing such behavior to someone's attention? How many live in fear of that? How many women stopped feeling safe in their workplace as a result of such comments? Now, several decades later, if a man said either of those to me I'd like to think I'd stand up and quietly say: "If a young, handsome guy said that, I might like hearing it. But coming from an old withered prick like yourself, whose one step away from rolled up trousers, it's just stupid and laughable. And I'm still going to report it." But when I was young? Never in a million years--not even if I'd grown up tougher, would I have thought to say such a thing to my boss or even to a colleague.

Lopate had one great virtue: he was well-prepared. But too often that knowledge sounded smart-alecky, as he'd say to a guest: "Well, but..." so I never liked him that much. I'm much sorrier about Al Franken, who was doing a comedy shtick - and if you look at the very, very revealing photos of his accuser in other situations, it's ludicrous. I've never been a big fan of Laura Walker's about what the station needs to do, and I do think a different forum should have been devised for the firings. But considering the fate of so many victims of such behavior over the years ... the shock element has to be seen as necessary collateral damage.

Jun. 11 2018 01:18 PM

I agree very much with EDiamond.

Jan. 23 2018 07:39 PM
EDiamond from New Jersey

To listen to Leonard Lopate's subtle interview of members of the cast and creators of "The Band's Visit" is to mourn again the stupidity of WNYC in firing this great interviewer. As I have written before, I'm sure Lopate was a difficult boss and task-master. He had a 2-hour show to prepare daily; he was no doubt hard on his staff. Apparently he commented on the bosom of one of his employees. Like so many men of his generation, he was a jerk about sexual politics. That Laura Walker could not mediate this situation--extract an apology from Lopate and instruct him to do better--testifies to her horrible leadership. She should resign immediately, or the board should fire her. Lopate's "Midday" replacement, while probably a nice man, is inept, has no sense of how to pace an interview; his enthusiasms impede the flow of conversation; his questions reveal a deep ignorance about art and culture. WNYC has become a second-rate station without Lopate. I'm a sad,disappointed, and now former supporter.

Jan. 18 2018 01:19 PM

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