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Escaping Gravity is former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver's firsthand account of how a handful of revolutionaries overcame the political patronage and bureaucracy that threatened the space agency.The success of Elon Musk's SpaceX, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, and countless other commercial space efforts were pr…
 
Rebecca Wragg Sykes uses her experience at the cutting-edge of Palaeolithic research to share our new understanding of Neanderthals, shoving aside clichés of rag-clad brutes in an icy wasteland. She reveals them to be curious, clever connoisseurs of their world, technologically inventive and ecologically adaptable. Above all, they were successful s…
 
Bob Hennelly who has a passion for bringing real news to his audience, will be co-hosting Leonard Lopate at Large touching on local politics, Jan. 6th Hearings, The Poor People’s Campaign and more.Join us for a thought provoking Friday afternoon when Bob Hennelly sit in as co-host on the next installment of Leonard Lopate at Leonard.…
 
First Light Switching on Stars at the Dawn of Time by Emma Chapman tells the story of the first stars, hundreds of times the size of the Sun and a million times brighter, that seeded the Universe with the heavy elements that we are made of and tells us how these stars formed, why they were so unusual, and what they can teach us about the Universe t…
 
Chemist, artist and industrial hygienist Monona Rossol is the founder of Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc. A not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing health and safety services to the arts. She is also the Health and Safety Director for the Local 829 union of the United Scenic Artists International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employee…
 
Robert "Bob" Hennelly is an award-winning, print and broadcast journalist. For more than 30 years, he has reported on a broad spectrum of major public policy questions, ranging from homeland security to the economy, environmental contamination to corruption, and occupational safety to homelessness.Bob has a passion for bringing real news to his aud…
 
According to award-winning journalist Adam Piore, there’s a story behind every apartment sale, every building development, and each real estate transaction in New York City. In this publication Piore charts the extraordinary transformation of America’s greatest city from a near-bankrupt urban combat zone into the land of Billionaires’ Row and Hudso…
 
According to author Rachel E. Gross, a camera obscura reflects the world back but dimmer and inverted. Similarly, science has long viewed woman through a warped lens, one focused narrowly on her capacity for reproduction. As a result, there exists a vast knowledge gap when it comes to what we know about half of the bodies on the planet.That is fina…
 
In The Fed Unbound: Central Banking in a Time of Crisis, Lev Menand, a legal scholar and former Treasury official, assesses how and why the Fed has taken on more and more responsibilities to keep the economy out of recession, as it did during the 2008 crisis and again during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us when Menand argues that the Fed significant…
 
In his new book for Simon & Schuster, historian David Hackett Fischer argues that African history is American history. AFRICAN FOUNDERS draws on extensive research to show how enslaved Africans and their descendants enlarged American ideas of freedom in varying ways in different regions of the early United States.At a time when many states have ban…
 
According to Ran Abramitzky and Leah Boustan, immigration is one of the most fraught, and possibly most misunderstood topics in American social discourse—yet, in most cases, the things we believe about immigration are based largely on myth, not facts. Join us when Ran Abramitzky and Leah Boustan examine their book Streets of Gold: America's Untold …
 
The New Political Capitalism, How businesses and societies can thrive in a deeply politicized world, bridges the gap between the reality of the relationship between politics and business, and the lack of familiarity of the business community, even at the most senior levels, with political thinking. The book demonstrates how businesses that develop …
 
Love them or hate them, guns are woven deeply into the American soul. Names like Colt, Smith & Wesson, Winchester, and Remington are legendary. Yet few people are aware of the roles these men played at a crucial time in United States history, from westward expansion in the 1840s, through the Civil War, and into the dawn of the Gilded Age. Through p…
 
According to Ira Shapiro, the Founding Fathers gave the US Senate many functions, but one fundamental responsibility was to provide the check against a dangerous president who threatened our democracy. Two hundred and thirty years later, when Donald Trump, a potential authoritarian, finally reached the White House, the Senate should have served as …
 
Jennifer Raff celebrated anthropologist reports 20,000 years ago, people crossed a great land bridge from Siberia into Western Alaska and then dispersed southward into what is now called the Americas. Until we venture out to other worlds, this remains the last time our species has populated an entirely new place, and this event has been a subject o…
 
Author, illustrator, and historian Don Hollway introduces to two titans of the ancient world. At the Gates of Rome reveals the tale of Stilicho and Alaric and the series of hard-fought wars they waged. Stilicho bested his rival in battle but failed to capture the wily Alaric. Eventually, a truce was declared. Alaric and his men would serve honorabl…
 
Inspired is a book about the science of creativity, distilling an explosion of exciting new research from across the world. Through narrative storytelling, Matt Richtel marries these findings with timeless insight from some of the world’s great creators as he deconstructs the authentic nature of creativity, its biological and evolutionary origins, …
 
When Daniel Bergner’s younger brother was diagnosed as bipolar and put on a locked ward in the 1980s, psychiatry seemed to have achieved what JFK promised: a revolution of chemical solutions to treat mental illness. Yet as Bergner’s brother was deemed a dire risk for suicide and he and his family were told his disorder would be lifelong, he found h…
 
Oliver Milman joins the scientists tracking the decline of insect populations across the globe, including the soaring mountains of Mexico that host an epic, yet dwindling, migration of monarch butterflies; the verdant countryside of England that has been emptied of insect life; the gargantuan fields of U.S. agriculture that have proved a killing gr…
 
Our Laundry, Our Town decodes and processes the fractured urban oracle bones of Alvin Eng's upbringing in Flushing, Queens in the 1970s. Back then, his family was one of the few immigrant Chinese families in a far-flung neighborhood in New York City. His parents had an arranged marriage and ran a Chinese Hand Laundry. From behind the counter of his…
 
Join us for a discussion when sibling language experts and regular contributors to the program Kathryn and Ross Petras stop by. This language duo are authors of the bestselling You're Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words—and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse and the hosts of a popular NPR podcast. Kath…
 
The United States federal government has spent over $10 billion on medical protective wear and emergency supplies, yet as COVID-19 swept the nation, life-saving equipment such as masks, gloves, and ventilators was nearly impossible to find.In this nonfiction thriller, award-winning investigative reporter J. David McSwane takes us behind the scenes …
 
In The Forever Prisoner, Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy recount dramatic scenes inside multiple black sites around the world through the eyes of those who were there, trace the twisted legal justifications, and chart how enhanced interrogation, a key “weapon” in the global “War on Terror,” metastasized over seven years, encompassing dozens of de…
 
(5/3/2022) Join us when Ari Rabin-Havt reviews his book The Fighting Soul, which takes a step beyond profiles or televised interviews. As a close advisor and deputy campaign manager on Sanders’s presidential campaign, Rabin-Havt spent more hours between 2017 and 2020 with the Vermont senator than anyone else. Traveling the country for rallies and t…
 
(4/29/2022) Clash explores the political, economic, social, and technological forces that have shaped the relationship between U.S. presidents and the press during times of crisis. In addition to Trump’s presidency, Clash examines those of John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, G…
 
(4/28/2022) As regular listeners know, there are few construction questions that Alvin and Lawrence Ubell of Accurate Building Inspectors don’t know how to answer. In this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI, our favorite handymen will answer your questions on any home repair projects you may be working on this Spring.…
 
(4/27/2022) Robert "Bob" Hennelly is an award-winning, print and broadcast journalist. For more than 30 years, he has reported on a broad spectrum of major public policy questions, ranging from homeland security to the economy, environmental contamination to corruption, and occupational safety to homelessness. Join us when Bob Hennelly shares his r…
 
The BBC has broadcast to over two hundred countries and in more than forty languages. With special access to the BBC’s archives, historian David Hendy presents a dazzling portrait of a unique institution whose cultural influence is greater than any other media organization. Mixing politics, espionage, the arts, social change, and everyday life, The…
 
(4/21/2022) Richard Cohen’s forthcoming work MAKING HISTORY.Poignantly addresses Vladimir Putin’s narratives of Russia and Ukraine that have been a long time in the making… Richard Cohen Ask What other parts of the nation’s history has Putin manipulated?In MAKING HISTORY Richard Cohen dives into the many schemes of Putin’s political (and cultural) …
 
World-renowned primatologist Frans de Waal draws on decades of observation and studies of both human and animal behavior in his book “Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist”. He argues that despite the linkage between gender and biological sex, biology does not automatically support the traditional gender roles in human societies. De…
 
Some implode in chaos, others thrive. Morrow thrives. Join us when Composer Charlie Morrow, the writer of the Leonard Lopate at Large theme music, offers fascinating discussion on the phenomena of sound. The project includes experiences recalled during birth. Charlie Morrow’s story begins at birth, a cliché for some, but for him a dearly held fact,…
 
(3/15/2022) Rebroadcast - On April 10, 1977, Leonard Lopate was heard through the airwaves on WBAI for the first time. He was playing gospel records for Easter. With the Easter holiday weekend upon us, we thought the timing couldn’t be better for Leonard to return to his radio roots with another gospel music spectacular. Join us for a Good Friday s…
 
(4/14/2022) Join us when Award-winning journalist Mark Follman examines his book TRIGGER POINTS: Inside the Mission to Stop Mass Shootings in America. Mark Follman gained exclusive access to leaders of the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit and top mental health experts who pioneered the field, and he immersed in confidential threat-assessment pr…
 
4/12/2022)New York Times journalist Keith O'Brien reviews his book Paradise Falls: The True Story of an Environmental Catastrophe. O’Brien uncovers how mothers who loved their neighborhood on the east side of Niagara Falls were exposed to the poisonous secrets buried in their neighborhood. Join us on this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large, whe…
 
(4-11-2022) In Democracy under Fire, Lawrence Jacobs provides a history of political reforms since the late-eighteenth century that over time weakened democracy, widened political inequality as well as racial disparities, and rewarded toxic political polarization. Much of the attention paid to Trump's rise to power has focused on his corrosive pers…
 
(4/8/22)Philosopher Elizabeth Cripps approaches climate justice not just as an abstract idea but as something that should motivate us all. In her book, What Climate Justice Means and Why We Should Care, Cripps uses irrefutable science and uncontroversial moral rules. By unraveling the legacy of colonialism and entrenched racism she explores our obl…
 
Sally Hayden the Africa correspondent for the Irish Times, based between the UK and Uganda focused on migration, conflict, and humanitarian crises. Hayden sheds light on a human rights disaster of epic proportions in "My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World's Deadliest Migration Route". It is an intimate portrait of life for detaine…
 
(4/5/22) Before working at WNYC, investigative journalist and regular contributor Bob Hennelly was national affairs correspondent for Pacifica Network News. His written work has appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, the Christian Science Monitor, the Miami Herald, the Detroit Free Press along with dozens of other magazines and newspape…
 
(4-4-22)Join us when author Daniel Treisman examines his book Spin Dictators. Which traces how leaders have pioneered less violent, more covert, and more effective methods of monopolizing power. While they have cultivated an image of competence, concealed censorship, and used democratic institutions to undermine democracy, all while increasing inte…
 
Join us for a thought-provoking conversation with author and activist Andre Henry, when he shares his new book, All the White Friends I Couldn’t Keep. In his book Henry explores how the historical divides between Black people and non-Black people are expressed through our most mundane interactions, and why he suggests this struggle won’t be resolve…
 
(3/30/22) Join us when Pete Muroski of Native Landscapes Garden Center, shares information on planting and landscape maintenance as we move into the growing season. Because Spring is the best time of year to begin planting, Pete will take questions from callers and cover topics such as: finding the optimal location of the home for the right plant, …
 
(3/29) Join us when acclaimed author, Buddy Levy examines River of Darkness: Francisco Orellana and the Deadly First Voyage through the Amazon, a thrilling account from one of history's greatest adventures of discovery. Levy shares the narrative non-fiction, based on historical facts and research of a legendary 16th-century explorer and his death-d…
 
Join us, when NYT Bestselling author Azar Nafisi explores the role of literature in an era when politics can greatly influence writers and the press. Drawing on her experiences as a woman and voracious reader living in the Islamic Republic of Iran, her life as an immigrant in the United States, and her role as literature professor in both countries…
 
In this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI 99.5FM, Ted Hamilton, co-founder, and staff attorney at the Climate Defense Project, a legal organization fighting for a stable planet for present and future generations, discusses the legal system’s complicity in the climate crisis. In his new book Beyond Fossil Law, Hamilton exposes how judge…
 
In Majority Minority, Dr. Justin Gest examines how societies respond to great demographic change. Dr. Gest discusses contemporary politics of the United States and other countries where persistent immigration has altered populations and may soon produce a majority minority milestone, where the original ethnic or religious majority loses its numeric…
 
In A Molecule Away from Madness: Tales of the Hijacked Brain, author, and neurologist Sara Manning Peskin examines extraordinary stories of the brain under siege.Sara Manning Peskin is an assistant professor of clinical neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe Magazine, and the Philad…
 
(3/17/2022) Chemist, artist and industrial hygienist Monona Rossol is the founder of Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc. A not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing health and safety services to the arts. She is also the Health and Safety Director for the Local 829 union of the United Scenic Artists International Alliance of Theatrical St…
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Walter Pincus exposes the darkest secret in American nuclear history. How sixty-seven nuclear tests in the South Pacific’s Marshall Islands decimated a people and their land. Unknown to many people, the most important place in American nuclear history is the Marshall Islands. It was here, from 1946 to 1958, that Am…
 
(3/11)In Tyranny from Plato to Trump: Tyrants, Sycophants, and Citizens, noted philosopher Andrew Fiala looks to uncover the true implications of a tyrant. He asks what is a tyrant and what makes a tyrant possible? He states, when tyrants rise to power, sycophants blindly follow, and the entire nation suffers; The solution can be found through lega…
 
The Socially Relevant Film Festival was founded by Actress/Filmmaker Nora Armani as a response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling in media and entertainment. S.R.F.F believes in the power of film, raising awareness of social issues and promoting positive social change. This year the ninth edition of SR Socially Relev…
 
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