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26 Feb 2017

The Leonard Lopate Show

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Leonard Lopate hosts the conversation New Yorkers turn to each afternoon for insight into contemporary art, theater, and literature, plus expert tips about the ever-important lunchtime topic: food.

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    How Being Among Nature Can Heal Us

    Florence Williams, contributing editor to Outside Magazine, joins us to discuss her latest book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier and More Creative, which investigates the science behind our connection to beautiful landscapes and the healing power of being outside. Williams traveled the world looking at the scientific findings behind outdoor activities that lead to measurable improvements in mental and physical health.


  • Posted on 27 Feb 2017

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    A Danish Guide to Happiness

    Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, joins us to discuss his book The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living. The Danes have earned the reputation of being the happiest people in the world. Wiking offers a guide to the Danish philosophy of “hygge” (pronounced hoo-gaa) which he says is a sense of comfort and togetherness that we get from being with the people we love and doing small things each day that make us happy.


  • Posted on 27 Feb 2017

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    Returning to Syria in the Wake of Violence

    Journalist and civil rights lawyer Alia Malek joins us to discuss her latest book, The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria. Malek returned to her grandmother's apartment in Damascus, which her family had lost when Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1970, leading to her parents’ decision to immigrate to the United States. Her writing offers insights into the lives and history of Syrians - Muslims, Christians, Jews, Armenians and Kurds - who lived and worked together for centuries, and how they’re dealing with the war today.

    Alia Malek will be in conversation with NPR’s Leila Fadel at WORD Bookstore in Greenpoint (126 Franklin Street) on March 2 at 7 p.m. 

    On March 13, she will be in conversation with The New Yorker’s Scott Anderson at Half King in Chelsea (505 W. 23rd St.) at 7 p.m. 

     


  • Posted on 27 Feb 2017

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    Returning to Syria, a Danish Guide to Happiness, the Healing Power of Nature

    Journalist and civil rights lawyer Alia Malek joins us to discuss her latest book, The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of SyriaMeik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, joins us to discuss his book The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living. Florence Williams, contributing editor to Outside Magazine, joins us to discuss her latest book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier and More Creative, which investigates the science behind our connection to beautiful landscapes and the healing power of being outside. 


  • Posted on 27 Feb 2017

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    Bonus Weekend Podcast: Being Targeted in Russia

    This past Thursday, the journalist Masha Gessen joined us to talk about the challenges facing people who are trying to change political and social conditions in Russia. For this week’s Bonus Weekend Podcast, we’ve chosen three interviews from a couple of years ago that highlighted people who were trying to expose wrongdoings in Russia. In February 2015, investor Bill Browder talked about his attorney, Sergei Magnitsky, who, after exposing corruption in Russia, was tortured and then later died in prison. In November, 2015 Chess champion Garry Kasparov discussed his book about Vladimir Putin’s anti-democratic tendencies. And also that month, I spoke with journalist Marvin Kalb about the Russian invasion of Crimea.


  • Posted on 25 Feb 2017

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