The Leonard Lopate ShowAuthor: WNYC Studios
24 Jun 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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    Kumail Nanjian Brings His True Love Story to Film In 'The Big Sick'

    Actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani joins us to discuss his new film, “The Big Sick,” along with his wife, Emily V. Gordon, who co-wrote the film, based on their real-life courtship. It tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who connects with grad student Emily, played by Zoe Kazan, after one of his stand-up sets. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, as well as his own.

    Opens on June 23rd in New York City at AMC Loews Lincoln Square and Regal Cinemas Union Square.


  • Posted on 26 Jun 2017

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    Where Dead Smartphones Go, Kumail Nanjiani, Fleeing to Greece, A Wild Photographer

     Sue Williams and Hilary Klotz Steinman discuss their documentary, “Death by Design: The Dirty Secret of Our Digital Addiction." Actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, writer Emily V. Gordon joins talk about his new film, “The Big Sick." Filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki discusses her new documentary “4.1 Miles." Photographer Michael Nichols and author/editor Melissa Harris on their book 'A Wild Life.' 


  • Posted on 26 Jun 2017

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    The Greek Coastguards Who Save Migrant Lives in Lesbos

    Filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki joins us to discuss her new documentary “4.1 Miles,” premiering on POV on June 26 at 9 p.m. on PBS. The film follows local coast guard officers stationed off the Greek island of Lesbos, overwhelmed by the thousands of migrants who have braved the Mediterranean to flee war and violence at home. The film was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.

    "4.1 Miles" premieres Monday, June 26 at 9:00PM, kicking off the 30th season of the POV documentary series on PBS. 


  • Posted on 26 Jun 2017

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    How a Wildlife Photographer Gets Up Close With His Dangerous Subjects

    Photographer Michael Nichols and author/editor Melissa Harris join us to discuss their book A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols. Nichols has spent decades photographing iconic wildlife species including mountain gorillas, elephants and lions. The book features a catalog of his photographs, accompanied by his own life story and reflections on ethics and environmental conservation issues.


  • Posted on 26 Jun 2017

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    The Environmental Cost of Our Smartphone Culture

    Director/producer Sue Willams and co-producer Hilary Klotz Steinman join us to discuss their documentary, “Death by Design: The Dirty Secret of Our Digital Addiction.” The film investigates the dark side of the electronics industry, and examines the environmental and health costs -- from deadly factories in China, to a polluted community in New York state, to the offices of Silicon Valley. 

    "Death by Design: The Dirty Secret of Our Digital Addiction" is available on demand on multiple platforms


  • Posted on 26 Jun 2017

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