George Harrison during the “Real Love” recording session, in screen captures from the official video.

“George really was interested in visual - and he used a camera, video camera too from early days. Also, his father was a merchant seaman, and there’s lots of photographs of Australia, around the world […]. And maybe he picked that up from his father.” - Olivia Harrison on George Harrison, WNYC interview conducted by Leonard Lopate, 4 November 2011 [x]

Jazz on Film

Lee Morgan Documentary: A Conversation with the Director, Larry Ridley and Paul West

Now I’m ready to see I Called Him Morgan, the new Lee Morgan documentary. Here’s an exceptional radio forum, hosted by Leonard Lopate of WNYC, featuring not only director Kasper Collin, but also Larry Ridley and Paul West, two bassists who could speak with some authority about not just Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, but also the fertile period for jazz when Morgan meteorically flourished.

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How do you move a priceless work of art? Very carefully, of course. Hear a MoMA conservator and registrar explain the process to Leonard Lopate of WNYC Radio

[Jackson Pollock. One: Number 31, 1950. 1950. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

George Harrison, Vrindavan, India, 1996 (Photo: gour-ni-times.de)

Leonard Lopate: “Did he officially become a Hare Krishna?”

Olivia Harrison: “No. He didn’t officially become anything. And you know, many groups would claim him. He just had a nice experience with them, he really loved the idea of Lord Krishna. And I don’t just mean the idea, but actually the deity; you can relate to that. And mantras. He understood mantras; you know, that vibration encased in a syllable that has some, some power.”

LL: “That’s almost like the hook of a song, isn’t it?”

OH: “Yeah, absolutely. And it’s scientific, you know, I mean, a mantra is chanted in a certain meter. The space between the syllables is also part of that mantra. And it is a certain vibration, it has a certain effect. And he was very much into that.” - WNYC interview, 4 November 2011 [x]

Love kids’ books? Love discussing them, reading them and sharing them with others, including your kids? Take a listen to this great appearance by our Youth Materials Coordinator Elizabeth Bird on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show yesterday. She talked about a whole host of fun stuff, from her favorite stories to why books become classics. So listen and enjoy! And while you’re at it, check out the Library’s list of the top 100 children’s books of the last 100 years, and plan a trip to our 42nd Street Library to see the free, critically-acclaimed exhibition The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books MatterIt’s open until Sept. 7, and it’s pretty darn amazing (just ask The New York Times). 

I am a Kenya[n] currently studying in Canada. When my mother was first diagnosed with HIV/Aids in 2002, we all went into denial. The stigma and discrimination was rampant and the ARV’s were too expensive for us.

Thanks to MSF, my mother is alive, beautiful, strong, how can I best describe it! Alive and Kicking. There was not only the treatment, there was the nutrition and support group services.

My mother is now a community health worker in Mathare slum. MSF runs a clinic near this slum called the Blue House clinic, and yes, you thought right, it is painted blue.

The end, in some circumstances, justifies the end.

Happy 40th anniversary MSF.


Wairimu Gitau
from Ottawa

A comment left on the WNYC Leonard Lopate Show website earlier this week from an interview with Michael Neuman. The interview was regarding the new MSF book, Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed: The MSF Experience.

Listen to the archived Leonard Lopate Show interview with Michael Neuman on the WNYC website.

George Harrison in the Bahamas during the filming of Help!, 1965 - photographed by Robert Freeman

“I like this picture. And it’s only - the only one of that series. You know, usually you think you might have ten; just one. But, you know, he was a Pisces and he liked to be around water and he’s up to his neck in water. And I think that’s very apropos.” - Olivia Harrison, WNYC interview conducted by Leonard Lopate, 4 November 2011

New Secrets and Mysteries in 'Welcome To Night Vale'
Creators of 'Welcome to Night Vale' Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor discuss adapting their popular podcast into a novel.

Joseph and Jeffrey were just interviewed on The Leonard Lopate Show! If you ever wondered “Why King City?” well here’s the answer.

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The Deals, Lawsuits and Bankruptcies that Shaped Trump's Career
David Cay Johnston traces the long and winding professional path of Donald Trump.

Here’s Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston speaking with WNYC’s Leonard Lopate about The Making of Donald Trump. Trust us, it’s good:

Lopate: “How do you respond to Trump supporters who dismiss factual accounts as liberal propaganda?”

Johnston: “I use Donald’s own words, his sworn testimony, his writings, his speeches, his interviews. In the back of the book, I give you my personal email. If you can’t find one of these documents, or you want something more, I’ll put my time into showing you. It is really damaging to a democracy that we have people who believe that these various disreputable and well documented promoters of fake news and falsehoods have credibility with people. They shouldn’t. Verification is the first step in journalism.”

BookStalked: Julie Buntin of powerHouse Arena

With its 24-foot ceilings, amphitheater-style seating and gorgeous views of Manhattan, DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena is one of the most visually arresting places you can browse for books. The arena was built in 2006 by publisher powerHouse Books, who envisioned it as a hybrid gallery/events space/bookstore. PowerHouse constantly hosts big-name guests (some authors I’ve seen there recently include A.S. Byatt and Jeffrey Eugenides), and I’m always eagerly scrolling through their just-announced events.

Julie Buntin has been powerHouse’s events coordinator for about five months, but she already has an assortment of tales, ranging from dealing with Sandy’s devastating effects to hanging with NYC’s most brilliant to reining in a punk party that got a bit out of control. More after the jump.

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MSF’s Michael Neuman will be on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show today at noon, exploring the practical realities of conducting humanitarian negotiations in complex situations. He’s the editor of, Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed: The MSF Experience published on the occasion of MSF’s 40th anniversary, which addresses the evolution of humanitarian goals, the resistance to these goals, and the political arrangements that overcame (or failed to) this resistance.

Tune in today at noon to listen live.
Click here to listen to the archived show later.