There is no one in the media whose knowledge ranges so widely as Leonard Lopate's. He can interview equally well artists,authors, chefs, politicians, scientists, celebrities . . . . He asks the questions you'd like to ask and the ones you never thought of, and he doesn't pontificate or interrupt unnecessarily, as so many other interviewers do. Did I say he has a great sense of humor? His puns ( ok, maybe not all of them) are so refined they can sneak up and hit you minutes later. Like Brian Lehrer, he handles the crazies graciously. Just listen to the interview with a very high or inebriated Liza Minelli, or the one with a hilariously arrogant and abrasive Jerry Lewis.
Thank you, Leonard, for making us all more interesting dinner guests.