Midday on WNYC

Reviews For Midday on WNYC

Well, I loved this show, but sadly, now I have unsubscribed. Without Leonard I just am not interested. HE is what made the show so great.
I am smarter, more informed, moved, and dare I say enlightened at times by listening to The Leonard Lopate Show. Every week I am amazed and thrilled by the variety of guests. I’ve listen to this show for years while drawing in my studio each and every day. I’ve been exposed to books, plays, films, artists, comedians, graphic novels, world affairs, and the plights of other people at home and abroad. I can’t a single show, in all of media, that is so informative on such a wide variety of subjects. Bravo!
Get rid of the irritating musical notes in the intro, it doesn't help me drive this truck. And why does the interviewer waste time saying stupid things? Some of the interviews have excellent content, especially enjoyed whatshername doc re CRISPR and nice to get a follow up.
So knowledgeable, right on point, and light on ads.
WNYC podcasts are excellent but how to use each one is different. Where to tap to delete, to read more about a podcast, where to tap to download--each one is different and no directions anywhere. Please help. If you have same problem please put in in the reviews so we might get some help.
Locate gets good guests, I’ll give him that. But he comes across as such a NYC snob. You can almost see him when you listen to him, acting all know-it-all and superior. Sooooo, cultured enough that if you met him at a party, shortly after meeting him you’d be excusing yourself saying “I’m, uh, sorry, I just remembered I left the oven on at home…."
If you hate Reagan, Bush, Republicans, and conservatives you will love this podcast and even if you don’t you will enjoy it.
I've been listening to his show for years, and just recently switched over to his podcast. He covers a wide range of interesting topics that keep my mind thinking. Plus- his (and his guest's) voices are very nice to listen to. Perfect for my Subway ride home!
Very informative. Best program out there, better than On Point. Presents a wide array of subjects, many of whom are historians, journalists, and writers who have something important to say. Lopate is an intelligent interviewer and this program is vital as an educational resource. Do not understand why so few listen on iTunes. Worried we will have few options of sources of information and intelligent discussion of issues when he goes off the air. None are as good.
In the first part of the interview, I was really drawn in to Derek Thompson's theory about work. But then he began to sound so non-chalant about work being outsourced, etc. He's really ok with it. I had to applaud Leonard when, in the last few seconds of the interview, he really let Thompson have it! Bam! Thanks, Leonard. Always love your show.
I've been listening to this show when it was NY and Company. Leonard Lopate is an excellent host. He reads every book before he meets with the author which is feat all by itself. Always great questions and informative. I don't always agree, but I always love to listen.
Great job, Leonard. There's some sanity left on the dial.
That old question of if you could pick 5 people from history for a dinner party, Leonard Lopate would be my 1st guest. He's knowledgable in many areas and charismatic. Would make the dinner so much more interesting with interesting characters.
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.
Kill me. Get Leonard Lopate off the air at noon. He's so old! It is okay late at night and on slow Sunday afternoons; but, that noon-2pm time slot kills me. Play it at 11pm, please!
There is not a better radio personality and interviewer than Leonard Lopate. I listen to his show every day and feel thankful to be able to listen to any programs I miss here or on the website @ wnyc.org. He presents the greatest minds and thinkers and artist living today. Content not to be missed!
Lopate is the brightest of interviewers, no doubt. You're constantly scratching your head at how he's so knowledgeable about every topic he discusses. He's liberal, so we don't get the conservative side from his show. That's my only real complaint.
Why am I getting 20 updates a week from a show that airs once every weekday? If anything, this makes the podcast easier to skip than to enjoy. I doubt This American Life, Fresh Air, or Radiolab would ever have found a podcast audience if they split shows into 4 separate updates. Can you imagine if Car Talk released a different podcast for each individual phone call? WNYC has boldly and rightly picked up a much more innovative interview program called Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, which actually started as a podcast before it was distributed by PRI. If Leonard Lopate wants to maintain a growing audience (and donors) his producers have unfortunately done a great job alienating any future listenership.


I listen to NPR a lot but now have a two hour gap when my local station is taken over by the Leonard Lopate show. As another reviewer wrote, I have come to see Lopate as a really horrible interviewer. He's a name dropper, he sometimes he seems not have done even the most basic research to prepare for the interview and almost all of his interviewees are or have been interviewed on other public radio shows by better interviewers.
Leonard does amazing interviews on a variety of topics. Always interesting!
I really miss Leonard those days I can't listen, so I subscribe to the podcast and listen when I can. There are at least two of his monthly regulars that I particularly look forward to: The Language Mavin and The Ubells — House Fix-It Guys (not the right 'feature' name for either).
Those of us who love the U.S. need to listen to deGrasse Tyson. Our future depends on our supporting research and developing a generation of scientists. He is right about how politics are doing us in.
Interviewer in radio or television today. Intelligent questions, well researched and just plain smart radio. I am miffed how anyone can arrive at any other conclusion
Lopate can get on your nerves with his rapid-fire questions but he certainly gets plenty of info out of his interviewees by preventing them from prattling. It obviously does not bother the New Yorkers who have listened to him for 25 + years—maybe it's a regional thing. One can't complain about how prepared he is, due, I would imagine, to his own high standards and an excellent support staff. Not fair to compare him to Terry Gross—he's doing four or five interviews five days a week— but if you are interested in keeping up with the latest in the arts and politics, it's an excellent podcast, sent out in segments so you don't have to listen to guests who don't interest you.
This is one fantastic podcast. Not every eposide interests me, but I find myself checking out podcasts I might not otherwise give much attention....and finding that not only were they entertaining, but informational.....and dare I say....educational. I don't know where Leonard Lopate finds the time to produce the volume of material here, but I'm glad he does. I strongly recommend this podcast to anyone and everyone.
Just got to listen to the MLKing Day Gospel Show, and I encourage everyone avid for those stunning, sublime moments traditional African-American gospel music uniquely offers to seek out this particular Lopate show (1/17/11), especially the sequence around minutes 31-40 that culminates in the song "Standing at the Judgment," by Julius Cheeks and the Sensational Nightingales, one of the most harrowing, mesmerizing miniature dramas I've heard in a three-minute song. I replay it obsessively! As a regular Lopate Show podcast-subscriber, I find Mr. Lopate's annual MLKing Day show to be the highlight of each Lopate year.
Truly one of the best podcasts on itunes. Great subjects. Great laid back interviews. I have learned a lot listening to these. Thanks Mr. Lopate!
The Leonard Lopate show is great for me. It offers a diversity of subjects from which to choose. I sometimes drive to Florida, from the Northeast. The program becomes part of my driving entertainment and education along the way. It is radio as one chooses to listen, instead of the usual senseless chatter of AM & FM radio. XM is an alternative, but ones has no choice of material. I select the programs before I leave and listen at my leisure. One of my favorite programs.
Leonard is not only the best interviewer in the business, he gets the best and most cogent guests to talk seriously about whatever is most important to them. Plus, he actually READS the books written by the people he interviews, so you never get pre-canned press agent prepared questions. If you are tired of Leonard Lopate, you are tired of being intelligent.
I can't hear whatever they're saying,they need to turn up the levels.
I really like this show...am always impressed with Leonard's facts he knows on every diverse topic. I figured he must have good researchers working with him, becuase he just seems to know too much. I'd just like to give those people props. Grad students, young urban professionals, retired teachers, whoever is helping him be knowledgeable, I think it's pretty great. Maybe Leonard could give some of them a shout out sometimes too. Thanks.
Nice topics, but lacks depth
WNYC has a great thing going and his name is Leonard Lopate. I still can't put my finger on why a simple discussion can be so engaging, and there it is- It must be very difficult to make a casual discussion look so easy.
As one of the best radio interviewers working right now, Leonard Lopate runs circles around Terry Gross. He is a cultured and literate man (he trained as a painter with some of the truly great artists of NYC in the 1950s and '60s) who can hold his own with just about any guest, and instead of dwelling on their misfortunes, as Gross does (she shows inordinate interest in people's drug addictions, for instance), Lopate draws his guests out about what really matters to them. I imagine most authors, musicians, artists and others actually look forward to sitting with Lopate in his studio while they merely grin and bear it when having to do the Gross show as part of pre-planned publicity tours. Listen, you'll see.
The guy that gave Leonard a bad review gave a Hanson record a good review, and not in an ironic way, so there you go.
Leonard is one of the most casual, comfortable interviewers I've ever heard. He's not completely transparent as an interviewer (which is normally my preference), but he has his own very solid knowledge and a very curious nature...which makes him very easy on the ears. He puts his guests at ease and then pumps them for the information we'd all want to know about what they are into...all with a gentle flow. In terms of comparing him to Brian Lehrer...I listen to Brian's show all the time as well, except when his topics are local to New York. He sounds a bit younger and slightly more political than Leonard. But he's also quite good. Fortunately, we don't have to choose one or the other.
I started listening to the Leonard Lopate show on XM and I listen to it when ever I can. This podcast helps me out for the shows I miss. Leonard Lopate is such a good interviewer I find myself drawn into the conversation, regardless of the topic. Even topics I thought would not interest me, I find intriguing. This is a must-catch Podcast.
Working from home means that LL is my virtual office-mate. Listening to him is really entertaining, and he gets great guests. Carl Reiner always calls him "Lopate" which I find super-funny. Cram's on crack.
I, too, must disagree with Cram. It is precisely that Leonard draws from his own knowledge and doesn't stay on a set course that makes this Podcast so wonderful. The listener is privy to a real conversation, not a broadcaster reading a list of questions.
I spent several months listening to every edition of this podcast. I stopped. Leonard Lopate is NOT a brilliant interviewer. He is, on his best day, half the interviewer Terry Gross is. He jumps around from question to question with little to no segue. He seems so impressed with himself and any knowledge he might have on whatever subject he's covering that day that I can't believe his guests don't get more frustrated with him than they seem to. That doesn't mean you shouldn't listen to this podcast--you really don't have any other good choices for this kind of interview show on podcast. Just don't let yourself think this is as good as it gets.
Wonderful interviewer, knowledgeable and vast culture. Never boring, even on topics where you'd think you'd fall asleep. I load up a week's worth and take them with me on a long drive on the weekends.