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Leonard Lopate

Leonard Lopate is host of the public radio talk show The Leonard
Lopate Show
, broadcast on WNYC. Consummate Brooklynite and
New Yorker, he attended Brooklyn College and later Hunter College,
where he trained as a painter, studying with Ad Reinhardt
and Mark Rothko, before working in advertising for fifteen years. But
when he was given a chance to host his first talk show on WBAI in
1977, he discovered his true calling, which has become his life's
work. Lopate's show airs from noon to 2pm every weekday, and
typically consists of four interviews ranging from 20-40 minutes in
length, covering a broad range of topics including jazz and gospel
music, food and wine (he is the winner of two James Beard Awards),
literature, the arts, science and history. Lopate has interviewed
politicians, poets, painters, novelists, filmmakers, actors, dancers
and more than a few Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners. Recently, right after his show on WNYC, Lopate came to visit AIR's headquarters to discuss his
life and work. Phong entices Lopate to discuss his early career as an artist and how his
marriage, his family, including his equally formidable brother Phillip, his
mentors and his homes and studios have all influenced his development. Lopate takes us through his most memorable
interviews, both the highs and lows, from Barack Obama to cranky art
world egoists (39 minutes).


Off The Rail


Artist, critic, curator, teacher and newspaperman Phong Bui is now taking his insatiable talent to the airwaves. A man with a voracious appetite for all things artistic, social and cultural, Phong's work has been shown at such galleries at Pierogi, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Wooster Art Space and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, winning him numerous awards and grants from the American Academy of Letters, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Academy, among others. He is a curatorial adviser at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and has taught at such institutions as Columbia University, Bard College and the School of Visual Arts. He used the money from his first sold painting to create the venerable arts, culture and politics journal The Brooklyn Rail and the publishing press The Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions. He is an unstoppable force of unyielding curiosity.

Here Phong interviews artists, curators, booksellers and anyone else he finds notable and interesting on the cultural landscape. Follow his lead; it's always proved impeccable.