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Press Release March 11, 2005
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Special Event

03-11-05 WNYC-Radio Honors Leonard Lopate's 20th Anniversary with Special Event at MoMA (Museum Of Modern Art).

Tuesday, March 29 from 5:45 - 7:45 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.


From The Office Of Accurate Building Inspectors ®

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press contact: Jennifer Houlihan
(212) 669-7748 / jhoulihan@wnyc.org
WNYC Radio's The Leonard Lopate Show


TWENTY YEARS OF TALK FOR LOPATE ON WNYC New York City's Public Radio Station From Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia Studio

Celebrates 20 Years on the Air with a Star-Studded Anniversary Event at MoMA Featured Guests Include Ben Stiller, Neil LaBute, Amanda Peet, Jim Taylor, and Phillip Lopate.

New City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Tuesday, March 29 from 5:45-7:45pm

(March 9, 2005, New York, NY) -- This year, Leonard Lopate, one of New York City's most venerated, versatile and well-versed interview hosts, celebrates twenty years of bringing some of the greatest minds from an astonishing array of backgrounds to the air-waves of WNYC, New York Public Radio.

To celebrate this broadcasting milestone, special guests, Lopate Show regulars, and friends will gather for a special live taping of the show at the Museum of Modern Art.

Tuesday, March 29 from 5:45-7:45pm.
The event is free and open to the public.


The hallmark of The Leonard Lopate Show is an interviewer style that transcends the conventional question-and-answer format, and instead feels more like eavesdropping on a fascinating, unscripted, and unexpected conversation. At MoMA, Leonard will do what he does best: invite special guests to get away from the typical celebrity interview and if on the theme of “Collaboration” -- between playwrights and actors in the context of an ensemble play, and behind-the-scenes collaborations between couples and siblings.

WHAT:
The Leonard Lopate Show 20th Anniversary Celebration

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 29, 5:45-7:45pm

WHO:
Leonard Lopate and special guests, including playwright Neil LaBute, actors Ben Stiller, Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Peet, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Jim Taylor (Sideways), essayists and author Phillip Lopate, among others.

WHERE:
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St. (between 5th and 6th Avenues) Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1

COST:
Free and open to the public

INFO:
Call WNYC Listener Services at (212) 669-3333

Featured Guests:
* Actors Ben Stiller, Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Peet join Neil LaBute to discuss their experience working together in LaBute's latest play, This Is How It Goes, which recently opened at the Public Theater. This Is How It Goes takes place in small-town America, where an interracial love triangle sets off a fierce drama of manipulation, exploitation, infidelity, and passion. They' discuss what happens between the rehearsal and the opening when the playwright is an active participant in the process, as well as the subtle exchange and chemistry between actors in an ensemble cast.

* On Oscar night, when Jim Taylor accepted his Academy Award for the screenplay of Sideways (co-written with Alexander Payne), the first person he acknowledged was his wife, screenwriter and director Tamara Jenkins! Although Jenkins and Taylor don't usually collaborate {professionally, theirs is a behind-the-scenes daily collaboration. In addition to Sideways, Jim Taylor has worked on Election, About Schmidt, and Citizen Ruth. Tamara Jenkins is the writer and director of Slums of Beverly Hills, as well as several award-winning short films, one of which won Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Short Film-making at Sundance. She's currently working on The Savages, her new film based on an original screenplay.

* What creative exchange goes on when a couple isn't involved in the same field? What kind of a collaboration happens when people practice a different art? We'll find out when we speak with couple Bob Holman and Elizabeth Murray. Dubbed a member of the “Poetry Pantheon” by the New York Times Magazine, Holman is currently WNYC's poet-in-residence, a visiting professor of writing at Columbia, and proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club. Elizabeth Murray is an acclaimed artist whose work has been the subject of nearly sixty solo exhibitions in galleries around the world.

Leonard will also be joined by some of his longtime regular guests. Accurate Building Inspectors © Al and Larry Ubell, the “gurus of how-to”, have been with Leonard since the show's earliest beginnings. Word maven Patricia T. O'Conner (Woe Is I) looks back on some of the puns she's shared with Leonard during her on-air efforts to make sense of the English language. And Ruth Reichl, editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, says that her monthly appearances on Leonard's show each month have made her appreciate radio in a new way. It's a medium that tends to lack taste and scent, but Leonard's show has helped remedy that!

Finally, Leonard's oldest and dearest collaborator, his brother Phillip Lopate, author of Getting Personal and Waterfront, will take the stage. The two will discuss how their career paths have intersected personally and professionally over the years.

Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their favorite memories of The Leonard Lopate Show, and the event will be taped for future broadcast.

 

* * *

 

For two decades, Leonard Lopate has welcomed an impressive range of guests - poets, painters, politicians, novelists, dancers, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, film-makers, scientists and chefs -- to talk about their work, their process, and their passions. Leonard is renowned for an interview style that sounds less like traditional talk radio and more like eavesdropping on a fascinating conversation. He engages his guests in complex, illuminating talks that delve deeply into each guest's experiences, thoughts, and feelings. He can be skeptical or enthusiastic, as needed, but his conversational mode favors dialogue over debate.

Guests are so engaged by Mr. Lopate's interviews that even seasoned interviewees are taken by his style. Henry Kissinger said that his session on The Leonard Lopate Show was among the most challenging he ever faced. Leslie Stahl enjoyed her interview so much that she became a member of WNYC on the spot. Tom Brokaw was so impressed by the range and depth of Lopate's questions that he asked to return for a second interview. Even publicity-shy figures like John Updike make it a point to visit the show often.

Guests have included: Madeline Albright, Catherine Deneuve, Jon Stewart, Diane von Furstenberg, Nigella Lawson, Yogi Berra, Walter Mosley, Mario Cuomo, John Irving, Errol Morris, Dawn Upshaw, and LL Cool J, among many, many others.

The Leonard Lopate Show airs weekdays from 12 noon - 2 p.m. on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and via live webstream at www.wnyc.org, where all interviews are also available on-demand. The Leonard Lopate Show is available nationally on XM Satellite Radio's Public Radio Channel 133, and will be available for broadcasting beginning Monday, March 7.

WNYC, New York Public Radio, is New York's premier public radio station, comprising WNYC 93.9 FM and WNYC AM 820. As America's most listened-to public radio stations, reaching over one million listeners each week, WNYC FM and AM extend New York City's cultural riches to the whole country and air the best national offerings from affiliate networks National Public Radio and Public Radio International. WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a broad range of daily news, talk, cultural and classical music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting. For more information, visit www.wnyc.org.

Jennifer Houlihan
Publicity Manager
WNYC, New York Public Radio
1 Centre Street, 24th floor
New York, NY 10007
(212) 669-7748
jhoulihan@wnyc.org


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