Please Explain (The Leonard Lopate Show)


In Please Explain, we set aside time every Friday afternoon to get to the bottom of one complex issue. Ever wonder how New York City's water system works? Or how the US became so polarized politically? We'll back up and review the basic facts and principles of complicated issues across a broad range of topics — history, politics, science, you name it.


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How To Sniff Like A Dog

December 8th, 2017

For this week’s Please Explain, we’re following dogs as they sniff their way through the world with their incredible sense of smell. Alexandra Horowitz,… Go to Episode

What's Your Cat Really Thinking?

December 1st, 2017

How did cats get domesticated? Why are they so popular on the internet? Are they good or evil? If you have wanted to know the answers to these questions,… Go to Episode

We Get Fired Up Over Peppers

November 17th, 2017

There are over 200 varieties of peppers, ranging from shishitos to habaneros. For our latest Please Explain, we dig into the world (and health benefits)… Go to Episode

Why Vinegar Deserves More Credit As An Ingredient

November 10th, 2017

Vinegar often plays an essential role in the food we eat. We use it in everything from baking to braising to pickling. But, author Michael Harlan Turkell writes… Go to Episode