Long before Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled through time in a flying DeLorean, director Robert Zemeckis and his friend and writing partner Bob Gale worked tirelessly to break into the industry with a hit. For the first time ever, the story of how these two young filmmakers struck lightning is being told by those who witnessed it. We Don't Need Roads includes original interviews with Zemeckis, Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and over 50 others who contributed to one of the most popular and profitable film trilogies of all time.
"Great for fans - good for others."
Susanna Clarke discusses her remarkable debut novel, the BookSense Book of the Year, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with her friend, novelist Neil Gaiman. Set in an alternate version of England in the early 1800s, an England in which the people yearn to recapture the practical magic of an earlier era, this fantasy novel combines the wit of Jane Austen with rollicking adventure and hilarious scholarly footnotes.
When Amber Portwood debuted on MTV's hit reality series 16 & Pregnant, no one could have predicted that the teenager from Anderson, Indiana, with the dry sense of humor would go on to become one of the most controversial young celebrities in reality TV history. But soon after Amber stepped into the public eye, her life spiraled into chaos.
Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant. He is a fervent atheist, raised as a Christian, by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide.
Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author and New Yorker staff writer, discusses making sudden, instinctive judgments, as written about in his new book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. He is joined by Emmy-winning reporter Robert Krulwich, who covers scientific phenomena for ABC's Nightline and PBS's Nova.
Authors and actors including Stephen Colbert, Libba Bray (award winning young-adult novelist Going Bovine, winner of 2010 Printz Award), Oskar Eustis (Artistic Director at The Public Theater), Kurt Andersen (novelist and Studio 360 Host), Jayne Anne Phillips (novelist and National Book Award finalist Lark & Termite), filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy (author of the upcoming book Scout, Atticus, and Boo), and others pay tribute to the Pulitzer prize-winning classic novel about racial injustice and loss of innocence in a small Southern town.
"This is not the full story."
Anthony Bourdain, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Eric Ripert are all well established, accomplished chefs; they share their early cooking experiences, what influenced their cooking styles, and what made them want to be chefs forever. Bourdain is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles, the author of the best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and the host of the popular Food Network series, A Cook's Tour.
"Great Insight and fun to listen!"
Emma Donoghue discusses her extraordinary new novel with author Michael Cunningham (The Hours and By Nightfall). This wondrous book is told from the point of view of a five-year-old boy who lives with his mother in an 11-by-11 foot room.
"No One Does it Better"
Two funny and smart women explore the myriad challenges women face today — at work, in parenting, in love, and in aging — and share lessons from their experiences. Arianna Huffington is a syndicated columnist and the author of 10 books, the most recent of which is On Becoming Fearless: Advice for Women. Nora Ephron's books include Heartburn. Her most recent book is I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman.
"What a Treat..."
Martin Short, one of today's most inventive and popular comic actors, is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, SCTV, and in the films The Three Amigos and The Father of the Bride. The creator of such memorable characters as Jiminy Glick, Ed Grimley, and Irving Cohen, Short returned to Broadway in the "alternate autobiography" Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Here he talks with Dick Cavett.
"I Want My 99 Cents Back!"
Recently passed, George Carlin was a comedian famous for his "Seven Dirty Words" routine. To his credit are nearly 20 albums, five Grammy awards, and two Cable Ace Awards, and more HBO specials than anyone. He authored several books, including The New York Times best seller Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty. In this interview, he speaks with Judy Gold about his life and his comedy, and answers questions from the audience.
"George Was Amazing"
These never-before-published interviews with Jerry Garcia reveal his thoughts on religion, politics, his personal life, and his creative process. Jerry on Jerry provides new insight into the beloved frontman of the Grateful Dead in time for the 50th anniversary of the band.
New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik and sociologist Malcolm Gladwell revisit their debates about healthcare, education, media, and a variety of other subjects. The event, introduced by Daniel Sullivan, general consul of Canada, and Simon Center director Henry Timms is followed by an extensive Q&A.
Actor and director Alan Alda played Hawkeye Pierce on the television series M*A*S*H and has acted in, written, and directed many feature films. He is also a best-selling author, most recently with his memoir, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. In this interview with Roger Rosenblatt, Alda discusses his opinions about public speaking and giving back to the community, his relationship with his wife, and his feelings on fame.
Adam Carolla’s signature “rage” bits have become an integral part of his act, most recently as a recurring segment (“This Week in Rage”) on CBS Radio’s morning talk program The Adam Carolla Show. He is known as the co-host of the radio television show Loveline, co-creator and co-host of Comedy Central’s The Man Show, co-creator and the performer on Comedy Central and MTV’s Crank Yankers and former contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
"More autobiographical than flat out funny."
The author of the critically acclaimed Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus presents her newest novel Americanah, a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria facing challenges in the countries they come to call home.
"Not a reading of the book."
Join best-selling author A. J. Jacobs as he discusses his recent book, The Year of Living Biblically, in which he recounts his fascinating, enlightening and delightfully strange year trying to follow all 613 commandments in the Bible. This lecture is an eye-opening lesson in the wisdom of rabbis, religion in America today, Bible history, and the dangers of literal interpretation. Thou shalt not miss it!
"Entertaining look at the perils of fundamentalism."
Mr. Rushdie, the author of Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, reads from his newest novel, Shalimar the Clown.
"In the midst of genius"
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager - described in Jewish Week as "one of the three most interesting minds in American Jewish life" - offers compelling arguments in favor of Judaism, developed over many years of speaking to people from virtually every religion and culture.
"Denis prefer is always able to clarify thiughts"