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What an incredibly insightful man! I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. Peter Ustinov also wrote a fabulous book called The Old Man & Mr Smith. It is well worth a read.
In this much-praised interview, octogenarian Peter Ustinov talks to John Bird. The man of many talents has an astonishing range of accomplishments behind him as an Oscar-winning film and theatre actor, author of novels, plays, and screenplays. He is also a raconteur, graphic artist, photographer, stage director, and designer and the recipient of many humanitarian awards for his work with UNICEF and UNESCO.
Emmy award-winning journalist Charlie Rose has been praised as "one of America's premier interviewers". Each night, as host of his PBS program, Charlie Rose engages America's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists, and other newsmakers in one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions.
Satisfy your hunger for new ideas with this interview show that explores the cutting edge of contemporary thinking in politics, religion, economics, science, the arts, and popular culture. Get the latest episode or subscribe!
"Sometimes great, very uneven"
"No One Does it Better"
Looking for an alternative to the seriously reliable, soothing yet informative sound of NPR? Try NPR! Prepare to be surprised by this collection of interviews with some of the funniest personalities on the planet, and by the memorable, unbelievable news that delights NPR listeners on the 1st of April each year.
Based on the NPR series of the same name, This I Believe features 80 Americans, from the famous to the unknown, completing the thought that begins with the audiobook's title. The pieces that make up the program will compel listeners to rethink not only what and how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.
"interesting and enjoyable"
When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him. Today The Autobiography of Malcolm X — a favorite of President Obama and Justice Clarence Thomas alike — stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race. The Autobiography is also a Horatio Alger tale, following a man’s journey from poverty to crime to militancy to wisdom.
Bob talks anew with country music legend and five time GRAMMY-winner Marty Stuart on the eve of the release of his new double album Saturday Night & Sunday Morning (out 9.30). Marty started his career as a teenager backing Lester Flatt and played in Johnny Cash’s band for six years before launching his solo career. It was during his time with Flatt that Stuart began photographing country musicians. An exhibit of his photographs, including the last known photograph of Johnny Cash, is currently on display at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
Humorist Fran Lebowitz and writer Anne Lamott on this archive edition of Fresh Air. The Washington Post called Fran Lebowitz "The funniest woman in America." Humorist Lebowitz has come out with her first children's book, Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet The Pandas. In 1978, she wrote the critically acclaimed book Metropolitan Life a collection of witty essays on life. Writer Anne Lamott's new book is Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
Penn Jillette explains his absolute atheism and why it makes him hopeful and optimistic.
"Too Much Intro"
Investor and businessman Warren Buffett stunned the world when he announced he was giving most of his fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Charlie Rose is the only broadcast journalist with access to Buffett and Gates on their friendship which resulted in this historic announcement. In this three part series, we'll hear about Warren Buffet: the Man, the Business, and the Gift.
"Three part interview with Warren Buffett and other"
Hear British scientist Richard Dawkins and geneticist Francis Collins on this edition of Fresh Air. Richard Dawkins is a professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford University. The New York Times has hailed him as a writer who "understands the issues so clearly that he forces his reader to understand them too". In his latest book, he writes about what he sees as the irrationality of a belief in God and sets down his arguments for atheism.
"Dominated by Dawkins"
Our tribute to Robin Williams.
New York Times reporter Michael Moss won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2010 investigation into the dangers of contaminated meat. Now in a new audiobook, Moss examines how food companies use food science and technology to hook consumers on the foods that are worst for us. He writes about the food laboratories where scientists calculate the “bliss point” of sugary drinks and the “mouthfeel” of fat. The audiobook is titled, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.
The Meaning of Life in 5 Easy Lessons.
Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel laureate psychologist. So he’s the perfect person to give us a new way of thinking about thinking, which is exactly what he does in his new book, Thinking, Fast and Slow. In this hour, Kahneman tells us about the two systems that drive the way we think.
This audio is like an informal writing clinic, as you listen to these writers talk about their lives, experiences and, of course, their writing. While you are listening, Terry Gross draws out from these great writers the answers to your questions, just as the query begins to form in your own head.
In his new book, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, Sam Kean traces the history of neuroscience though the strange but true stories of the poor souls whose brains were studied after experiencing some sort of misfortune. Then, Bob talks to New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast about her new memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Kurt Andersen gets a sneak preview of the next big thing in entertainment: 3D sound. And more adventures in 3D: for cult film director Werner Herzog, 3D was the only way he could do justice to the 30,000-year-old cave paintings he documents in his new movie, Cave of Forgotten Dreams. In Los Angeles, a museum exhibition about graffiti prompts a flurry of arrests. And novelist Anne Lamott boils down the basics to being a successful writer.
Do you ever find yourself a little mumblemouthed? Or do you go to the dictionary to look up a word, only to get sidetracked when other, more interesting words catch your eye? If so, you share Phil Cousineau’s dynamic relationship with words. For him they’re playthings, enchantresses, magical sounds that can stir your heart, and mementos that tell fascinating stories about the lives of the ancestors who created them. The way we use them has more power than we may realize.
Guest host and New Yorker critic Hilton Als interviews Toni Morrison, one of the greatest novelists of our time. Even though she's won nearly every award in literature, the 83-year-old Morrison still rises before the sun to write. And we hear from Khandi Alexander, a dancer and choreographer (she worked on Whitney Houston's tours) who became an actress, scaring the crap out of us on Scandal.
Imagine the musical landscape without the recordings of Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. These were among the many, many artists discovered or championed by visionary record producer John Hammond. Dunstan Prial has written a biography of Hammond -- it's called The Producer: John Hammond and the Soul of American Music.
Charlie Rose interviews well-known thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, businessmen, leaders, scientists, and other newsmakers.
Are you living the American Dream? Or just struggling to get by? Changing the minimum wage, cuts to food stamps, and health care coverage have been all over the news. What does it take to “make it” in America today? Also, On Our Minds this week, Swedish crime fiction writer Jens Lapidus on being the "anti-Steig Larsson."
A conversation with Matteo Renzi, the Prime Minster of Italy. Next, a conversation with Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister of France.
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss their respective careers. Then, Bob reminisces with NPR's favorite personality Susan Stamberg. In the early 1970's, Stamberg was one of the first producers hired by the fledgling National Public Radio and later she became the first woman to anchor its nightly news program, All Things Considered. Then, a bit of bonus audio - a montage of guests answering Bob's question about their first car.
A conversation with Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran. Next, a conversation with Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO.
Bob talks with sportswriter John Feinstein about the state of the sports world today…what’s right and what’s wrong…and about the role of sports fans. Then, Bob talks to another sports writing legend. For over fifty years, Frank Deford has been dissecting the sports world and interviewing some of the most famous and important athletes and coaches around. He has covered just about every sport, in every medium, and he has written about it all in his memoir, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter. Finally, commentator and children’s book author Daniel Pinkwater joins Bob to discuss his history with parrots and to recommend the children’s book titled About Parrots: A Guide for Children by Cathryn and John Sill.
Today we revisit Bob’s interview with Father Greg Boyle in East Los Angeles. For nearly two decades, Father Boyle has helped thousands of East L.A. gang members trade a life of violent crime for an honest day’s work. Father G-Dog, as he’s been nicknamed by the community, is the founder of Homeboy Industries, whose mission is to find and create jobs for ex-gang members. Boyle wrote a book about his experiences called Tattoos on the Heart.
Nobody wants to be a narcissist - a relentless, self-loving, self-promoter. But look at Facebook and Twitter. We talk about ourselves all the time on social media. Which raises the question, are we living in a Golden Age of Narcissism?
A conversation about Egypt, its role in the region, terrorism, and more, with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Present of Egypt.
Best-selling author, naturalist, and poet Diane Ackerman explores the positive consequences of human domination in our natural world in her new book The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us. Then, after 36 years, veteran newsman Jim Lehrer retired as the anchor of PBS NewsHour in 2011. We bring back Bob’s 2005 conversation with Lehrer and his former co-host Robert MacNeil. MacNeil began the nightly news report in 1975 with Lehrer as the Washington correspondent. It evolved into the NewsHour with both men hosting until MacNeil retired in 1995.
Guest host Alan Cumming interviews Cyndi Lauper, whose career has taken unforeseeable twists since she exploded into the pop firmament in 1983 with She's So Unusual. While pop cognoscenti thought she'd burn out fast, 30 years later she's just won a Tony Award. And the photographer John Dugdale tells Cumming why blindness hasn’t overcome his drive to create indelible images.
Today we replay our documentary, "Dropping the Ball: The Shady Side of Big-Time College Sports." Bob takes a look at the treatment of athletes in college sports and the impact of big-money sports programs on higher education. Bob’s investigation features SiriusXM’s own Dave Zirin and includes the voices of Len Elmore and other former players; college officials like University of West Virginia president Gordon Gee, who had a controversial tenure at Ohio State; and journalists who have covered college sports, including John Feinstein.
A conversation about ISIS, with Michael Morell, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Next, a conversation with filmmaker Terry Gilliam. His new film is The Zero Theorem.
The bedtime stories of Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin are enchanting stories. They're also much more: violent, sexually explicit, political, and feminist.
Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Next, Greil Marcus, considered a founder of contemporary rock criticism, picked ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008 that he argues embody rock 'n' roll as a thing in itself – songs that "made no apparent history other than their own." He writes about them in his new release, The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs. Then, the latest installment of our ongoing series This I Believe.
A conversation about President Obama and his plans against ISIS, with David Sanger, New York Times National Security Correspondent, and Aluf Benn, editor-in-chief of Haaretz. Next, a conversation about the film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, with the director Ned Benson and the film’s two stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy.