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.
Today kicks off National Teacher Appreciation Week, so we'll be hearing from some of our favorite educators. Summers off…work days that end at 3:00pm…great hourly wages…sounds pretty sweet. Bob debunks those myths and more in his conversation with Ninive Clements Calegari and Daniel Moulthrop co-authors of a book titled Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers. Bob will also talk to Jonathan Dearman, one teacher who broke his students' and principal's hearts when he left teaching to sell real estate.
The choreographer Christopher Wheeldon took one of the most famous musicals ever –– An American in Paris –– and interpreted it for the Broadway stage. The African-American poet Terrance Hayes explains why he never really thought about race when he was growing up in South Carolina. And we find out what made Nirvana’s “Nevermind” the last great rock album.
This hour, we set out to understand and interrogate this phenomenon. Can "the self" actually be quantified? Should it be?
On May 4, 1970, a student protest against the Vietnam War on the Kent State campus ended in tragedy when members of the Ohio National Guard shot and killed four and wounded nine students. Dr. Jerry M. Lewis witnessed the campus shootings and has been involved in researching and memorializing the fatal incident. Dr. Patrick Coy is director of Kent State's Center for Applied Conflict Management which was founded as a result of the shootings.
Teddy Atlas of ESPN on the boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Corey Lee, James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of the restaurant Benu in San Francisco. And finally, Noah Baumbach on his latest film, While We're Young.
A discussion about the unrest in Baltimore with Sherill Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Next, a conversation with Toya Graham and her son, Michael Singleton. A video of her reprimanding him for taking part in the Baltimore riots has gone viral.
On this date 40 years ago, Saigon fell to North Vietnam, effectively ending US involvement in the Vietnam War. Like many young men of his generation, Tim O'Brien was drafted. He spent two years as an infantry foot soldier in Vietnam. Drawing from those experiences, O’Brien wrote a collection of stories he titled The Things They Carried. Twenty five years later, it’s regarded as a masterwork of war time impressions.
Even though he was a United States Congressman for two terms, Ben Jones is known first and foremost as "Crazy Cooter" for his role on The Dukes of Hazzard. Jones' road to the halls of Congress was an unlikely one – starting in a shack with no electricity or plumbing. Jones tells his story in his memoir Redneck Boy in the Promised Land. Joe Nick Patoski has spent nearly his entire career covering the Red Headed Stranger and getting some really good stories along the way. He assembled them for his 2008 biography titled Willie Nelson: An Epic Life. Today, Patoski shares a few of those stories with Bob on the occasion of Willie Nelson’s 82nd birthday.
The second part of Charlie's conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on the prospect of a nuclear deal.
A few years ago, the notion of the "quantified self" was the domain of a relatively small group of hackers, engineers, and computer enthusiasts. Now, under its many names—lifelogging, self-tracking, fitness monitoring—it's become one of the fastest growing segments of the technology industry, from Fitbits to the Apple Watch. Its tools are small computers that live in everyday devices: bracelets, phones, televisions, light bulbs. And its promise is a world where we make better choices based on insights provided by the computation of large data sets. But to get to that point means confronting a future that many find disconcerting: homes and bodies integrated with machines that will track our movements, our heart rates, and our feelings.
Today is the 89th birthday of Harper Lee, author of the much-loved novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In 1960, the book became an immediate bestseller and a classic of American literature. Lee is famously reclusive and hasn't given an interview since 1965. Bob is still hoping to sit down with her one of these days, but until then, we bring back two conversations Bob had about Lee. First, in 2010, writer and filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy compiled interviews with over two dozen contemporary writers, historians, journalists and artists for her book Scout, Atticus, & Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Adam Liptak of the New York Times and lawyer David Boies with an update on the Supreme Court's arguments on same-sex marriage. And, part one of an interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on the prospect of a nuclear deal.
An update on the earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday with Sanjeev Sherchan of the Asia Society; Andrew Revkin of the New York Times and Laurent Lamothe, former Prime Minister of Haiti.
Writer Nick Hornby has made a career of writing about the aging issues facing many contemporary men, in his best-selling novels High Fidelity and About A Boy. His latest book, Juliet, Naked, tells the story of a music fan named Duncan, who discovers an unplugged version of one of his favorite albums. In his effort to connect with the record's now-washed-up creator, Duncan discovers that his girlfriend already has found him, and formed an unlikely friendship with the musician.
Steve Coogan finds the comedy in becoming washed up in the new show Happyish. An artist and an astrophysicist figure out how to think about "dark matter" — the invisible energy that undergirds the structure of the universe. And Sideshow host Sean Rameswaram explains why 2015 might be the best year ever for hip-hop.
Do you love books? I'm not just talking about reading. I'm talking about the physical book – the book as an object. Maybe that's why we line them on shelves like totems… why we pile them next to our beds in some hope that their magic will enter our dreams. Because sometimes, sometimes, you believe.
Russell Crowe on his new film, The Water Diviner. The film follows an Australian farmer who travels to Gallipoli in search of his three missing sons.
Today we explore how the 2010 BP oil spill affected the culture and the seafood industry of the Gulf Coast. Bob talks with Mike Voisin of Motavatit Seafoods in Houma and tours his plant as workers process the much smaller than usual harvest of oysters.
A conversation with Michael Vickers, Under Secretary of Defense for intelligence, on drones, terrorism, the Middle East and Russia.
Denise Reed is a professor at the University of New Orleans, and she's been studying the wetlands for decades, monitoring loss and imagining ways to grow new land. Tab Benoit is concerned about wetlands loss, but you won't find him lecturing about it in a classroom. Benoit is a blues singer from Houma and a founder of the group Voice of the Wetlands. He'll take Bob on a boat ride through the swamps -- both healthy and depleted.
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.
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.
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"
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"
This essay comes from the NPR series This I Believe, which features brief personal reflections from both famous and unknown Americans. The pieces that make up the series compel listeners to rethink not only what and how they have arrived at their beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.
"No One Does it Better"
A conversation with Slovenian philosopher and critical theorist, Slavoj Zizek. Next, a conversation with Misha Glenny, a British journalist who specializes in southeastern Europe and global organized crime.
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.
"Words of more than one syllable"
Every person on earth is unique and special, but some people – maybe one in a hundred – are autistic. In this hour, we get to know a few autistic people with Asperger's Syndrome. We'll hear what it's like to try to live in the world when you have visionary technical abilities but also the social skills of a rock. Also, Oliver Sacks will tell us about the human brain and music.
Most of us think in words, but not Temple Grandin. She thinks in pictures. Grandin is autistic, and visual thinking is common among people with autism. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, Temple Grandin talks about how thinking in pictures has helped her help animals. Also, Mark Haddon talks about his novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time written in the voice of a 15-year-old autistic savant named Christopher.
David Brooks of the New York Times discusses his new book, The Road to Character.
Penn Jillette explains his absolute atheism and why it makes him hopeful and optimistic.
"Too Much Intro"
Director Alex Garland plays with notion of humans loving robots in his new movie, Ex Machina. What it takes to train a canine star for the new film White God. And composer Jeanine Tesori sings her way through the making of her Broadway hit, Fun Home.
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"
A compilation of Fresh Air celebrity interviews with host Terry Gross.