Bruce Hornsby has sold more than 11 million records, drawing from a wide-range of American musical traditions. He was schooled in bluegrass, folk, rock, pop, country, blues and jazz, although the "adult-contemporary" label has plagued him ever since his hit, “The Way It Is,” became the most-played song on American radio in 1987. Next, Bob speaks with Rosanne Cash about her first new album in four years. The River & The Thread was released earlier this year. The record was inspired by her trips to Dyess, Arkansas to participate in the restoration of her father's boyhood home.
The average American spends more time on Facebook than with their pets or exercising – and that's not counting Twitter, Instagram, or Vine. We're more connected than ever these days, but at what cost?
Historian and author Thurston Clarke talks with Bob about the lessons we can learn from Robert Kennedy's presidential bid in 1968. Clarke's book is titled The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America. Today would have been RFK’s 89th birthday. Then we’ll hear about his big brother from presidential scholar Chuck Wills. His book is titled Jack Kennedy: The Illustrated Life of a President. It features a CD of JFK’s most famous speeches, replicas of his handwritten letters and medical exams, an agenda for his meeting with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, and of course, many photos.
A conversation about President Obama’s announcement on immigration, with Michael Shear, White House correspondent for the New York Times; Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post. Next, a look back at the career of director Mike Nichols. He passed away at the age of 83. He won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.
"Death is not a failure," writes Dr. Atul Gawande. "Death may be the enemy, but it is also the natural order of things." We live much longer than we used to, thanks to medical advances, but what are the emotional and financial costs of extending life? Some doctors don't know how to talk with their patients about preparing for death, so there's now a push to have frank conversations about end-of-life care. Also,one family's story of working within Oregon's "Death with Dignity" law.
Imagine Janis Joplin chatting with Gloria Swanson or Debbie Reynolds alongside Sly and the Family Stone. No, you're not delusional, you're watching "The Dick Cavett Show." From 1969 to 1975, Cavett's nightly program treated audiences not only to the day's top celebrities but also to interactions among them. As Newsweek said, Cavett "mixed guests like a chemistry professor." To help celebrate his 78th birthday, Dick Cavett joins Bob to discuss one slice of his remarkable life.
An hour with Chuck Hagel, United States Secretary of Defense.
A look at Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at New York's Museum of Modern Art, with Karl Buchberg, Senior Conservator; and Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator of Drawings & Prints.Next, a conversation with Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
On this day in 1978, more than 900 people died in a jungle in Guyana. In her book titled A Thousand Lives: the Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown, Julia Scheeres tells the story of five of those who willingly followed pastor Jim Jones to South America and to their own demise.
Victor Wooten is perhaps the most important bassist of his generation. He's from a musical family and best known for his work as a member of Bela Fleck's genre-bending band the Flecktones, but Wooten has also released several albums of his own. Wooten is also an author. His first book, The Music Lesson: a Spiritual Search for Growth through Music, prompts readers to re-consider traditional notions of music, instruments and knowledge.
A conversation about how digital journalism has changed the way we consume news and information, with Josh Brown, CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management and the author of the blog The Reformed Broker; Joe Weisenthal of Bloomberg News; Felix Salmon, executive senior editor at Fusion; and Megan Murphy, head of fastFT. Next, a conversation with Bob Reiner, one of America's most esteemed sports writers. His latest book is Scribe: My Life in Sports.
Jon Stewart makes his directorial debut with the movie Rosewater. It’s no comedy — the movie is based on the experience of a journalist who appeared on The Daily Show, and then was arrested and tortured for it in Iran. Also, the man behind the band Bahamas may hail from the great white north, but he plays sunny folk-rock. And a look back to how Buck Owens stormed Carnegie Hall with the boot-stomping Bakersfield sound.
A conversation with journalist Chuck Todd. His new book is The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House. Next, a conversation with John Podesta, fourth and final White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton, about the United States and China's recent agreement to cut back on greenhouse gases.
Time magazine chief science writer and author Jeffrey Kluger takes a hard look at the destructive people in our lives in his new book The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, In Your Office, In Your Bed—In Your World. The world's oldest stories, Homer's epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey are often forgotten after we leave school, but in his new book, Why Homer Matters, writer Adam Nicolson reminds us why these 4,000 year old poems still have plenty of life in them.
Who doesn’t love a good book? We all know a great novel can change the way we see the world, but what about the way we treat each other? This week, we explore the benefits of reading fiction, and find out if it makes us more moral.
A conversation with Boris Johnson, the mayor of London. His latest book is The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History. Next, a conversation about the movie Foxcatcher, with the film's director, Bennett Miller; and stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Vanessa Redgrave. And finally, a conversation with literary critic, essayist, and novelist Daphne Merkin, about her anthology, The Fame Lunches.
Dick Smothers is half of the 1960's comedy duo The Smothers Brothers. He stopped by our studios to talk with Bob about comedy, country, and controversy.
Did you hear? There's a death movement going on in America. After decades of sanitized death, with dying, funerals, burial and grief shielded from public view, some people are now working to make death a greater part of life. In this hour, we talk with experts about how to begin these difficult conversations, and how they can transform both the dying and the surviving.
A conversation about the film Rosewater with director Jon Stewart, star Gael García Bernal, and Maziar Bahari. The film is Jon Stewart's directorial debut and is based on Maziar Bahari's memoir Then They Came for Me. Maziar Bahari's imprisonment is connected to an interview he participated in on The Daily Show in 2009.
Porter Halyburton was a Navy jet pilot shot down and taken prisoner of war in Vietnam. He was presumed dead, his wife was notified, and his family conducted a memorial service. Meanwhile, he was held captive in the Hanoi Hilton and other North Vietnamese prisons for seven and a half years before his release. Halyburton speaks with Bob and describes how he survived that torture.
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"
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.
"No One Does it Better"
Timothy Leary nearly killed the psychedelic revolution. He did more than anyone to popularize LSD and urged us all to "turn on, tune in, drop out." But Leary's indiscriminate use of mind-altering drugs created a backlash, and made them taboo for serious scholars. Now a new generation of scientists is studying hallucinogens, and finding remarkable effects. In this hour, we'll take you to the cutting edge of psychedelic research.
Studio 360 looks at the places "where art and real life collide," exploring the creative influence and transformative power of art in modern life through richly textured stories and insightful conversation. Hosted by Kurt Andersen. Get the latest issue or subscribe!
"Stimulating and Diverse - always interesting"
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.
"Just plain cool"
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.
In this interview, Richard Moss says that there are two basic mistakes we make in this stage of the evolution of consciousness: we identify with our thoughts, and we flee from our feelings. He describes the four ways your thinking can affect you, how the body is literally the center of the experience of being in the now, and how the negative stories we tell ourselves are a form of physical poison and self abuse.
A conversation with actress, comedian, voice artist, producer, and writer, Amy Poehler about her memoir Yes Please. Next, a conversation with surgeon, author, public health researcher, and New Yorker staff writer, Atul Gawande about his new book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. And finally, a conversation with Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, about his new book The Second Amendment: A Biography.
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.
Audible® was not granted digital rights to today's program. We bring you comedian George Carlin on this edition of Fresh Air. George Carlin, whose "seven dirty words" routine was the center of a famous obscenity case in the 1970s, talks about his book When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? His other books include Napalm & Silly Putty and Brain Droppings.
Get ready for a whirlwind tour of the authentic American myth of The Wizard of Oz. In this interview, Jean Houston answers the question of what it means to have a brain, a heart, and to act with courage. Using the characters of the scarecrow, tin man, lion, and Dorothy, she inspires us to follow our deep yearning so we can develop the gifts we recognize in ourselves, live our full potential, and contribute to a better world.
The director of the mind-bending blockbuster Interstellar explains that despite his reputation for making convoluted movies, he just wants you be entertained. Comedian Harry Shearer needed all 25 years of experience on The Simpsons to play his latest role, Richard Nixon, without embellishment. And public health officials in the 1940s turned to an unlikely source of help in their fight against syphilis: Hank Williams.
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"