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.
"this was terrific everyone should listen to this"
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. Host Anne Strainchamps talks to some of the greatest thinkers, figures, and artists of our time. It's a radio salon where a playwright and a scientist, a theologian and a rock critic might all offer their views on, say, revenge. Inviting a diverse group of people with very different backgrounds to approach a subject creates a kind of depth and richness that's positively riveting.
"Sometimes great, very uneven"
Writer Stephen King on this edition of Fresh Air. King has just received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at this year's National Book Award ceremony. Author of several best sellers, he is credited with ushering in a whole new era of horror with his first novel, Carrie, published in 1974.
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"
Whatever happened to psychoanalysis? It used to be the most influential science of the mind, but today its founder, Sigmund Freud, just looks like a sex-obsessed old man. Analyst Adam Phillips says we got Freud all wrong; he remains a radical thinker if we know how to read him. This hour explores the connections between therapy and art.
On April 5, 1968, the day after Martin Luther King was killed, a teacher in Riceville, Iowa stepped into her classroom to teach her students a lesson of a lifetime. Jane Elliott conducted a bold experiment on her students, making them understand what discrimination feels like first hand. Some called her technique "evil" and "Orwellian" -- said it abused the children's' trust. Others championed her as a brilliant educator on par with Plato and Aristotle. Almost all of the students involved in the experiment said it strengthened their character. Bob talks to Elliott about why, decades later, her exercise still matters.
The Broadway musical The Producers has opened on Broadway, based on the Mel Brooks movie. It stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.
Kurt Andersen sits at the piano with Marvin Hamlisch, the composer of The Sting, A Chorus Line, and other classic scores, in this interview from 2009. Hamlisch, who died this week, knew as well as anyone on earth how to get a melody stuck in your head. The literary shape-shifter Julian Barnes tries to figure out what makes a Barnesian novel. And a middle-aged couple rekindle their romance with tango.
TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil extracted from Canada’s tar sands all the way to refineries in Oklahoma then along the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed pipeline is very controversial, and this week the State Department’s inspector general announced that he will conduct a special investigation “to determine to what extent the department and all other parties involved complied with federal laws and regulations” relating to the pipeline permit process.
Remembering musical legend Johnny Cash on this edition of Fresh Air. He died today at the age of 71. We remember him with a rebroadcast of a 1997 interview with the singer and musician. Cash began recording albums and performing in the 1950's.
Hear religion scholar Bart D. Ehrman on this edition of Fresh Air. Ehrman chairs the Department of Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. His new book is God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question - Why We Suffer. He is the author of the best seller Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why.
"A great interview and a great place to start"
Albert Camus was many things: war hero, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and one of the 20th century’s most fascinating public thinkers. We examine the life and legacy of Camus on his 100th birthday: how a poor kid from Algeria became a revered French writer, hungry to find meaning in an absurd world, and why Camus still has a lot to tell us about a world mired in political violence.
Tonight on the program, Glenn Beck, host of the syndicated radio show “The Glenn Beck Program.”
We conclude with Sarah Jessica Parker, star of the HBO comedy series “Divorce.”
The HBO hit series Sex and the City, begins a new season July 21st. On this edition of Fresh Air, we'll hear from two people involved with the show: actress Sarah Jessica Parker and writer and executive producer Michael Patrick King. Sarah Jessica Parker was just nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She's been acting for most of her life, including playing Annie on Broadway, the young bimbo in L.A. Story, and a fed-up fiancee in Honeymoon in Vegas.
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker on this archive edition of Fresh Air. She's been acting for most of her life, including playing Annie on Broadway, the young bimbo in L.A. Story, and a fed-up fiancée in Honeymoon in Vegas. This is her fourth season starring in the HBO hit series Sex and the City, as Carrie, a columnist who writes about the sexual mores of New Yorkers. Terry Gross recorded this interview with Parker live before an audience at Martha's Vineyard in July.
Writer and economist Denise Chong and actress Sarah Jessica Parker on this archival edition of Fresh Air. Chong is the author of The Concubine's Children. The book is a history of her family, beginning with her grandmother, May-Ying, a concubine brought to Canada by Chong's wealthy grandfather. May-Ying had two daughters in China, and Chong's mother in Canada.
Today we offer some inspiration as you try to squeeze in one more road trip this summer. Ever the Englishman, writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry traveled across the United States in a black London cab, visiting all 50 states to experience first-hand what makes America unique. Fry stopped in Georgia for Thanksgiving, marched in a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, learned how to pick a banjo with hillbillies, and palled around with Ted Turner on his Montana ranch.
An hour with director George Lucas at the Skywalker Ranch.
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.
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.
"Stimulating and Diverse - always interesting"
Ron Barr interviews World Series champion Joe Garagiola Sr. about his motivation for writing the book, his most memorable accomplishment and winning the World Series. This interview took place on May 2nd, 2007.
Ron Barr interviews author Joe Drape about his hometown in Kansas, the demands from the parents and how the coaches treat the players. This interview took place on August 28th, 2009.
Ron Barr interviews Sportswriter of the Year Frank Deford about his most memorable accomplishment, the challenges he faced and the difficulty in writing this book. This interview took place on June 18th, 2012.
Ron Barr interviews writer Harry Edwards about how he started working with the 49ers, his memories of Bill Walsh and race in sports. This interview took place on September 21st, 2007.
Ron Barr interviews author Allen Barra about his motivation for writing the book, Yogi Berra anecdotes and why Yogi was so successful. This interview took place on April 21st, 2009.
Guns are a part of our national mythology. Just consider the Western, Annie Oakley, Daniel Boone - it's hard to deny the role guns had in shaping America. But what if all those stories were exaggerated at best? What if the gun myth was created in the 19th century by gun manufacturers? In other words, what if guns aren't what we stand for, but instead, are just another thing we were sold.
We conclude with the president of The Robin Hood Foundation, Reynold Levy, a philanthropy founded in 1988 to alleviate poverty in New York City. It has recently launched a campaign to help over 800,000 New Yorkers receive the federal benefits they're entitled to but are not getting.
In this show, we explore storyworlds - the fictional universes that continue to enchant us. Like the ghostly supernatural realm in which Abe Lincoln's dead son, Willie, finds himself and the surreal Pacific Northwest town of Twin Peaks, the home of some damn fine coffee.
Tonight on the program, a conversation about the economy and the middle class. Guest host Anthony Mason is joined by Henry Blodget, the C.E.O. and editor of Business Insider; Joe Nocera, a columnist at Bloomberg View; and Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell.
We conclude with an interview and performance by soul pop band Lake Street Dive.
Tonight on the program, a rebroadcast of Donald Trump for the hour. We go back to his conversation in 1992 where he had two books out at the time: "The Art of the Deal" and "Surviving at the Top."
Guest host John Hockenberry discusses Michael Flynn's resignation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tim Weiner
Next, Hockenberry is joined by Kimberly Martin of Barnard College at Columbia University, a Russian scholar who writes on U.S.-Russian relations.
We conclude with critically acclaimed writer George Saunders for a look at his debut novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo."
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer Julius Erving about his most memorable accomplishment, his memories of the ABA and his best dunks. This interview took place on March 22nd, 1999.
Ron Barr interviews NBA champion Mitch Richmond about what his childhood was like, his experience playing on the playground and what Julius Erving meant to him. This interview took place on June 17th, 2013.
Ron Barr interviews NBA champion Kevin Willis about his longevity, how he grew as a person while in the NBA and the hardest quarter to deal with physically. This interview took place on June 19th, 2009.
Ron Barr interviews All-Star Kevin Johnson about being community oriented, his expectations of the NBA and the difference between college basketball and the NBA. This interview took place on February, 27th, 2008.
Ron Barr interviews All-Star Mark Price about what his hometown was like, how basketball came into his life and why he chose Georgia Tech. This interview took place on May 19th, 2015.
This week, we preview the Academy Awards. The casting director of Moonlight talks about the complicated process of finding the right actors for three different time periods. Plus, La La Land director Damien Chazelle guides Kurt through the classic Hollywood musicals that inspired his film. And the director of the Oscar-nominated The Red Turtle talks about making an animated Studio Ghibli movie unlike any other.
From 1934 to 1951, The Andrews Sisters recorded more than 400 songs, including hits such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Rum and Coca Cola", and sold almost 100 million records. Wink Martindale sat down with sisters Patty and Maxine to discuss how they got started and why breaking up was the best thing to happen to them. In this interview from 1972, the sisters share captivating stories about what it was like traveling as a trio, working with Bing Crosby, and what they would have done differently.
In February 1964, The Beatles made their TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, catching the attention of Bob Eubanks. Wink Martindale catches up with Eubanks in an interview from 1977 about The Beatles playing the Hollywood Bowl. He discusses having second thoughts about booking them for the concert and then selling out in three and a half hours.
We're exploring love by the numbers, this week. Thirty-six questions, 40 first dates, and 43 equations - it's all part of the new mathematical science of love.