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.
Ron Barr interviews Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker about his stuttering problem as a kid, the encouragement of his parents growing up, and the reasons he decided to become a fighter after the NFL. This interview took place on March 9th, 2011.
Today we conclude our week-long series of musical performance chats. For more than 50 years, the male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has kept alive the traditional sounds of their home land. These three-time Grammy winners were South Africa's first black musicians to receive gold record status. They crowd into our performance studio to sing a few traditional childhood tunes.
How do we mark death and celebrate lost lives around the globe? In this hour, we hear stories from inside the funeral industry, wonder why dead bodies can compel or repel us, and learn about the new Ghanaian tradition of "fantasy" coffins inspired by people's work and dreams.
We continue our series of some of our favorite musical performance chats. Today, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter talks with Bob and performs a few songs. Then, Patty Larkin joins Bob in the performance studio to play songs from her latest album. Her 13th recording, much of the album was written in a primitive shack on the remote dunes of Cape Cod. You can hear Larkin playing no less than seven instruments on the album: acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, bass, slide guitar, keyboards, and kalimba.
Please Note: Charlie Rose will be on hiatus for the next two weeks, beginning Monday, August 24th and ending on Friday, September 4th. During this time we will provide content from our archives Today's episode: An hour with Brian Cranston. He is making his Broadway debut as President Lyndon Johnson, in All The Way.
All this week, we're presenting some of our favorite musical performance chats from the past decade. Singer-songwriter David Wilcox has been characterized as a cross between musicians James Taylor and Nick Drake. Although his music does have a quiet, acoustic feel, its tone and message are unique to this guitarist. His album Airstream was written over two years as Wilcox, his wife, and their son traveled across America touring. He plays selections from the records and talks with Bob about his career in music.
Please Note: Charlie Rose will be on hiatus for the next two weeks, beginning Monday, August 24th and ending on Friday, September 4th. During this time we will provide content from our archives Today's episode: An hour with Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.
Wallace Stegner put it this way. "National Parks are the best idea we ever had". This weekend, the National Park Service celebrates its birthday by making the parks free for a day. We're celebrating with an hour on the history and politics of national parks. And we'll meet some folks whose lives have been changed by experiences they had in the parks.
We continue our series of musical performance chats with Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz. The Indiana sisters join Bob in our performance studio to discuss the beginning of their music career and to play a few songs from their album. Then, Bob sits down for a performance chat with musician Chad Lawson. He's an award-winning pianist. They discuss what it's like to be an independent artist trying to make a career in today's music world.
Please Note: Charlie Rose will be on hiatus for the next two weeks, beginning Monday, August 24th and ending on Friday, September 4th. During this time we will provide content from our archives. A conversation with diplomat and political scientist, Henry Kissinger.
This week, we present another round of some of our favorite musical performance chats from the past decade. Today, Bob talks with Reggie Pace and Lance Koehler about founding their band called No BS Brass! With four trombones, three trumpets, a sax, a tuba and drums, the band can really make some noise. They've been rocking fans in the Richmond, Virginia area for years, now the band is hoping to introduce its sound to the rest of the country. They will start by blowing the windows out of our performance studio.
Please Note: Charlie Rose will be on hiatus for the next two weeks, beginning Monday, August 24th and ending on Friday, September 4th. During this time we will provide content from our archives. Remembering author and poet, Maya Angelou. Next, continued appreciation of Maya Angelou, with Gayle King. And finally, a conversation with rapper, Nas.
Ron Barr interviews three-time Grand Slam champion Arthur Ashe about the progressions professional sports have made regarding African-American involvement, and reflects on a few defining moments for African Americans in sports. This interview took place on January 4th, 1989.
Ron Barr interviews former number 1 tennis player in the world Jim Courier about his pride in his career accomplishments, and how the great players deal with frustration. This interview took place on April 28th, 2008.
Ron Barr interviews 1987 Wimbledon singles champion Pat Cash about the main changes he’s since in the sport of tennis, and the calm demeanor of Australians on the court. This interview took place on September 22nd, 2010.
Ron Barr interviews former captain of the US Davis Cup Team Patrick McEnroe about his responsibilities with the US tennis associations, and his thoughts on the impat of the Williams sisters in tennis. This interview took place on March 12th, 2009.
Ron Barr interviews Venus and Serena’s father Richard Williams about raising two of the most influential characters in tennis, and the intangible abilities he saw in Venus and Serena at a young age. This interview took place on January 24th, 2005.
The author Sue Grafton had never tried to write a mystery before A Is for Alibi, the first novel in her Kinsey Millhone series. Now that she's on X, she's getting ready for a well-deserved party. And we hear from Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the documentaries The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence, two films about a genocide whose perpetrators were surprisingly proud of their work. And one of the world's most prolific art forgers can't be prosecuted, because he never accepted a penny for his fakes.
Bob talks with former astronaut Chris Hadfield about a few of his 4,000 hours spent in space, and about his book. While on his mission aboard the International Space Station, Hadfield attracted the world's attention when he released a series of photos and educational videos about life in space. His version of David Bowie's Space Oddity received over 10 million views in its first three days online.
Please Note: Charlie Rose will be on hiatus for the next two weeks, beginning Monday, August 24th and ending on Friday, September 4th. During this time we will provide content from our archives. A conversation with director Jon Stewart, star Gael García Bernal, and Maziar Bahari about Jon Stewart's new film based on Maziar Bahari's memoir. Maziar Bahari's imprisonment is connected to an interview he participated in 2009.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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"Sometimes great, very uneven"
"No One Does it Better"
Hear Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist David Halberstam and music critic Milo Miles on this edition of Fresh Air. Halberstam died yesterday from injuries received in a car crash. He was 73. We listen to his interviews on Fresh Air, from 1985 and from June 3, 1993, and January 21, 1999. Halberstam was part of the 1964 Pulitzer-prize winning team that covered the emerging war in Vietnam for The New York Times.
Bob talks with public broadcasting’s Tavis Smiley who takes a closer look at the final year of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life in his book titled Death of a King. It’s a book Smiley calls his “personal love letter to Dr. King,” but he also doesn’t shy away from writing about King’s flaws and mistakes. Then, Bob visits with Michael Eric Dyson to evaluate the fate of Black America over the past 40 years -- how it has advanced, where it hasn't, and how black leaders can best affect racial justice going forward. Dyson is the author of many books, including April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America.
Writer David Sedaris and actor Alan Cumming, on this edition of Fresh Air. Sedaris is best known for his contributing work with public radio's This American Life. He's written three books of essays, Barrel Fever, Naked, and his newest Me Talk Pretty One Day which was just released in paperback.
Writer David Sedaris on this edition of Fresh Air. Sedaris is best known for his contributing work with Public Radio's This American Life. He's written three books of essays, Barrel Fever, Naked, and his latest Me Talk Pretty One Day.
Conversations with Maxwell Maltz, M.D. - author of the best-selling Psycho Cybernetics. His book, considered a forerunner of modern self-help books, explains a system of ideas for improving one's self image.
"Early days of sports psychology & peak performance"
Scientists are discovering how plants secretly talk to each other. How smart is your geranium, and what does a tree know? Today, we're eavesdropping on the secret language of plants.
David Foster Wallace may have understood the modern American better than any writer of our time. His suicide in September of 2008 stunned his friends and fans. Wallace was a master at capturing the way we think, feel and live, and his books and essays conveyed an intimacy that made a lot of people feel like Wallace was a friend they'd never met. In this hour we celebrate the life and work of the late David Foster Wallace.
David Foster Wallace may have understood the modern American better than any writer of our time. His suicide in September of 2008 stunned his friends and fans. Wallace was a master at capturing the way we think, feel and live, and his books and essays conveyed an intimacy that made a lot of people feel like Wallace was a friend they'd never met. In this hour, we celebrate the life and work of the late David Foster Wallace.
Scientists can now explain virtually every stage of the evolutionary process. But there's a basic question that still mystifies even the best scientists: How did life first begin on Earth? Or to put in another way, how did non-life somehow turn into life? And can we say the Earth itself is alive? In this hour, we'll talk with James Lovelock about his Gaia theory, and explore the question, What is Life?
Religion scholar Karen Armstrong on this edition of Fresh Air. The best-selling author of The History of God and The Battle for God, has a new book, Budda about the life of Sidhatta Gotam. From North India, Sidhatta Gotama, renounced normal life, leaving his wife and child to live alone and attain enlightenment.