During the program, we hear from Dawkins for about 25 minutes but from Collins only about 10. I was disappointed each guest did not have the same amount of time to plead his case.
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"
It's National Boss' Day, but since no one really likes their own supervisor, we thought we'd celebrate a different kind of boss today. First Bob talks with Louis Ferrante. He fought his way up the mafia ranks, earning himself a spot in the Gambino clan to become the boss of his own crew. But as an inmate in federal prison, Ferrante experienced the thrill of a great piece of literature and turned his back on a life of crime. Now he’s an author and a motivational speaker. Then Bob talks about "The Boss" with cultural historian and professor Lou Masur. He's the author of Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin examines how a brutal fight for the presidential nomination destroyed a friendship in her book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. Then, in his memoir, Open: An Autobiography, Andre Agassi goes well beyond his on-court wins and losses to reveal some big secrets, like how much he hated tennis during the early years of his career. The former tennis star writes about his demanding father, the hairpiece he wore during tournaments, the shoe lifts Brooke Shields made him wear to their wedding, and much more. Agassi won eight Grand Slam singles titles before retiring in 2006.
Science fiction offers us visions of histories we don't know -- histories of the future and the past. Today, legendary science fiction writers talk about science, utopia, and the imagination. Plus, the winners of our 3 Minute Futures fiction contest!
A conversation with economist Paul Krugman about his change of opinion on President Obama, the U. S.'s economic future, European financial issues, and healthcare. Next, a conversation with philosopher and author, Bernard-Henri Levy, on his article for The New Republic website, under the headline: "Shame on Turkey for Choosing the Islamic State over the Kurds." And finally, a conversation with Chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana.
An hour with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, about the response to the Ebola crisis, and learning how to deal with loss.
As a new American citizen, historian and best-selling author Simon Winchester burrowed into his adopted country’s history of unity for his latest book The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible. When Franz Wisner was just about to get married, his fiancée suddenly called off the wedding. To preserve a bit of his personal and financial investment, Franz invited his younger brother Kurt to join him on the already-paid-for honeymoon in Costa Rica. They loved it and decided they should keep traveling together for two more years. Franz came home and wrote up their adventures in his book titled Honeymoon with My Brother.
A conversation about Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film Birdman, with the film’s director, and stars Michael Keaton, and Edward Norton. Next, a conversation with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the duo behind the Comedy Central sketch comedy series Key & Peele.
Today is Columbus Day so we are listening to Bob’s interview with James Reston. He’s the author of Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors. The book explains why the year 1492 so was pivotal in world history. Then, Bob talks with writer and professor Ruben Martinez about what happened after 1492…about how the Old World changed the New World, from agriculture to racial hierarchies. When Spanish conquistadors met the natives, the indigenous people already had a sophisticated society, even if it wasn’t apparent to the armor-clad Europeans. Martinez wrote and hosted a 2010 documentary titled When Worlds Collide which presents the merger of the two cultures into the Latino heritage we have come to know today.
A conversation with Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group, on the declining climate for Western businesses in Russia and China, ISIS's threating of a Syrian town, stalled negotiations in Iran, the continuing spread of Ebola, and Turkish inaction on ISIS as militants advance. Next, a conversation with author Walter Isaacson, his new book is about the people who created the computer and the internet, causing the digital revolution – it's called The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.
Frances McDormand makes it a point to play strong, complicated female characters. Her latest role is one of her thorniest yet: she plays the title character in the miniseries Olive Kitteridge. Olive is a small-town Mainer, frustrated, occasionally unpleasant — and she teaches math. We hear from John Luther Adams, the Alaskan composer who didn’t have running water till he was nearly forty. Plus, the unlikely success of Fiddler on the Roof. The characters are Old Country Jews, but it’s really about everyone who made their home here in the US.
How do you win friends and influence people if you're an immigrant from Leningrad who's bullied at school? You write your way to friendship. That's what Gary Shteyngart did. We meet him in this hour as we explore creative writing. Also, the connection between alcohol and creativity. And how The Trickster can help you discover your true creative potential.
Bob spends the hour with Bill Siemering, one of the founding fathers of public radio. Siemering wrote NPR’s mission statement and launched the network’s first signature program All Things Considered. Siemering is now the President of Developing Radio Partners, an organization dedicated to supporting independent radio stations in young, developing democracies around the world.
A conversation about the new movie The Judge with the film’s director David Dobkin and stars Robert Downey Jr., and Robert Duvall. Next, a conversation with Lisa Dwan, about performing Samuel Beckett’s Not I at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
An hour with Matt Olsen, former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, about what the NCTC does, the dangers posed by ISIS, the NSA leaks, and the Benghazi controversy.
Today is the birthday of John Lennon and it’s also the birthday of his son, Sean Lennon. In 2009, Bob talked with Sean Lennon about writing the moody, instrumental score for a low-budget vampire flick…about running his own record label out of his kitchen…and about going into the family business and following in the footsteps of his famous parents, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Sean Lennon continues to make new music with his girlfriend, model Charlotte Kemp Muhl with their band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. She joins the 2011 conversation for today’s final segment. The band’s latest album is titled Midnight Sun.
Cavemen. Not Cro-Magnons or Neanderthals, but modern cavemen and women. They eat raw meat, run barefoot and practice throwing heavy stones.
Bob talks with actor, writer and director Harry Shearer about his long career in radio, television and movies. Shearer provides the voices for around 20 characters on The Simpsons and he got his start in show business at age 7 on The Jack Benny Show. Shearer’s film debut was at age 10 in Abbott and Costello Go to Mars and his radio career continues with Le Show – now available as a podcast. He also stars in This is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind.
Few people in the history of our government have held so many high level positions as Leon Panetta – Secretary of Defense, Director of the C. I. A., Director of the Office of Management Budget, and Chief of Staff for President Clinton. He is now retired from government and has written his memoir. It is called Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace. Charlie talks to Leon Panetta about his book, and about his observations today, about President Obama, and our country.
In 2007, Bob talked with director Kenneth Branagh and actor Michael Caine about their film Sleuth. It was a remake of the 1972 thriller which starred Caine. But really the interview was just an excuse for Caine to tell hilariously charming stories to entertain Bob and Branagh. Then, 80-year-old Leonard Cohen has a new CD out now titled Popular Problems, but back when he visited with Bob in 2006, they discussed Cohen’s collection of poetry called Book of Longing and a documentary titled Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man. Cohen has been a monk, a songwriter and a poet.
The U. S. Supreme Court opened its 2014 – 2015 term. It declined to rule on the issue of gay marriage. They also announced that they’ll be hearing some other important cases. A conversation about the new Supreme Court term, with Jeffrey Toobin, CNN chief legal analyst. Next, a conversation about the government’s 2008 bailout of AIG. Since 2011 AIG’s former CEO Hank Greenberg has taken aim at the terms of that rescue. His lawsuit argues that the government cheated shareholders out of 40 billion dollars. Aaron Kessler of The New York Times and Leslie Scism of The Wall Street Journal, discuss the significance of the trial. And finally, a continuation of a conversation about the film Gone Girl, with author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, filmmaker David Fincher, and actors Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
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.
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"Sometimes great, very uneven"
What do shamanic life coaching, pole dancing, and angels have in common? They're all dealt with in this thought-provoking and spiritually uplifting interview. Join psychic medium, reiki healer, and spiritual coach Samantha Scott as she talks to Nick Ashron about spiritual workshops and how pole dancing can empower women. Joining them is shamanic life coach and spiritual teacher Clayton Ainger, who helps us to live with joy. We discuss the ego, reiki healing, angels, and the spiritual journey.
"No One Does it Better"
“The medium is the message.” “We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” “We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.” Those are just a few of Marshall McLuhan’s famous quotes. McLuhan is one of the most influential media thinkers of all time, yet he’s also one of the most misunderstood. In this hour, we’ll explore Marshall McLuhan’s big ideas as we salute the centenary of his birth.
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.
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.
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.
Nationally known NPR on-air personalities - including Melissa Block, David Greene, Rachel Martin, Guy Raz, Scott Simon, Susan Stamberg and many more - share the lasting impressions made during interviews with a wide variety of exceptional individuals. Each story is introduced by the NPR host and offers a candid account of how the encounter was particularly meaningful to them.
Ben Franklin, Henry Ford, Abigail Adams, Elvis Presley. Know what they have in common? They're all on Daniel Wolff's list of great Americans. In this hour, Wolff explains the unique ways those people learned what they had to know. We'll also take a hard look at IQ and its relationship to race and class, and consider why dyslexia can be a gift.
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"
Everyone has a story. The following interview is taken from the best of Andrew Denton's award-winning Enough Rope series, ranking among the most penetrating discussions from the 2000s with celebrities, larger-than-life personalities and average Joes. It is not often you get to meet someone who is both a student and a master of the same craft. He's toured as a stand-up comedian for over 20 years and is immortalised in TV history with the groundbreaking sitcom that bears his name. Please welcome the comedian's comedian, Jerry Seinfeld.
Private eye Leonid McGill must track down a young woman before her murderers find her in award-winning novelist Walter Mosley’s book Known to Evil. Translated into over 20 languages, Mosley is best known as the author of the popular Easy Rawlins’s detective series. This is Mosley’s second novel about McGill, a bad-guy turned good-guy contemporary detective working the means streets of New York City. His book is now out in paperback.
Although Prime Minister Robert Menzies used to say Australians were "British to the bootstraps", there were some who worried we were not engaging enough with the countries in our own region. In the late 1970s and early 80s broadcaster Tim Bowden recorded interviews with some of Australia's pioneering journalists for their work in the Asia Pacific region and beyond, including Margaret Jones – the Sydney Morning Herald’s first correspondent accredited to Peking, in 1973, and Pat Burgess, perhaps most known for his coverage of the Vietnam War.
An hour with Fareed Zakaria, weekly host for CNN, editor of Newsweek International, a Newsweek and Washington Post columnist, and a New York Times bestselling author.
The Bob Edwards Show is a one-hour daily radio program based on a simple idea: interesting people talking about interesting things. It's a radio program that talks with listeners, not at them. Radio that encourages people to think, not just regurgitate what talking heads think. Well-researched and highly-produced interviews form the core of the program. It introduces you to people and ideas that you will not see on morning TV or hear on your local morning zoo.