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.
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Julian Barnes has written novels, several collections of essays and stories, and a book titled Nothing to Be Frightened Of. Bob talks with Barnes about his book, which is part essay and part memoir, and is described as a meditation on religion, mortality and the fear of death. Barnes writes in the book that he sometimes finds life “an overrated way of spending time.”
On August, 7, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit pulled off the "artistic crime of the century." After eight months of planning, Petit, aided by a band of co-conspirators, rigged a wire between the tops of the Twin Towers and then spent nearly an hour dancing between the two. The cops were waiting for him when he finally came off the wire. Unsure of what crime he had committed, the NYPD charged him with "Man on Wire." That's the name of the Academy Award-winning documentary directed by James Marsh. The two men join Bob to discuss the film and the inspiration. Then Bob spends more time with Petit, who still practices the high wire three hours a day, six days a week. Petit is also a busker, juggler, pick-pocket artist and author. His latest book is titled Creativity: The Perfect Crime.
Charlie Rose interviews well-known thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, businessmen, leaders, scientists, and other newsmakers.
Our favorite ex-con Louis Ferrante is back with a book just out in paperback titled Mob Rules: What the Mafia Can Teach the Legitimate Businessman. He shares nuggets of advice good for the boardroom and the backroom such as, “never bad mouth the boss” and “the importance of networking: it’s good to go to a funeral as long as it’s not yours.” Ferrante served eight and a half years in prison for refusing to incriminate his associates in the Gambino family, since then he’s gone straight and now lectures groups of at-risk teens across the country. Then, singer-songwriter Richard Buckner explains his penchant for moving and his love of touring. He also plays a few songs in our performance studio and talks about his music and career.
Kelly Link re-read classic children’s fantasy while she was getting her MFA; now her acclaimed short stories are breaking the wall of genre between fantasy and literary fiction. A new and surprisingly popular trend in music videos takes out all the images, showing you nothing but a song’s lyrics. Also, you asked us to redesign one of the worst parts of everyday life: Mondays. But can design actually make Mondays joyful?
Author Richard Price on his new novel, The Whites. It tells the story of a tight-knit team of New York City cops dealing with the aftermath of the cases that got away from them. Next, a discussion about technology and business with John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems. And finally, Al Hunt talks National Security and 2016 with the Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
In This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, award-winning civil rights scholar Charles Cobb Jr. describes how the Second Amendment became an integral part of survival and liberation for blacks in America -- from the troublesome years of Reconstruction through the civil rights movement. Then we go further back in the archives, for Bob’s 2008 visit with Cobb to discuss an earlier book - On The Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail. Cobb takes us to places where pioneers of the movement marched, gathered, spoke, taught, where they were arrested, and where they lost their lives.
What’s the face of the future? Not flying cars and life on Mars… What’s the future of our faces? With new facial transplantation surgeries and the latest news about the NSA collecting images for facial recognition anaylsis, we're wondering about what we see in the mirror every day. Also, we hear from America's latest hot new writer, Laura van den Berg, about her debut novel, Find Me.
A conversation with Bill Burns, former deputy Secretary of State and former U.S. Ambassador to both Russia and Jordan. Burns discusses his career in government and his current role as President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Randall Kennedy is one of this country’s leading thinkers. He teaches law at Harvard and comments extensively on race, politics, and our judicial system. He talks with Bob about his book titled The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency.
Somewhere along the way, did we ruin poetry? Have the heartfelt angst of young lovers and the epic elegies of heroes become elitist and academic? But poetry is back, and we have new technology to thank.
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.
A conversation about City of Hope and their work treating cancer with Robert W. Stone, Steven T. Rosen, and Stephen J. Forman. Next, Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs, and Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, on the shrinking middle class and economic policy in America. Interviewed by Al Hunt.
National Security Advisor Susan Rice is here to discuss the White House's second and final National Security Strategy.
Bob talks with Lakesia Johnson about women such as Sojourner Truth, Angela Davis, and Michelle Obama. Johnson is an English professor and the author of Iconic: Decoding Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman which documents the lives and trials of African American women who refuse to be stereotyped. Then, Bob talks with actress and writer Annabelle Gurwitch about her book of essays titled I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50. Every day, more than 10,000 Americans cross that threshold – and like Gurwitch – start receiving targeted mail from the AARP. This coming-of-middle-age story covers that and other topics like aging out of your wardrobe, options for retirement and navigating the beauty counter at the department store.
An hour with Larry Fink, the chairman and CEO of Blackrock, the world's largest asset manager.
With the end of the Civil War and the passage of the 13th Amendment, 4 million former slaves embarked on new lives with the promise of freedom. But labor laws and practices that arose during the post-Emancipation era effectively created new forms of slavery in the South that persisted well into the 20th century. Bob talks with Sam Pollard director of a documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas A. Blackmon that explores this little-known history of forced labor. Both the book and the film are called Slavery by Another Name.
This week we bring you three American Icons, stories from our series on works of art that changed the way we think about America. In myth and song, John Henry was a railroad worker who raced the machine that was going to steal his job. He won the race, but it killed him. What does that say about the American work ethic? Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin spurred the abolitionist movement — but the title character is now a vicious slur used against African-Americans. How did that happen? And we find out why Miles Davis’s "Kind of Blue" became the one jazz record that even non-jazz fans own.
More New Orleans music and black history as we conclude Mardi Gras week. We begin today with Roger Lewis, a founding member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Lewis talks with Bob about his band's progression from revolutionary upstarts more than thirty years ago to becoming established -- though still inventive -- old masters. Lewis spoke with Bob in the green room of the famous club Tipitina's, in Uptown New Orleans.
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"
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"
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"
British comedian, stand-up performer, and actor Eddie Izzard on this edition of Fresh Air. Izzard is currently selling out venues in the U.S. and Canada with his new stand-up show Circle. He has won over fans with his quirky comedy and his cross-dressing. The Chicago Tribune says, "Izzard lives up to his billing. He's very bright, very fast, and very hip."
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"
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.
Penn Jillette explains his absolute atheism and why it makes him hopeful and optimistic.
"Too Much Intro"
Iranian graphic novelist and director Marjane Satrapi rose to fame following the release of her 2007 autobiographical film Persepolis. Persepolis won the Jury Prize at Cannes and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature that year. Satrapi’s new film is Chicken With Plums, a French-language film about love, music and life. It opens this weekend.
"Not an Audiobook, but a Waste of Time!"
A conversation with Robert A. Lutz, former Vice Chairman at General Motors Company, and Elon Musk, engineer and entrepreneur of South African-Canadian heritage best known for co-founding PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors.
Play It Again II, with the voice of the Blue Devils Bob Harris and color commentator Mike Waters, features radio highlights from Duke University's 1992 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship run that saw the team defeat Campbell, Iowa, Seton Hall, and edge Kentucky in what is widely considered one of the greatest college basketball games ever played, before beating Indiana and the University of Michigan's Fab Five in the title game.
This week, Kurt Andersen calls a listener named Ken in New Hampshire who turns out to be Ken Burns, the filmmaker. Burns has a few good words for our latest listener challenge, like "a reel of documentary filmmakers" and "a scratch of DJs." We ask what a rebranding of marijuana for the age of legalization might look like, and compare the effects of pot and alcohol on the creative process. Plus a performance from MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer, a jazz musician who always colors outside the lines.
Actor/comedian/screenwriter/playwright and novelist Steve Martin on this edition of Fresh Air. His new novel The Pleasure of My Company follows his best selling novella Shopgirl (which he is making into a new film). He wrote the play Picasso at The Lapin Agile and is the author of a collection of short stories, Cruel Shoes. Martin's screenwriting credits include L.A. Story, and Roxanne.
The funniest interview ever - "Columbo" star Peter Falk about his faible for nude women, how he copes with the fact living with only one eye, where he really hides his famous raincoat and how he managed to be naked in front of the camera.
"ONLY PETER FALK"