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"
We continue the Charlie Rose Brain Series with an episode on the effects of childhood adversity on the brain. Charlie is joined by Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel of Columbia University, Charles Nelson of Harvard Medical School, Kimberly Noble of Columbia University, Ken Dodge of Duke University, Michael Meaney of McGill University and Deborah Temkin of Child Trends.
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"
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"
A conversation with author Ron Chernow about his book Washington: A Life. Next, a conversation with author David McCullough. And finally, a conversation with Doris Kearns Goodwin about her book Team of Rivals.
Tonight on the program, a conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, author and national correspondent for The Atlantic. His latest cover story reflects on the life and presidency of Barack Obama.
We conclude with Jim Steyer, the founding C.E.O. of Common Sense Media, and his brother Tom Steyer, president of NextGen Climate.
Ron Howard's latest film, In the Heart of the Sea, puts us in the whaling ship whose catastrophic sinking inspired Moby Dick. Kurt gets a sneak preview of the future of virtual reality storytelling – and finds the future is a bit disorienting. And the songwriter and musician Son Little plays live.
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.
Tonight on the program, bestselling author Michael Lewis discusses his new book, The Undoing Project. It tells the story of two Israeli psychologists—Amos Tversky andn Daniel Kahneman—and their groundbreaking work uncovering the hidden biases of the human mind.
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.
"Dream of a Modern Day Oz"
"I suspect that the airport will be the true city of the next century. The great airports are already suburbs of an invisible world capital, a virtual metropolis whose faubourgs are named Heathrow, Kennedy, Charles de Gaulle, Nagoya, a centripetal city whose population forever circles its notional centre, and will never need to gain access to its dark heart."
Investor and businessman Warren Buffett stunned the world when he announced he was giving most of his fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Charlie Rose is the only broadcast journalist with access to Buffett and Gates on their friendship which resulted in this historic announcement. In this three part series, we'll hear about Warren Buffet: the Man, the Business, and the Gift.
"Worth the wait"
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.
Psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison and an archive interview with actor David Paymer on this edition of Fresh Air. Jamison is an authority on manic-depression and suicide. Her book, Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide is now out in paperback. She's also the author of Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament.
An in-depth examination of the career of Wayne Newton featuring extensive interviews with Newton.
Listen in as Susan Powter, Cal Ripken Jr., Lou Dobbs, Ralph Nader, Dale Chihuly, Charmian Carr, Deepak Chopra, Mablean Ephriam, Michio Kaku, and John Zogby talk to Tara about the subjects of their books, work, memoirs, and adventures.
Writer Vernor Vinge and actor Steve Buscemi on this archive edition of Fresh Air. The author of 16 books of science fiction.
Writer Deirdre Bair on this edition of Fresh Air. Her new book is Jung: A Biography. Bair chronicles the life and work of the influential Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. Bair won the National Book Award for her biography of Samuel Beckett, and she's also written books about the lives of Anais Nin and Simone de Beauvoir.
Hear historian David W. Blight on this edition of Fresh Air. Blight is director of Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, and a professor of American history. His new book A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation is based on the first-hand accounts, recently uncovered, of Wallace Turnage, a teenage field hand on an Alabama plantation and John Washington, an urban slave in Virginia.
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.
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.
Guest host John Micklethwait leads a discussion about Russia and the Trump administration with Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine, Mario Calvo Platero, the U.S. editor of Il Sole 24 Ore, and the author of How America Lost its Secrets, Edward Epstein.
We continue with a look at the 2017 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue with guest host Andrew Ross Sorkin, model Kate Upton, and editor MJ Day
We conclude with actor Maggie Siff, she stars as Wendy Rhoades in the Showtime series Billions.
From Joe DiMaggio to Humphrey Bogart and from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra was close to legends. He inspired and worked with the greats of popular music for well over 50 years. The first installment of our four-part Hall of Fame spotlight on Frank Sinatra's legendary career takes a look at the early years as he began to make a name for himself and presents a fascinating look at the development of Frank Sinatra as an artist.
Ella Fitzgerald's career began at various amateur nights around New York City, most famously at the Apollo Theater in 1934. From those early days, Fitzgerald grew to be an iconic jazz singer and the First Lady of Song. In the spring of 1983, Fitzgerald sat down for a conversation with Wink Martindale. She discusses how her career began and some of her first hits.
The story of The Mills Brothers is much like that of many entertainers, featuring humble beginnings, big dreams, success, tragedy, and ultimately a happy ending. In 1973, host Wink Martindale sat down with two of the original Mills Brothers, Harry and Donald, to recount their tale.
Harry Belafonte didn't start out with a dream of being a singer. He wanted to be an actor and studied theater for five years in New York. Unable to find work as an actor, he had to choose between abandoning dreams of being a performer entirely and finding a new area of entertainment to pursue. Opportunity struck when he was offered a chance to be an intermission singer at a local jazz club, and his singing talent began to catch on.
Billy Eckstine didn't consider singing a potential profession until he earned $5 as second prize in an amateur competition. He was bitten by the showbiz bug after working as an MC and singer in his hometown of Pittsburgh while on summer break from college. He decided not to return to college and eventually began working in clubs throughout Buffalo, Detroit, and Chicago. Eckstine sat down with Wink Martindale for an interview in May of 1973.
Guest host Al Hunt leads a discussion about the resignation of national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, with Margaret Brennan of CBS News and David Ignatius of The Washington Post.
We continue with Thomas Friedman of The New York Times on the global perspective of President Trump's first month in office.
We conclude with guest host Thomas Kail interviewing Damien Chazelle, director and screenwriter of the musical film La La Land.
If you've ever been alone on Valentine's Day, you probably know how isolating it can be to feel like the only single person in a world full of happy couples. But being alone doesn't have to be shameful. This hour, we're changing the script and making the case for the lovelorn, the loners, the bachelors and spinsters that there's nothing wrong with being alone.
The second part of our Hall of Fame spotlight on Frank Sinatra's legendary career features more audio interviews and highlights from Sinatra and the friends and family who knew him best - including John F. Kennedy, Paul Anka, and songwriter Sammy Cahn, among others. Host Wink Martindale explores the stories behind some of the classic songs in the Sinatra catalog, including "Three Coins in the Fountain", a hit record for Sinatra that went to the top of the charts in the UK in 1954.
The second part of our Hall of Fame spotlight on Rodgers and Hammerstein details the phenomenal success Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had as partners after joining forces in 1943. Throughout their long career in theater, the pair helped to start the careers of many now famous singers, dancers, and musicians.
We conclude our four-part Hall of Fame spotlight on Frank Sinatra's career with more little-known details about the man and his music. In this installment, you'll hear about the post-Columbia Records days, when he was no longer in demand. He had no hits and no record contract - that is, until Capitol Records came calling and everything changed.