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Still Within the Sound of My Voice is the latest release from musician Jimmy Webb. He has written many well-known classics for other musicians including “Wichita Lineman,” “MacArthur Park,” “Up, Up and Away,” and “All I Know.” Several artists he’s written songs for are now repaying the favor with guest appearances on his album. Those guests include Lyle Lovett, Carly Simon, Keith Urban, Joe Cocker, Kris Kristofferson and Art Garfunkel. Webb is the first and only artist to receive Grammys for music, lyrics and orchestration.
Charlie Rose interviews well-known thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, businessmen, leaders, scientists, and other newsmakers.
Bob & Ray were a comedy duo who began on local radio in Boston in the 1940’s. Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding enjoyed tremendous national success for decades were admired for their timeless humor and satire until Ray’s death in 1990. Bob Elliott is here to talk about their four decades of partnership on his 92nd birthday.
Mark Boyle lives without cash and he manages just fine with his off-the-grid caravan, solar laptop and toothpaste made from washed-up cuttlefish bones. Boyle was a successful businessman but he became disillusioned with society’s obsession with money. So in 2008, he decided to try living for a year with no money at all and as far as we can tell, he’s still at it. Boyle tells the story in his book titled, Moneyless Man.
Are you afraid of getting old? Most people are, but studies show we're usually happier in our 60s and 70s. Aging often brings wisdom and resilience - and a new creative spark. We celebrate the fine art of aging - and hear about some artists who remade their careers late in life.
A conversation with Actor Bill Nighy on his role in David Hare’s play, Skylight and in the film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. We conclude with Tim Gunn, co-host of Project Runway and author of, Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor.
Bob spends some quality time with Carol Kaye and her bass guitar. Kaye was THE session bassist of the 1960s and 70s, playing on dozens and dozens of hits for the likes of The Beach Boys, Ritchie Valens, Simon & Garfunkel, The Supremes, Ray Charles and the Monkees. It's estimated that Kaye has been involved with more than ten-thousand recording sessions in her career. Kaye and her bass are also responsible for the distinctive bass notes of the Mission Impossible theme and for many other film scores and TV themes. Today is Kaye’s 80th birthday.
We remember Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister of Singapore.
A conversation with Juliano Salgado, son of Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado and co-director of a documentary on his father's work, The Salt of the Earth. Part two of Charlie's conversation with Leon Wieseltier, contributing editor and critic for The Atlantic.
Bob talks with Grammy-winning musician Rodney Crowell and best-selling author Mary Karr about their musical collaboration. The two artists grew up a few years and a few dozen miles apart in east Texas, but when Crowell and Karr met in person a decade ago, they learned that their childhoods were very similar. Their CD is called Kin which explains how they feel about each other and signals that these songs are about “their people.” Bob also talks with Crowell about his memoir – Chinaberry Sidewalks.
Cassandra Wilson pays tribute to one of her greatest inspirations, Billie Holiday, on the late singer’s 100th birthday. We give our least favorite day of the week, Monday, a makeover. And a computer programmer recreates the styles of painters like Mondrian and Cassatt in code.
Something's bubbling in American kitchens: a resurgence of interest in cultured and fermented foods. Fermentation revivalists share a slow food philosophy, a DIY approach to foodcraft, and a deep interest in the health of the American gut. Today, we explore fermentation culture in food, technology, art and science.
We go way back in the archives today for Bob’s conversation with comedy legend Carl Reiner. He created, wrote, and produced The Dick Van Dyke Show and collaborated with Mel Brooks on The 2000 Year old Man. Reiner is not quite that old, but today is his 93rd birthday. He discussed his life and career and his book titled NNNNN: A Novel.
A conversation with Leon Wieseltier, contributing editor and critic for The Atlantic. Next, an appreciation of Don Keough, former president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola with Muhtar Kent, Father John Jenkins, Timothy Shriver, and Warren Buffett.
An hour with Al Pacino. The Oscar, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning actor discusses his career and his latest role in the film, Danny Collins.
Bob talks with Philip Roth who claims that his two closest friends are "sheer playfulness" and "deadly seriousness." Both are routinely found in his writing from his first novella, Goodbye, Columbus (1959), to his best-known work Portnoy's Complaint (1969), to his more recent 'American Trilogy' which includes the books American Pastoral, I Married a Communist and The Human Stain. In 2008, Roth was here to discuss his career and his 29th book titled Indignation. It's set during the second year of the Korean War and the narrator is Marcus Messner, a 19-year-old son of a Newark kosher butcher. Today is Roth’s 82 birthday.
Mary Louise Kelly spent two decades as a producer, host and correspondent for NPR and the BBC. In 2004, she launched NPR's intelligence beat, which covered wars and terrorism, and included reporting trips to The Pentagon, CIA headquarters and warzones. Now she has drawn on all of that real-world knowledge to become a novelist. Her brand new book is a thriller and a medical mystery titled The Bullet. Bob also talked with Kelly in 2013 about her debut novel Anonymous Sources.
A conversation with Helen Mirren on her role as Queen Elizabeth in The Audience. A discussion about yesterday's Israeli parliament elections with Jeffrey Goldberg, Ari Shavit, Yossi Halevi, Ronen Bergman, Yousef Munayyer, and Lisa Goldman.
A police officer's shooting of a young, unarmed Afrian American man here in Madison joins a long list of national tragedies. So we devote this hour to conversations about race and justice.
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.
"No One Does it Better"
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.
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"
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"
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"Sometimes great, very uneven"
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"
Host Terry Gross talks to writer Jon Krakauer shortly after his return from a Mount Everest expedition that left 8 climbers dead and he and other survivors at the mercy of a rescue mission. This archive edition of Fresh Air first aired on May 23, 1996. Later, Krakauer wrote about his experience in his best selling book, Into Thin Air.
Audible® was not granted digital rights to today's program. We bring you comedian George Carlin on this edition of Fresh Air. George Carlin, whose "seven dirty words" routine was the center of a famous obscenity case in the 1970s, talks about his book When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? His other books include Napalm & Silly Putty and Brain Droppings.
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.
The Stoic philosopher Epictetus ("Epic-TEE-tus") said that "Anything worth putting off is worth abandoning altogether." And, unfortunately, a lot of us have taken his advice to heart. Ninety-five percent of us put things off. In this hour, we'll explore procrastination.
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.
Bill and Melinda Gates discuss their foundation's work to improve global healthcare and combat poverty.
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.
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?
Kurt Andersen talks with Salman Rushdie. His new memoir chronicles the stranger-than-fiction decade he spent under threat of the Ayatollah Khomeni’s fatwa. We revisit the golden age of MTV. And Andy Warhol turns a can of Campbell’s soup into an American icon.
Acclaimed children's book author Mo Willems (Knuffle Bunny) considers Maurice Sendak’s legacy. Kurt Andersen talks with Mark Duplass, the actor/director/writer/producer who is giving 30-something slackers the spotlight. The music industry taps hackers for the next killer app. And Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy K. Smith reveals the winner of our Ode to a Teen Idol poetry contest.
It's been over seventy years since movie audiences first watched The Wizard of Oz. Meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision of Walt Disney, but none of the business sense. Discover how Oz captivated the imaginations of Russians living under Soviet rule. Hear how the playwright Neil LaBute, the late filmmaker Nora Ephron, the novelist Salman Rushdie, and the musician Bobby McFerrin, found magic, meaning, and inspiration in Oz.