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.
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"Sometimes great, very uneven"
Albert Camus was many things: war hero, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and one of the 20th century’s most fascinating public thinkers. We examine the life and legacy of Camus on his 100th birthday: how a poor kid from Algeria became a revered French writer, hungry to find meaning in an absurd world, and why Camus still has a lot to tell us about a world mired in political violence.
In this hour, we ask what exactly Einstein concluded about religion. First, a discussion with Richard Dawkins, Elaine Pagels, and Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson (Einstein: His Life and Universe). Next, Jungian analyst David Lindorff (Pauli and Jung: the Meeting of Two Great Minds). Then, author David Leavitt, (The Indian Clerk). Finally, mystic Father Thomas Keating.
A conversation with diplomat and political scientist, Henry Kissinger.
"No One Does it Better"
Today's most acclaimed film directors reveal intimate behind-the-scenes details of their most influential work and their unique approaches to their art. In the companion to the Silver Plaque-winning Starz/Encore documentary series, this book offers interviews with 13 top filmmakers. Contains each director's filmography, complete listings of major awards, and cast credits for all films discussed.
There’s brain drain, reverse brain drain, and something immigration reform and public policy expert Vivek Wadhwa describes as a “halt in [America’s] high-growth, immigrant founded start-ups.” Wadhwa is Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization for Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering; he’s also a columnist for the Washington Post and Bloomberg Businessweek. Bob and Wadhwa discuss this and more from his book The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent.
In this interview, Ronald Alexander explains that we are actually not powerless over the impact of crisis; we can transform during these times to find more strength, more awareness, and more creativity in our lives through the practice of mindfulness. Ronald provides us with a three-part process for creating more mindfulness in our lives, to support us in managing change, loss, and crisis.
In this interview, integral philosopher Steve McIntosh says the way to approach truth is threefold: science, philosophy, and spirituality. He explores the purpose of evolution, including the evolutionary impulse in humans and how cultural evolution changes and progresses. He addresses the significant worldviews that have emerged in history and what is emerging now, and that while cultural progress makes the world a better place, it also brings problems.
We've all felt the sting of rankism - at the hands of a dictatorial boss, a condescending teacher, an arrogant doctor, or an imperious bureaucrat. And most of us have inflicted it on someone else. We are, all of us, both victims and perpetrators of rankism, and Robert Fuller argues that it's time for a novel, all-encompassing strategy to confront it in all its guises.
Concerned that your family never spends time together as a family? Sure, everyone is connected. There are computers all over the house. Everyone has a cell phone and the number of text messages on the last bill frankly blew you away. But are you connected to each other? In this hour, we'll meet William Powers. He thinks he's got a remedy. The Internet Sabbath. On Friday night, he unplugs his modem, and the family stays off line until Monday.
Generations of Americans have grown up with Walt Disney shaping our imaginations. In 1955, Disney mixed up some fairy tales, a few historical facts, and a dream of the future to create an alternate universe. Not just a place for fun, but a scale model of a perfect world. "Everything that you could imagine is there," says one young visitor. "It's like living in a fantasy book." And not just for kids: one-third of Walt Disney World's visitors are adults who go without children. Visiting the parks, according to actor Tom Hanks, is like a pilgrimage - the pursuit of happiness turned into a religion.
Are human innately good? Do we have a generosity gene? Is there an inherent desire to help our fellow human beings? Or, are we natural born sinners who have to fight, tooth and nail, to conquer our inherent tendencies towards selfishness, destruction and war. In this hour, are we good…. or – not?
Nobody wants to be a narcissist - a relentless, self-loving, self-promoter. But look at Facebook and Twitter. We talk about ourselves all the time on social media. Which raises the question, are we living in a Golden Age of Narcissism?
Hear film director David Cronenberg and actor Viggo Mortensen, music critic Milo Miles, and linguist Geoff Nunberg on this edition of Fresh Air.
Hear film director David Cronenberg, actor Viggo Mortensen, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead, Grammy winning record producer Joel Dorn, and film critic David Edelstein, on this edition of Fresh Air. David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen teamed up again for the thriller Eastern Promises. It is released on DVD on December 23rd. The film takes place in London and is about the underworld sex-trafficking industry.