This One Hour recording is actually 29 mins! 29 mins of a bad radio interview where the host's false and forced laughter will irritate you like nails down a chalk board!
Writer David Sedaris 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 latest Me Talk Pretty One Day.
Over 100 years after his death, Frederick Law Olmsted is still America's most famous and influential landscape architect. The designer of Central Park, the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, and many other notable projects, Olmsted was also a conservationist, fighting to preserve Niagara Falls and Yosemite for future generations. Biographer Justin Martin details his life.
Ron Barr interviews one of the greatest QBs of all time, Dan Marino, about the emotions he felt after being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the relationship between coaches and quarterbacks. This interview took place on July 18th, 2006.
Today we offer some inspiration as you try to squeeze in one more road trip this summer. Ever the Englishman, writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry traveled across the United States in a black London cab, visiting all 50 states to experience first-hand what makes America unique. Fry stopped in Georgia for Thanksgiving, marched in a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, learned how to pick a banjo with hillbillies, and palled around with Ted Turner on his Montana ranch.
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Fame Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly about making the transition into broadcasting, and being a role model in society. This interview took place on July 26th, 2000.
Stanley Jordan is one of the most innovative jazz guitarists around today. Known for his "tapping technique", which he demonstrates for Bob, Jordan has inspired an entire generation of musicians. Jordan joins Bob in the studio to play a few tunes, discuss his career and his passion for music therapy. Today, Stanley Jordan celebrates his 56th birthday.
Ron Barr interviews one of the greatest players ever Willie Mays about baseball never becoming mundane during the long seasons. He also compares playing center field at multiple ballparks. This interview took place on May 25th, 2005.
Name a problem and Washington seems unable to solve it. Poverty. Climate change. Unemployment. Immigration. Education. Enter the mayor. As one of our guests ask, "What IF mayor ruled the world?" Jon Gnarr wasn't trying to rule anything. He is a professional comedian who ran for mayor of Reykjavik on a lark. And to his surprise, won. And to everyone's surpirse, helped change his country during a crisis.
Blues guitar great Buddy Guy celebrates his 79th birthday today. His father bought him his first guitar, a "worn-in instrument with two strings", for $4.35. Since then, Guy says life "ain't never been the same". Bob talks to Guy about his music and journey from Lettsworth, Louisiana to Chicago and beyond. Buddy Guy wrote about it all in his memoir.
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer with the record for most career stolen bases Rickey Henderson about not losing his passion for the game after 25 years, and his playing days under manager Tony La Russa. This interview took place on June 21st, 2005.
Long before he directed The Last Picture Show and Mask, Peter Bogdanovich was an enthusiastic moviegoer who spent hours upon hours in the theater, watching everything he could. So it makes sense that in 2005 Turner Classic Movies asked him to host The Essentials, their weekly showing of Hollywood's greatest movies. Bob and Bogdanovich talk about his list of essential movies, the history of American film, and about the director's art. Bogdanovich is turning 76 years old.
Ron Barr interviews 3-time World Series Champion Tony La Russa about being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the similarities he shares with Bobby Cox and Joe Torre. This interview took place on March 10th, 2014.
It used to be easy to get lost in a good book, but now lots of people say reading is boring. Scientists say all that skimming and surfing on electronic screens is actually rewiring our brains. So we examine the new science of reading, and meet celebrated New Yorker book critic James Wood.
Catherine Lacey (Nobody Is Ever Missing), Akhil Sharma (Family Life), Francoise Mouly (art editor at The New Yorker), and Kate Zambreno (Heroines, Green Girl) discuss the acclaimed novel in celebration of its 30th anniversary. Marguerite Duras' (Hiroshima Mon Amour) haunting, luminous book tells of the tumultuous affair between an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover in prewar Indochina. With a reading by Kathleen Chalfant (The Affair, Angels in America on Broadway).
Jim Davis turns 70 today. He started out writing and drawing a comic strip called Gnorm Gnat. It ran for five years in an Indiana newspaper, but when Davis tried to take it national, an editor told him, "Your art is good, your gags are great, but bugs — nobody can relate with bugs!" And so the bugs were replaced with an ornery, chubby, orange cat who loves lasagna and hates Mondays. Garfield made his first appearance in 1978.
Discussion on ISIS and Turkey with Ambassador Francis Ricciardone, Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations, Henri Barkey, director of the Middle East program at the Wilson Center, and David L. Philips, author of The Kurdish Spring.
Ron Barr interviews San Diego hero Tony Gwynn about the emotions he felt when being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the consistency he had behind the plate. This interview took place on June 29th, 2007.
Decision fatigue can affect everyone from a judge on a long day of hearing cases, to a quarterback late in the game, to a shopper at IKEA trying to pick out wall mounts and drawer pulls. But what people don't realize is that making decisions uses the very same willpower that you use to say no to doughnuts, drugs or illicit sex. New York Times science writer John Tierney investigates the connection in his book titled Willpower: The Science Behind Decision Making and Self Control.
Peter Kiernan, a former senior partner at Goldman Sachs, discusses the middle class and his new book, American Mojo. Next, a conversation with Misty Copeland, principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater.
Ron Barr interviews 1995 NL MVP Barry Larkin about easing into retirement, and the Cincinnati Reds not letting him come back for a 20th season. This interview took place on February 14th, 2005.
As the lead singer of The Gap Band, Charlie Wilson had huge hits – as well as a debilitating drug habit. He tells his story of recovery and rebounding to the top of the charts with the help of Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye West in the new memoir I Am Charlie Wilson.
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.
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"
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. Get the latest episode or subscribe!
"Sometimes great, very uneven"
Hear actor, comic, and Howard Stern Show cast member Artie Lange, writer Grace Paley, and film critic David Edelstein, on this edition of Fresh Air. Artie Lange is co-producer, co-writer, and star of the film Artie Lange's Beer League which makes its network television premiere on Comedy Central. He will also host Friday Night Stand-up on Comedy Central.
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.
"Three part interview with Warren Buffett and other"
Hear novelist Philip Roth, on this edition of Fresh Air. The Pulitzer Prize winning author's 27th book, Everyman, is now out in paperback. It's a novel about a 71-year-old, divorced, successful, advertising man and his response to his physical decline and approaching death.
David Foster Wallace may have understood the modern American better than any writer of our time. His suicide in September of 2008 stunned his friends and fans. Wallace was a master at capturing the way we think, feel and live, and his books and essays conveyed an intimacy that made a lot of people feel like Wallace was a friend they'd never met. In this hour we celebrate the life and work of the late David Foster Wallace.
"No One Does it Better"
Hear comic and actor Jerry Seinfeld and journalist James Fallows on this edition of Fresh Air. Jerry Seinfeld stars in Bee Movie, an animated feature. Seinfeld began his career as a stand-up comic and went on to star in the NBC hit television show Seinfeld, which ran from 1989 to 1998. He won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his work on the show.
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"
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.
Peter, Paul & Mary sounded better than Peter, Noel & Mary. But Noel or Paul, it's the same guy. Noel Paul Stookey talks about being in the middle of the 60's folk music movement. He talks about that with Bob and about his 2008 solo CD titled Facets. Today is Stookey's 77th birthday. Then, Bob is serenaded by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary. Yarrow brought his guitar to the studio and they discuss Yarrow's picture book for children – based on his classic song Puff the Magic Dragon – which he insists is NOT a metaphor for drug use.
This week, Bjork releases an album too advanced for a CD: each track is also an interactive app. Kurt heads down to Wall Street with an architecture critic to see how protestors have created the space they’re occupying. And our reporter seeks a shortcut to creative ability, talking to scientists who study how savants do what they do.
Hear Afghani-born physician and author Khaled Hosseini, TV critic David Bianculli, novelist Jeffrey Eugenides, and jazz critic Kevin Whitehead on this edition of Fresh Air. Khaled Hosseini's new novel is A Thousand Splendid Suns, and it is currently at the top of the New York Times best-seller list. His debut novel, The Kite Runner, about a young man who returns to Afghanistan after a long absence, has been on the best-seller list for two years.
David Brooks of the New York Times discusses his new book, The Road to Character.
Looking for an alternative to the seriously reliable, soothing yet informative sound of NPR? Try NPR! Prepare to be surprised by this collection of interviews with some of the funniest personalities on the planet, and by the memorable, unbelievable news that delights NPR listeners on the 1st of April each year.
Penn Jillette explains his absolute atheism and why it makes him hopeful and optimistic.
"Too Much Intro"
A full hour with Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of a new talk show on National Geographic called Star Talk.
Ron Barr interviews John Wooden about his book "Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success."