Bob talks with Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, the husband and wife musicians from the band Over the Rhine. In a brand new interview, they'll discuss the holiday-inspired music from their latest CD titled Blood Oranges in the Snow. It's a concoction they call "Reality Christmas Music." Then, we continue our own holiday tradition with Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for Rolling Stone. Just in time for your last minute gift shopping needs, he’ll share a list of his favorite music of 2014.
Studio 360 is an American weekly public radio program about media, the arts and culture hosted by novelist Kurt Andersen and produced by PRI Public Radio International and WNYC in New York City. The program's stated goal is to "Get inside the creative mind" and uses arts and culture as a lens to understand our world.
Television used to be formulaic. Today, it’s the best gig around. We examine the explosion of high quality TV, from The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men, and talk with the creator of HBO's True Detective.
We conclude documentary week with our first award winning production. Today Bob takes up the controversial issue of mountaintop removal coal mining in the south-central Appalachian Mountains. That was the subject of our 2006 documentary called Exploding Heritage. The method of extracting coal by blowing off the tops of mountains is devastating to plant and animal life and causing trouble for the people who live nearby. Bob explores how mountaintop removal is leveling the oldest mountain range in America -- leaving the landscape, the local economy and the local culture ravaged.
Charlie Rose interviews well-known thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, businessmen, leaders, scientists, and other newsmakers.
We're continuing documentary week with some of our favorites from the archives. Today we feature our award winning production from 2012 titled An "Occupational Hazard": Rape in the Military. One in three active-duty women serving the US military has reported being the victim of sexual assault, which is double the rate for civilians. Based on estimates from the Department of Defense, 19,000 servicemen and women were sexually assaulted in 2010 and most of those violent acts don't get reported because in the military, victims are required to report up their chain of command. Defending itself in civilian court in 2011, the Pentagon argued that sexual assault is an "occupational hazard" in the military. We'll hear from servicemen and women about their military sexual trauma, from advocates who help treat and raise awareness about the problem, and lawmakers about what is and isn't being done to change the culture that protects these sexual perpetrators.
A discussion about the United States and Cuba normalizing diplomatic relations with Julia Cooke, author of The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba and Ernesto Londono of the New York Times editorial board. Next, a conversation with Ian Bremmer, President of the Eurasia Group, about Cuba and then a discussion about the Russian economy. And finally, a conversation with Harry Shearer on his role as Richard Nixon in Nixon's the One.
We explore the fine art of comedy writing with Simon Rich, Bob Odenkirk and Megan Amram. And we dissect a cultural icon - The New Yorker cartoon with the magazine's cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff.
We're replaying some of our favorite documentaries this week and today we go all the way back to 2006. On a reporting trip to Arizona, Bob spoke with Border Patrol agent Gustavo Soto as he drove us down to the border at Nogales, where we witness an apprehension.
We're continuing documentary week today. In 2008, Bob spent hours interviewing homeless men, women and children, social workers and government officials to learn about the problem of homeless families and kids. The resulting documentary, The Invisible – Children without Homes won the Edward R. Murrow Award that year for presenting the story about economics, education, healthcare, and culture.
A discussion about the United Kingdom's economy with George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Next, a conversation with Naomi Klein on her new book This Changes Everything.
This week, we're replaying some of our favorite documentaries from the past decade. In the summer of 2012, we visited the military's billion-dollar National Training Center and met some of the people who prepared our troops for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Covering more than a thousand square miles of California's Mojave Desert, Ft. Irwin and the NTC includes realistic mock villages populated by role playing Iraqi nationals and military spouses who are looking for a way to contribute to the war effort. We also witness a group of Army reservists training in a "trauma lane." Amid IED blasts and sniper fire, the untested medics have to deal with role players pretending to be the enemy, frightened villagers demanding their attention and actual amputees who act like they just lost their legs in the explosion. Their commander, Sergeant First Class Bertran Schultz, describes the action and gives a blow by blow account of what his men are getting right and wrong.
An hour with Mike Morell, CBS News National Security correspondent and former CIA deputy and Acting Director, about the CIA torture report.
The old ad said "StarKist don't want tunas with good taste — StarKist wants tuna that taste good." But some animals may have good taste after all. Scientists are recognizing cultural traits and behaviors in a growing number of species. We'll hear from an ornithologist whose radical new definition of art includes the activities of birds and flowers. We'll travel back in time to when whale songs showed up on the pop charts, and find out how the whales themselves pick new songs. And we'll visit a very special concert – wolves only.
In his short life, British mathematician Alan Turing changed the world. He cracked the code that helped defeat the Nazis, dreamed up artificial intelligence, and laid the foundation for the computer age.
A conversation with Senator John McCain about this week's Senate report on the CIA Detention and Interrogation program. Next, a conversation with Diane von Furstenberg on her new memoir The Woman I Wanted to Be and the E! series House of DVF. And finally, Al Hunt talks with Senator Tim Kaine about the war against the Islamic State.
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.
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"
In this interview, Dr. Rick Hanson explains that you have enormous power, not only to change your frame of mind, but to physically alter your body, and even the structure of your brain by taking charge of your thoughts. He explains that although your brain is pre-programmed to focus on negative information, you can manage depression or improve your self-confidence in just a few minutes a day.
"No One Does it Better"
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.
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.
Hear Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, on this edition of Fresh Air. His show parodies, and is modeled after, The O'Reilly Factor. Colbert was formerly the (fake) senior correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with John Stewart. His new book is I Am America (And So Can You!).
Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel laureate psychologist. So he’s the perfect person to give us a new way of thinking about thinking, which is exactly what he does in his new book, Thinking, Fast and Slow. In this hour, Kahneman tells us about the two systems that drive the way we think.
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 special To The Best of Our Knowledge collection contains 13 interviews.
Colin Wilson is truly a legend in his own time. His numerous books have changed the world in so many ways. Great authors and thinkers have looked to Colin's work for decades. He has influenced countless films and had movies made of his novels (Species). His work began with the mind of man and to this day the subject continues to hold a deep fascination for him.
Humorist Fran Lebowitz and writer Anne Lamott on this archive edition of Fresh Air. The Washington Post called Fran Lebowitz "The funniest woman in America." Humorist Lebowitz has come out with her first children's book, Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet The Pandas. In 1978, she wrote the critically acclaimed book Metropolitan Life a collection of witty essays on life. Writer Anne Lamott's new book is Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
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.
A conversation with Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO, Amazon.com. Next, a conversation with actress Keira Knightley.
Ahead of the Mad Men finale this weekend, we decode the social mores of the 1960s through the wardrobes of Joan, Peggy, and Don. And as the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy pushes our social mores now, publishers and readers explain what all the fuss is about. Plus, Kurt Andersen talks with the writer Paul Theroux. His new novel, The Lower River, follows a former Peace Corps volunteer back to Malawi.
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"
A conversation with Larry Ellison, founder and CEO of Oracle and sponsor and manager of Oracle Team USA.
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.