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.
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.
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.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the Co-Founding President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957. Found in the archives at the SCLC were eight never before heard audio works of Dr. King in which he prophetically articulates his vision for a better America and world. For the first time ever, these messages are being released to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The title of this message is "Who Is My Neighbor."
Brian Jay Jones tells Jim Henson's personal story, revealing the man behind the Muppets. The book by Jones is titled simply Jim Henson: The Biography. Then Bob talks with Stephen Christy about one of Henson's lesser known works. Tale of Sand is a Jim Henson-written screenplay that was eventually released as a graphic novel.
Hear Pulitzer prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston and TV critic David Bianculli on this edition of Fresh Air. David Cay Johnston is an investigative reporter for The New York Times. In his new book, Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill), Cay Johnston explores how government subsidies and new regulations have quietly funneled money from the poor and middle class to the rich and politically connected.
A conversation with Nobel Prize-winning medical researcher, Eric Kandel. Next, a conversation with E.O. Wilson, biologist, researcher (sociobiology, biodiversity), theorist (consilience, biophilia), naturalist (conservationism) and author. And finally, a conversation with Steven Pinker, experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, and popular science writer known for his spirited and wide-ranging advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind.
A conversation with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime minister of Turkey.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey.
If there’s one strand of evolutionary theory that sticks in the craw of nearly every religious believer, it’s the idea that human beings are just an evolutionary accident. But what if we aren’t? What if the evolution of humans, or some brainy creature like us, was inevitable once life first appeared on Earth? In this hour, we’ll talk with maverick paleontologist Simon Conway Morris and explore the question “What does evolution want?”
Tonight on the program, an hour with comedian Louis C.K..
Hear rock and roll singer/songwriter Tom Petty and rock critic Ken Tucker, on this edition of Fresh Air. This weekend Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform during halftime at the Superbowl. And this spring the band goes back on tour. Petty also has a recurring role in Fox TV's animated show King of the Hill.
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.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and playwright, actor and director Sam Shepard on this edition of Fresh Air. Jimmy Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize this week, and was only the third President to do so. We listen back to several of his interviews: in which he talks about his work as a mediator his life in the Whitehouse and his spiritual life. Sam Shepard won a Pulitzer for his play Buried Child and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.
More than twenty years after his debut novel, The Commitments, Roddy Doyle returns to the band of working class Irish youths who brought soul music to Dublin in the 1980s. In The Guts, front man Jimmy Rabbitte is now forty-seven, married with four children, and has bowel cancer.
A conversation with Slovenian philosopher and critical theorist, Slavoj Zizek. Next, a conversation with Misha Glenny, a British journalist who specializes in southeastern Europe and global organized crime.
New York Times columnist David Brooks is best known for his political writing, but he's also fascinated by recent findings in psychology and neuroscience. In fact he says many of our public policies fail because we're not actually the rational decision makers we think we are. In this hour, we'll talk with David Brooks, also, rising jazz star Vijay Iyer on the neuroscience of music.
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.
When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his life story 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. Muslims look to Malcolm as a figure of tolerance; a tea party activist claims him for the political right; Public Enemy's Chuck D tells us, "This book is like food. It ain't McDonald's — it's sit down at the table and say grace".
Tonight on the program, Ian McEwan and guest host Jeff Glor of CBS News. His new book is called “Nutshell” and is told from the point of view of an 8-month old fetus.
We conclude with a look at "Documentary Now!" with guest host Matt Zoller Seitz of New York Magazine, and co-creators: Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers and Rhys Thomas.
Ron Barr interviews the Father of Drag Racing Don Garlits about the motivation for writing the book, what fascinated him about drag racing and his memories of his first car. This interview took place on June 14th, 2004.
Ron Barr interviews Nascar Hall of Famer Terry Labonte about how hard it is to get into the groove of racing, the key to success in racing and the camaraderie in racing. This interview took place on June, 3rd, 2015.
Ron Barr interviews the First Lady of Drag Racing Shirley Muldowney about what’s surprised her about her career, the good times during her career and her surprise at the path her life took. This interview took place on March 29th, 2005.
Ron Barr interviews Driver of the Century Mario Andretti about what’s impressed him most in his career, growing up during World War II and his start in racing. This interview took place on June 19th, 2013.
There are so many ways the world could go wrong - electing the wrong candidate is only one of them. Charlie Brooker, creator of the hit sci-fi show Black Mirror, gets his dystopian ideas from our digital devices. Then, novelist Gary Shteyngart reads from his darkly funny book about the near-future, Super Sad True Love Story. And Janelle Monáe plays songs from the 28th century.
Tonight on the program, guest host Lesley Stahl interviews Deborah Tannen, professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of “You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation.”
We continue with an update on the 2016 Presidential race with Anthony Salvanto, CBS News elections director.
Automated machines are taking over our lives. They're not the scary robots you see in movies, but more and more of today's technology - from smart phones to airplanes - is automated. And some of the world's biggest companies are racing to come up with a "master algorithm" - a formula that will let machines learn anything. This could lead to self-driving cars and even a cure for cancer. But do we want to give machines so much control?
Evan Osnos discusses his recent article on a potential Trump presidency with guest host Jake Tapper.
Tonight on the program, an hour with Bono, lead singer of the rock band U2.
There's a powerful new voting bloc in America. They're white, working class, and they live in places that have been left behind. We'll talk with Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance, and country music star Brandy Clark joins us in the studio to play some music and talk about her hometown.
Tonight on the program, an update on Saturday's bombing in New York City with guest host Jeff Glor of CBS News and Marc Santora of The New York Times.
We conclude with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Tonight on the program, updates on the presidential race with Bob Costa, national political reporter for the Washington Post, and later with Nick Confessore of The New York Times.
We continue with fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg.
We conclude with a look at the film "Snowden" with director Oliver Stone and the film’s stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Zachary Quinto,
Ron Barr interviews Grey Cup champion Jeff Garcia about the journey from Canada to the NFL, the reasons he was successful in the NFL and the role his father played in developing him as a football player. This interview took place on November 17th, 2009.
Ron Barr interviews Pro Bowler Jim Harbaugh about his memories of Bill Walsh, the mentality of a great coach and the difference between motivating collegiate athletes versus professional athletes. This interview took place on March 20th, 2007.
Ron Barr interviews Pro Bowler Ron Jaworski about how football has remained the same over the years, characteristics of great coaches and how Bill Walsh dictated tempo in games....
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer Warren Moon about why he chose to play for Houston, why he was productive in Houston and how he dealt with racism. This interview took place on August 19th, 2009.
Ron Barr interviews Super Bowl champion Dan Pastorini about raising a family in the limelight, the early years in Houston and the mentors he had along the way. This interview took place on January 14th, 2012.
On this week's show, the art and science of singing. At the age of 92, Broadway lyricist Sheldon Harnick hasn't lost any of the wit and insight that helped him write Fiddler on the Roof. Also, we find out what cutting-edge medical science can do to save the voices of aging singers. And indie singer-songwriter Angel Olsen plays live in our studio.
Tonight on the program, a conversation with Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times.
We conclude with filmmakers Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, here to introduce their new documentary, "Defying the Nazis."