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. Host Anne Strainchamps talks to some of the greatest thinkers, figures, and artists of our time. It's a radio salon where a playwright and a scientist, a theologian and a rock critic might all offer their views on, say, revenge. Inviting a diverse group of people with very different backgrounds to approach a subject creates a kind of depth and richness that's positively riveting.
"Sometimes great, very uneven"
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 was terrific everyone should listen to this"
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"
Hear neurologist Oliver Sacks and rock critic Ken Tucker on this edition of Fresh Air. Oliver Sacks' new book is Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. It's a series of case histories that examine the relationship of music and the mind. Sacks has written eleven books; the most famous are Awakenings, which was made into a film starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
Hear scientist J. Craig Venter, and TV writers and producers David Guarascio, Moses Port, and Sameer Gardezi, on this edition of Fresh Air. Craig Venter has been working to decode the human genome, and has published an autobiography called A Life Decoded: My Genome - My Life. Venter has also just published his own genetic code. It's the first time a diploid genome from one individual has been made public.
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".
Hear the late writer and editor William Maxwell, classical-music critic Lloyd Schwartz, and film critic David Edelstein on this edition of Fresh Air. In honor of the centennial of William Maxwell's birth, and his contribution to American writing, the Library of America is publishing a two-volume collection of his novels and short stories. The first, which collects his early work, is out now.
Writer Alec Wilkinson and an archive interview with William Maxwell on this edition of Fresh Air. Alec Wilkinson remembers his friend and mentor William Maxwell, who died Monday at the age of 91. Wilkinson is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and has been there since 1980.
In this interview, Dan Millman explores such questions as: Why am I here? What am I meant to do? What is my purpose? Dan has found through his research that there are four purposes and 12 required courses in the school of life that each of us are taking. He talks about the difference between career and calling, and how small acts of service lead to genuine fulfillment. Dan also explains why what you do has more impact than what you think or feel, and describes a mysterious but accurate method of pinpointing hidden gifts and drives.
Remembering film critic Pauline Kael on this edition of Fresh Air. Pauline Kael died yesterday at the age of 82. William Whitworth was her editor at The New Yorker.
Actor Bill Paxton and Charles Mingus' widow, Sue Graham Mingus, on this edition of Fresh Air. Bill Paxton makes his directing debut.
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.
"not what I expected"
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.
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.
David Brooks of the New York Times discusses his new book, The Road to Character.
Hear Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist David Halberstam and music critic Milo Miles on this edition of Fresh Air. Halberstam died yesterday from injuries received in a car crash. He was 73. We listen to his interviews on Fresh Air, from 1985 and from June 3, 1993, and January 21, 1999. Halberstam was part of the 1964 Pulitzer-prize winning team that covered the emerging war in Vietnam for The New York Times.
Audible was not granted digital rights to today's program. Instead we bring you physicist Brian Greene, on this edition of Fresh Air. With his book The Elegant Universe he developed a reputation for explaining complex scientific theories with insight and clarity. The book was the basis of a PBS series. His new book is, The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality.
Tim Green is a former NFL player, a lawyer, and a sports analyst for television and radio. He’s the author of several books, including thrillers for adults and kids. His latest book is titled Best of the Best, and it’s about a Little League star trying to make it to the World Series during his parents’ divorce. Bob talks with Green about writing for young people, coaching Little League, and issues in professional sports. Then, Johnny Appleseed lives as an icon in American folklore, a happy farmer who skipped across the country spreading apple trees and good health.
Gil Scott-Heron’s memoir The Last Holiday is a testament to the extraordinary life of the activist, musician and poet. Scott-Heron is commonly known for his 1970’s hit “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. His publisher, editor, and long-time friend, Jamie Byng tells Bob about the book and shares the legacy of Gil Scott-Heron.
A conversation with director Tim Burton.
Tonight on the program, guest host Ian Bremmer is joined by Harvard professor Larry Summers to discuss President Trump's plans to boost defense spending by $54 billion, while cutting spending on other federal agencies, including the EPA and the State Department.
We continue with Tyler Cowen, economics professor and Bloomberg View columnist, for a look at his new book, The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream.
We conclude with a discussion of California Rep. Darrel Issa's request for a special prosecutor to investigate the communications between Russians and the Trump campaign. We are joined by Evan Osnos of The New Yorker and Julia Ioffe of The Atlantic.
Ron Barr interviews World Series champion Joe Garagiola Sr. about his motivation for writing the book, his most memorable accomplishment and winning the World Series. This interview took place on May 2nd, 2007.
Ron Barr interviews author Joe Drape about his hometown in Kansas, the demands from the parents and how the coaches treat the players. This interview took place on August 28th, 2009.
Ron Barr interviews Sportswriter of the Year Frank Deford about his most memorable accomplishment, the challenges he faced and the difficulty in writing this book. This interview took place on June 18th, 2012.
Ron Barr interviews writer Harry Edwards about how he started working with the 49ers, his memories of Bill Walsh and race in sports. This interview took place on September 21st, 2007.
Ron Barr interviews author Allen Barra about his motivation for writing the book, Yogi Berra anecdotes and why Yogi was so successful. This interview took place on April 21st, 2009.
This week, a look at artists — from the left to the right — getting political. Conservative painter Jon McNaughton talks about creating art in the era of the Trump administration. Plus, the Black Panthers' brief foray into the music business. And Philip Roth talks to Kurt about his eerily timely novel The Plot Against America.
Guns are a part of our national mythology. Just consider the Western, Annie Oakley, Daniel Boone - it's hard to deny the role guns had in shaping America. But what if all those stories were exaggerated at best? What if the gun myth was created in the 19th century by gun manufacturers? In other words, what if guns aren't what we stand for, but instead, are just another thing we were sold.
We conclude with the president of The Robin Hood Foundation, Reynold Levy, a philanthropy founded in 1988 to alleviate poverty in New York City. It has recently launched a campaign to help over 800,000 New Yorkers receive the federal benefits they're entitled to but are not getting.
In this show, we explore storyworlds - the fictional universes that continue to enchant us. Like the ghostly supernatural realm in which Abe Lincoln's dead son, Willie, finds himself and the surreal Pacific Northwest town of Twin Peaks, the home of some damn fine coffee.
Tonight on the program, a conversation about the economy and the middle class. Guest host Anthony Mason is joined by Henry Blodget, the C.E.O. and editor of Business Insider; Joe Nocera, a columnist at Bloomberg View; and Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell.
We conclude with an interview and performance by soul pop band Lake Street Dive.
Tonight on the program, a rebroadcast of Donald Trump for the hour. We go back to his conversation in 1992 where he had two books out at the time: "The Art of the Deal" and "Surviving at the Top."
Guest host John Hockenberry discusses Michael Flynn's resignation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tim Weiner
Next, Hockenberry is joined by Kimberly Martin of Barnard College at Columbia University, a Russian scholar who writes on U.S.-Russian relations.
We conclude with critically acclaimed writer George Saunders for a look at his debut novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo."
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer Julius Erving about his most memorable accomplishment, his memories of the ABA and his best dunks. This interview took place on March 22nd, 1999.
Ron Barr interviews NBA champion Mitch Richmond about what his childhood was like, his experience playing on the playground and what Julius Erving meant to him. This interview took place on June 17th, 2013.
Ron Barr interviews NBA champion Kevin Willis about his longevity, how he grew as a person while in the NBA and the hardest quarter to deal with physically. This interview took place on June 19th, 2009.