What an incredibly insightful man! I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. Peter Ustinov also wrote a fabulous book called The Old Man & Mr Smith. It is well worth a read.
In this much-praised interview, octogenarian Peter Ustinov talks to John Bird. The man of many talents has an astonishing range of accomplishments behind him as an Oscar-winning film and theatre actor, author of novels, plays, and screenplays. He is also a raconteur, graphic artist, photographer, stage director, and designer and the recipient of many humanitarian awards for his work with UNICEF and UNESCO.
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.
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.
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.
In 2012, Joshua Oppenheimer made a very disturbing documentary film about a genocide in Indonesia that happened 50 years ago. The Act of Killing was nominated for an Oscar and showed the bizarre and casual callousness of those who carried out the crimes in the 1960s. Now Oppenheimer has followed that film with a brand new sequel called The Look of Silence.
A conversation with Misty Copeland, principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. Next, Howell Raines discusses the book Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee's follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird. Finally, we conclude with Charles Kaiser, author of The Cost of Courage.
Ron Barr interviews the co-author of “Game of Shadows” Lance Williams about more and more young players doing steroids, and the media’s unintended effect of interesting players in taking performance enhancement drugs. This interview took place on February 18th, 2009.
Remember those carefree summer days you had as a kid, playing tag or pickup softball in the park? Sure, it may just seem like fun and games, but it may also have been invaluable training. A new generation of researchers is discovering that play is how the young brain prepares for adult life. This hour – as if you needed a reason — a reminder to get out and have some fun.
Bob enjoys a new conversation with his old friend Simon Winchester. The erudite Brit used to inform Bob and millions of public radio listeners about the news in the rest of the world when he was a journalist for The Guardian newspaper in England. Since those days, Winchester has become an American citizen and written many non-fiction best-sellers - about interesting people, historic events, brilliant ideas, even the biography of an ocean. His latest book is for kids – a first for Winchester. It's called When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis.
Ron Barr interviews Mickey Mantle about playing in the "golden age" of baseball.
A discussion about the Iranian nuclear agreement with Tom Friedman, foreign policy columnist for The New York Times. Next, Dexter Filkins discusses his reporting on the death of the Argentine prosecutor, Alberto Nisman.
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"
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.
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"
"No One Does it Better"
Ron Barr interviews John Wooden about his book "Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success."
A Christian monk who lived in India for over 30 years, the late Father Griffiths shares some remarkable insights about the contemplative life. He builds a bridge linking the Gnostic tradition of early Christianity and the mystical tradition streaming down through the centuries with the ancient philosophies of Vedanta and Buddhism. The results are fascinating and profound.
"Don't waste your money"
Writer, Sarah Vowell on this edition of Fresh Air. Vowell is a contributing editor for NPR's This American Life and columnist for Salon.com. She talks about her new collection of essays Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World.
Get ready for a whirlwind tour of the authentic American myth of The Wizard of Oz. In this interview, Jean Houston answers the question of what it means to have a brain, a heart, and to act with courage. Using the characters of the scarecrow, tin man, lion, and Dorothy, she inspires us to follow our deep yearning so we can develop the gifts we recognize in ourselves, live our full potential, and contribute to a better world.
David Brooks of the New York Times discusses his new book, The Road to Character.
A little laugh goes a long way. This week, we’re taking a crash course in how to be funny. From Chicago’s famous Second City, to a humor research lab, this hour's a laugh riot. We also talk with a laughter coach, Canadian comic Mary Walsh, and longtime New Yorker humorist Ian Frazier. Giggle on!
Author Erik Larson always wondered what it would have been like for an outsider to have witnessed firsthand the rise of Hitler’s rule — what Berlin looked like, felt like, smelled like, and why it took so long to recognize the danger posed by Hitler and his regime.
It is an extraordinary time. The tragic events of September 11, 2001 have propelled us all into a new cycle of our personal, national, and global lives. It will never be the same. There is no "normal" to get back to. Life is in this country is changed forever, and it seems clear that we have entered an era in which new questions need to be asked, because there are no easy answers or quick fixes.
Author Christopher Hitchens discusses his memoir Hitch-22 and his battle with esophageal cancer.
Studio 360 looks at the places "where art and real life collide," exploring the creative influence and transformative power of art in modern life through richly textured stories and insightful conversation. Hosted by Kurt Andersen. Get the latest issue or subscribe!
"Stimulating and Diverse - always interesting"
Top Dog Radio talks with Clodagh, an Irish-born interior designer and leader of the green design movement, Karen Fisher, founder of Designer Previews and renowned “Design Matchmaker”, and Evan Galen, a leading New York-based architect and designer. The three experts in their respective fields discuss how to best meet the needs of new customers - especially those with very specific demands who “have more money than time”, and finally, the secrets of “learning what you’re looking for”.
More than 20 years ago, Scholastic introduced young readers to a new series called Goosebumps. These creepy stories soon became one of the best-selling children's series of all times, with over 300 million books sold. Often called the "Stephen King of children's literature," author R. L. Stine talks with Bob about the trick of scaring kids and getting them hooked on the treat of reading. Then, Bob speaks with director Wes Craven, the man who introduced Freddy Kruger in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Craven is also the creator of the Scream movies which poked fun at the horror genre while managing to be plenty scary itself. He talks about those films - the remake of his 1977 classic The Hills Have Eyes – and about making a career of frightening people.