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.
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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"
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.
An hour with Rem Koolhaas, the architect behind the CCTV building in China and Casa da Musica in Portugal.
The former Secretary of State, and first generation American, on the importance of remaining an open and welcoming nation.
"I enjoyed it Powell's delivery is so visual."
Writer Michael Pollan. His book, The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World takes a look at four plants cultivated by humans: the apple, the tulip, potatoes and marijuana. Pollan demonstrates that plants and humans have developed a reciprocal, co-evolutionary relationship: Do we plant potatoes, or do potatoes seduce us into planting them? Pollan questions the assumption that we are in charge of our agriculture.
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!
"Just plain cool"
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"
Writer Michael Chabon on this edition of Fresh Air. Chabon just won a year 2000 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. His other books include The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and a collection of stories called Werewolves in Their Youth. Last year, his book Wonder Boys was adapted into a film starring Michael Douglas. He has also written for many publications including The New Yorker, Harpers, and Esquire.
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.
"Dream of a Modern Day Oz"
Bob talks with Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison. They discuss her most famous work, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Beloved, a story about slavery set in 1855 Cincinnati. As well as her politics, career and her prequel to Beloved – a book titled A Mercy, which takes place around 1690. Morrison said she wrote the book because she was "wondering was what it must have felt like to be a slave before racism." Today is Morrison’s 84th birthday.
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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A conversation with Ehud Barak, Israeli Defense Minister.
Audible® was not granted digital rights to today's program. We bring you religion scholar Bart D. Ehrman on this edition of Fresh Air. He chairs the Department of Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. His new book is Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. He studied the ancient texts in their original languages, and in his book, he looks at the mistakes and intentional alterations that were made by early scribes and the impact they have on the Bible today.
Religion scholar Bart D. Ehrman on this edition of Fresh Air. He's the Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor of Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. His new book, Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew, chronicles the period before Christianity as we know it came to be, when conflicting ideas about the religion were fighting for prominence in the second and third centuries.
What is the Holy Grail? Is it the cup that caught the blood of Jesus? Or the cup he used at the Last Supper? Is it a dish? A platter? Or is it like the Philosopher's Stone? Of course, it could also be a Royal and Holy Bloodline, descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene, but that's just fiction...isn't it? To many people, the tale revolves around a small parish in southern France and the strange world of the priest there. What mystery was he hiding?
Tonight on the program, an hour with comedian Louis C.K..
Kurt Andersen sits at the piano with Marvin Hamlisch, the composer of The Sting, A Chorus Line, and other classic scores, in this interview from 2009. Hamlisch, who died this week, knew as well as anyone on earth how to get a melody stuck in your head. The literary shape-shifter Julian Barnes tries to figure out what makes a Barnesian novel. And a middle-aged couple rekindle their romance with tango.
Tonight on the program, we look at the documentary "De Palma" with Brian De Palma and directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow.
We conclude with chef and Le Bernardin co-owner Eric Ripert.
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer Bert Sugar about he got started in boxing, what made Angelo Dundee so successful and his most memorable fight. This interview took place on February 6th, 2012.
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer Freddie Roach about the biggest change in boxing over the years, his path into boxing and the challenges of being the son of a fighter. This interview took place on January 19th, 2012.
Ron Barr interviews boxing analyst Larry Merchant about how hard it was to retire, the personality of the sport of boxing and the difficulty in conducting interviews post-fight. This interview took place on December, 18th, 2012.
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer Angelo Dundee about what he loves about boxing, the similarities between Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali and how he deals with athletes’ entourages. This interview took place on December 1st, 1988.
Ron Barr interviews ring announcer Michael Buffer about why he is so successful, why he gravitated towards ring announcing and what he enjoys most about boxing. This interview took place on December 14th, 2011.
Tonight on the program, an hour with professional golfer Tiger Woods.
A fashion model with prosthetic legs, a musician who can't hear, a writer who can't see. Instead of disabled, differently-abled, handicapped - why not better-abled?
Tonight on the program, live analysis of the third and final presidential debate. Charlie is joined by Al Hunt, John Dickerson, Kathleen Parker, Steve McMahon, Dan Senor, Jeff Greenfield, Katty Kay, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
Tonight on the program, J.D. Vance discusses his book "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis."
We continue with a look at the play "The Front Page" with director Jack O'Brien and actors Nathan Lane and John Goodman.
We conclude with Alexandra Lebenthal, president and C.E.O. of Lebenthal & Co., and Dr. Michael Kaplitt, neurosurgeon at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian.
More than 100 Native Americans nations have come to Standing Rock in solidarity to protest for water rights. This hour we ask a deceptively simple question: Who owns water?
Tonight on the program, a discussion about the campaign to retake Mosul from ISIS. Charlie is joined by David Ignatius of The Washington Post and Eric Schmitt of The New York Times.
We continue with Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of the House of Representatives.
We conclude with Issa Rae, co-creator and star of HBO's "Insecure."
A look at the film "Other People" with director Chris Kelly and actor Molly Shannon.
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer Bill Guerin about his most meaningful accomplishment, how he maintained his passion for the sport and the camaraderie in hockey. This interview took place on January 10th, 2014.
Ron Barr interviews Stanley Cup champion Theo Fleury about how hard it was for him to write this book, how someone reacts to an abusive situation and the affect abuse had on him. This interview took place on November 5th, 2009.
Ron Barr interviews gold medalist Dave Christian about his family’s association with hockey, the pressure to play hockey and the experience of playing hockey in a small town. This interview took place on February 10th, 2004.
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer Rob Blake about what accomplishment meant the most to him, how he was able to play for so long and how it felt being traded from the team that drafted him. This interview took place on October 28th, 2011.
Ron Barr interviews three-time Stanley Cup champion Chris Chelios about his longevity in hockey, how paddle surfing helped his career and approaching his sport the way his dad approached his business. This interview took place on December 10th, 2014.
We're always talking about creativity, but what do we mean? Can we find creativity, can we measure it, can we encourage it? Kurt talks with Gary Marcus, a psychology professor about what science tells us about creativity. A researcher puts jazz musicians into an fMRI machine and has them improvise; an intrepid reporter gets her creativity tested and scored; and a little girl introduces us to her imaginary friends (all of them).
Tonight on the program, Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor in chief of the Economist, discusses the magazine's guest essay written by President Barack Obama.
We conclude with a performance and interview with Sturgill Simpson. His new album is called "A Sailor's Guide to Earth."
With summer over, it's getting harder to stay upbeat. The daylight's dying, the temperature's dropping, and there's more dark and more cold ahead. This hour we're offering a respite from the autumn blues, talking about the psychology and history behind the very idea of happiness, and also offering some practical advice for how to live well.