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.
Bob speaks with Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer in front of a live audience at The Smithsonian Institution. Feiffer is a member of the Comic Book Hall of Fame and has written respected screenplays, books and plays. In 2006, Feiffer received the Benjamin Franklin Creativity Award.
Our planet is facing a mass extinction crisis. By the end of the century, we could lose up to half of all living species. But people are working hard to save endangered species and habitats, and a few scientists are even trying to bring lost species - like passenger pigeons and woolly mammoths - back to life.
Environmentalist John Francis went 17 years without saying a word. He was tired of having to explain to people why he gave up using motorized transportation – a boycott which lasted 22 years. Francis shares with Bob what he learned about listening and about the kindness of strangers. He wrote about his experiences in the books, Planetwalker and more recently The Ragged Edge of Silence.
A discussion of Libya, Yemen, and the four year anniversary of the Arab Spring with Robert Worth, fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center; Gregory Johnsen, author of The Last Refuge; and Matthew Waxman, fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Bud Selig, Commissioner Emeritus of Major League Baseball, discusses his career, revolutionizing the economics of baseball and the challenges of players using steroids and other performance enhancing drugs.
Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and also the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. To mark the occasion, Bob visits with Nobel Peace Prize winner, author, activist and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Then, we’ll talk with Hans Westra, director of The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. The Jewish girl and her family hid in the building for two years until they were discovered and sent to their deaths in concentration camps. Her story lives on thanks to her book The Diary of a Young Girl.
A conversation with Haider Al-Abadi, the Prime Minister of Iraq. Next, a conversation with Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, the largest e-commerce company in the world, interviewed at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Grammy award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is one of the few living composers who has topped the classical charts. Best-known for his “Virtual Choir” projects on YouTube, Whitacre is a musician who pushes the boundaries of music and still finds popular acclaim. He talks with Bob about his career and his 2012 album titled Water Night.
Peter Carey's latest novel, Amnesia, is about government surveillance, cyber terrorism, and the legacy of America's bullying intelligence agencies. He was inspired to write it after turning down an offer to ghostwrite Julian Assange's autobiography. We hear how lifting the embargo will affect Cuba's artists; and Havana gets its first Broadway transfer since the Revolution — the critique of capitalism known as Rent.
Bob talks with Mark Johnson, the founder of Playing for Change and the producer of two albums recorded by the street musicians Johnson has met since he started the organization in 2004. The group’s breakout hit was a cover of “Stand by Me” recorded by many different musicians around the world and in their own style. That video mixed them all together and has more than 40 million views on YouTube.
You know the earth is round, the sky is up, and your dog loves you. But HOW do you know those things? This week, how we form opinions – the psychology and brain chemistry behind...
Nitin Nohria, Dean of the Harvard Business School, talks about leadership, case studies, and efforts to help women succeed at the school. We then conclude with fashion designer Stella McCartney.
Melissa Fay Greene was on this program in 2006 to talk about a middle-class Ethiopian widow whose home became a refuge for hundreds of AIDS-orphaned children. She told that story in her book There Is No Me Without You. In the years since then, Greene and her husband have adopted four children from Ethiopia. Those kids joined another son adopted from Bulgaria as well as Greene's four other children by birth. When the number of children hit nine, Greene turned her reporter's eye to events at home and she wrote No Biking in the House Without a Helmet. Greene says she titled the book after one of the dumbest things she ever said to her children.
DEVO co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh talks about his visual art exhibition, "Myopia," and Joshua Wolf Shenk lays waste to the myth of the lone genius as we explore the creative...
Bill and Melinda Gates discuss their foundation's work to improve global healthcare and combat poverty.
Bob speaks with Eugene Jarecki, director of the documentary Why We Fight. Inspired by the U. S. government-funded propaganda films of Frank Capra during World War Two, Jarecki updates the reasons why the United States goes to war and strips away the pro-government biases of Capra's work. The centerpiece of Why We Fight is the outgoing address of President Dwight Eisenhower from 1961. He warned of the growing danger of the "military-industrial complex" – very strong words from a former five-star general of the US Army.
A look at President Obama’s State of the Union Address, with John Dickerson, political director of CBS News, Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute, David Sanger of The New York Times, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Al Hunt of Bloomberg News, author Jon Meacham, and David Brooks of The New York Times.
Following World War II, the United States secretly brought over a number of former Nazi scientists, ignoring and hiding their crimes against humanity. Best-selling author Annie Jacobsen details this covert plan in her book Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America.
Congressman John Lewis talks to Jan Crawford of CBS News about standing with King at the March on Washington. Next, a conversation with David Oyelowo. He reflects on the challenges of playing King in the new film, Selma. And finally, a conversation about the film A Most Violent Year, with actors Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday we bring back Bob’s conversation with Clarence Jones. Jones served as Dr. King's attorney and advisor for eight years and helped craft some of King’s most beloved speeches. Jones is the author of What Would Martin Say and of Behind the Dream: The Making of a Speech that Transformed a Nation.
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.
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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.
Investor and businessman Warren Buffett stunned the world when he announced he was giving most of his fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Charlie Rose is the only broadcast journalist with access to Buffett and Gates on their friendship which resulted in this historic announcement. In this three part series, we'll hear about Warren Buffet: the Man, the Business, and the Gift.
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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"
Interviews with jazz bassist Charlie Haden and Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist Carl Sagan on this hour of Fresh Air. Haden has released 5 albums with his Quartet West, which he formed to play music of the 1940's and early 50's. He has recorded with many artists including Abbey Lincoln, Joshua Redman, Rick Lee Jones, and others.
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!).
Generations of Americans have grown up with Walt Disney shaping our imaginations. In 1955, Disney mixed up some fairy tales, a few historical facts, and a dream of the future to create an alternate universe. Not just a place for fun, but a scale model of a perfect world. "Everything that you could imagine is there," says one young visitor. "It's like living in a fantasy book." And not just for kids: one-third of Walt Disney World's visitors are adults who go without children. Visiting the parks, according to actor Tom Hanks, is like a pilgrimage - the pursuit of happiness turned into a religion.
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.
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.
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.
"Early days of sports psychology & peak performance"
First, philosopher Ken Wilber, socio-biologist E.O. Wilson, popular writer on the history of religion Karen Armstrong (The Great Transformation), and evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion). Then, authors Rebecca Goldstein (Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity) and Francis Collins (The Language of God).
In this hour, we ask what exactly Einstein concluded about religion. First, a discussion with Richard Dawkins, Elaine Pagels, and Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson (Einstein: His Life and Universe). Next, Jungian analyst David Lindorff (Pauli and Jung: the Meeting of Two Great Minds). Then, author David Leavitt, (The Indian Clerk). Finally, mystic Father Thomas Keating.
Hear writers Michael Chabon and Jon Savage on this edition of Fresh Air. Michael Chabon won a Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. His new novel is The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel. His other books include The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and a collection of stories entitled Werewolves in Their Youth. He has also written for many publications, including The New Yorker, Harpers, and Esquire.
A conversation with Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator for Florida....
Iranian graphic novelist and director Marjane Satrapi rose to fame following the release of her 2007 autobiographical film Persepolis. Persepolis won the Jury Prize at Cannes and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature that year. Satrapi’s new film is Chicken With Plums, a French-language film about love, music and life. It opens this weekend.