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.
Do you love books? I'm not just talking about reading. I'm talking about the physical book – the book as an object. Maybe that's why we line them on shelves like totems… why we pile them next to our beds in some hope that their magic will enter our dreams. Because sometimes, sometimes, you believe.
Today we explore how the 2010 BP oil spill affected the culture and the seafood industry of the Gulf Coast. Bob talks with Mike Voisin of Motavatit Seafoods in Houma and tours his plant as workers process the much smaller than usual harvest of oysters.
Denise Reed is a professor at the University of New Orleans, and she's been studying the wetlands for decades, monitoring loss and imagining ways to grow new land. Tab Benoit is concerned about wetlands loss, but you won't find him lecturing about it in a classroom. Benoit is a blues singer from Houma and a founder of the group Voice of the Wetlands. He'll take Bob on a boat ride through the swamps -- both healthy and depleted.
Charlie Rose interviews well-known thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, businessmen, leaders, scientists, and other newsmakers.
A look at Ted Talks with Bryan Stevenson. Next, a conversation with Julianna Margulies, star of the acclaimed CBS drama, The Good Wife.
For the rest of the week, we'll revisit our reporting trips to southeastern Louisiana in the wake of the BP oil spill in 2010. Bob talks with Mark Schleifstein, a reporter for the Times Picayune, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his post-Katrina coverage, and who has been writing about the effects of the oil and gas industry on the Louisiana marshland.
Social media has brought us all closer together. Sometimes that's a good thing. But when it comes to online shaming, it's a bad thing. People get humiliated on Twitter, savaged in public forums and women get rape and death threats. This hour, we explore our great renaissance of public shaming.
A look at the musical Hamilton with writer, composer and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and director Thomas Kail.
Five years ago was the first full day of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion killed 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and would release roughly 200 million gallons of oil over the next three months. The spill caused billions of dollars in damage to the shorelines of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida – killing sea life and impacting fisheries in the region. Bob talks with environmentalists Richard Charter and Jacqueline Savitz about the rules and regulations for maintaining an offshore oil rig, the recovery effort, and the impact of the leak on the environment.
Al Hunt interviews John Podesta, chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Next, Téa Leoni on her role in the CBS drama, Madam Secretary.
Twenty years ago, Timothy McVeigh set off a truck bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. 168 people were killed in that shocking and tragic event, and thousands of lives were changed forever. Bob visits the site and talks with Bud Welch who lost his daughter in the blast. We also hear from Amy Petty who survived the explosion and was rescued from the rubble that day. Petty worked for the Federal Employees Credit Union, which lost nearly two-thirds of its employees in the bombing.
Director Alex Garland plays with notion of humans loving robots in his new movie, Ex Machina. What it takes to train a canine star for the new film White God. And composer Jeanine Tesori sings her way through the making of her Broadway hit, Fun Home.
A new Game of Thrones season means more bodices and battle axes! Get Medieval with us in this hour, as we talk arms and armor with a military historian. (Yes, chain mail and plate armor were just as hot and heavy you think.) And George R. R. Martin himself explains why we fantasize about the Middle Ages.
A conversation with Haider al-Abadi, prime minister of Iraq. Next, a conversation with Nancy Gibbs, managing editor of TIME, on the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
More than six decades ago, doctors took cells from a cancer patient in Baltimore. She died soon afterward, forgotten to everyone except her family. But her cells became immortal and famous – known as HeLa. HeLa cells were the first to grow reliably in a laboratory, and they’re still the most widely used today. HeLa cells are responsible for everything from the Polio vaccine to gene mapping. They've ridden into space and into oblivion on atomic weapons. In a new book, Rebecca Skloot tells the story of the woman from whom HeLa cells were taken without permission, and what happened to her family after she died. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is part biography and part investigation into racial politics and medical ethics.
A conversation with Ginni Rometty, chairman and CEO of IBM. Next, Jack and Suzy Welch on their book, The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career.
Hank Paulson, former Secretary of the Treasury on his book, Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower. We conclude with a conversation with Steve Wynn, founder and CEO of Wynn Resorts.
Racial sensitivity and political tolerance are clearly good, but is it possible to take them too far? This hour, a look at how we talk about touchy subjects -- whether political correctness is about safety or censorship.
Deepak Chopra and his brother Sanjiv have co-written a memoir called Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream. The brothers' lives took different paths after they left for the United States in the 1970s to study medicine. Deepak has been instrumental in bringing Indian spirituality to the West, while Sanjiv has focused on Western medicine and is a professor at Harvard Medical School.
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.
This essay comes from the NPR series This I Believe, which features brief personal reflections from both famous and unknown Americans. The pieces that make up the series compel listeners to rethink not only what and how they have arrived at their beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.
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"Sometimes great, very uneven"
David Brooks of the New York Times discusses his new book, The Road to Character.
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.
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 rebroadcast of an hour with author J. K. Rowling.
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"
Listen to journalist Kenneth R. Weiss, Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, and rock critic Ken Tucker on this edition of Fresh Air. Kenneth Weiss writes for the L.A. Times and has covered the California coast and the oceans for the past five years. He's written (with co-author Usha Lee McFarling) a new five-part series, Altered Oceans, on the long-term health of the seas. The series received the George Polk Award for journalism.
Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel laureate psychologist. So he’s the perfect person to give us a new way of thinking about thinking, which is exactly what he does in his new book, Thinking, Fast and Slow. In this hour, Kahneman tells us about the two systems that drive the way we think.
Host Terry Gross talks to writer Jon Krakauer shortly after his return from a Mount Everest expedition that left 8 climbers dead and he and other survivors at the mercy of a rescue mission. This archive edition of Fresh Air first aired on May 23, 1996. Later, Krakauer wrote about his experience in his best selling book, Into Thin Air.
Jordan's Foreign Minister, Nasser Judeh, discusses ISIS and the State Department's summit on violent extremism. We conclude with Chris Hughes, owner and publisher of The New Republic, on the magazine's first issue since recent shake-ups.
For centuries, we've been told the soul is what makes each of us unique. It's why we have moral responsibility. And it's the part of us that lives on after we die. But many scientists now say the soul is just an outdated myth, an idea that can be explained away by new insights from neuroscience and evolutionary biology. In this hour, does the soul still matter? We'll explore the question with scientists and philosophers.
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"
Penn Jillette explains his absolute atheism and why it makes him hopeful and optimistic.
"Too Much Intro"