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 & Ray were a comedy duo who began on local radio in Boston in the 1940’s. Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding enjoyed tremendous national success for decades were admired for their timeless humor and satire until Ray’s death in 1990. Bob Elliott is here to talk about their four decades of partnership on his 92nd birthday.
Mark Boyle lives without cash and he manages just fine with his off-the-grid caravan, solar laptop and toothpaste made from washed-up cuttlefish bones. Boyle was a successful businessman but he became disillusioned with society’s obsession with money. So in 2008, he decided to try living for a year with no money at all and as far as we can tell, he’s still at it. Boyle tells the story in his book titled, Moneyless Man.
Are you afraid of getting old? Most people are, but studies show we're usually happier in our 60s and 70s. Aging often brings wisdom and resilience - and a new creative spark. We celebrate the fine art of aging - and hear about some artists who remade their careers late in life.
A conversation with Actor Bill Nighy on his role in David Hare’s play, Skylight and in the film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. We conclude with Tim Gunn, co-host of Project Runway and author of, Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor.
Bob spends some quality time with Carol Kaye and her bass guitar. Kaye was THE session bassist of the 1960s and 70s, playing on dozens and dozens of hits for the likes of The Beach Boys, Ritchie Valens, Simon & Garfunkel, The Supremes, Ray Charles and the Monkees. It's estimated that Kaye has been involved with more than ten-thousand recording sessions in her career. Kaye and her bass are also responsible for the distinctive bass notes of the Mission Impossible theme and for many other film scores and TV themes. Today is Kaye’s 80th birthday.
We remember Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister of Singapore.
A conversation with Juliano Salgado, son of Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado and co-director of a documentary on his father's work, The Salt of the Earth. Part two of Charlie's conversation with Leon Wieseltier, contributing editor and critic for The Atlantic.
Bob talks with Grammy-winning musician Rodney Crowell and best-selling author Mary Karr about their musical collaboration. The two artists grew up a few years and a few dozen miles apart in east Texas, but when Crowell and Karr met in person a decade ago, they learned that their childhoods were very similar. Their CD is called Kin which explains how they feel about each other and signals that these songs are about “their people.” Bob also talks with Crowell about his memoir – Chinaberry Sidewalks.
Cassandra Wilson pays tribute to one of her greatest inspirations, Billie Holiday, on the late singer’s 100th birthday. We give our least favorite day of the week, Monday, a makeover. And a computer programmer recreates the styles of painters like Mondrian and Cassatt in code.
Something's bubbling in American kitchens: a resurgence of interest in cultured and fermented foods. Fermentation revivalists share a slow food philosophy, a DIY approach to foodcraft, and a deep interest in the health of the American gut. Today, we explore fermentation culture in food, technology, art and science.
We go way back in the archives today for Bob’s conversation with comedy legend Carl Reiner. He created, wrote, and produced The Dick Van Dyke Show and collaborated with Mel Brooks on The 2000 Year old Man. Reiner is not quite that old, but today is his 93rd birthday. He discussed his life and career and his book titled NNNNN: A Novel.
A conversation with Leon Wieseltier, contributing editor and critic for The Atlantic. Next, an appreciation of Don Keough, former president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola with Muhtar Kent, Father John Jenkins, Timothy Shriver, and Warren Buffett.
An hour with Al Pacino. The Oscar, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning actor discusses his career and his latest role in the film, Danny Collins.
Bob talks with Philip Roth who claims that his two closest friends are "sheer playfulness" and "deadly seriousness." Both are routinely found in his writing from his first novella, Goodbye, Columbus (1959), to his best-known work Portnoy's Complaint (1969), to his more recent 'American Trilogy' which includes the books American Pastoral, I Married a Communist and The Human Stain. In 2008, Roth was here to discuss his career and his 29th book titled Indignation. It's set during the second year of the Korean War and the narrator is Marcus Messner, a 19-year-old son of a Newark kosher butcher. Today is Roth’s 82 birthday.
Mary Louise Kelly spent two decades as a producer, host and correspondent for NPR and the BBC. In 2004, she launched NPR's intelligence beat, which covered wars and terrorism, and included reporting trips to The Pentagon, CIA headquarters and warzones. Now she has drawn on all of that real-world knowledge to become a novelist. Her brand new book is a thriller and a medical mystery titled The Bullet. Bob also talked with Kelly in 2013 about her debut novel Anonymous Sources.
A conversation with Helen Mirren on her role as Queen Elizabeth in The Audience. A discussion about yesterday's Israeli parliament elections with Jeffrey Goldberg, Ari Shavit, Yossi Halevi, Ronen Bergman, Yousef Munayyer, and Lisa Goldman.
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.
"No One Does it Better"
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"
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"
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"
Looking for an alternative to the seriously reliable, soothing yet informative sound of NPR? Try NPR! Prepare to be surprised by this collection of interviews with some of the funniest personalities on the planet, and by the memorable, unbelievable news that delights NPR listeners on the 1st of April each year.
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.
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 David Sedaris on this edition of Fresh Air. Sedaris is best known for his contributing work with Public Radio's This American Life. He's written three books of essays, Barrel Fever, Naked, and his latest Me Talk Pretty One Day.
A conversation with Life and business strategist Tony Robbins on his book, Money: Master the Game. Next, Al Hunt interviews Vernon Jordan on the 50-year anniversary of the march to Selma from Montgomery. And finally, Felicity Huffman discusses her role in the new ABC series American Crime with guest host Gayle King.
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.
"Three part interview with Warren Buffett and other"
Timothy Leary nearly killed the psychedelic revolution. He did more than anyone to popularize LSD and urged us all to "turn on, tune in, drop out." But Leary's indiscriminate use of mind-altering drugs created a backlash, and made them taboo for serious scholars. Now a new generation of scientists is studying hallucinogens, and finding remarkable effects. In this hour, we'll take you to the cutting edge of psychedelic research.
A conversation about President Obama's plan to broaden a U. S. led offensive against the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria, with Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg View and The Atlantic Magazine. Next, a conversation about the film This Is Where I Leave You, with director Shawn Levy, author Jonathan Tropper, and stars Jason Bateman, and Tina Fey. And finally, a conversation with James Galbraith, an economist and author who teaches at the University of Texas.