An hour with Steve Ballmer, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers; he purchased the NBA franchise for a record two-billion dollars. He was previously the CEO of Microsoft for fourteen years. He talks to Charlie about basketball, technology, and Microsoft.
With the elections approaching, candidates and campaigns are working hard to get out the vote. But what would it take to get people politically involved all year round? This hour we explore a few ways, whether it's by using games to make the political process more fun, or mobilizing activists through the Internet.
Today, we look back at the Cuban Missile Crisis. On this day in 1962, President Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba, after the U. S. discovered evidence of Soviet missile installations on the island just a hundred miles from mainland America. First, Bob talks with journalist Michael Dobbs, who spent years carefully researching the Cuban missile crisis, unearthing new material for an hour-by-hour account of the Cold War’s apex. Dobbs’ book is titled One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War.
A conversation with Richard Cohen of The Washington Post on his book: Israel: Is It Good for the Jews?Next, a conversation with Ron Lauder, President of New York’s Neue Galerie. He discusses their current show, Egon Schiele: Portraits. And finally, a conversation with Tory Burch, CEO, chairman, and designer of the fashion and lifestyle company – Tony Birch. She was named an ambassador for global entrepreneurship earlier this year by President Obama. She discusses her book: Tory Burch In Color.
An hour with Moshe Ya'alon, Defense Minister of Israel.
A conversation with the Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator for the Financial Times, Martin Wolf. He is considered to be one of the world's most influential writers on economics. His new book is The Shifts and the Shocks: What We've Learned and Have Still to Learn from the Financial Crisis. Next, a conversation with James McPherson of Princeton University on his book Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief.
Bob talks to StoryCorps founder and radio producer Dave Isay about his book Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First 10 Years of StoryCorps. Then, brothers David and Joe Henry examine the life of comedian Richard Pryor in their book Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him.
In her memoir Fun Home, cartoonist Alison Bechdel — a newly minted MacArthur Fellow — told the difficult story of her childhood in the family funeral home with a closeted gay father. Now her family’s most private moments are jumping from the comic-book page to a Broadway musical. We go inside a beloved Nashville music studio saved from the wrecking ball at the eleventh hour. Rosanne Cash explains why the great performers of classic American pop don’t get royalties, but their younger successors do. And Blake Mills, guitar virtuoso turned singer-songwriter, performs live.
Bob talks with one of his musical favorites, Chuck Leavell, the pianist whose buoyant sound has graced records from The Allman Brothers Band in the 1970s to The Rolling Stones of today. Leavell wrote a book about his experiences on the road and in the studio called Between Rock and a Home Place. From November of 2004, just seven weeks into our decade of interviews, Chuck Leavell was the first of many guests to visit with Bob for a full hour.
It's National Boss' Day, but since no one really likes their own supervisor, we thought we'd celebrate a different kind of boss today. First Bob talks with Louis Ferrante. He fought his way up the mafia ranks, earning himself a spot in the Gambino clan to become the boss of his own crew. But as an inmate in federal prison, Ferrante experienced the thrill of a great piece of literature and turned his back on a life of crime. Now he’s an author and a motivational speaker. Then Bob talks about "The Boss" with cultural historian and professor Lou Masur. He's the author of Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision.
Science fiction offers us visions of histories we don't know -- histories of the future and the past. Today, legendary science fiction writers talk about science, utopia, and the imagination. Plus, the winners of our 3 Minute Futures fiction contest!
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin examines how a brutal fight for the presidential nomination destroyed a friendship in her book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. Then, in his memoir, Open: An Autobiography, Andre Agassi goes well beyond his on-court wins and losses to reveal some big secrets, like how much he hated tennis during the early years of his career. The former tennis star writes about his demanding father, the hairpiece he wore during tournaments, the shoe lifts Brooke Shields made him wear to their wedding, and much more. Agassi won eight Grand Slam singles titles before retiring in 2006.
A conversation with economist Paul Krugman about his change of opinion on President Obama, the U. S.'s economic future, European financial issues, and healthcare. Next, a conversation with philosopher and author, Bernard-Henri Levy, on his article for The New Republic website, under the headline: "Shame on Turkey for Choosing the Islamic State over the Kurds." And finally, a conversation with Chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana.
An hour with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, about the response to the Ebola crisis, and learning how to deal with loss.
As a new American citizen, historian and best-selling author Simon Winchester burrowed into his adopted country’s history of unity for his latest book The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible. When Franz Wisner was just about to get married, his fiancée suddenly called off the wedding. To preserve a bit of his personal and financial investment, Franz invited his younger brother Kurt to join him on the already-paid-for honeymoon in Costa Rica. They loved it and decided they should keep traveling together for two more years. Franz came home and wrote up their adventures in his book titled Honeymoon with My Brother.
A conversation about Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film Birdman, with the film’s director, and stars Michael Keaton, and Edward Norton. Next, a conversation with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the duo behind the Comedy Central sketch comedy series Key & Peele.
Today is Columbus Day so we are listening to Bob’s interview with James Reston. He’s the author of Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors. The book explains why the year 1492 so was pivotal in world history. Then, Bob talks with writer and professor Ruben Martinez about what happened after 1492…about how the Old World changed the New World, from agriculture to racial hierarchies. When Spanish conquistadors met the natives, the indigenous people already had a sophisticated society, even if it wasn’t apparent to the armor-clad Europeans. Martinez wrote and hosted a 2010 documentary titled When Worlds Collide which presents the merger of the two cultures into the Latino heritage we have come to know today.
Frances McDormand makes it a point to play strong, complicated female characters. Her latest role is one of her thorniest yet: she plays the title character in the miniseries Olive Kitteridge. Olive is a small-town Mainer, frustrated, occasionally unpleasant — and she teaches math. We hear from John Luther Adams, the Alaskan composer who didn’t have running water till he was nearly forty. Plus, the unlikely success of Fiddler on the Roof. The characters are Old Country Jews, but it’s really about everyone who made their home here in the US.
A conversation with Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group, on the declining climate for Western businesses in Russia and China, ISIS's threating of a Syrian town, stalled negotiations in Iran, the continuing spread of Ebola, and Turkish inaction on ISIS as militants advance. Next, a conversation with author Walter Isaacson, his new book is about the people who created the computer and the internet, causing the digital revolution – it's called The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.
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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"Sometimes great, very uneven"
“The medium is the message.” “We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” “We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.” Those are just a few of Marshall McLuhan’s famous quotes. McLuhan is one of the most influential media thinkers of all time, yet he’s also one of the most misunderstood. In this hour, we’ll explore Marshall McLuhan’s big ideas as we salute the centenary of his birth.
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 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.
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.
The Meaning of Life in 5 Easy Lessons.
"No One Does it Better"
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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Hear authors David and Nic Sheff, and critic at large John Powers, on this edition of Fresh Air. David Sheff and his son, Nic, have both written memoirs. David's new book is called Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction. Nic's book is called Tweak. Nic became addicted to meth and was in and out of rehab. David and Nic join us to talk about doing drugs, getting over them, and the effect on family.
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"
Albert Camus was many things: war hero, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and one of the 20th century’s most fascinating public thinkers. We examine the life and legacy of Camus on his 100th birthday: how a poor kid from Algeria became a revered French writer, hungry to find meaning in an absurd world, and why Camus still has a lot to tell us about a world mired in political violence.
Today's most acclaimed film directors reveal intimate behind-the-scenes details of their most influential work and their unique approaches to their art. In the companion to the Silver Plaque-winning Starz/Encore documentary series, this book offers interviews with 13 top filmmakers. Contains each director's filmography, complete listings of major awards, and cast credits for all films discussed.
A conversation with diplomat and political scientist, Henry Kissinger.
Audible was not granted digital rights to today's program. Instead we bring you physicist Brian Greene, on this edition of Fresh Air. With his book The Elegant Universe he developed a reputation for explaining complex scientific theories with insight and clarity. The book was the basis of a PBS series. His new book is, The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality.