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.
Ron Barr interviews 12-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres about her proudest accomplishments throughout her career, and remaining a competitive swimmer at an older age. This interview took place on September 15th,
Ron Barr interviews swimmer out of Stanford University Janet Evans about the joy of winning the Sullivan award in 1989, and the toughness of waiting four years to compete. This interview took place on June 5th, 2013.
Ron Barr interviews four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin about her training regimen after the Olympics, becoming a professional at such a young age, and balancing a normal teenage life with being a famous swimmer. This interview took place on August 14th, 2013.
Ron Barr interviews 12-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin about how long it took her to sit back and enjoy her success, and the nervousness she felt in the 2004 Olympics compared to the 2008 games. This interview took place on December 15th, 2008.
Ron Barr interviews world record holder Ryan Lochte about the adjustments a swimmer makes when traveling as far as China to compete, and the advantages of swimming in a familiar place. This interview took place on August 8th. 2011.
Experts agree, gratitude is good for you. It lowers stress, increases happiness, improves physical health, decreases depression and even helps you sleep better. So while it's great to celebrate a day of Thanksgiving, you'll feel even better if you cultivate an attitude of gratitude all year long.
Both practically and symbolically, our voices are one of the primary ways that we interact with the world around us. Since ancient Greece, the voice has represented participatory democracy, and today we still argue about whose voices to include in our national conversations. But even though we might think of our voices as our own—and ourselves as free to use them—it turns out that the voice is one of the most disciplined, trained, standardized, regulated dimensions of human life and expression.
Ongoing coverage of the attacks in Paris and the fight against ISIS. Charlie is joined by Mike Morell, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Ongoing coverage of ISIL and the aftermath of the attacks in Paris. Charlie is joined by General David Petraeus, former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ron Barr interviews former University of Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer about having success both in the NFL and the NCAA, the key to his success in recruiting, and his reputation as a “player’s coach.” This interview took place on August 24th, 2007.
Ron Barr interviews former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden about walking away from the game in 2009, reflecting on his long, successful career, and maintaining the fire for football for such a long time. This interview took place on July 18th, 2012.
Ron Barr interviews Clemson’s head football coach Dabo Swinney about his evaluation process after each season, and the changes in the environment of college football, and the question he gets asked the most when recruiting. This interview took place on April 1st, 2014.
Ron Barr interviews Stanford’s head football coach David Shaw about first realizing that his father was a coach, the adaptability he gained from having his father as a head coach, and the way money changes the approach to an athlete’s game. This interview took place on April 10th, 2014.
Ron Barr interviews former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressle about the experience of having a father as a football coach, and playing quarterback under his father, who was the coach. This interview took place on January 21st, 2011.
When terrorists struck Paris, they took aim at what binds us together as a society: our culture. And looking back at 15 years of terror, that's nothing new. Near East scholar Bernard Haykel shows how ISIS uses poetry as propaganda. Pakistani-American columnist Rafia Zakaria calls the attacks an assault on fun – and explains why that's much more serious than it sounds. Also, we hear how Sly and the Family Stone provided the soundtrack for freedom. And writer Gavin McCrea talks about his first novel, which imagines what it was like to love the co-author of The Communist Manifesto.
Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and partner at Greylock. Shonda Rhimes, creator of the long-running ABC series Grey's Anatomy and the smash hit Scandal. Her new book, Year of Yes, documents her rise to the top of Hollywood.
Somewhere along the way, I think we ruined poetry? Have the heartfelt angst of young lovers and the epic elegies of heroes become elitist and academic? But poetry is back, and we have new technology to thank.
Continuing coverage of the Paris attacks with Will McCants, director of the Project on US Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution, Graeme Wood of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Ian Fisher of The New York Times.
A conversation with Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. Next, a conversation with Robert Gates, former secretary of defense on ISIS and the Paris attacks. And finally, David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, here to discuss the refugee crisis.
There are many ways to live dangerously. Sure, you could take part in a death defying feat like skydiving. But living dangerously also sometimes involves taking intellectual risks, opening up, and being honest with yourself. To the Best of Our Knowledge recently travelled to Salt Lake City to speak awith a few folks, live onstage, about what it means to live dangerously.
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.
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"
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.
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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David Foster Wallace may have understood the modern American better than any writer of our time. His suicide in September of 2008 stunned his friends and fans. Wallace was a master at capturing the way we think, feel and live, and his books and essays conveyed an intimacy that made a lot of people feel like Wallace was a friend they'd never met. In this hour, we celebrate the life and work of the late David Foster Wallace.
Writer David Sedaris and actor Alan Cumming, 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 newest Me Talk Pretty One Day which was just released in paperback. Scottish actor Alan Cumming co-wrote, co-directed, and is co-starring in the new film The Anniversary Party, along with Jennifer Jason Leigh.
The famous activist and feminist on living an authentic life through recognizing both the importance of the self and the community.
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.
On this edition of Fresh Air, we remember stage actress and acting teacher Uta Hagen. She died on Wednesday at the age of 84. She taught acting for more than 40 years, teaching such actors as Jack Lemmon, Sigourney Weaver, Matthew Broderick, and the late Geraldine Page.
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.
What is possible now that leisure and entertainment aren’t goods we sit back and consume but tools that we use to create, collaborate and explore? Bob talks with consultant, teacher and writer Clay Shirky about the social and economic effects of our new era of creativity and generosity laid out in his new book, Cognitive Surplus.
A conversation about the film Rosewater with director Jon Stewart, star Gael García Bernal, and Maziar Bahari. The film is Jon Stewart's directorial debut and is based on Maziar Bahari's memoir Then They Came for Me. Maziar Bahari's imprisonment is connected to an interview he participated in on The Daily Show in 2009.
Everyone has a story. The following interview is taken from the best of Andrew Denton's award-winning Enough Rope series, ranking among the most penetrating discussions from the 2000s with celebrities, larger-than-life personalities and average Joes.If you spliced the genes of Sir David Attenborough with those of the cartoon Tasmanian Devil, you'd come up with something like Steve Irwin - an Australian conservationist....
Ahead of the Mad Men finale this weekend, we decode the social mores of the 1960s through the wardrobes of Joan, Peggy, and Don. And as the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy pushes our social mores now, publishers and readers explain what all the fuss is about. Plus, Kurt Andersen talks with the writer Paul Theroux. His new novel, The Lower River, follows a former Peace Corps volunteer back to Malawi.
700,000 people are expected to attend the North American International Auto Show when it opens in Detroit on January 16th. In addition to the more than 700 new cars on display, attendees will see an industry transformed. Since last year's show, General Motors and Chrysler have gone in and out of bankruptcy; Chrysler is now run by Fiat; and Toyota announced its first loss in almost 60 years.
Catherine Lacey (Nobody Is Ever Missing), Akhil Sharma (Family Life), Francoise Mouly (art editor at The New Yorker), and Kate Zambreno (Heroines, Green Girl) discuss the acclaimed novel in celebration of its 30th anniversary. Marguerite Duras' (Hiroshima Mon Amour) haunting, luminous book tells of the tumultuous affair between an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover in prewar Indochina. With a reading by Kathleen Chalfant (The Affair, Angels in America on Broadway).
Retired NFL linebacker, Ray Lewis, introduces his book I Feel Like Going On. Then, we conclude with a look at the film Crimson Peak with actors Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Tom Hiddleston.
Audible was not granted digital rights to today's program. We bring you actor Gene Wilder on this edition of Fresh Air. Gene Wilder's birth name was Jerome Silberman. He made his film debut as a kidnap victim in Bonnie and Clyde (1967), but he's best known for his work with Mel Brooks in the films Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and The Producers.
A conversation with General Stanley McChrystal on his memoir My Share of the Task. And a conversation with General Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army.