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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Insiders have known for years that studios pay female stars less than men, but the Sony hack put numbers on the problem. One expert thinks that leaked data may begin to balance the scales. Glenn Close comes back to the stage in an Edward Albee play. And the Hubble Space Telescope, which made the world fall in love with images of space all over again, turns 25.
Want to improve your mood? Just dance. This hour we’re talking with people who’ve found an easy way to keep themselves happy, to build friendships, and make art. We’re checking in with neuroscientists too, to hear just what happens in our brains when we’re dancing. Also, how dancing together has been part of religious life for centuries
David Boies discusses the Supreme Court's announcement that it will decide if all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Next, ongoing security crisis in Europe with Matthew Olsen of ABC News. And finally, a conversation with ten-time world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao.
And we'll conclude this week of musical interviews with Lyle Lovett. Although considered by some to be a country musician, Lovett's sound blends blues, gospel, jazz, and folk with a country sensibility. He’ll talk with Bob about his music career, his acting career and about the music from two of his albums - It's Not Big, It's Large and Natural Forces.
Singer-songwriter Kevin Welch left his Oklahoma home at age 17 to pursue a life in music, settling in Nashville in 1978. Welch was very active in the local club scene, performing with different bands and finally his own band - The Overtones. Welch was here in 2010 to discuss his career and the music from his CD titled A Patch of Blue Sky.
A look at the nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards with Matt Bean, editor of Entertainment Weekly. Next, a conversation about Islam and politics with Reza Aslan, Will McCants, Michael Hanna, and Shadi Hamid. And finally, a conversation with Director Michael Mann on his new film, Blackhat.
Smart phones and digital distribution have made it easier for anyone to get into the radio game. After the breakout success of Serial, it seems like everyone’s talking about podcasts. But what does it take to make a hit show? And what do a host of new, independent programs mean for good ol’ radio?
In this hour, we talk with innovative producers, long-time podcast hosts and ingeneous station managers, all of whom agree: podcasting is changing listening.
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida discusses his book, American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone. Next, Al Hunt on the Story with Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado. And finally, we conclude with pianist and composer Marcus Roberts.
Bob talks with Elizabeth Cook about the music from her CD Welder and about hosting her own show on satellite radio. Cook is the host of Apron Strings on Outlaw Country on Sirius XM. Next, Bob visits with Jill Sobule. After parting ways with several record labels, she decided to raise all the funds for her 2009 album through contributions from her fans.
An hour with Bill Bratton, New York City Police Commissioner.
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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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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Can science conquer death? It may seem like an absurd question, but some people think it's possible. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll meet Aubrey de Grey, a maverick English scientist who has identified seven major kinds of molecular and cellular damage. He thinks we can prevent all these natural causes of death and thereby extend our lives indefinitely.
Nobody wants to be a narcissist - a relentless, self-loving, self-promoter. But look at Facebook and Twitter. We talk about ourselves all the time on social media. Which raises the question, are we living in a Golden Age of Narcissism?
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.
A conversation with Bill Maher, the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. Then, a discussion with journalist Christopher Hitchens. His new book is God is Not Great.
Penn Jillette explains his absolute atheism and why it makes him hopeful and optimistic.
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Bob talks with religion scholar Elaine Pagels about her new book, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, & Politics in the Book of Revelation. Then, writers Silas House and Neela Vaswani wrote letters back and forth for a year: House from his native Kentucky and Vaswani from her home in New York City. Their correspondence became the epistolary young adult novel Same Sun Here, a story about two school children who become unlikely friends through a pen pal program.
Writer, Sarah Vowell on this edition of Fresh Air. Vowell is a contributing editor for NPR's This American Life and columnist for Salon.com. She talks about her new collection of essays Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World.
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.
The novels of Thomas Pynchon always seemed too weird and too long to make into movies. But the director Paul Thomas Anderson, a dedicated Pynchon fan, has taken on the challenge with Inherent Vice. They're not "unfilmmable — maybe just hard," he says. Also, the story of Linda Ronstadt's breakthrough album Heart Like a Wheel. And we search for the answer to a TV mystery: why was The Newsroom so bad?
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.
Whatever happened to psychoanalysis? It used to be the most influential science of the mind, but today its founder, Sigmund Freud, just looks like a sex-obsessed old man. Analyst Adam Phillips says we got Freud all wrong; he remains a radical thinker if we know how to read him. This hour explores the connections between therapy and art.
This discussion with a remarkable Benedictine monk who founded an ashram in South India is a beautiful, stirring exploration of human spirituality. In a rare synthesis of Christian, Hindu, and modern scientific thought, the late Father Bede discusses the infusing of gross matter and daily life with spirit, the finding of God "in the divine darkness beyond word and thought," technology and simple living, Black Madonnas, mysticism, and monastic life.