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.
"this was terrific everyone should listen to this"
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. Host Anne Strainchamps talks to some of the greatest thinkers, figures, and artists of our time. It's a radio salon where a playwright and a scientist, a theologian and a rock critic might all offer their views on, say, revenge. Inviting a diverse group of people with very different backgrounds to approach a subject creates a kind of depth and richness that's positively riveting.
"Sometimes great, very uneven"
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"
Hear neurologist Oliver Sacks and rock critic Ken Tucker on this edition of Fresh Air. Oliver Sacks' new book is Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain. It's a series of case histories that examine the relationship of music and the mind. Sacks has written eleven books; the most famous are Awakenings, which was made into a film starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
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"
First, philosopher Ken Wilber, socio-biologist E.O. Wilson, popular writer on the history of religion Karen Armstrong (The Great Transformation), and evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion). Then, authors Rebecca Goldstein (Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity) and Francis Collins (The Language of God).
Former US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ron Suskind on this edition of Fresh Air. The two have collaborated on the new book, The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill. The book chronicles his nearly two years with the Bush administration.
A little laugh goes a long way. This week, we’re taking a crash course in how to be funny. From Chicago’s famous Second City, to a humor research lab, this hour's a laugh riot. We also talk with a laughter coach, Canadian comic Mary Walsh, and longtime New Yorker humorist Ian Frazier. Giggle on!
"Not an Audiobook, but a Waste of Time!"
Every day you are subjected to a relentless surge of information and facts. We all know it's important to stay informed, but the experience does tend to shut down your sense of wonder. Where do you go to restore your sense of delight and mystery? To find enchantment? In this hour, writers Neil Gaiman, A.S. Byatt and Salman Rushdie tell us why we need magic.
Studio 360 looks at the places "where art and real life collide," exploring the creative influence and transformative power of art in modern life through richly textured stories and insightful conversation. Hosted by Kurt Andersen.
"Stimulating and Diverse - always interesting"
Tonight on the program, bestselling author Michael Lewis discusses his new book, The Undoing Project. It tells the story of two Israeli psychologists—Amos Tversky andn Daniel Kahneman—and their groundbreaking work uncovering the hidden biases of the human mind.
This five-part series from To The Best of Our Knowledge series examines the conflict between science and religion, featuring conversations with many of the world's leading figures in this debate.
Topics include evolution vs. creationism; the relationship between brain and mind; God and the origins of the universe; and more.
Scientists can now explain virtually every stage of the evolutionary process. But there's a basic question that still mystifies even the best scientists: How did life first begin on Earth? Or to put in another way, how did non-life somehow turn into life? And can we say the Earth itself is alive? In this hour, we'll talk with James Lovelock about his Gaia theory, and explore the question, What is Life?
Humorist Fran Lebowitz and writer Anne Lamott on this archive edition of Fresh Air. The Washington Post called Fran Lebowitz "The funniest woman in America." Humorist Lebowitz has come out with her first children's book, Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet The Pandas. In 1978, she wrote the critically acclaimed book Metropolitan Life a collection of witty essays on life. Writer Anne Lamott's new book is Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
Listen in as Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen, Alan Cohen, David Allen, Stacy Johnson, Cal Ripken Jr., John Gray, T. Harv Eker and Vincent Roazzi, talk to Tara about the subjects of their books, building wealth and success principles.
"Hey, its Tara so its good."
An hour with Bill Moyers on his Frontline documentary about the middle class called Two American Families.
Writer Stephen King on this edition of Fresh Air. King has just received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at this year's National Book Award ceremony. Author of several best sellers, he is credited with ushering in a whole new era of horror with his first novel, Carrie, published in 1974.
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.
In this show, we explore storyworlds - the fictional universes that continue to enchant us. Like the ghostly supernatural realm in which Abe Lincoln's dead son, Willie, finds himself and the surreal Pacific Northwest town of Twin Peaks, the home of some damn fine coffee.
Tonight on the program, a conversation about the economy and the middle class. Guest host Anthony Mason is joined by Henry Blodget, the C.E.O. and editor of Business Insider; Joe Nocera, a columnist at Bloomberg View; and Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell.
We conclude with an interview and performance by soul pop band Lake Street Dive.
Tonight on the program, a rebroadcast of Donald Trump for the hour. We go back to his conversation in 1992 where he had two books out at the time: "The Art of the Deal" and "Surviving at the Top."
Guest host John Hockenberry discusses Michael Flynn's resignation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tim Weiner
Next, Hockenberry is joined by Kimberly Martin of Barnard College at Columbia University, a Russian scholar who writes on U.S.-Russian relations.
We conclude with critically acclaimed writer George Saunders for a look at his debut novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo."
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer Julius Erving about his most memorable accomplishment, his memories of the ABA and his best dunks. This interview took place on March 22nd, 1999.
Ron Barr interviews NBA champion Mitch Richmond about what his childhood was like, his experience playing on the playground and what Julius Erving meant to him. This interview took place on June 17th, 2013.
Ron Barr interviews NBA champion Kevin Willis about his longevity, how he grew as a person while in the NBA and the hardest quarter to deal with physically. This interview took place on June 19th, 2009.
Ron Barr interviews All-Star Kevin Johnson about being community oriented, his expectations of the NBA and the difference between college basketball and the NBA. This interview took place on February, 27th, 2008.
Ron Barr interviews All-Star Mark Price about what his hometown was like, how basketball came into his life and why he chose Georgia Tech. This interview took place on May 19th, 2015.
This week, we preview the Academy Awards. The casting director of Moonlight talks about the complicated process of finding the right actors for three different time periods. Plus, La La Land director Damien Chazelle guides Kurt through the classic Hollywood musicals that inspired his film. And the director of the Oscar-nominated The Red Turtle talks about making an animated Studio Ghibli movie unlike any other.
From 1934 to 1951, The Andrews Sisters recorded more than 400 songs, including hits such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Rum and Coca Cola", and sold almost 100 million records. Wink Martindale sat down with sisters Patty and Maxine to discuss how they got started and why breaking up was the best thing to happen to them. In this interview from 1972, the sisters share captivating stories about what it was like traveling as a trio, working with Bing Crosby, and what they would have done differently.
In February 1964, The Beatles made their TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, catching the attention of Bob Eubanks. Wink Martindale catches up with Eubanks in an interview from 1977 about The Beatles playing the Hollywood Bowl. He discusses having second thoughts about booking them for the concert and then selling out in three and a half hours.
We're exploring love by the numbers, this week. Thirty-six questions, 40 first dates, and 43 equations - it's all part of the new mathematical science of love.
Guest host Allison Stewart discusses President Trump's press conference with Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post.
Next, Stewart leads a discussion about the new documentary Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. She is joined by the film’s directors, Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, and Colin Johnson, the grandson of Maya Angelou and the co-founder of Caged Bird Legacy.
We conclude with a look at Fire at Sea, the new Oscar nominated documentary from Gianfranco Rosi.
Guest host John Micklethwait leads a discussion about Russia and the Trump administration with Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine, Mario Calvo Platero, the U.S. editor of Il Sole 24 Ore, and the author of How America Lost its Secrets, Edward Epstein.
We continue with a look at the 2017 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue with guest host Andrew Ross Sorkin, model Kate Upton, and editor MJ Day
We conclude with actor Maggie Siff, she stars as Wendy Rhoades in the Showtime series Billions.
From Joe DiMaggio to Humphrey Bogart and from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra was close to legends. He inspired and worked with the greats of popular music for well over 50 years. The first installment of our four-part Hall of Fame spotlight on Frank Sinatra's legendary career takes a look at the early years as he began to make a name for himself and presents a fascinating look at the development of Frank Sinatra as an artist.
Ella Fitzgerald's career began at various amateur nights around New York City, most famously at the Apollo Theater in 1934. From those early days, Fitzgerald grew to be an iconic jazz singer and the First Lady of Song. In the spring of 1983, Fitzgerald sat down for a conversation with Wink Martindale. She discusses how her career began and some of her first hits.
The story of The Mills Brothers is much like that of many entertainers, featuring humble beginnings, big dreams, success, tragedy, and ultimately a happy ending. In 1973, host Wink Martindale sat down with two of the original Mills Brothers, Harry and Donald, to recount their tale.
Harry Belafonte didn't start out with a dream of being a singer. He wanted to be an actor and studied theater for five years in New York. Unable to find work as an actor, he had to choose between abandoning dreams of being a performer entirely and finding a new area of entertainment to pursue. Opportunity struck when he was offered a chance to be an intermission singer at a local jazz club, and his singing talent began to catch on.
Billy Eckstine didn't consider singing a potential profession until he earned $5 as second prize in an amateur competition. He was bitten by the showbiz bug after working as an MC and singer in his hometown of Pittsburgh while on summer break from college. He decided not to return to college and eventually began working in clubs throughout Buffalo, Detroit, and Chicago. Eckstine sat down with Wink Martindale for an interview in May of 1973.