The creator of the dancing bear logo and designer of the Wall of Sound for the Grateful Dead, Augustus Owsley Stanley III, better known by his nickname, Bear, was one of the most iconic figures in the cultural revolution that changed both America and the world during the 1960s. Owsley's high octane rocket fuel enabled Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters to put on the Acid Tests. It also powered much of what happened on stage at Monterey Pop.
"Wonderful tale of a America Artist"
The definitive biography of the king of the rock 'n' roll business, Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records.
"A Man More Than Fascinating"
To a generation in revolt against authority, "Tune in, turn on, drop out" was a mantra, and its popularizer, Dr. Timothy Leary, a guru. A charismatic and brilliant psychologist, Leary became intrigued, and then obsessed, by the effects of psychedelic drugs in the 1960s while teaching at Harvard. What began as research into human consciousness turned into a mission to alter consciousness itself. Timothy Leary is the first major biography of one of the most controversial figures in postwar America.
Tonight on the program, a discussion about where America will be after the election. Charlie is joined by presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; Walter Isaacson, founder and C.E.O. of the Aspen Institute; Jeff Greenfield of Politico and PBS Newshour Weekend; Kurt Andersen, host of WNYC’s Studio 360; and Cokie Roberts of ABC News.