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Philippe de Montebello

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Philippe de Montebello, author of Rendez-vous with Art
Philippe de Montebello is the longest-serving director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in its history. His retirement in 2008 was described as the end of an era “in the cultural life of the city, the state, the nation, and the world. His Rendez-vous with Art confronts the eternal questions: how, and why, do we look at art?
Philippe de Montebello will be interviewed by Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic and longtime chief art critic for The New York Times.

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Jessye Norman

Monday, November 17, 2014

Jessye Norman, photo by James Alexander- SneakPeek Photography
Jessye Norman, author of Stand Up Straight and Sing!
Jessye Norman brings her passion for singing to all that she surveys on the opera and concert stages of the world, as well as her newest expansion in the world of jazz. Her accolades and awards include five Grammys and thirty-eight honorary doctorates from institutions around the world. In Stand Up Straight and Sing!, Jessye Norman recalls in rich detail the strong women who were her role models, from her ancestors to family friends, relatives, and teachers. Jessye Norman will be interviewed by Gloria Steinem. Ms. Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, feminist activist, and co-founder of Ms. magazine.

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March 4, 2014
Alain de Botton, f nonfiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to art, architecture and philosophy. Interviewed by Brian Stelter, the host of “Reliable Sources.”

December 3, 2013
Chris Matthews, author of Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked interviewed by E. J. Dionne, Jr.

October 30, 2013
Pat Conroy, author of a powerful new memoir, The Death of Santini interviewed by Maureen Corrigan.

October 15, 2013
Congressman John Lewis is Georgia’s 5th Congressional District Representative and author of the graphic novelMarch. He was interviewed by Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s primetime news and information hit- “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

October 9, 2013
Coach Rick Pitino discusses his new book, The One-Day Contract, with Joe Nocera, Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times. Coach Pitino offers lessons in how to overcome adversity and tough times throughout life, and move on to success.

March 19, 2013
Elaine Pagels a preeminent figure in the theological community, is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University where she has taught since 1982. Interviewed by Gustav Niebuhr; Associate Professor in Religion & the Media, Syracuse University, and the former Religion Correspondent for The New York Times.

January 9, 2013
Jared Diamond is an author, physiologist, evolutionary biologist and bio geographer, as well as a medical researcher and professor of geography at UCLA. Interviewed by Sarah Hrdy, author and professor emerita at the University of California-Davis.

November 26, 2012
Ray Kurzweil, author of six books, including The Singularity is Near, is a true pioneer and one of the leading inventors of our time. Interviewed by Jim Fleming, host of "To The Best of Our Knowledge" from Wisconsin Public Radio/Public Radio International.

October 2, 2012
Steven Pinker, experimental psychologist, professor at Harvard University, and author of The Better Angels of Our Nature. Interviewed by Neal Conan, host of NPR's Talk of the Nation.

May 15, 2012
Ahmed Rashid, celebrated Pakistani journalist and author of Pakistan on the Brink: the Future of America,Pakistan and Afghanistan. Interviewed by Clarissa Ward, CBS News Foreign Correspondent.

April 16, 2012
Erik Larson, widely acclaimed as the master of page-turning nonfiction sagas, winner of an Edgar Award for nonfiction crime writing, and author of six nonfiction books which have sold more than 2.3 million copies. Interviewed by Robert Siegel, host of All things Considered, National Public Radio.

February 22, 2012
Michio Kaku, a leader in the field of theoretical physics, cofounder of string field theory, and author of Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100. Interviewed by James Canton, global futurist, social scientist, author, CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government on future trends.

October 13, 2011
Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, cancer physician and researcher, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Scribner). Interviewed by David Scadden, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard University; co-chair of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.

September 26, 2011
Rosanne Cash, critically acclaimed singer and songwriter, author of Composed: A Memoir (Penguin). Interviewed by Nick Spitzer, producer and host of "American Routes" on NPR.

April 21, 2011
Billy Collins, United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003. Interviewed by Garrison Keillor, the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac, heard on public radio stations across the country.

Feb 15, 2011
Dr. Eric Kandel, Nobel Laureate, neuroscientist, author of In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind. Interviewed by Jonah Lehrer, contributing editor at Wired, author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist.

Nov 9, 2010
Andrew Ross Sorkin, financial columnist for The New York Times,author of Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System – and Themselves. Interviewed by Bethany McLean, contributing editor to Vanity Fair, co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room, and All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis.

Oct 11, 2010
Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, co-host of public radio’s popular “Left, Right & Center”, and author of Third World America. Interviewed by Howard Fineman.

September 21, 2010
David Plouffe, Campaign Manager, Obama for America, and author of The Audacity to Win. Interviewed by Richard Wolffe, MSNBC political analyst and author of Renegade: The Making of a President.

May 10, 2010
Daniel Okrent, the first public editor of The New York Times, former editor at Time, Inc., and author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Interviewed by John Huey, Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc.

Apr. 13, 2010
Richard Ellis, one of America’s leading marine conservationists and author of On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear interviewed by Jeff Corwin, host of Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin Experience and Corwin’s Quest, globe-trotting wildlife biologist and author of 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species.

Dec. 1, 2009
Michael Sandel, renowned Harvard professor and author of Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? Interviewed by John S. Carroll, prize-winning journalist and former editor of the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, and the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Nov. 12, 2009
Dr. Harold Varmus: Nobel Laureate, former director of the National Institutes of Health, current president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and author of The Art and Politics of Science. Interviewed by Governor Howard Dean, author of Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform.

Mar. 24, 2009
Michael Kinsley, editor of Creative Capitalism, a response from over 40 of the most influential thinkers in the world of business, to the challenge put forth by Bill Gates to address the growing gap between the rich and the poor in the global economy. Interviewed by James Surowiecki, staff writer of "The Financial Page" at The New Yorker.

Feb. 26, 2009
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the internationally praised travel memoir Eat, Pray, Love and the novel Stern Men. Interviewed by ZZ Packer, author of the short story collection Drinking Coffee Elsewhere.

Jan. 22, 2009
Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and the current #1 New York Times bestseller, Outliers: The Story of Success (Little, Brown). Interviewed by Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind (Penguin Group) and The Adventures of Johnny Bunko (Riverhead Books), America's first business book in the Japanese format known as manga.

Oct. 6, 2008
David Boren, President of the University of Oklahoma and former U.S. Senator, discusses his book, A Letter to America. Interviewed by Neal Conan, host of NPR's Talk of the Nation.

May 6, 2008
United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, author of Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution. Interviewed by Pete Williams, NBC News Justice Correspondent.

April 1, 2008
Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time. Interviewed by Jacki Lyden, Senior Correspondent and Alternate Host for National Public Radio.

Jan. 11, 2008
Michael Pollan, journalist and author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, books which have sparked new public dialogue about the American way of eating. Interviewed by Michael Shnayerson, contributing editor, Vanity Fair.

Nov. 27, 2007
Tom Brokaw, one of the most respected figures in broadcast journalism, author of The Greatest Generation and Boom! Aftershocks of the Sixties and Beyond: Personal Reflections. Interviewed by Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author.

April 24, 2007
James A. Baker, III, former Secretary of State, co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, and author of Work Hard, Study...and Keep Out of Politics!. Interviewed by John King, chief national correspondent for CNN.

Feb. 28, 2007
Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author of Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. Interviewed by Wendell Berry, honored author, cultural and economic critic, and a farmer in his native Henry County, KY for over 40 years.

Oct. 18, 2006
Lawrence Wright, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Interviewed by Peter Bergen, journalist, author and CNN's terrorism analyst.

Sept. 12, 2006

George Soros, international financier and philanthropist and author of The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror. Interviewed by John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress.

April 6, 2006
Sue Monk Kidd, author of spiritual memoirs and the best selling novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. Interviewed by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. , Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Jungian analyst and internationally recognized author and speaker.

March 7, 2006
Gene Sperling, President Clinton's National Economic Advisor and author of The Pro-Growth Progressive. Interviewed by John Ydstie, Correspondent and Host, National Public Radio.

Dec. 19, 2005
Senator John McCain, four-term Arizona Senator and author of Character is Destiny. Interviewed by Robert Siegel, host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

Nov. 1, 2005
R. W. "Johnny" Apple Jr. , Associate Editor of The New York Times and author of Apple's America. Interviewed by Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC News.

April 19, 2005
Azar Nafisi, teacher and author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. Interviewed by Karl Fleming, journalist and legendary civil rights reporter.

March 29, 2005
Ari Fleischer , former Press Secretary to President George W. Bush. Interviewed by Bill Plante, CBS News White House Correspondent.

Nov. 17, 2004
Dennis Ross, U. S. Envoy to the Middle East, 1988-2000. Interviewed by Jacki Lyden, Foreign Correspondent for National Public Radio.

Oct 20, 2004
Karen Armstrong, internationally recognized religious commentator. Interviewed by Robert Siegel, host of "All Things Considered," National Public Radio.

April 12, 2004
Margaret Atwood, Canadian novelist, poet and essayist. Interviewed by Ira Flatow, TV journalist and host of Talk of the Nation: Science Friday on National Public Radio.

Feb. 12, 2004
Robert Kagan, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author. Interviewed by Neal Conan, host of Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio.

Jan. 20, 2004
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. , Director of African-American Studies at Harvard University, scholar and author. Interviewed by Karen Grigsby Bates, Correspondent for Day to Day on National Public Radio.

Dec. 17, 2003
Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, U.N. Ambassador to the United Nations and author. Interviewed by Richard Roth, United Nations Senior Correspondent for CNN.

May 14, 2003
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and author. Interviewed by Pete Williams, NBC News Justice Correspondent and former Press Secretary to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Nov. 21, 2002
Arthur Levitt, Former Chairman of the American Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Interviewed by Jane Bryant Quinn, financial columnist for Newsweek.

Nov. 13, 2002
Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion" and "The Writer's Almanac" on Public Radio International (PRI) and author of numerous books.

Sept. 25, 2002
Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings Institution and former Deputy Secretary of State. Interviewed by David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

May 6, 2002
Wynton Marsalis, artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center and world famous jazz trumpeter. Interviewed by Robert Siegel, host of All Things Considered, NPR.

March 26, 2002
Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. , Managing Director, Lazard Freres & Co., past President, National Urban League and author. Interviewed by Ronald Brownstein, Senior Washington Correspondent, The Los Angeles Times.

Dec. 4, 2001
David Hockney, internationally renowned artist and author. Interviewed by Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art Critic, The New York Times.

Nov. 6, 2001
General Wesley K. Clark, Five Star General, former Commander NATO European Forces and NATO Air Campaign Kosovo and author. Interviewed by Joe Klein, The New Yorker Correspondent, Politics and Defense, and author.

April 25, 2001
James McBride, author of The Color of Water. Interviewed by Christopher Lydon, former host of The Connection, WBUR Boston.

April 2, 2001
Dr. David Kessler, Dean of Yale University School of Medicine and former Commissioner of US Food and Drug Administration. Interviewed by Roger Cossack, former co-host of CNN's Burden of Proof.

Feb. 28, 2001
E. L. Doctorow, prize-winning fiction writer. Interviewed by Christopher Lydon, former host of The Connection, WBUR Boston.

Oct. 23, 2000
Ted Koppel, 36-year veteran of ABC News, Nightline and author. Interviewed by Robert Siegel, host of All Things Considered, NPR.

April 10, 2000
Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize winner and author. Interviewed by Gustav Niebuhr, former Religion Correspondent for The New York Times.

Dec. 13, 1999
John Glenn, former Senator and America's first astronaut. Interviewed by Lou Dobbs, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of and Financial Anchor, CNN.

Oct. 28, 1999
Dr. Jane Goodall, world-renowned anthropologist. Interviewed by Dr. Richard Wrangham, Chairman, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.

Oct. 7, 1999
Frances Mayes, poet, author and Professor of Creative Writing. Interviewed by Rebecca Bain, former news director and present host of The Fine Print, National Public Radio.

March 9, 1999
Ruth Reichl, former restaurant critic for The New York Times and current Editor of Gourmet Magazine. Interviewed by Susan Stamberg, Special Correspondent, National Public Radio.

Jan. 12, 1999
Pat Schroeder, former Congresswoman, author and President of American Publishers Association. Interviewed by Eleanor Clift, contributing Editor, Newsweek and Fox News.

Dec. 2, 1998
A. Scott Berg, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer. Interviewed by Jonathan Yardley, Pulitzer Book Critic, The Washington Post.

April 20, 1998
David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Interviewed by Roger Wilkins, Professor, George Mason University.

Feb. 11, 1998
Carl Lewis, winner of 9 Olympic Gold Medals. Interviewed by Frank Deford, sports commentator for National Public Radio.

Dec. 2, 1997
Jane Bryant Quinn, award-winning financial columnist and author. Interviewed by Marshall Loeb, Editor, Columbia Journalism Review and Fortune.

Oct. 6, 1997
Dr. Susan Love, pre-eminent breast cancer surgeon and author of two best-selling books on women's health. Interviewed by Anne Taylor Fleming, TV commentator, author, and correspondent with Jim Lehrer NewsHour.

April 24, 1997
Hillary Rodham Clinton ,former first lady and current US Senator. Interviewed by Carl Sferrazza Anthony, author and leading expert on First Ladies.

March 25, 1997
Katharine Graham, former publisher of The Washington Post and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Interviewed by Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News.

Feb. 25, 1997
John Updike, Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Interviewed by Robert Siegel, host of National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

Nov 25, 1996
Neil Simon, playwright and Pulitzer winner. Interviewed by Jon Jory, Former artistic director of Actors Theater of Louisville.

Oct. 12, 1996
Sister Helen Prejean, counselor to death row inmates and author of Dead Man Walking. Interviewed by Stephen Bright, Director of Southern Center for Human Rights, native of Danville, Kentucky, UK graduate and Yale Professor.

May 13, 1996
Bill Bradley, three time Senator, Olympic gold medallist and Rhodes Scholar. Interviewed by Eleanor Clift, former White House Correspondent, contributing editor, Newsweek and Fox News.