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Past Authors (Alphabetical)

Alphabetical List of University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum Events:

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

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

Armstrong, Karen (Oct. 20,2004) - Internationally recognized religious commentator. Interviewed by Robert Siegel, host of All things Considered, National Public Radio.

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

Baker, III, James A. (April 24, 2007) - 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.

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

Boren, David (Oct. 6, 2008) - President of the University of Oklahoma and former U.S. Senator. Interviewed by Neal Conan, host of NPR's "Talk of the Nation."

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

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

Brokaw, Tom (Nov. 27, 2007) - 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.

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

Clark, Gen. Wesley K. (Nov. 6, 2001) - 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.

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

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

Conroy, Pat (Oct. 30, 2013) - Pat Conroy, author of a powerful new memoir, The Death of Santini interviewed by Maureen Corrigan.

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

Diamond, Jared (Jan. 9, 2013)- 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.

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

Ellis, Richard (April 13, 2010) - 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.

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

Gates, Jr., Henry Louis (Jan. 20, 2004) - 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.

Gilbert, Elizabeth (Feb. 26, 2009) - 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.

Gladwell, Malcolm (Jan. 22, 2009) - 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Huffington, Arianna (Oct. 11, 2010) - 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.

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

Kagan, Robert (Feb. 12, 2004) - 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.

Kaku, Michio (Feb. 22, 2012) - 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.

Kandel, Dr. Eric (Feb. 15, 2011) - 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.

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

Kessler, Dr. David (April 2, 2001) - 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.

Kidd, Sue Monk (April 6, 2006) - 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.

Kinsley, Michael (Mar. 24, 2009) - Michael Kinsely, editor of Creative Capitalism, interviewed by fellow author, James Surowiecki.

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

Kurzweil, Ray (Nov. 26, 2012) - Author of six books, including The Singularity is Near, Ray Kurzweil 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.

Larson, Erik (Apr. 16, 2012) - 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.

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

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

Lewis, John (Oct. 15, 2013) - Georgia’s 5th Congressional District Representative, Congressman John Lewis, spoke with Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s primetime news and information hit- “The Rachel Maddow Show,” regarding his new graphic novel, March and his story of the Civil Rights Movement.

Love, Dr. Susan (Oct. 6, 1997) - 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.

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

Matthews, Chris (Dec. 3, 2013) - Author of Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked interviewed by E. J. Dionne, Jr.

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

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

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

McKibben, Bill (Feb. 28, 2007) - 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.

Mortenson, Greg (April 1, 2008) - 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.

Mukherjee, Siddhartha (October 13, 2011)- 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.

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

O'Connor, Justice Sandra Day (May 14, 2003) - 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.

Okrent, Daniel (May 10, 2010) - 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.

Pagels, Elaine (Mar. 19, 2013) - A preeminent figure in the theological community, Pagels 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.

Pinker, Steven (Oct. 2, 2012) - 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.

Pitino, Rick (Oct. 9, 2013) - University of Louisville Men's basketball Coach, and author of The One-Day Contract, is interviewed by Joe Nocera, Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times.

Plouffe, David (Sept. 21, 2010) - Campaign Manager, Obama for America, and author of The Audacity to Win. Interviewed by Richard Wolffe.

Pollan, Michael (Jan. 11, 2008) - 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.

Prejean, Sister Helen (Oct. 12, 1996) - 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.

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

Rashid, Ahmed (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.

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

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

Sandel, Michael (Dec. 1, 2009) - 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.

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

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

Sorkin, Andrew Ross (Nov 9, 2010) - 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.

Soros, George (Sept. 12, 2006) - 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.

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

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

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

Varmus, Dr. Harold (Nov. 12, 2009) - 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.

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

Wright, Lawrence (Oct. 18, 2006) - 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.