Episode #26

David Brooks

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Monday, October 08, 2012


David Brooks is known as a Conservative voice—he was a senior editor at The Weekly Standard—but former Obama advisor David Axelrod described him as a “true public thinker.” Brooks has been a New York Times op-ed columnist since 2003 and speaks to Alec about writing a humor column in college, about his evolution of opinion toward the Iraq war, and he gives his two cents about the possibility of Hillary Clinton in 2016. He also tells Alec his basic feeling about college education: "Every course you take in college should be about who to marry." 

Alec spoke with David Brooks on stage at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in Manhattan as part of the Public Forum series. 

READ | Interview transcript

Hosted by:

Alec Baldwin

Produced by:

Emily Botein and Kathie Russo

Comments [15]

whaju cho from Batavia, Il

I enjoyed reading the book 'The Social Animal'.
I totally agree with David for the importance of an ealy childhood education. I believe that the first three years of a child's life influences the entire life of that person.

Feb. 21 2013 03:22 PM
charlieR from New York

Maybe WNYC should get all of the reporters and photographers together so that Baldwin can interview them all at once. There are so many that they wouldn't all fit in the studio. You would have to go all the way back to Alan Z, the photographer who Baldwin bloodied in CA for trying to get a photo from a van. Or the numerous news photographers yes I said news photographers not paparazzi. Baldwin goes after News Photographers presumably because he will get more attention and media exposure when he attacks them. WNYC. Shame on you for pacifying a racist hate mongering menace. If WNYC only knew what dirty trick Baldwin has been up to no one at WNYC would want anything to do with this maniac.

Feb. 18 2013 11:48 AM
Tom G. from New York, New York

It is unfortunate when the interviewer (and I see this so often these days) asks a question and then proceeds to respond to his own question or offer his own opinion. A.B. did this quite a bit in the session with David Brooks. A.B. is much better than Charlie Rose in this regard, and he's usually better in his other interviews than he was here with Brooks. Pity.

Jan. 22 2013 05:14 PM
LarryRow from Pittsburgh, PA

Way to completely hijack the question about partisan gridlock, Alec. I was really looking forward to that answer, until your Glengarry Glen Ross-sized monologue about fracking.

Jan. 02 2013 01:04 PM

I like Brooks. He is almost a worthy successor to William Safire. "Almost" because he seems a little too apologetic about his conservative voice.

Nov. 05 2012 02:10 PM
Marc Rosenblatt from brooklyn

wow, just when i thought Alec could not find another white person to interview he did. The white pundit. Come on people lets see if there is any one else Alec can interview who is white. No really, some of my best friends are white and i did get an email from wnyc saying they got my idea but really, lets do it for the next interview!!!

Oct. 31 2012 03:43 PM
Mike Becker from St. Louis

David Brooks is conservative in a way that makes me miss the old Republican Party. I grew up as a Danforth Republican and then my party became a tool of the rich, the evangelical and the angry. Kudos to Brooks for thinking and being honset and not telling us there are any simple solutions. Todd Akin is not an outlier. Todd Akin is the future. Be afraid.

Oct. 20 2012 11:57 AM
DJ from Oregon

A great listen.

However, I have to say that David Brooks didn't accurately represent the true cost of wind power in his response to the question related to costs. The levelized cost of wind power is equal to or often times cheaper than coal power at sites where the wind blows strong enough. There are huge numbers of sites where this qualification is met across the country.

Oct. 17 2012 03:09 PM
Brad Grace from Boston, MA

I have watched all of these podcasts and enjoyed them, and appreciate Baldwin's style and the eclectic guest list, but I felt that the Brooks interview had too much interviewer involvement/intrusion. He was doing what Charlie Rose does that made me stop watching him--asking a question and then interrupting the answer to expand or revise the question, and using the question as a launch for the interviewer's own answer. The fracking segment was 90% Baldwin's speech and 10% Brooks trying to get a word in (would still like to hear Brooks's reason for supporting fracking). Unlike the previous podcasts where I left with a good sense of the subjects, I felt like I got more Baldwin and too little Brooks here. Maybe the live audience was responsible for the difference.

Oct. 15 2012 07:04 PM
Cabbage1979 from Canada

I was listening to this podcast with one ear while fixing a computer, and I heard Alec Baldwin say seemingly with disgust "and I said yes to the movie Pearl Harbor", directed by Michael Bay... Personally I must say I watched the first 5 minutes of that movie and stopped because I didn't liked it; however I loved Michael Bay's movies "The Rock" and "Bad Boys" for example... Personally I would give to everybody that Bay is not at all a "creative" guy, he's an horrible and totally incompetent writer... However my opinion is that peoples should slow down a bit and go easy on him because for one thing he's a really nice hard working guy and he's really excellent on the technical side of things... If he could just go easy and stop being rude and seemingly act like a pig on sets and if peoples could just give him projects with a lot of special effects for example where he would be great, it would help him... He's a really competent director for difficult projects among other things...

Oct. 12 2012 07:46 AM

@Bob -

Perhaps you didn't know that the GOP controlled House cut the funding for State Dept. security...

Please get a clue.

Oct. 11 2012 10:07 AM

"Do you think Hillary has been a good Secretary of State?"

Ambassador Stevens begs to differ. His now documented security concerns were rejected by the State Department. How does that happen without her knowledge?

Oct. 09 2012 07:15 PM
TR from Washington, DC

The passion on the topics of fracking and renewable energy was apparent. This program should do a series of interviews on energy issues with guests like Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Marc Jacobson, Amory Lovins, or Stewart Brand.

Oct. 09 2012 04:14 PM
kevin from upper LS

....oh god no

bring mrs. kardashian on again for seconds alec,please..

anything over this and the previous show.

Oct. 08 2012 09:22 PM
Miss J. from L.I., N.Y.

Interesting. Very interesting. Another Great Alec interview well worth listening to.

Oct. 08 2012 12:20 PM

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