Friday, September 07, 2012
Football legend Floyd Little talks about his journey from poverty to military school, college, the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In Promises to Keep: My Inspired Run from Syracuse to Denver to the Hall, he shares his favorite tales from his first high school game, his time playing for Syracuse and for the Denver Broncos. He also recounts stories about fellow Hall of Famers of his era, his Broncos teammates, and shares his thoughts about today's NFL stars.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Josh Garrett-Davis talks about growing up in South Dakota and why the Great Plains might seem empty but are actually a rich and complex place. His book Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains covers the destruction and resurgence of the American bison; his great-great-grandparents’ lives as Nebraska homesteaders; Native American "Ghost Dancers," political allegory in The Wizard of Oz; and attempts to "rewild" the Plains.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Luis Rodríguez tells of his journey from drug abusing gang member to writer and activist. His memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing tells the story of Rodríguez’s attempt to start over, at 18, after his final stint in jail and nearly a decade of gang life. He describes his challenges as a father, and his difficulty leaving violence, crime, and addiction behind.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Arun Chaudhary, the first official White House videographer, talks about his experience capturing behind-the-scenes moments of the president and his administration. First Cameraman: Documenting the Obama Presidency in Real Time gives a unique view of the government and the president in these historic and challenging times.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Jane Barnes tells how, when she was working on the PBS Frontline/American Experience special series "The Mormons," she found herself passionately drawn to the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. In Falling in Love with Joseph Smith: My Search for the Real Prophet Barnes describes moving from secular curiosity to the brink of conversion to Mormonism. She explains coming to respect the innovative American spirit that lies at the heart of Mormonism.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Writer and musician Mike Doughty discusses his memoir, The Book of Drugs. In it, he describes his rise to prominence as the leader of the band Soul Coughing, his transformation into a solo performer, and his battle with addiction. He’ll also talk about his latest albums, "The Question Jar Show" and "Yes and Also Yes."
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Jenny Brown talks about why she left her career as a film and television producer after going undercover and exposing horrific animal abuse in Texas stockyards. Her memoir, The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals, tells how she co-founded the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Cheryl Strayed talks about giving advice to thousands as a once-anonymous online columnist. Tiny Beautiful Things features the best of her column “Dear Sugar” and she talks about how to tackle everything life throws our way. She’ll also talk about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which she wrote about in her memoir Wild.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Lawrence Schiller talks about his memoir Marilyn & Me: A Photographer's Memories, about his friendship with the star, which developed when he photographed her in 1960 and 1962 on the sets of “Let's Make Love” and the unfinished feature “Something's Got to Give,” the last film she worked on. The book includes 18 of Schiller’s own photographs, some never previously published.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Andy Cohen, the man behind the "Real Housewives," discusses his lifelong love affair with pop culture. In Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture he talks about his show "Watch What Happens Live," tells tales of his ten years at CBS News, and shares encounters with the heroes and heroines of his youth.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Whit Alexander, co-founder of the Cranium board game, and his brother, journalist Max Alexander, tell what happened when they traveled to Ghana, West Africa, so Whit could start a new business providing rechargeable batteries and other services to low-income villagers. In Bright Lights, No City: An African Adventure on Bad Roads with a Brother and a Very Weird Business Plan Max gives an account of bickering with Whit across the African bush, and learning to adapt to the challenges of living and working in Africa.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
By Blakeney Schick : Associate Producer, The Leonard Lopate Show
John Damani Mahama was on the Lopate Show on July 10 to discuss his memoir and his political rise to become the Vice President of Ghana. Yesterday, following the death of Pres. John Atta Mills, Mr. Mahama was sworn in as Ghana's 4th president. You can listen to Leonard's conversation with John Dramani Mahama:
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Bob Massie, an environmental leader, author, Episcopal priest, and former anti-apartheid activist, discusses his memoir A Song in the Night. He recounts his struggles with classical hemophilia, of losing and then regaining the ability to walk, contracting HIV and hepatitis through transfusions for hemophilia, speaking out against South African apartheid, and creating the world's leading standard for corporate sustainability.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Dr. Eric Manheimer, the former Medical Director of Bellevue Hospital, discusses his memoir,Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital, which tells the stories of very different patients-from a UN dignitary to a prisoner from Riker's Island, from illegal immigrants and Wall Street tycoons. He also discusses his own cancer diagnosis and facing his own illness and possible death while he struggles to save the lives of others.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Janet Groth describes her two decades working as the receptionist at The New Yorker. Her memoir The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker is an account of watching and registering the comings and goings, marriages and divorces, scandalous affairs, failures, triumphs, and tragedies of the magazine’s eccentric staff.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012