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Great Conversations

Billy Collins and Garrison Keillor (#308)

The former United States Poet Laureate talks with the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion. [56 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

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Series Description: GREAT CONVERSATIONS is a series featuring distinguished authors, each recognized in an area of prominence and each uniquely paired with an interviewer.

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  • Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel Pink (#101)

    The author of "Outliers" and "Blink" and the author of "The Adventures of Johnny Bunko" appear. [56 minutes]

  • Elizabeth Gilbert and Zz Packer (#102)

    A lively conversation between the authors of "Eat, Pray, Love" and "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere." [56 minutes]

  • Michael Kinsley and James Surowiecki (#103)

    The Times columnist discusses his book "Creative Capitalism" with The New Yorker's finance writer. [56 minutes]

  • John Updike and Robert Siegel (#104)

    The late John Updike, author of the Rabbit series and National Public Radio's Robert Siegel appear. [56 minutes]

  • George Soros and John. D. Podesta (#105)

    Financial authority George Soros and John. D. Podesta of the Center for American Progress appear. [56 minutes]

  • Jane Goodall and Richard Wragham (#106)

    Renowned anthropologist and author Jane Goodall sits down with the Harvard's Anthropology Chair. [56 minutes]

  • Wynton Marsalis and Robert Siegel (#107)

    The jazz musician sits down with the host of All Things Considered on National Public Radio. [56 minutes]

  • Michael Pollan and Michael Shnayerson (#108)

    The author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and the contributing editor Vanity Fair appear. [56 minutes]

  • Greg Mortenson and Jacki Lyden (#109)

    The bestselling author of "Three Cups of Tea" and the National Public Radio correspondent appear. [56 minutes]

  • Sandra Day O'connor and Pete Williams (#110)

    The former Supreme Court Justice and author appears with the NBC news correspondent. [56 minutes]

  • Karen Armstrong and Robert Siegel (#111)

    The British author of works on comparative religion and the National Public Radio host appear. [56 minutes]

  • Johnny Apple and Tom Brokaw (#112)

    The New York Times columnist sits down with the NBC news correspondent and former anchor. [56 minutes]

  • Elie Wiesel and Gustav Niebuhr (#113)

    The author of "And the Sea Is Never Full" and the former NY Times religion correspondent appear. [56 minutes]

  • Dr. Harold Varmus & Governor Howard Dean (#201)

    The author of "The Art and Politics of Science" sits down with the former Vermont Governor. [56 minutes]

  • Michael Sandel and John Carroll (#202)

    The renowned Harvard Professor and author sits down with and the former Los Angeles Times Editor. [56 minutes]

  • Richard Ellis and Jeff Corwin (#203)

    The author of On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear talks with the Animal Planet host. [56 minutes]

  • Daniel Okrent and John Huey (#204)

    The author and managing editor of Life magazine sits down with the Editor-in-chief, Time, Inc. [56 minutes]

  • Vernon Jordan and Ronald Brownstein (#205)

    The former Clinton adviser and National Urban League President talks with the political journalist. [56 minutes]

  • Ruth Reichl and Susan Stamberg (#206)

    The author, restaurant critic and former Gourmet editor talks with the National Public Radio host. [56 minutes]

  • Stephen Breyer and Pete Williams (#207)

    The Supreme Court Justice and author sits down with the NBC News Justice Correspondent. [56 minutes]

  • James A. Baker III and John King (#208)

    The former Secretary of State and author sits down with the CNN chief national correspondent. [56 minutes]

  • Lawrence Wright and Peter Bergen (#209)

    The New Yorker writer sits down with the terrorism expert and author of The Osama bin Laden I Know. [56 minutes]

  • Tom Brokaw and Rick Atkinson (#210)

    The former NBC Nightly News talks with the Washington Post reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner. [56 minutes]

  • Margaret Atwood and Ira Flatow (#211)

    The acclaimed novelist, poet and critic sits down with the National Public Radio host. [56 minutes]

  • Bill McKibben and Wendell Berry (#212)

    The environmental scholar and author meets with the honored writer, essayist and cultural critic. [56 minutes]

  • David Halberstam and Roger Wilkins (#213)

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author talks with the former Assistant Attorney General. [56 minutes]

  • David Plouffe and Richard Wolffe (#301)

    The journalist interviews the political strategist and author of "The Audacity to Win." [56 minutes]

  • Arianna Huffington and Howard Fineman (#302)

    The co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post talks with MSNBC analyst Fineman. [56 minutes]

  • Andrew Ross Sorkin and Bethany MacLean (#303)

    Andrew Ross Sorkin, financial columnist for the New York Times and author of Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System - and Themselves, talks with Bethany McLean, contributing editor to Vanity Fair, co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room. [56 minutes]

  • Katharine Graham and Andrea Mitchell (#304)

    The former publisher of The Washington Post talks with NBC's Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent. [56 minutes]

  • David Boren and Neal Conan (#305)

    The former U.S. Senator talks with the host of NPR's "Talk of the Nation." [56 minutes]

  • Dr. Eric Kandel and Jonah Lehrer (#306)

    The author of "The Emergence of a New Science of Mind" talks with the Contributing Editor at Wired. [56 minutes]

  • Sister Helen Prejean and Stephen Bright (#307)

    The author of Dead Man Walking talks with the Director of Southern Center for Human Rights in 1996. [56 minutes]

  • Arthur Levitt and Jane Bryant Quinn (#309)

    The former Chairman of the American Stock Exchange talks with the financial columnist for Newsweek. [56 minutes]

  • General Wesley Clark and Joe Klein (#310)

    The former Commander NATO European Forces talks with the New Yorker correspondent in 2001. [56 minutes]

  • Dr. Susan Love and Anne Taylor Fleming (#311)

    The breast cancer surgeon and author converses with the TV commentator and correspondent. [56 minutes]

  • Azir Nafasi and Karl Fleming (#312)

    The teacher and author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" talks with the legendary civil rights reporter. [56 minutes]

  • Strobe Talbott and David Halberstam (#313)

    The former Deputy Secretary of State sits down with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author in 2002. [56 minutes]

  • Rosanne Cash/Nick Spitzer (#401)

    Singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash sings several songs and discusses her book "Composed: A Memoir." [57 minutes]

  • Siddhartha Mukherjee/David Scadden (#402)

    Leading cancer researchers Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee and Dr. David Scadden discuss Mukherjee's book The Emperor of All Maladies. [56 minutes]

  • Michio Kaku/James Canton (#403)

    Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku and futurist James Canton discusses "Physics of the Future." [56 minutes]

  • Ahmed Rashid/Clarissa Ward (#404)

    The Pakistani journalist and CBS News Foreign Correspondent discuss the US exit from Afghanistan. [57 minutes]

  • Erik Larson/Robert Siegel (#405)

    Best-selling nonfiction author Erik Larson discusses his books with NPR's Robert Siegel. [57 minutes]

  • Madeleine Albright/Richard Roth (#406)

    The CNN correspondent interviews former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2003. [56 minutes]

  • James McBride/Christopher Lydon (#407)

    The author and journalist discuss "The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother." [56 minutes]

  • John McCain/Robert Siegel (#408)

    The Senator discusses his life as a politician and a veteran with the NPR host in a 2005 interview. [56 minutes]

  • E.L. Doctorow/Christopher Lydon (#409)

    The writer and playwright talks about "City of God" and other works with the journalist in 2001. [56 minutes]

  • David Kessler/Roger Cossack (#410)

    The CNN legal analyst talks with Dr. David Kessler about the Food and Drug Administration in 2001. [56 minutes]

  • Robert Kagan/Neal Conan (#411)

    The leading foreign policy scholar sits down with with Neal Conan of NPR in this 2004 interview. [56 minutes]

  • Steven Pinker (#412)

    Harvard University professor Steven Pinker talks about his controversial history of violence The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. [57 minutes]

  • Elaine Pagels and Gustav Niebuhr (#501)

    Religion scholar and author Elaine Pagels talks with religion and the media expert Gustav Niebuhr. [57 minutes]

  • Ray Kurzweil and Jim Fleming (#502)

    Leading inventor and a revolutionary thinker Ray Kurzweil talks with NPR's Jim Fleming. [57 minutes]

  • Congressman John Lewis (#503)

    Congressman John Lewis is turning to the graphic novel format to discuss the Civil Rights Movement. [57 minutes]

  • Pat Conroy (#504)

    The author of "The Prince of Tides" discusses his powerful new memoir "The Death of Santini." [57 minutes]

  • Chris Matthews (#505)

    The MSNBC anchor discusses his book about President Reagan and Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill. [57 minutes]

  • Rick Pitino and Joe Nocera (#506)

    The New York Times business columnist interviews the successful basketball coach and author. [57 minutes]

  • Alain De Botton and Brian Stetler (#507)

    CNN'S Brian Stetler interviews philosopher, author and entrepreneur Alain de Botton. [56 minutes]

  • Philippe De Montebello and Michael Kimmelman (#601)

    As director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philippe de Montebello, nearly doubled the size of the museum, modernized its research, and helped establish new standards for museums worldwide. Now retired, this longest-serving director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, continues to be recognized as an authority and passionate observer of art. In this program he discusses his book, Rendez-vous with Art, which examines great works from museums around the world, with chief art critic for The New York Times Michael Kimmelman. Their conversation was recorded in October 2014 at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum. [59 minutes]

  • Timothy Geithner and James Surowiecki (#602)

    Timothy Geithner, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and CEO of the Federal Reserve, served under President Obama during the 2008 financial crisis. In his book Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises, he takes readers behind the scenes of America's greatest period of economic distress since the Great Depression of the 1930. In this program, recorded in November 2014 at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum, Geithner discusses his book and the financial crisis with James Surowiecki, staff writer of "The Financial Page" at The New Yorker. [59 minutes]

  • Jessye Norman and Gloria Steinem (#603)

    Two powerful voices for women and the arts come together in this program. Jessye Norman, recognized as one of the most versatile operatic singers of recent decades, talks with Ms. Magazine founder and feminist icon Gloria Steinem. The two discuss Norman's memoir Stand Up Straight and Sing!, which recalls the strong women who were her role models, and the importance of the arts and arts education. Their conversation was recorded in November 2014 at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum. [59 minutes]

  • David Boies and Jeffrey Toobin (#604)

    David Boies is a highly distinguished American trial lawyer who has litigated some of the highest profile cases in recent history talks with Jeffrey Toobin, prominent legal journalist, staff writer for The New Yorker, senior analyst for CNN, and author of The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court. The two discuss Boies' book Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality, a dramatic and up-close account of his arguments, and ultimate triumph, in the landmark Supreme Court case which struck down Proposition 8, reinstating the freedom to marry for gays and lesbians in California. [59 minutes]

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