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A. Scott Berg: Chronicler of The American Century

56:32 | May 6th

This Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer began writing his first book when he was still in college (it earned the National Book Award), and he has devoted each of the last five decades to telling the life story of one 20th Century American giant: Char...Show More
Jimmy Carter: From Plains to the Presidency

58:26 | Apr 22nd

It’s a remarkable American story: a poor peanut farmer from the Deep South becomes a nuclear naval officer, then governor of Georgia, and finally President of the United States. And what Jimmy Carter has done for peace and human rights in the 40 yea...Show More
Peter Gabriel: Genesis of a Rock Star

56:56 | Apr 8th

Sledgehammer, In Your Eyes, and Red Rain are some of the hits that made Peter Gabriel a rock superstar in the 1970's and 80's. Before he became a solo artist, he was already a star -- as lead singer of the band Genesis. But somewhere along the way,...Show More
Brendan Sullivan: Standing Up to Power

50:45 | Mar 25th

If you're a senator, a military leader, or a business executive accused of wrongdoing, Brendan Sullivan is the lawyer you probably want to call. Sullivan is considered one of the greatest trial lawyers in the country, and has represented some of the ...Show More
Susan Butcher: Call of the Wild

48:52 | Mar 11th

This is the story of a true original... a woman who dominated the extreme sport of dog sled racing for years, was a four-time winner of the Iditarod (the grueling, thousand-mile race across Alaska). Susan Butcher, a legend of the Alaskan frontier, ...Show More
Frances Arnold: A Nobel Vision

43:09 | Feb 25th

Thirty years ago, Dr. Arnold had an idea: to breed molecules in the laboratory the way we breed animals - to bring out the traits we want in them. The molecules she was particularly interested in were enzymes, which are essential to life, and which...Show More
Michael Caine: An Accent on Life

55:08 | Feb 11th

He has been nominated for an Academy Award in every one of the past five decades, and won twice, for "Hannah And Her Sisters" and "The Cider House Rules". Fifteen year olds think of him as Alfred, Batman’s butler In the Dark Knight Trilogy. 85 year...Show More
John Updike: Dreams from My Mother

37:39 | Jan 28th

John Updike used his unique literary talents to peel back the layers of middle-class American life, exposing its less-than-placid exterior. He was one of the most prolific and esteemed American writers of his generation, who won two Pulitzer Prizes ...Show More
Chuck Yeager: The Right Stuff

58:57 | Jan 14th

The man who broke the sound barrier in the experimental Bell X-1, and ushered in the era of manned spacecraft, never saw a plane when he was growing up in the hills of West Virginia. But he became an ace fighter pilot in World War II, and later - a...Show More
Johnny Mathis: Timeless Voice of Romance

41:11 | Dec 31st, 2018

He is one of the romantic singers of all time... with a voice people often compare to satin, to silk or to velvet. It's hard to describe, but you sure know it when you hear it. Johnny Mathis talks here about signing with Columbia Records at the age ...Show More
Stephen Sondheim: Maestro of Broadway

1:00:38 | Dec 17th, 2018

He grew up next door to Oscar Hammerstein and became his greatest protege. In 1957, Sondheim wrote the lyrics for "West Side Story," and for the next 60 years dominated the world of musical theater. His shows include "Gypsy", "A Funny Thing Happene...Show More
Rita Dove and W.S. Merwin: A Gift for Language

38:39 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Two of America's greatest poets - both former Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners - get to the heart of why poems speak to us when other forms of language fail. They also share stories about the people who inspired them to make a life in liter...Show More
Sir Edmund Hillary and Reinhold Messner: King of the Mountain

58:08 | Nov 19th, 2018

Man's relationship to mountain was forever changed by these two adventurers. Sir Edmund Hillary was the first person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. A generation later, Reinhold Messner became the first person to reach it solo, and without oxyg...Show More
Lord Martin Rees: The Future of Humanity

50:13 | Nov 5th, 2018

We have Lord Martin Rees to thank for much of what we understand about black holes, quasars, and other distant objects in the night sky. He is England’s Astronomer Royal, and has spent the past fifty years looking deep into the past, to understand th...Show More
Leymah Gbowee: A Call from God

55:29 | Oct 22nd, 2018

This story is a testament to the power of one person to change the world. When civil war broke out in Liberia, Leymah Gbowee was 17 years old. Over the next fourteen years it would become one of the most vicious, deadly wars in history (one tenth o...Show More
Lynsey Addario: Portraits of Love and War

50:48 | Oct 8th, 2018

This Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist has covered wars and humanitarian crises in 70 countries, including Iraq, Libya & Afghanistan. She has been kidnapped twice and she’s been badly injured on the job, but she is determined to open our eyes t...Show More
Norman Schwarzkopf: Duty, Honor, Country

49:13 | Sep 24th, 2018

The last time the United States had a grand military parade was in 1991, following the swift, crushing victory over Iraq in the Persian Gulf War. General Schwarzkopf was the commander of that war, and he was widely credited as the person responsible ...Show More
Peyton Manning and Herschel Walker: Preparing to Win

55:43 | Sep 9th, 2018

Inspiring tales and life lessons from two of the most legendary players in football history. One grew up the son of an NFL quarterback, and one the son of a farmer, but for both, the key to living out their greatest dream was simple: work, work, and ...Show More
Bernie Taupin: Lyrical Inspiration

45:25 | Aug 27th, 2018

When Elton John and Bernie Taupin met as teenagers, they were each talented and full of potential, but together, they were unstoppable. For over 50 years, with Taupin as lyricist and John as composer, they have created many of the most enduring so...Show More
Khaled Hosseini, Scott Turow and Charles Krauthammer: Second Lives

30:44 | Aug 13th, 2018

If you’ve ever dreamed of reinventing yourself, take inspiration from these three writers. Each one followed a traditional career path, before turning the page to pick up pen & paper. Khaled Hosseini, once a doctor, became author of international be...Show More
Beverly and Dereck Joubert: Spirit of the Wild

52:28 | Jul 30th, 2018

The look in a lion's eye, fixated on its prey... the sound of a hyena taking down a zebra foal... the tender ministrations of an elephant. For over 40 years, the Jouberts (National Geographic Explorers) have lived in some of the most remote places ...Show More
Anthony Fauci: From Aristotle to AIDS

59:54 | Jul 16th, 2018

This is the story of a remarkable doctor who, in 1981, became one of the first scientists to recognize that we were on the verge of a new and terrible epidemic - HIV/AIDS - and then devoted his career to understanding and finding treatments for it. D...Show More
Jessye Norman: Living My Life in Song

53:39 | Jul 2nd, 2018

This global icon of the concert stage was planning to become a doctor, but her voice was too powerful a force. Jessye Norman tells the story of falling in love with opera on the radio, and hearing Marian Anderson’s voice for the first time on a neig...Show More
John Banville: Literary Confessions

41:24 | Jun 18th, 2018

A darkly funny conversation about writing, weather & Ireland. Banville, a Booker Prize-winning novelist and master wordsmith, explains why nothing in the world is more powerful than the sentence. He has sometimes spent weeks getting one just right....Show More
Julie Andrews: An Angel on My Shoulder

1:00:48 | Jun 4th, 2018

Who doesn’t love Julie Andrews? She has delighted generations of audiences, whether singing on the London Vaudeville circuit, in the Broadway productions of My Fair Lady & Camelot, or in the Hollywood classics Mary Poppins &The Sound of Music. You...Show More
Andrew Weil: The Healing Power of Nature

50:54 | May 21st, 2018

Dr. Weil has been on a decades-long campaign to convince the medical establishment that the mind-body connection is real, and that many alternative forms of healing should be combined with conventional medicine... especially in treating diabetes, dep...Show More
Kazuo Ishiguro: Lyrical Tales of Emotion

58:56 | May 7th, 2018

This Nobel Prize-winning writer — the author of “Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go” — started out as a singer songwriter. He talks here about falling in love with language at 13, while listening to Bob Dylan, and describes how the spare langua...Show More
Demis Hassabis: A.I. Mastermind

49:03 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Artificial Intelligence is already changing the course of society, and it’s only in its infancy. Hear one of the most innovative and successful thinkers in the field describe the coming revolutions A.I. is bringing about in medicine and in environme...Show More
Wallace Stegner and N. Scott Momaday: Chroniclers of the American West

31:44 | Apr 11th, 2018

These two great American writers reflect on their place in the landscape, the history and the culture of the West. One is Kiowa Indian, one is White. One was raised in Arizona and New Mexico, one in Montana and Utah. During the 1960's one was a st...Show More
Steve Schwarzman: King of Wall Street

51:38 | Mar 26th, 2018

Take a peek into the mind of Stephen Schwarzman, the financier who established a little financial startup called Blackstone with $400,000 in seed capital, and transformed it into one of the largest investment firms in the world, with $434 billion und...Show More
Bartlett Sher: A Reason to Sing

46:15 | Mar 12th, 2018

Going to see live theater, Bartlett Sher believes, is a unique experience... one that’s not just entertaining, but also has the power to change your view of the world. Sher is one of the most creative, thought-provoking Broadway directors working tod...Show More
Jeremy Irons: Thespian and Provocateur

48:04 | Feb 26th, 2018

The star of theater, film and television talks about how acting has allowed him the life of a vagabond and the ability to challenge the status quo. He tells the story of his childhood on a rural English island, and his first great success in the the...Show More
Dorothy Hamill and Scott Hamilton: The Price of Gold

41:33 | Feb 12th, 2018

Two of the greatest figure skaters to ever grace Olympic ice explain why winning a gold medal was not the absolute triumph you might think. For both Hamill (’76) and Hamilton (’84), skating offered relief from painful childhood circumstances; when t...Show More
Sue Grafton: The Alphabet Ends at Y

34:25 | Jan 29th, 2018

Sue Grafton wrote a mystery for every letter of the alphabet but one. When she died in December of 2017, she left her fans with the ultimate cliffhanger: there would be no book for the letter Z. In this fascinating and funny interview, she talked ab...Show More
Maya Lin: The Art of Remembrance

46:33 | Jan 15th, 2018

When Maya Lin’s design was chosen for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1981, it sparked a political firestorm in Washington. The design was almost quashed, but Maya Lin - only 21 at the time - fought for her vision and prevailed. Lin talks about ho...Show More
Edward Teller: Destroyer of Worlds

1:09:14 | Jan 1st, 2018

The "Father of the Hydrogen Bomb", the force behind Reagan's Star Wars initiative, and the model for "Dr. Strangelove" was a Hungarian math prodigy who fled Hitler's Germany. In America, he became one of the scientific minds behind the creation of...Show More
Anthony M. Kennedy: Principles of Freedom

41:24 | Dec 18th, 2017

Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the deciding vote in critical Supreme Court cases - from abortion to campaign finance to same-sex marriage - talks about his path to the judiciary. He also eloquently describes his devotion to the ideals of freedom and ...Show More
Jimmy Page: Guitar Hero

47:39 | Dec 4th, 2017

Jimmy Page’s plan all along was to transform rock n’ roll. And he did. The band he founded, Led Zeppelin, remains one of the most influential and popular rock bands in history. Page is one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His epic onstage so...Show More
Itzhak Perlman: The Gift of Music

41:51 | Nov 20th, 2017

For the past 60 years - ever since he made his American debut at 13 - Itzhak Perlman has made classical music fans swoon. He is not only one of the greatest violinists of all time, but also a charming and passionate champion of the music. On this ep...Show More
Ernest J. Gaines: Letters of My Ancestors

38:02 | Nov 6th, 2017

Ernest Gaines grew up in the 1930's and 40's on the same Louisiana plantation where his ancestors were once slaves. After he became a successful and celebrated novelist, he returned, bought the land, and lives there even now. The voices he heard as a...Show More
Esperanza Spalding and Wayne Shorter: Jazz Invention

1:07:17 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Esperanza Spalding - bass player, composer, lyricist and singer - is one of the most exciting artists in contemporary jazz. Wayne Shorter is a legendary saxophonist and composer whose career began in the bebop era of the 1950's, and has continued un...Show More
Leon Panetta: Decisive Action

56:50 | Oct 9th, 2017

The last time the budget of the United States was balanced - and even had a surplus - Leon Panetta was in charge of it, as Director of the Office of Management & Budget. From the Nixon years through the Obama Administration, Panetta had a large, fir...Show More
James Earl Jones: The Voice of Triumph

33:00 | Sep 25th, 2017

When James Earl Jones speaks, his voice reverberates so deeply that you can almost feel it in your own chest. Think Darth Vader. For 60 years now, Jones has been captivating audiences with that voice and with his commanding presence -- on stage and...Show More
General Colin Powell: My American Journey

57:29 | Sep 11th, 2017

Colin Powell has worn many hats, among them: Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and National Security Advisor. He was the first African-American to hold each of those positions. When he joined the Army in the 1950's, though, h...Show More
Barbra Streisand and Pat Conroy: The Way We Were

30:30 | Aug 28th, 2017

Barbra Streisand is one of the greatest entertainers of all time. In the early 1990's, she forged an unlikely friendship with novelist Pat Conroy, when they collaborated on the movie version of his book, The Prince of Tides. In this episode, you'l...Show More
Jeff Bezos: Regret Minimization

32:12 | Aug 14th, 2017

When Jeff Bezos had the idea to start an online bookstore, he was working in a secure job on Wall Street. The internet was still young, and the average person had never made a purchase online. Bezos knew the chances of his company failing were high, ...Show More
Louise Glück: Revenge Against Circumstance

41:55 | Jul 31st, 2017

Louise Glück uses simple, unsentimental language in her poems to evoke overwhelming emotions. That rare combination is what has distinguished her as one of America's greatest living poets, for over half a century. In this episode, the Pulitzer Prize...Show More
Naomi Judd: Dream Chaser

35:21 | Jul 17th, 2017

Naomi Judd's life has had more ups and downs than a rollercoaster. For eight glorious years, she and her daughter Wynonna were the biggest country music sensation of the 1980's, with fourteen number one hits, sold-out stadium tours, and too many rhi...Show More
Rosa Parks and Judge Frank Johnson: Standing Up for Freedom

46:55 | Jul 3rd, 2017

In the fall of 1955, Rosa Parks refused to stand for a white passenger on the bus, Martin Luther King Jr. was chosen to lead the boycott that followed, and a lawyer named Frank Johnson was appointed to be the first and only federal judge for the mi...Show More
Robert Langer: Edison of Medicine

28:40 | Jun 19th, 2017

Some of Robert Langer's inventions sound like the stuff of science fiction: "smart" pills that can release medicine by remote control... organs and bone, coaxed into growing on polymer scaffolds. But these inventions are already in clinical trials...Show More
Sally Ride and Eileen Collins: Wonder Women

36:04 | Jun 5th, 2017

Sally Ride was the first American woman to rocket into space. Eileen Collins was the first woman to command the Space Shuttle. These two astronauts changed history and broke a very high glass ceiling for little girls. But they traveled different p...Show More
Frank McCourt: Teacher Man

44:21 | May 22nd, 2017

No one could tell a story better than Frank McCourt. His first book, Angela's Ashes, remains one of the most compelling accounts of poverty, alcoholism, and the longing for a better life. It won a Pulitzer Prize, and transformed McCourt from a mode...Show More
Leslie Wexner: Victoria's Other Secret

29:11 | May 8th, 2017

This is the story of Les Wexner's path, from a tiny, old-fashioned neighborhood store in Columbus, Ohio, owned by his immigrant father... to one of the biggest retail empires in the world. His company, L Brands, now includes that lingerie giant, V...Show More
Nora Ephron: Unstoppable Wit

40:37 | Apr 24th, 2017

Nora Ephron knew just how to make people laugh and cry and kvell. But mostly laugh. She wrote some of the greatest romantic comedies of all time, including "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle". She was a successful director and produc...Show More
Bill Russell: Giant of a Man

32:48 | Apr 10th, 2017

The most astonishing winning streak in the history of sports, belonged to the Boston Celtics. They won eleven championships between 1957 and 1969, eight of those in a row. And the player at the center of those wins - was Bill Russell. He changed t...Show More
Sonia Sotomayor: Power of Words

52:59 | Mar 27th, 2017

Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells the extraordinary story of her voyage from the most dangerous neighborhood in the United States, to the highest court in the land -- a voyage fueled by the power of words. In a wide-ranging conversation with NPR's Ni...Show More
Sally Field: Embracing Fear

48:29 | Mar 13th, 2017

Sally Field is one of the best actresses in America... on film, on television and on stage. She's won Emmy Awards and Academy Awards, and has had starring roles on Broadway. But early in her career, she was boxed in by her own success on tv, playing...Show More
Reid Hoffman: Silicon Valley Grandmaster

26:59 | Feb 27th, 2017

LinkedIn changed the way people navigate the world of work. It's hard to even remember the days (though not that long ago) when jobseekers opened the back of a newspaper to scan the help wanted ads. Well, LinkedIn was the brainchild of Reid Hoffma...Show More
August Wilson and Lloyd Richards: The Voice of Genius

40:41 | Feb 13th, 2017

Meet two giants of the American theater: playwright August Wilson and director Lloyd Richards. Together they brought many award-winning plays to Broadway, including "Fences," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," and "The Piano Lesson." August Wilson, who ...Show More
Chuck Jones: The Fine Art of Laughter

41:11 | Jan 30th, 2017

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Pepé Le Pew were all brought to life in the hands of Chuck Jones. If there's a Loony Tunes or a Merrie Melodies cartoon that you carry in your heart, Jones was probably behind it. (What's Opera Doc, anyone?) He was ar...Show More
Jane Goodall: A Dedicated Pursuit

34:37 | Jan 16th, 2017

As a girl in England, Jane Goodall dreamed of traveling to Africa to study animals in the wild. In 1960, that dream brought her to Tanzania, to observe the wild chimpanzees at Gombe Stream Park. As she describes in this episode, other scientists did...Show More
Maya Angelou, Part 2: In the Spirit of Martin

32:57 | Jan 2nd, 2017

Maya Angelou was a civil rights activist and a friend of Martin Luther King Jr., years before she became known throughout the world for her memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." In this, the second our two Maya Angelou podcasts, she offers her p...Show More
Maya Angelou: Righteousness and Love

34:14 | Dec 19th, 2016

Maya Angelou took the harshest experiences in her life and turned them into words of triumph, justice and hope. Her memoirs and her poems told of her survival, and uplifted people around the world. Her first book, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,"...Show More
Albie Sachs: Freedom Fighter

1:02:42 | Dec 5th, 2016

Albie Sachs awoke one day in 1988 in a Mozambican hospital, with no remembrance of the car bomb that had maimed his body. But it hadn't broken his will to remain in the struggle to end Apartheid in South Africa. This episode is drawn from Sachs's 3...Show More
Thomas Keller: Recipe for Success

50:17 | Nov 21st, 2016

When Thomas Keller was a dishwasher, he learned all the basic lessons he'd need to become one of America's greatest chefs and restaurateurs. Keller owns The French Laundry and Per Se, two of the only restaurants in America to carry three Michelin st...Show More
Doris Kearns Goodwin: Presidential Ambitions

29:47 | Nov 7th, 2016

When Doris Kearns Goodwin was six year old, she used to carefully document the Brooklyn Dodgers' games. And that, she says, eventually led her to the career she now has, as one of America's favorite historians and political commentators. Goodwin'...Show More
Frank O. Gehry: Building the Inspiring Space

43:51 | Oct 24th, 2016

If you can name one living architect, it's probably Frank Gehry. Gehry has designed some of the world's most recognizable and beloved buildings... buildings that are surprising and playful, like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Co...Show More
John Irving: A Literary Life

27:33 | Oct 10th, 2016

One of America's greatest living novelists begins every book by writing the the last sentence first. In this episode, John Irving, author of The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and The Cider House Rules, explains why. And he mig...Show More
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Justice For All

56:40 | Sep 26th, 2016

In this episode, you'll hear Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tell the very personal story of her lifelong pursuit of justice and equality for women. Her tale includes trips to the library with her mother, a sixty year romance with Marty Gi...Show More
Wynton Marsalis: Philosopher King of Jazz

38:13 | Sep 12th, 2016

Wynton Marsalis has been THE preeminent name in jazz for the past 30 years. The Louisiana-born trumpeter has made it his life's work to bring jazz back from the brink of neglect, to its rightful place - as one of the pillars of American culture, his...Show More
Steven Rosenberg: Finding a Cure for Cancer

29:04 | Aug 29th, 2016

One of the greatest revolutions in the treatment of cancer is underway. It's called immunotherapy, and the revolutionary behind it is Dr. Steven Rosenberg. Dr. Rosenberg has been the Chief of Surgery at the National Institute of Cancer for over four...Show More
Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush: The Freedom to Lead

46:36 | Aug 15th, 2016

In the midst of this political season… here’s a chance to hear two former U.S. Presidents hold forth on their lives in public service. Bill Clinton spoke to hundreds of graduate students from 50 nations at the 44th annual International Achievement Su...Show More
Sir Roger Bannister: The Mile of the Century

34:06 | Aug 1st, 2016

When Englishman Roger Bannister was studying medicine at Oxford in the 1940's, he began to have great success as a member of the track team. He knew enough about physiology to question a long-held belief: that humans were simply not built to run a mi...Show More
Elie Wiesel: A Light in the Darkness

29:19 | Jul 18th, 2016

After World War II, when few survivors of the Holocaust were willing or able to describe what they’d been through, Elie Wiesel decided silence was not an option. Even if words could never adequately express the horrors, the world had to know what had...Show More
Carole King and Hal David: More Than Beautiful

36:30 | Jul 4th, 2016

While listening to this episode, we dare you to NOT sing out loud. Carole King and Hal David were each one half of a legendary songwriting duo, and each responsible for many of the greatest songs of the 1960’s and 70’s (too many to start mentioning ...Show More
Olivia de Havilland: The Last Belle of Cinema

44:51 | Jun 20th, 2016

There is only one surviving superstar from the Golden Age of Hollywood: Olivia de Havilland. The actress who portrayed Melanie Hamilton in "Gone With The Wind" (and admit it: you liked Melanie better than Scarlett, right?) turns 100 years old on Ju...Show More
Steven Spielberg and Janusz Kaminski: Images of the Imagination

49:34 | Jun 6th, 2016

Steven Spielberg hired Janusz Kaminski as the cinematographer for "Schindler's List” twenty-five years ago, and they have worked together, hand-in-glove, ever since. Their collaboration has produced "Saving Private Ryan," "Bridge of Spies," "Lincol...Show More
Quincy Jones: The Music Man

50:18 | May 23rd, 2016

Quincy Jones’s fingerprints are all over America’s popular music. If you like Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, or hundreds of other artists, you have heard his work, whether as an instrumenta...Show More
Ray Dalio: Maestro of the Markets

34:38 | May 9th, 2016

How do you become a multi-billionaire, and the most successful hedge fund manager ever? Ray Dalio attributes his success to transcendental meditation and what he calls "radical honesty.” In this episode, he lays out the principles that have guided ...Show More
Barry Scheck: The Innocence Project

39:36 | Apr 25th, 2016

The Innocence Project has freed 1000’s of people serving time in prison for crimes they did not commit. Thousands. People who were misidentified by eyewitnesses, or were manipulated into false confessions, or were the victims of unreliable forensic ...Show More
Carol Burnett: Laughter and Reflection

42:39 | Apr 11th, 2016

Whether you grew up watching The Carol Burnett Show, or your parents did, this comedian, actress, singer and writer is someone you want to get to know better. Burnett broke new ground when she launched her own television variety show in 1967 (hosti...Show More
Coach John Wooden: Character for Life

36:32 | Mar 28th, 2016

During March Madness, can you think of anything more satisfying to do between games than listen to an interview with legendary coach John Wooden?! Wooden led UCLA to more NCAA championships than any other team in history, and he did it with a quiet,...Show More
Steve Jobs and Tony Fadell: Inventing the Future

59:40 | Mar 14th, 2016

In this episode, an intimate history of two pocket-sized devices that changed the world, and the two men who created them: Steve Jobs and Tony Fadell. Jobs famously co-founded Apple. In the late 90’s, when the company was failing, he hired a young ...Show More
Sidney Poitier: Trailblazing Screen Legend

53:14 | Feb 27th, 2016

Sidney Poitier changed America’s view of black men. And he changed Hollywood (though the change is far from over, given the issues of diversity at this year’s Oscars.). The star of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “The Defiant Ones,” and “In The He...Show More
Lauryn Hill: Family, Faith & Hip-Hop

37:00 | Feb 15th, 2016

Lauryn Hill has had an outsized impact on the world of hip-hop, soul and R&B. She entered the music world in the mid-1990’s as one third of the band The Fugees, and soon after released a solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”. It was a pheno...Show More
Andrew Young: My Life, My Destiny

44:59 | Feb 1st, 2016

Andrew Young has worn many hats: pastor, congressman, ambassador & mayor, but his first role in public service was as Martin Luther King Jr’s strategist and negotiator. He was at King’s side for many of the biggest battles of the civil rights movem...Show More
Coretta Scott King: The Courage to Dream

28:36 | Jan 18th, 2016

As Mrs. King says, she wasn’t just married to Martin Luther King Jr., she was married to the cause. Their partnership in life, in faith, and in the struggle for justice and human rights, changed the world. In this episode, Mrs. King describes her ea...Show More
Lee Berger: In the Footsteps of Eve

37:17 | Jan 4th, 2016

Lee Berger has made two extraordinary scientific breakthroughs that are transforming our understanding of human evolution. Berger is a trailblazing paleoanthropologist. His most recent discovery involved a dramatic expedition through a 7-inch tun...Show More
Archbishop Desmond Tutu: The Power of Faith

37:56 | Dec 21st, 2015

Desmond Tutu was the moral force that helped bring down Apartheid in South Africa. As a young priest, he was not very political, despite the fact that he’d grown up under the most brutal form of segregation. But his theology evolved, he says, and he...Show More
George Lucas: The Force Will Be With You

36:45 | Dec 7th, 2015

George Lucas’s only dream as a teenager was to race cars, but he went on to create the most popular films in motion picture history. Along the way, while writing and directing Star Wars, Indiana Jones and American Graffiti, he learned life-changing ...Show More
William McRaven: A Life of Service

37:01 | Nov 23rd, 2015

"There are some things in life you control. I don't know that you control the sweeping hands of destiny." Admiral William "Bill" McRaven's destiny was to plan and oversee the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. True, he may not have controlled the h...Show More
James Michener: Master Storyteller

36:47 | Nov 9th, 2015

James Michener was born to tell stories. He was one of the most popular and best-selling American novelists of all time… able to merge equal parts fiction, history, geography and culture into a perfect, page-turning blend. But when you hear Michener...Show More
Mike (Coach K) Krzyzewski: Inspiring Greatness

27:24 | Oct 26th, 2015

Coach K, as Mike Krzyzewski is best known, has more wins than any other men's basketball coach in the NCAA. He’s placed his team - the Duke University Blue Devils - in five consecutive Final Fours, won five national championships, and is the first c...Show More
B.B. King: King of the Blues

36:57 | Oct 12th, 2015

BB King began life as a humble Mississippi cotton farmer, and ended up one of the most influential guitarists and singers of the past century. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones and many others are among his ...Show More
Benazir Bhutto: Paying the Ultimate Price

29:14 | Sep 28th, 2015

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007, just after she returned from exile in the hopes of becoming Prime Minister of Pakistan for the third time. She had held the position for the first time in the 1980’s, and then again in the 90’s. When she was ...Show More
Jonas Salk: Vanquisher of Polio

25:07 | Sep 21st, 2015

Before Jonas Salk created the Polio vaccine, thousands of children died every year or were left paralyzed by the virus (adults too). In 1952 alone, there were 58,000 cases in the United States. When news of the discovery was made public on April 12,...Show More
Oprah Winfrey, Part 2: A Vision for Success

28:08 | Sep 7th, 2015

Oprah Winfrey’s career in broadcasting started when she won Nashville’s Miss Fire Prevention Contest. She was 17. Part Two of our Oprah conversation focuses on Oprah’s life in media. It was too hard to fit everything fascinating the Queen of Talk h...Show More
Oprah Winfrey: The Queen of Talk… and Determination

19:22 | Aug 31st, 2015

“Fourth grade is when I first began to believe in myself… I felt I could control the world.” On this episode of “What It Takes,” Oprah Winfrey talks frankly about the inner voice that allowed her to survive a trauma-filled childhood with unwavering...Show More
Willie Mays: For the Love of the Game

26:20 | Aug 24th, 2015

Baseball fans may argue to this day about which was the best of Willie Mays’ many spectacular catches, but nearly all agree — he was one of the most versatile, virtuosic players of all time. In this episode, featuring an intimate interview with Mays ...Show More
Johnny Cash: True To His Own Voice

17:30 | Aug 17th, 2015

Johnny Cash had a voice that could make a mountain quake. His impact on the world of music is legendary. On this episode, you'll hear the deeply introspective Cash near the end of his career (1993). He reflects on how he overcame considerable perso...Show More
This is.... What It Takes

05:55 | Aug 3rd, 2015

In this brief introductory episode we explain what the podcast is all about (rare & revealing conversations with history-making, game-changing, courageous people)... we give you a sense of the kind of people you're going to hear when you subscribe (W...Show More