Great Conversations:

Great Conversations:

Featuring interviews with noted authors, this series is taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville. The interviews are recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum. A KET production.

All Past Episodes

Doris Kearns Goodwin and A. Scott Berg

56:30 | #2008

Pulitzer Prize-winning bestselling author and "America's Historian-in-Chief" Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses Leadership in Turbulent Times, the culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history. A. Scott Berg, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of five bestselling biographies, interviews Goodwin. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Casey Gerald and Van Jones

56:30 | #2006

Casey Gerald is author of There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir, a personal story that sets forth in a bold new direction as a pathfinder for a generation coming of age during increasingly broken times. He is interviewed by CNN political contributor Van Jones, author of Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart and How We Come Together. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

John Feinstein and Mike Tirico

12:50 | #2005

John Feinstein is the author of 35 books, including two #1 New York Times Bestsellers: A Season on the Brink and A Good Walk Spoiled. His most recent non-fiction book, Where Nobody Knows Your Name, was his 23rd New York Times bestseller. He is interviewed by Mike Tirico, an NBC sportscaster and commentator. Tirico was recently named the studio host of NBC's Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Malcolm Nance and Ned Price

56:30 | #2004

Malcolm Nance, author of The Plot to Hack America: How Putin's Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election is interviewed by Ned Price, spokesperson for National Security Action, former Special Assistant to President Obama on the National Security Council staff. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

David Frum and David Jolly

56:30 | #2003

David Frum, a senior editor at The Atlantic and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush., discusses his book Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic with former U.S. Representative David Jolly. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Masha Gessen and Clarissa Ward

56:29 | #2002

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen talks about her new book The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia - winner of the 2017 National Book Award for nonfiction. She is interviewed by Clarissa Ward, a CNN senior international correspondent. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Robert Wright and Jon Kabat-Zinn

56:30 | #2001

Robert Wright, author of Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment, is interviewed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Thomas Friedman and Congressman John Yarmuth

56:30 | #1905

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman discusses his new book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. He is interviewed by Kentucky journalist and U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Joseph Stiglitz and Rana Foroohar

56:29 | #1904

American economist Joseph Eugene Stiglitz, a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics and the John Bates Clark Medal, is interviewed by Rana Foroohar, assistant managing editor at TIME. Stiglitz is the author of several books, the latest being The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe. Foroohar is author of Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

P.J. O'Rourke and Robert Siegel

56:29 | #1903

The author of such bestsellers as Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance, discusses his latest book, How The Hell Did This Happen?, about the 2016 presidential election. He is interviewed by Robert Siegel, senior host of NPR's All Things Considered. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Colson Whitehead and Isaac Fitzgerald

56:30 | #1902

Buzzfeed's Isaac Fitzgerald interviews Colson Whitehead on his book, The Underground Railroad, chronicling a young slave's desperate bid for freedom, and a heroine's flight that serves as a powerful meditation on both history and the present day. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Sebastian Junger and Joe Klein

56:32 | #1901

Sebastian Junger, author of War and The Perfect Storm, talks about his book, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, an investigation of how we overcome trauma and seek something bigger than ourselves. He is interviewed by Joe Klein, TIME's political columnist and a best-selling author. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Joe Nocera and Buzz Bissinger

56:30 | #1804

Joe Nocera, long-time Business and Opinion writer for the New York Times, talks about his book, Indentured: The Epic Scandal of the NCAA. He is interviewed by Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights and contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Diane Rehm and Ann Patchett

56:30 | #1803

NPR host Diane Rehm discusses her book, On My Own, about reconstructing her life after the death of her husband of 54 years. She is interviewed by author Ann Patchett. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

E.J. Dionne and James Fallows

56:30 | #1802

Journalist and political commentator E.J. Dionne, a long-time op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, talks about his book, Why The Right Went Wrong: Conservatism - from Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond. He is interviewed by James Fallows, a National correspondent for The Atlantic. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

John Irving and Sam Tanenhaus

56:29 | #1801

Author John Irving discusses his new novel, Avenue of Mysteries. His prolific career includes The World According to Garp, which won the National Book Award in 1980, and A Prayer for Owen Meany. Irving is interviewed by American historian Sam Tanenhaus, a contributor to Bloomberg Politics and Bloomberg View, and a columnist and associate editor at the British monthly, Prospect. Tanenhaus is also a former editor in chief of the Sunday Book Review and Week in Review at The New York Times. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

David Boies and Jeffrey Toobin

56:30 | #1704

Acclaimed Attorney David Boies, current legal counsel for Sony Pictures Entertainment, has represented clients in many high-profile U.S. cases. Boies was co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown, establishing the constitutional right for same-sex marriage in California. He discusses the historic case with Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer at The New Yorker and the senior legal analyst for CNN. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Jessye Norman and Gloria Steinem

56:30 | #1703

Legendary opera singer Jessye Norman, discusses her memoir Stand Up Straight and Sing!, which recalls the strong women who were her role models. She is interviewed by Gloria Steinem, feminist activist and co-founder of Ms. magazine. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Timothy Geithner and James Surowiecki

24:29 | #1702

Timothy Geithner, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and author of Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises, is interviewed by James Surowiecki, staff writer of "The Financial Page" at The New Yorker. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Philippe de Montebello and Michael Kimmelman

56:29 | #1701

Philippe de Montebello, the longest-serving director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, discusses his book, Rendez-vous with Art. He is interviewed by chief art critic for The New York Times Michael Kimmelman. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Alain de Botton and Brian Stetler

56:30 | #1605

Author Alain de Botton discusses his book, The News: A User's Manual, a guide for our news addicted age. He is interviewed by Brian Stelter, senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide and host of Reliable Sources. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Rick Pitino and Joe Nocera

56:30 | #1604

Rick Pitino, head coach of the University of Louisville men's basketball team and author of The One Day Contract, is interviewed by New York Times columnist Joe Nocera. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Chris Matthews and E. J. Dionne, Jr.

56:30 | #1603

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball, discusses his book Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked with E. J. Dionne, Jr., senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and syndicated columnist for The Washington Post. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Pat Conroy and Maureen Corrigan

25:33 | #1602

Author Pat Conroy discusses his powerful new memoir, The Death of Santini, the further story of his father, the inspiration for his acclaimed novel, The Great Santini. He is interviewed by NPR's Maureen Corrigan. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Congressman John Lewis and Rachel Maddow

56:30 | #1601

U.S. Congressman John Lewis is turning to the graphic novel format to discuss the Civil Rights Movement with March, a vivid first-hand account of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. Congressman Lewis is interviewed by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Elaine Pagels and Gustav Niebuhr

56:29 | #1504

Religion scholar Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and author of numerous books including The Gnostic Gospels and Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, is interviewed by Gustav Niebuhr, associate professor in religion and the media at Syracuse University. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Jared Diamond and Sarah Hrdy

56:30 | #1503

Jared Diamond, author of The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? and a professor of geography at UCLA is interviewed by Sarah Hrdy, professor emerita, University of California-Davis and associate in the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Ray Kurzweil and Jim Fleming

56:29 | #1502

Ray Kurzweil, author of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, is interviewed by Jim Fleming, Peabody Award-winning host of Public Radio International's To the Best of Our Knowledge. In his book, Kurzweil presents a provocative exploration of the limitless potential of reverse engineering the human brain. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Steven Pinker and Neal Conan

56:30 | #1501

Harvard Professor Steven Pinker is the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. He is interviewed by Neal Conan, award-winning journalist and host of "Talk of the Nation" on National Public Radio. With the panache and intellectual zeal that he is known for, Pinker calls for a rethinking of your deepest beliefs about progress, modernity, and human nature. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum. A 2012 KET production.

Ahmed Rashid and Clarissa Ward

56:30 | #1405

Ahmed Rashid is the author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is interviewed by CBS News Foreign Correspondent Clarissa Ward. The leading journalist in Pakistan, Rashid draws on his keen knowledge of the region to deftly explain what the future may hold. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Erik Larson and Robert Siegel

56:31 | #1404

Robert Siegel, senior host of NPR's All Things Considered, talks with Erik Larson, author of the book In the Garden of Beasts, the saga of William Dodd, chosen by Roosevelt to be America's first ambassador to Nazi Germany, and his daughter, who in July 1933 suddenly found themselves transported to the heart of Hitler's Berlin. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Michio Kaku and James Canton

56:30 | #1403

Futurist Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist, tenured professor, co-creator of the string field theory, and author of Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, is interviewed by James Canton, global futurist, social scientist, author, and CEO and chairman of the Institute for Global Futures. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Siddhartha Mukherjee and David T. Scadden

56:30 | #1402

Dr. David Scadden, professor of medicine at Harvard University, discusses the future of cancer treatments with physician and researcher Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

Rosanne Cash and Nick Spitzer

56:30 | #1401

Grammy-winner Rosanne Cash discusses her book, Composed: A Memoir, a self-portrait and testament to the power of art, tradition and love to transform a life. She is interviewed by Nick Spitzer, producer and host of public radio's American Routes. The interview was recorded at the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum.

A Conversation with Billy Collins and Garrison Keillor

56:30 | #1305

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins is author of nine volumes of poetry, including the forthcoming Horoscopes of the Dead. He is interviewed by Garrison Keillor, host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac, heard on public radio stations across the country. A 2011 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Dr. Eric Kandel and Jonah Lehrer

56:23 | #1304

Nobel Prize-winning medical researcher and Columbia University Professor Dr. Eric Kandel discusses his book In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind with Jonah Lehrer, contributing editor at Wired and author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist. A 2011 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

Great Conversations with Andrew Ross Sorkin and Bethany McLean

56:30 | #1303 | TV-G

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, a real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in American financial history since the Great Depression, is interviewed by Bethany McLean, contributing editor to Vanity Fair, co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room, about the collapse of Enron, and the forthcoming All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. A 2010 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

Great Conversations with Arianna Huffington

56:30 | #1302

Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, discusses her book Third World America, where she examines how America's past political, economic, and educational decisions are impacting the American dream, and what we can do to restart the engines of American prosperity and revitalize the middle class. A 2010 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

Great Conversations with David Plouffe and Richard Wolffe

56:30 | #1301

David Plouffe, political strategist and author of The Audacity to Win is interviewed by Richard Wolffe, award-winning journalist, political analyst for MSNBC, and author of Renegade: The Making of a President. Plouffe served as campaign manager for President Obama's primary and general election victories in 2008. After managing Obama's Presidential campaign, Plouffe set up Organizing for America to continue the initiatives of the campaign in everyday civic life. A 2010 KET production.

A Conversation with Carl Lewis

56:30 | #108

Athlete Lewis, winner of nine Olympic gold medals, discusses his book One More Victory Lap, written in collaboration with Jeffrey Marx, former reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. The track star is interviewed by Newsweek columnist Frank Deford. A KET production taped at The Kentucky Center.

Great Conversations with Daniel Okrent and John Huey

56:34 | #1204

Daniel Okrent is 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, a narrative history of that peculiar episode in American history, sweeping across several decades and most of the country, including Kentucky. He will be interviewed by John Huey, editor-in-chief of Time Inc. and co-author of Sam Walton: Made in America. A 2010 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

Great Conversations with Richard Ellis and Jeff Corwin

56:34 | #1203

Richard Ellis, one of America's leading marine conservationists, recognized as the foremost painter of marine natural history subjects in the world, and author of On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear, is interviewed by Jeff Corwin, host of Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin's Experience and Corwin's Quest, conservationist, and author of 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth's Most Endangered Species. A 2010 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

Great Conversations with Michael Sandel and John Carroll

56:34 | #1202

Renowned Harvard professor Michael Sandel is interviewed by John S. Carroll, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former editor of the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, and the Lexington Herald-Leader. Sandel discusses his book Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?, about the challenge of thinking our way through the hard moral dilemmas we confront as citizens. A 2009 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

Great Conversations with Dr. Harold Varmus and Governor Howard Dean

56:34 | #1201

Governor Howard Dean, author of Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform interviews Nobel Laureate in Medicine, former director of the National Institutes of Health, and current president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Harold Varmus. He discusses his book The Art and Politics of Science, an elegant blend of science and biography which also delves into current health issues. A 2009 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

Great Conversations: Michael Kinsley and James Surowiecki

56:27 | #1103 | TV-G

James Surowiecki, staff writer for The New Yorker, interviews Michael Kinsley, columnist for Time magazine, about his work as editor on Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and other Economic Leaders, a response from over 40 of the most influential thinkers in the world of business to Bill Gates' challenge to pursue the idea of "creative capitalism." A 2009 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

Great Conversations: Elizabeth Gilbert and ZZ Packer

56:30 | #1104 | TV-G

ZZ Packer, author of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere and a 1990 graduate of Seneca High School in Louisville, interviews author Elizabeth Gilbert about her #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia and her soon-to-be-reissued novel, Stern Men. A 2009 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

Great Conversations: Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel Pink

56:30 | #1102

Interviewed by Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future and The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need, author Malcolm Gladwell talks about his latest book Outliers: The Story of Success, about what makes high achievers different from everyone else. A 2009 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with David Boren

56:30 | #1101

In A Letter to America, University of Oklahoma President David Boren explains why he believes that America is at a crossroads and why decisive action is urgently needed. The book draws on his experiences as the longest-serving chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, as a state governor, and as the current leader of a major public university. A 2008 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Justice Stephen Breyer

57:15 | #1004

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discusses his book Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution, about constitutional interpretation and citizen participation in the judicial process. He is interviewed by NBC News justice correspondent Pete Williams. A KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville in May 2008.

A Conversation with Greg Mortenson

58:00 | #1003

Literacy advocate Greg Mortenson, co-founder and executive director of the Central Asia Institute and founder of Pennies for Peace, discusses his bestselling book Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission To Promote Peace ... One School at a Time. Co-authored with David Oliver Relin, it chronicles Mortenson's efforts to build schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. A 2008 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Michael Pollan

57:50 | #1002

Michael Pollan, a long-time contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and a journalism teacher at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses his books In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto and The Omnivore's Dilemma. Together, they convincingly show that we are indeed what we eat—and that what we eat remakes the world. A 2008 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Tom Brokaw

56:40 | #1001

Tom Brokaw, former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, discusses his book Boom! Voices of the Sixties—Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today. It examines the tumultuous decade of the 1960s to explore how famous people, ordinary citizens, and the national mindset were all affected by that time of unforgettable change. A 2007 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with James Baker III

57:10 | #904

Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker III, co-chair of the Iraq Study Group appointed in March 2006, discusses his memoir Work Hard, Study ... and Keep Out of Politics! The book recounts his key roles in the administrations of presidents Ford, Reagan, and G.H.W. Bush. A 2007 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Bill McKibben

56:15 | #903

Author Bill McKibben discusses his book Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, in which he challenges the prevailing view that "more" is synonymous with "better" and urges more local production and consumption of everything from food to entertainment. He is interviewed by Kentucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry. A 2007 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Lawrence Wright

57:40 | #902

Author, screenwriter, and New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright discusses his book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Based on five years of research, it chronicles the events leading up to 9/11, including the terrorist planning and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. A 2006 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with George Soros

57:40 | #901

International financier, Holocaust survivor, philanthropist, and author George Soros discusses his book The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror with John D. Podeseta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress. The book offers insight into the real meaning of freedom and how societies can best promote it. A 2006 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Sue Monk Kidd

57:30 | #804

Best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd discusses her novel The Mermaid Chair with clinical psychiatry professor and fellow author Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. The book, about a middle-aged woman struggling with her own passions and "coming-of-age" questions, won the 2005 Quill award for general fiction. A 2006 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Gene Sperling

58:11 | #803

Gene Sperling, President Clinton's national economic adviser and head of the National Economic Council from 1997 to 2001, now works on a variety of economic and international issues as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, as director of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations, and as a columnist and television commentator. He is also a contributing writer and consultant for the TV series The West Wing. He discusses his book The Pro-Growth Progressive: An Economic Strategy for Shared Prosperity with National Public Radio's John Ydstie. A 2006 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center in Louisville.

A Conversation with John McCain

56:30 | #802

Four-term U.S. Senator (R-AZ) and decorated Vietnam veteran John McCain has built a reputation for independence by championing causes he strongly believes in, regardless of popular opinion. His experiences as father to seven children inspired him to write Character Is Destiny, a collection of stories illustrating his belief that character depends on conscience and is created by the choices we make every day. He is interviewed by National Public Radio host Robert Siegel in a program taped at the Kentucky Center in Louisville. A KET production.

A Conversation with R.W. Apple Jr.

57:30 | #801

Johnny Apple, associate editor of the New York Times, has roamed the United States as an eyewitness to history for more than 30 years. In Apple's America, he shares his robust enthusiasm for the history, architecture, business, and culture of 40 great urban centers of America—including Louisville. He is interviewed by Tom Brokaw in a conversation taped in November 2005 at the Kentucky Center. A KET production.

A Conversation with Azar Nafisi

58:30 | #704

Civil rights reporter Karl Fleming interviews Azar Nafisi about life in Iran and the secret book club she started to help her keep hope alive in a desperate time. Nafisi was teaching English literature at the University of Tehran when the revolution brought Ayatollah Khomeini to power. Fired for refusing to wear a veil, she began a book discussion group with some of her female students. Risking raids from Islamic morality squads, the girls removed their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimer Nabokov. Nafisi's memoir of that time, Reading Lolita in Tehran, illuminates how the power of literature nurtured their imaginations and hope amid the growing loss of freedom in their daily lives.

A Conversation with Ari Fleischer

56:00 | #703

Ari Fleischer, primary spokesman for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003 and author of Taking Heat: The President, the Press, and My Years in the White House, sits down for a conversation with CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante. A 2005 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center in Louisville.

A Conversation with Dennis Ross

56:30 | #702

Ambassador Dennis Ross, chief Middle East peace negotiator under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton and author of The Missing Peace, speaks with Jacki Lyden, award-winning foreign correspondent for National Public Radio. A 2004 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center in Louisville.

A Conversation with Karen Armstrong

57:30 | #701

Karen Armstrong, author of a number of books on religion, including A History of God and Buddha, speaks with National Public Radio host Robert Siegel. A 2004 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Margaret Atwood

55:59 | #604

Acclaimed novelist, poet, and critic Margaret Atwood speaks with National Public Radio host Ira Flatow. A 2004 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Robert Kagan

56:30 | #603

Robert Kagan, senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, contributing editor of The New Republic, and author of Paradise and Power, writes on the shifting international scene. He is interviewed by Neal Conan, host of National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation. A 2004 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

57:00 | #602

Henry Louis Gates Jr., chair of the Afro-American Studies Department at Harvard University, discusses his book America Behind the Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans. The interviewer is Karen Grigsby Bates, a Los Angeles-based correspondent for National Public Radio's Day to Day. A 2004 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Madeleine Albright

56:30 | #601

Madeleine Albright, secretary of state under President Clinton, discusses her book Madame Secretary. A KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville in December 2003.

A Conversation with Sandra Day O'Connor

57:00 | #503

Sandra Day O'Connor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and first woman appointed to that court, discusses her book The Majesty of the Law with NBC News correspondent Pete Williams. A 2003 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Garrison Keillor

57:00 | #502

Garrison Keillor, popular radio humorist and host of A Prairie Home Companion, discusses his books Good Poems and Lake Wobegon Summer 1956. A KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville in November 2002.

A Conversation with Arthur Levitt

56:30 | #501

Levitt, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, discusses his book Take On the Street: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don't Want You To Know; What You Can Do To Fight Back with Jane Bryant Quinn. A KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville in November 2002.

A Conversation with Strobe Talbott

57:00 | #405

Talbott, a former deputy secretary of state and ambassador-at-large to Russia and former Soviet states, discusses his book The Russia Hand: A Memoir of Presidential Diplomacy with author David Halberstam. A KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville in September 2002.

A Conversation with Wynton Marsalis

56:30 | #404

Jazz great Marsalis, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, discusses his book Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life. He is interviewed by National Public Radio's Robert Siegel, host of All Things Considered. A KET production taped at the Kentucky Center in May 2002.

A Conversation with Vernon Jordan

56:30 | #403

Former Clinton White House adviser and National Urban League President Vernon Jordan discusses his memoir, Vernon Can Read, with CNN political analyst Ronald Brownstein. A KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in March 2002.

A Conversation with David Hockney

56:30 | #402

Legendary artist David Hockney, author of Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters, is interviewed by Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic of the New York Times. A KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville in December 2001.

A Conversation with General Wesley Clark

57:00 | #401

Gen. Clark, former commander of the NATO European forces and NATO air campaign in Kosovo, is interviewed by New Yorker correspondent and Primary Colors author Joe Klein. A KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in November 2000.

A Conversation with James McBride

56:40 | #304

The author of The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother is interviewed by radio personality Christopher Lydon. McBride's best-selling memoir is largely the story of his mother, a Jewish woman who fled Poland for America, married a black man, and raised a large family. A 2001 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with David Kessler

56:40 | #303

Kessler, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and author of the book A Question of Intent, which discusses the litigation against tobacco companies, is interviewed by Roger Cossack, co-host of CNN's Burden of Proof. A KET production taped at The Kentucky Center.

A Conversation with E.L. Doctorow

56:40 | #302

Novelist E.L. Doctorow, considered one of America's greatest writers, is interviewed by radio personality Christopher Lydon. A 2001 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Ted Koppel

56:40 | #301

The veteran ABC newsman and host of Nightline is interviewed by National Public Radio's Robert Siegel, host of All Things Considered, about Koppel's memoir, Off Camera: Private Thoughts Made Public. A KET production taped at The Kentucky Center.

A Conversation with Ruth Reichl

57:01 | #112

Reichl, restaurant critic at The New York Times and editor of Gourmet magazine, is also the author of a best-selling memoir, Tender at the Bone. She is interviewed by National Public Radio correspondent Susan Stamberg at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville. A 1999 KET production.

A Conversation with Patricia Schroeder

56:30 | #111

Former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder talks about her book 24 Years of House Work and the Place Is Still a Mess with Eleanor Clift, a contributing editor for Newsweek. A KET production taped at The Kentucky Center.

A Conversation with A. Scott Berg

56:30 | #110

A. Scott Berg, author of a critically acclaimed biography of Charles Lindbergh, is interviewed by Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville. A 1998 KET production.

A Conversation with David Halberstam

57:00 | #109

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam (1934-2007) discusses his book The Children, which recounts the remarkable stories of young people involved in the early days of the civil rights movement. He is interviewed by Roger Wilkins, professor of history and American culture at George Mason University. A 1998 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Jane Bryant Quinn

00:00 | #107

Quinn, the nation's leading commentator on personal finance, is interviewed by Marshall Loeb, former editor of Fortune. A KET production.

A Conversation with Dr. Susan Love

56:30 | #106

The breast cancer surgeon, teacher, researcher, and author discusses her book Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices About Menopause with Anne Taylor Fleming, commentator on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. A KET production taped at the Kentucky Center in Louisville in October 1997.

A Conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton

00:00 | #105

The first lady, author of It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us, is interviewed by Carl Sferrazza Anthony, an expert on first ladies and their political roles. A 1997 KET production taped at The Kentucky Center.

A Conversation with Katharine Graham

58:30 | #104

Graham, former publisher of the Washington Post and author of Personal History, an autobiography, is interviewed by NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. A KET production taped at The Kentucky Center in May 1997.

A Conversation with John Updike

58:00 | #103

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and avid golfer John Updike is interviewed by Robert Siegel, host of National Public Radio's All Things Considered, about his book Golf Dreams. A 1996 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Neil Simon

00:00 | #102

The playwright talks about his autobiography, Rewrites, as well as his experiences in writing 30 plays and 27 screenplays. A KET production taped at The Kentucky Center.

A Conversation with Sister Helen Prejean

58:30 | #101

The author of Dead Man Walking discusses issues surrounding the death penalty with Stephen Bright, director of the Southern Center for Human Rights, during a presentation taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville. A 1996 KET production.

A Conversation with Elie Wiesel

57:30 | #204

On the eve of the 55th anniversary of his liberation from the Buchenwald death camp, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel is interviewed by New York Times reporter Gustav Niebuhr. A KET production taped at The Kentucky Center.

A Conversation with John Glenn

57:00 | #203

The former astronaut and senator, author of the autobiography John Glenn: A Memoir, is interviewed by Lou Dobbs, CEO of Space.com. A KET production taped at The Kentucky Center.

A Conversation with Frances Mayes

57:00 | #202

Mayes, a poet and professor of creative writing, discusses her first book of prose, Under the Tuscan Sun, with Rebecca Bain of WPLN public radio in Nashville. A 1999 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

A Conversation with Jane Goodall

57:00 | #201

The celebrated anthropologist is interviewed by Dr. Richard Wrangham, chairman of the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. They discuss her book Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey, in which Goodall explores the moral and ethical dimensions of environmental concerns. A 1999 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

Blue Collar Jobs

Futurist and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, author of Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, discusses how innovation will impact blue collar jobs.

Limits of the Human Mind

Futurist and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, author of Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, discusses the limits of the human mind.

Effects of Political Order

Futurist and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, author of Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, discusses the effects of political order.

Replicating Brain Tissue

Futurist and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, author of Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, discusses replicating brain tissue.

Future Moral Dilemmas

Futurist and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, author of Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, discusses moral dilemmas.

State of String Theory

Futurist and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, author of Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 and co-creator of the string field theory, discusses the state of string theory.

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