TODAY: The new movie 'One Night in Miami' is about the 1964 meeting of Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown. We listen back to archival interviews with biographers of Cooke, Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X: @PeterGuralnick, @jonathaneig and Alex Haley. https://t.co/umnHNeZklk
Luke Mogelson says many of the insurrectionists he filmed at the Capitol "had no inkling that what they were doing was wrong or suspicion that it could result in any consequences." He gives his firsthand account of Jan. 6. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty https://t.co/zU4aQRQgmchttps://t.co/kJj47d41PX
TODAY: The story behind the now-famous video shot from inside the Senate Chamber during the storming of the Capitol. We talk with @NewYorker writer Luke Mogelson, who recorded what he saw during the Jan. 6. insurrection.
"[At the Vietnam memorial] I found the names of people that died in my presence and put my fingers on their names and leaned against that wall. It makes me cry now, just remembering that moment. ... It's a beautiful elegiac monument to human suffering." https://t.co/yz6v7qjdFB
Tim O'Brien on the "they" in The Things They Carried:
"We all carry physical stuff that represents who we are. But we also carry the emotional aftershocks of our lives — the joys and the sadness and everything else." https://t.co/yz6v7qjdFB
TODAY: Tim O’Brien, author of 'The Things They Carried,' talks about his memories of the Vietnam War, becoming a father in his late 50s, and facing mortality. There's a new doc. about his life, 'The War and Peace of Tim O'Brien.'
BARON COHEN: Terry, I'm just remembering, I think my first-ever interview out of character was with you.
GROSS: I think that's right.
BARON COHEN: You were literally the first person I ever spoke to as myself.
TODAY: Why the Affordable Care Act has generated such intense debate for so long, what it tells us about our governing institutions, and how it’s been functioning during the pandemic. We talk with @CitizenCohn, author of 'The Ten Year War.'
"I had never wanted to give any interviews as myself. I had a fantastic period in England where ... Ali G, the character, was huge. It was incredibly famous. ... But me, Sacha, I was unknown and it was just fantastic." @SachaBaronCohenhttps://t.co/neQFdZ0Yrr
"Those are the discussions that we have in the writers' room continually: Is this ethical? What's the purpose of this scene, is it just to be funny? Is there some satire? Is that satire worth it?" @SachaBaronCohenhttps://t.co/sikleA4iZ8
TODAY: @SachaBaronCohen. We talk about why he revived Borat, why he initially resisted doing interviews out of character, and what drew him to play Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman in 'The Trial of the Chicago 7.'
Author Tim O'Brien is best known for his stories about the Vietnam War, including the 1990 novel, The Things They Carried. But he says he'd give up every book he's written if it meant more time on earth with his two young sons. https://t.co/0yXnuLm66E
Steve Jobs: "The way I was raised, was that science and computer science is a liberal art. It's something that everyone should know how to use, at least, and harness in their life… It's something that everybody should be exposed to." (2/22/1996)
Thank you @nprfreshair & Terry Gross for a chance to talk about The Ten Year War -- how Obamacare came to be, why governing has become so difficult, and what to do about it all.
Sacha Baron Cohen has been chased, sued and nearly arrested while in character. But he says a scary experience at a gun rights rally solidified his decision to stop doing undercover characters.
"At some point, your luck runs out," he said.
Toni Morrison: "[Writing is] where I live. It's where I have control. It's where nobody tells me what to do. It's where my imagination is fecund and I'm at my best... I'm thinking up dangerous, difficult things, but it's also extremely safe." (4/20/15)
Ta-Nehisi Coates: "Moral problems in general become really, really easy if you can't see yourself in the people that you condemn because then you just get to feel better than people." (9/24/2019)
Christopher Plummer: "If you put yourself in disaster, that's the best training of all, isn't it? You know how to get yourself out of trouble. I've never been frightened on the stage, though... I've [always] felt very much at home on the stage." 11/20/07
For @nprfreshair I reviewed PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME and TWO OF US, two very different, superbly acted romantic thrillers now available for streaming: https://t.co/Tu0OnyYQKO
Anthony Bourdain: "[Most chefs] want to experience food as they did as children... [Like] soup their mom gave them on a rainy day when they'd been bullied in school. That's a happy time when you can escape this world and lose yourself in food." (10/27/16)