Getting to Know Katherine Hepburn

With Scott Berg

Scott Berg at the age of 33, had a scheduled interview with Hepburn which turned out to be a close friendship that lasted till her death. He then went on to do an insightful and fascinating biography of her as “one smart cookie” who managed to be a movie star for sixty (!!) years.  Here is our conversation from 2003 including one delightful clip from “The Philadelphia Story.”

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The Awe-ful Harry Shearer

With Harry Shearer

The meaning of the title is that both Harry and I experience “awe” when contemplating the oddities and delights of his career as actor, satirist and all around great mimic. Here he is, seriously kidding around in a conversation back in 2006 and tracking from Saturday Nite Live to the still persisting Harry Shearer Show. Simple confession: Harry is one of my favorite show biz people.

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Communism as an American Minority Culture

With Ronald Radosh

Ronald Radosh was raised within that culture and ranks as one of the leading and former “red diaper babies.” He went on as an academic to be one of the major investigators of that culture, its works, ways and achievements. Here, in 2001, he discusses, his book, “Commies: the Old Left, the New Left and the Left-Over Left.”  To this day he remains a controversial figure in American  academic life.

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Hitler’s Last Western Campaign….

With four veterans of the bulge

….was, of course, the so-called ”Battle of the Bulge .” In 2003, four American veterans of that last great assault share their vivid memories of how the Wehrmacht advanced with massive force and was, after a dreadful month of unrelenting combat, routed by the American and British armies led, respectively. by Patton and Montgomery.

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The Dean of the “Arabists”

With Bernard Lewis

Bernard Lewis has been the single most influential, academically-based scholar of the history, religion, politics and present disorder of the Arab world. Now in his nineties and still productive he has propounded a general interpretation of “What Went Wrong” (the title of one of his most important books) with the once-flourishing and now disordered Islamic civilization. Here, in 2004, he discusses with us–and in his words–”the roots of Arab rage.”

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