Profiles

Pete Stewart

Through his legendary films, Bruce Lee bridged cultural barriers, upended stereotypes and made martial arts a global phenomenon. Biographer Matthew Polly joins us to explore the life of this ambitious actor who grew obsessed with martial arts.

Public Domain

Monday, we’re talking to historian Richard Francis about Samuel Sewell. He was the only one of the judges during the Salem Witch trials who apologized for his role in the execution of 20 people.

Painting in Asian style depicting Lao Tzue and the discovery of a giant pearl.
Kristina Collantes / The Atlantic

Legend says the Pearl of Lao Tzu was found in 1934 after a diver drowned trying to pry it from the mouth of a giant clam. The writer Michael LaPointe has traced the pearl's unbelievable story through a tangled web of fact and fiction.

Jonathan E. Shaw via CC/Flickr

Genghis Khan was the greatest conqueror in human history. He was a ruthless warrior known for his scorched earth tactics. So it may surprise you to learn that he was a deeply principled and passionate man, and a champion of religious freedom.

Trees standing in water with mysterious mist.
Cover "The Secret Token" / Doubleday

In 1590, 115 English settlers vanished from present-day North Carolina with little trace. Journalist Andrew Lawler joins us to talk about the lost colony and how it has become part of American myth.

The writer Alexandra Fuller joins us to talk about her latest book, a novel about two Native American cousins on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (Rebroadcast)

Robin

Jul 17, 2018
Robin Williams covering mouth with hand.
From Book Cover/Pan Macmillan

Tuesday, we're talking about Robin Williams’ life and inspirations, and what his public persona can tell us about the inner life he mostly kept to himself. Our guest is biographer Dave Itzkoff.

Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Director Morgan Neville joins us to talk about the life and philosophy of television icon Fred Rogers. Neville's new documentary is called Won't You Be My Neighbor? 

Educated

Jun 19, 2018

Born into a survivalist family, Tara Westover's home-school education taught her to scrap metal, can peaches, and avoid doctors. Her new memoir recounts the journey from junkyard to Cambridge Ph.D.

Dolores

Jun 15, 2018

Dolores Huerta co-founded the first farm workers union alongside Cesar Chavez. But she's not as well-known, and director Peter Bratt believes it’s because she was a strong defiant woman. (Rebroadcast)

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