This series features distinguished authors, each recognized in an area of prominence and each uniquely paired with an interviewer.
Great Conversations Previous Broadcasts
Chris Matthews (Episode #505)
KQED World: Mon, Dec 15, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
In Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews offers a firsthand and one-of-a-kind story of the friendship between President Reagan and Speaker of the House, Tip O'Neill. He draws on his own knowledge and extensive interviews for a timely lesson in how bipartisan cooperation can work.
Elaine Pagels and Gustav Niebuhr (Episode #501)
KQED World: Mon, Dec 8, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
Elaine Pagels, religion scholar and author of Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, is considered one of the world's foremost religion scholars. In a time when global religious violence surges, Revelations explores and illuminates the roots of dissent, violence and division in the world's religions. She is interviewed by Gustav Niebuhr, Associate Professor in Religion & the Media, Syracuse University, and the former Religion Correspondent for The New York Times. Prof. Niebuhr also does occasional commentaries on religion for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."
Elizabeth Gilbert and ZZ Packer (Episode #102)
KQED World: Mon, Dec 1, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
Author Elizabeth Gilbert discusses her books Eat, Pray, Love and Stern Men with ZZ Packer, author of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. Elizabeth Gilbert's recent memoir Eat, Pray, Love has been in the top tier of the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list since 2006. Her debut novel, Stern Men, will be reissued by Penguin Books in late February 2009. Gilbert's skill as a writer traverses many genres. She has written for magazines as varied as GQ, The New York Times, SPIN, and Travel & Leisure. Her short story collection, Pilgrims, received a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She adapted her GQ article on Eustace Conway into a biography of the naturalist, The Last American Man, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in non-fiction. Elizabeth Gilbert appears on the list of "The 2008 TIME 100: The World's Most Influential People". The film rights to Eat, Pray, Love have been sold to Paramount, and production is to begin soon, with Julia Roberts to star.
ZZ Packer's short-story collection, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, was included in the New Yorker's Debut Fiction issue in 2000, was a New York Times Notable Book, and was a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Zoetrope, Seventeen, Harper's, The Best American Short Stories, New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, New York Times Book Review, and Salon. Her writing has also been anthologized in 25 and Under: Fiction. In 2008 she edited the annual New Stories from the South: The Year's Best.