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Feb 28, 2017

This is the telephone recording of my May 1983 interview with Johnny Van Zant, who was then leader of his own Johnny Van Zant Band and today has stepped in to be the frontman of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the classic rock band created by his late brother Ronnie Van Zant. (Brother Donnie Van Zant is best known for his band,...


Feb 27, 2017

My guest today is Bob Eckstein, author of The History of the Snowman and a humor columnist and cartoonist. But first, I’d like to set the tone for this interview by reading from a poem that Bob found on a needlepoint throw pillow sold at a garage sale:

I made a snowman as perfect as can be,
I thought I’d keep it...


Feb 27, 2017

I knew there was something missing in my life since it became Facebook-, Twitter-, Orkut- Bebo- and instant messaging-centric, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what. Turns out, it’s people! You know, real life, high-fiving, handshaking, backslapping, refrigerator-raiding friends, neighbors and family....


Feb 27, 2017

This is gonna take a minute. It was the last day of our first family vacation in two years and the three of us were unwinding in the enormous Barnes & Noble bookstore in Burlington, Vermont. My 13-year-old son Charlie found two young adult novels he wanted to buy, both of which his friends had already read and enjoyed....


Feb 27, 2017

Amin Matalqa made a movie after being challenged by David Pritchard, an executive producer for “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill.” There’s much more to the story than that, of course, but let me just add a few choice hints. Pritchard told the Jordanian writer and director to make it a comedy, something in...