Interviews by Michael Krasny
Michael Krasny has interviewed a wide range of major political and cultural figures including Edward Albee, Madeleine Albright, Alan Alda, Sherman Alexei, Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Ken Auletta, Paul Auster, Richard Avedon, Joan Baez, Alec Baldwin, Dave Barry, Harry Belafonte, Annette Bening, Wendell Berry, Claire Bloom, Andy Borowitz, T.S. Boyle, Ray Bradbury, Ben Bradlee, Bill Bradley, Stephen Breyer, Tom Brokaw, David Brooks, Patrick Buchanan, William F. Buckley Jr, Jimmy Carter, James Carville, Michael Chabon, Noam Chomsky, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Cesar Chavez, Bill Cosby, Sandra Cisneros, Billy Collins, Pat Conroy, Francis Ford Coppola, Jacques Cousteau, Michael Crichton, Francis Crick, Mario Cuomo, Tony Curtis, Marc Danner, Ted Danson, Don DeLillo, Gerard Depardieu, Junot Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joan Didion, Maureen Dowd. Jennifer Egan, Daniel Ellsberg, Rahm Emanuel, Nora Ephron, Susan Faludi, Diane Feinstein, Jane Fonda, Barney Frank, Al Franken, Jonathan Franzen, Lady Antonia Fraser, Thomas Friedman, Carlos Fuentes, John Kenneth Galbraith, Andy Garcia, Jerry Garcia, Robert Gates, Newt Gingrich, Allen Ginsberg, Malcolm Gladwell, Danny Glover, Jane Goodall, Stephen Greenblatt, Matt Groening, Sammy Hagar, Woody Harrelson, Robert Hass, Werner Herzog, Christopher Hitchens, Nick Hornby, Khaled Hosseini, Patricia Ireland, Kazuo Ishiguro, Molly Ivins, Jesse Jackson, PD James, Bill T. Jones, James Earl Jones, Ashley Judd, Pauline Kael, John Kerry, Tracy Kidder, Barbara Kingsolver, Alonzo King, Galway Kinnell, Ertha Kitt, Paul Krugman, Ray Kurzweil, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ang Lee, Spike Lee, Annie Leibovitz, Doris Lessing, Michael Lewis, Maya Lin, Amory Lovins, Sidney Lumet, YoYo Ma, Norman Mailer, David Mamet, Mickey Mantle, Wynton Marsalis, Jackie Mason, Mary Matalin, John McCain, George McGovern, Catherine McKinnon, John McWhorter, Russell Means, Lyn Manuel-Miranda, Lorrie Moore, Rita Moreno, Ralph Nader, VS Naipaul, Janet Napolitano, Graham Nash, BeBe Neuwirth, Grover Norquist, Barack Obama, Edna O’Brien, Tim O’Brien, Cynthia Ozick, Orhan Pamuk, Leon Panetta, Nancy Pelosi, Camille Paglia, Ann Patchett, Robin Wright Penn, Michael Pollan, Rosa Parks, Francine Prose, Anna Quindlen, Robert Reich, Ruth Reichl, David Remnick, Janet Reno, Joan Rivers, Richard Rodriguez, Linda Ronstadt, Isabella Rossellini, Phillip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Kay Ryan, Paul Ryan, William Safire, Carl Sagan, Bernie Sanders, Carlos Santana, George Saunders, Eric Schmidt, Charles Schultz, Gary Shteyngart, Russell Simmons, Tavis Smiley, Patti Smith, Stephen Sondheim, Susan Sontag, Sonia Sotomayor, Eliot Spitzer, Tom Stoppard, Joseph Stiglitz, Gloria Steinem, Oliver Stone, Deborah Tannen, Studs Terkel, Twyla Tharp, Charlize Theron, Paul Theroux, Calvin Trillin, Archbishop Desmond TuTu, Mike Tyson, John Updike, Abraham Verghese, Derek Walcott, Alice Walker, David Foster Wallace, Elizabeth Warren, James Watson, Cornel West, Gene Wilder, Billy Dee Williams, EO Wilson, Gary Wills, Debra Winger, Naomi Wolfe, Judy Woodruff and Bob Woodward.
Michael Krasny has conducted on-stage interviews with Isabel Allende (who also interviewed him on stage), Roz Chast, Judy Collins, Anthony Marra, Jeffrey Toobin, Ann-Margaret, Nicholson Baker, Saul Bellow, David Boies, Art Buchwald, Ken Burns, John Cleese, Rich Cohen, Elvis Costello, Larry David, Umberto Eco, Richard Dawkins, EL Doctorow, Shirin Ebadi, Richard Ford, Stephen Jay Gould, Al Gore, Brian Greene, Dennis Hopper, John Irving, Glenda Jackson, Vinod Khosla, Alan King, Tony Kushner, Ursula LeGuin, Barry Levinson, Robert MacNeill, Bobby McFerrin, Errol Morris, Greg Mortenson, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Sandra Day O’Connor, Amos Oz, Michael Pollan, Richard Price, Robert Redford, Condaleeza Rice, Cokie Roberts, Ambassador Dennis Ross, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, George Schultz, Charles Schwab, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Jane Smiley, Scott Turow, Craig Venter, Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Jon Voight, Peter Weir, Colson Whitehead, Terry Tempest Williams, Fred Wiseman and Tobias Wolff (who interviewed him on stage). In 2011 he interviewed authors Jennifer Egan and Vendela Vida at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. In 2012 at the Herbst he conducted an on-stage interview with Physics Nobel Laureates George Smoot and Saul Pearlmutter on cosmology. In 2015 he interviewed psychiatrist Nora Volkow at the Norse Theater in San Francisco. He also interviewed film producer David Brown for Stanford University’s annual professional publishing course (2002) and James Watson and EO Wilson for Conservation International at the estate of Gordon and Betty Moore (2003) as well as John Carroll, the editor of The Los Angeles Times (2003) and Investigative Journalist Seymour Hirsch 2004) for the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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Let There Be Laughter
A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means
by Michael Krasny
From the host of NPR affiliate’s Forum with Michael Krasny, a compendium of Jewish jokes that packs the punches with hilarious riff after riff and also offers a window into Jewish culture. learn more
“A book about Jewish jokes – that’s as funny as the jokes – what’s not to love.”
– Andy Borowitz