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Hunter S. Thompson on Outlaws *

“I keep my mouth shut now. I’ve turned into a professional coward.” - Hunter S. Thompson in 1967 with Studs Terkel. The interview was recorded shortly after the release of Thompson's book, Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga. He spent more than a year living, drinking and riding with the Hells Angels up and down the California coast. Hear what he learned. Watch the animated version of this episode from our series with PBS Digital Studios: http://blankonblank.org/hunter-thompson Blank on Blank

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Tom Waits on Everything and Nothing *

“I don’t know what the ‘big time’ is" - Tom Waits in 1988 as told to Chris Roberts Imagine what would happen if you sat down on a couch next to Tom Waits? Here's the tape. Watch the animated version of this episode from our series with PBS Digital Studios: http://oldbonb.wpengine.com/tom-waits Blank on Blank

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Patty Hearst on Reasonable Doubt *

“I‘m a coward, I didn’t want to die” - Patty Hearst in 1982, as told to Larry Grobel. Larry Grobel told us the story about a time back in the early 80s when he borrowed a swimsuit at the Playboy mansion. It seems that back then, Hugh Hefner kept spare trunks at the ready whenever his guests felt the urge to test the waters beneath the famous Grotto. The reason Larry took an impromptu plunge? He wanted to nab the first interview with the infamous Patty Hearst after she got out of prison. Was the woman who was famously kidnapped in the 1970s--and then caught on camera robbing a bank with her captors--a victim or a criminal?  Here's the unheard audio with the famous interview Larry did for Playboy. Watch the animated version of this episode from our series with PBS Digital Studios: http://blankonblank.org/patty-hearst   Blank on Blank

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Bill Murray on Being Obnoxious *

“I‘m just an obnoxious guy who can make it appear charming, that’s what they pay me to do.” - Bill Murray in 1988 as told to T.J. English This previously unheard interview was recorded at Bill Murray's house in New Jersey. T.J. was writing a profile for Irish America magazine. Bill's dog was there and had an interest in his pants. Vintage Bill Murray on fame, Cadillacs, taking care of his mom and talking to women while famous. Watch the animated version of this episode from our series with PBS Digital Studios: http://blankonblank.org/bill-murray   Blank on Blank

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Kurt Vonnegut on Man-Eating Lampreys *

“Nothing means anything — except the artist makes his living by pretending, by putting it in a meaningful hole, though no such holes exist.” - Kurt Vonnegut in 1970 Kurt Vonnegut walked into a class room at NYU in November 1970. He was a guest speaker that day. He’d prepared some handwritten notes on what he wanted to say: there were his thoughts on the art of writing, his childhood, the death of his parents. He jumped from topic to topic as he shuffled through his papers. Sometimes his voice trailed off. He delivered punchlines with perfect timing. The class roared. Listening to this tape, we get to be flies on the wall that day.  So take a seat, but your book bag down and enjoy. Watch the animated version of this episode from our series with PBS Digital Studios: http://blankonblank.org/kurt-vonnegut Blank on Blank

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Nina Simone on Shock *

“It’s a good time for black people to be alive. It’s a lot of hell. A lot of violence, but I feel more alive now than I ever have in my life. I have a chance to live, as I’ve dreamed.”  - Nina Simone in 1968, from a rare interview that’s never been heard before. Lilian Terry had a national radio show in Italy–everyone from Ray Charles to Duke Ellington appeared on her show–and there was one person she always wanted to interview: Nina Simone. But Lilian had heard Nina didn’t enjoy speaking with white people. Thankfully Lillian had a confidant in Max Roach who introduced Lilian to Nina at the Newport Festival in 1968. “Lilian Terry comes from Egypt, ” Roach said. With that simple introduction, Nina waved Lillian over. Soon they were talking about nefertitti and the pharoahs. Nina even told Lilian she thought she’d been in Egypt in a previous life. Watch the animated Nina Simone episode: blankonblank.org/nina-simone Blank on Blank

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Garrison Keillor on Humor *

“My family was shocked when I came home with a volume of Hemingway … There was a price to be paid for being interested in fiction.” - Garrison Keillor in 1994 In this new episode we have a conversation with a true storyteller, the humorist, Garrison Keillor. This interview was recorded in front a live audience back in November of 1994 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. On stage that night was Keillor, the host of A Praire Home Companion, and George Plimpton, the famed editor of the Paris Review. The thread of their conversation that night was: the qualities of humor. What we loved about this conversation was something we hadn’t really thought about before: What is the obligation of humor? Enjoy. Watch the animated Nina Simone episode: blankonblank.org/garrison-keillor Blank on Blank

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Temple Grandin on Search Engines *

"Everything in my mind works like a search engine set for the image function." - Temple Grandin in 2008 This rarely heard oral history with the autism activist, author, and professor of animal science, was uncovered at Colorado State University. In this conversation, Temple Grandin is at her best, explaining for the rest of us what it’s really like to have an autistic brain and how Einstein’s not the only genius who could have been dismissed for being different. Watch the animated version of this episode from our series with PBS Digital Studios: http://oldbonb.wpengine.com/temple-grandin Blank on Blank

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