KAF Guest Authors and Interviewers


Singing legend Renée Fleming, author of Music and Mind: Harnessing the Arts for Health and Wellness (Viking)

Interviewer – Richard Powers, author

May 10, 2024


Ann Patchett, author of Tom Lake (HarperCollins)

Interviewer – Kevin Wilson, author and professor

February 12, 2024


Stephen B. Bright, author of The Fear of Too Much Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Persistence of Inequality in the Criminal Courts (The New Press)

Interviewer – James Forman Jr., Pulitzer Prize-Winner / Yale Professor

November 13, 2023


Jill Lepore, author of The Deadline: Essays (Liveright) 

Interviewer – Congressman Jamie Raskin

September 11, 2023 


Geraldine Brooks, author of Horse: A Novel (Viking Books)

Interviewer – Jacki Lyden, former NPR Host

March 27, 2023


Maggie Haberman, New York Times journalist and author of Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America (Penguin Press)

Interviewer – Laura Coates, CNN Legal Analyst and Sirius XM Radio Host

January 9, 2023


Josh Chin, author of Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control (MacMillan)

and Evan Osnos, author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and Journalist at The New Yorker and CNN Contributor

September 29, 2022


Jamie Raskin, author of Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth and the Trials of American Democracy (Harper Books)

and Fiona Hill, author of There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century (Mariner Books)

January 24, 2022


James Stavridis, author of Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character (Penguin Press)

Interviewer – Melissa Block, NPR special correspondent

December 16, 2019


Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love (Knopf)

Interviewer – Robert Siegel, former host of NPR’s All Things Considered

September 25, 2019


David McCraw, author of Truth in Our Times (All Points Books, Macmillan)

Interviewer – Chuck Rosenberg, MSNBC legal analyst, Former Senior DEA official, podcaster of ‘The Oath’

May 14, 2019


Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Leadership in Turbulent Times (Simon & Schuster)

Interviewer – A. Scott Berg, Pulitzer-prize winning author and five time NY Times best seller of biographies

December 6, 2018


Charles Graeber, author of The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer (Twelve, Hachette)

Interviewer – Dr. Thomas Gajewski, University of Chicago, Award-winning top Cancer and Immunotherapy Researcher and Scientist

November 15, 2018


Casey Gerald, author of There Will Be No Miracles Here (Riverhead, PRH)

Interviewer- Van Jones, CNN Host and Analyst

October 25, 2018


John Feinstein, author of The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup (Anchor Books, Knopf)

Interviewer – Mike Tirico, NBC Sports Anchor

September 20, 2018


Malcolm Nance, author of The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election (Skyhorse Publishing)

Interviewer – Ned Price, director of policy and communications for National Security Action

April 5, 2018


David Frum, author of Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic (HarperCollins)

Interviewer- David Jolly, former U. S. Representative (R-FL)

January 31, 2018


Masha Gessen, author of The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia (Riverhead)

Interviewer – Clarissa Ward, senior international correspondent, CNN

December 19, 2017


Robert Wright, author of Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Simon and Schuster)

Interviewer – Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at University of Massachusetts Medical School

November 27, 2017


Thomas Friedman, author of Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Interviewer- U. S. Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY)

May 8, 2017


Joseph Stiglitz, author of The Euro and The Price of Inequality (W. W. Norton)

Interviewer – Rana Foroohar, global business columnist for the Financial Times, author of Makers and Takers (Crown)

April 13, 2017


P.J. O’Rourke, author of How the Hell Did This Happen? The Election of 2016 (Grove Atlantic)

Interviewer – Robert Siegel, host of NPR’s All Things Considered

March, 20, 2017


Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad (Doubleday)

Interviewer – Isaac Fitzgerald, Book Editor at Buzzfeed

December 5, 2016


Sebastian Junger, author of Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging (Twelve)

Interviewer – Joe Klein, political columnist for TIME, author of Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home

September 21, 2016


Joe Nocera, author of Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA (Portfolio/Penguin)

Interviewer – Buzz Bissinger, journalist and author of Friday Night Lights

April 18, 2016


Diane Rehm, author of On My Own (Knopf)

Interviewer- Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

March 23, 2016


E.J. Dionne, author of Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism – from Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond (Simon and Schuster)

Interviewer – James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic

February 24, 2016


John Irving, author of Avenue of Mysteries (Simon and Schuster)

Interviewer- Sam Tanenhaus, former editor in chief of The New York Times “Sunday Book Review” and “Week in Review”

November 10, 2015


David Boies, author of Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality (Viking)

Interviewer- Jeffrey Toobin, prominent legal journalist and senior analyst for CNN

March 24, 2015


Jessye Norman, author of Stand Up Straight and Sing! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Interviewer- Gloria Steinem, writer, editor, activist and co-founder of Ms. magazine

November 17, 2014


Timothy Geithner, author of Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises (Crown)

Interviewer – James Surowiecki, staff writer of “The Financial Page” at The New Yorker

November 3, 2014


Philippe de Montebello, author of Rendez-vous with Art (Thames and Hudson)

Interviewer- Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic and longtime chief art critic for The New York Times

October 15, 2014


Alain de Botton, author of The Art of Travel, How Proust Can Change Your Life, and The News: A User’s Manual (Pantheon)

Interviewer – Brian Stelter, senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide

March 4, 2014


Chris Matthews, author of Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked (Simon & Schuster)

Interviewer- E. J. Dionne, Jr., Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and syndicated columnist for The Washington Post

December 3, 2013


Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, South of Broad, and The Death of Santini (Doubleday)

Interviewer- Maureen Corrigan, Book Critic for “Fresh Air” on National Public Radio

October 30, 2013


Congressman John Lewis, key Civil Rights figure and author of March (Top Shelf)

Interviewer- Rachel Maddow, Host of MSNBC’s primetime news and information program, The Rachel Maddow Show

October 15, 2013


Coach Rick Pitino, author of The One-Day Contract: How to Add Value to Every Minute of Your Life (St. Martin’s Press)

Interviewer- Joe Nocera, Opinion and Business Columnist for The New York Times

October 9, 2013


Elaine Pagels, author of Revelations: Visions, Prophecy & Politics in the Book of Revelation (Penguin)

Interviewer – Gustav Niebuhr, Associate Professor in Religion & the Media, Syracuse University, former New York Times Religion Correspondent

March 19, 2013


Jared Diamond, author of The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? (Viking)

Interviewer- Sarah Hardy, Professor Emerita, University of California-Davis, associate in the Peabody Museum of Archeology & Ethnology at Harvard

January 9, 2013


Ray Kurzweil, author of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed (Viking)

Interviewer- Jim Fleming, host of “To the Best of Our Knowledge” on Wisconsin Public Radio/Public Radio International

November 26, 2012


Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined  (Penguin)

Interviewer- Neal Conan, host of “Talk of the Nation” on National Public Radio

October 2, 2012


Ahmed Rashid, author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan (Viking)

Interviewer– Clarissa Ward, CBS News Foreign Correspondent

May 15, 2012


Erik Larson, author of In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin (Crown)

Interviewer- Robert Siegel, Senior Host of All Things Considered on National Public Radio

April 16. 2012


Michio Kaku, author of Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100  (Anchor)

Interviewer- James Canton, global futurist, author, CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures

February 22, 2012


Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Scribner)

Interviewer – Dr. David Scadden, Professor of Medicine, Harvard University; co-chair of Harvard Stem Cell Institute

October 13, 2011


Rosanne Cash, author of Composed: A Memoir (Penguin)

Interviewer- Nick Spitzer, producer and host of public radio’s American Routes

September 26, 2011

2010- 2011

Billy Collins, author of Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems (Random House)

Interviewer – Garrison Keillor

April 21, 2011


Dr. Eric Kandel, author of In Search of Memory (W. W. Norton)

Interviewer- Jonah Lehrer, author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist and How We Decide

February 15, 2011


Andrew Ross Sorkin, author of Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System- and Themselves (Penguin)

Interviewer- Bethany McLean, author of The Smartest Guys in the Room and All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis

November 9, 2010


Arianna Huffington, author of Third World America (Crown)

Interviewer – Howard Fineman, Senior Political Editor, The Huffington Post

October 11, 2010


David Plouffe, author of The Audacity to Win (Penguin)

Interviewer- Richard Wolffe, author of Renegade: The Making of a President

September 21, 2010


Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition (Scribner)

Interviewer- John Huey, Editor-in-Chief of TIME Inc.

May 10, 2010


Richard Ellis, author of On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear (Knopf)

Interviewer- Jeff Corwin, biologist and host on Animal Planet and The Travel Channel

April 13, 2010


Michael Sandel, author of Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do? (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Interviewer – John S. Carroll, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

December 1, 2009


Dr. Harold Varmus, author of The Art and Politics of Science (W. W. Norton)

Interviewer- Governor Howard Dean, author of Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform

November 12, 2009


Michael Kinsley, editor of Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders (Simon & Schuster)

Interviewer – James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds

March 24, 2009


Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and Stern Men  (Penguin)

Interviewer – ZZ Packer, author of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

February 26, 2009


Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink, The Tipping Point, and Outliers: The Story of Success (Little, Brown)

Interviewer – Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need

January 22, 2009


Senator David Boren, author of A Letter to America (University of Oklahoma Press)

Interviewer – Neal Conan, host of Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio

October 6, 2008


United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, author of Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution (Knopf/Doubleday)

Interviewer – Pete Williams, NBC News Justice Correspondent

May 6, 2008


Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time (Penguin)

Interviewer – Jacki Lyden, Correspondent & Host on National Public Radio

April 1, 2008


Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food (Penguin)

Interviewer – Michael Shnayerson, Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair

January 11, 2008


Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation and Boom! Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the ‘60s and Today (Random House)

Interviewer – Rick Atkinson, author of An Army at Dawn

November 27, 2007


James A. Baker, III, author of Work Hard, Study…and Keep Out of Politics! (Putnam)

Interviewer – John King, CNN chief national correspondent

April 24, 2007


Bill McKibben, author Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (Times Books/Henry Holt)

Interviewer – Wendell Berry, writer, cultural and economic critic

February 28, 2007


Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Knopf)

Interviewer – Peter Bergen, author of The Osama bin Laden I Know

October 18, 2006


George Soros, author The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror (Public Affairs)

Interviewer – John Podesta, President & CEO, Center for American Progress

September 12, 2006


Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair  (Viking)

Interviewer – Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., author of The Goddesses in Everywoman

April 6, 2006


Gene Sperling, author of The Pro-Growth Progressive (Simon & Schuster)

Interviewer – John Ydstie, Correspondent & Host on National Public Radio

March 7, 2006


Senator John McCain, author of Character is Destiny (Random House)

Interviewer – Robert Siegel, Senior Host of All Things Considered, National Public Radio

December 19, 2005


R.W. “Johnny” Apple Jr., author of Apple’s America (North Point Press)

Interviewer – Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC News

November 1, 2005


Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (Random House)

Interviewer – Karl Fleming, civil rights reporter

April 19, 2005


Ari Fleischer, author of Taking Heat: The President, The Press, and My Years in the White House (HarperCollins)

Interviewer – Bill Plante, CBS News White House Correspondent

March 29, 2005


Dennis Ross, author of The Missing Peace (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Interviewer – Jacki Lyden, foreign correspondent for National Public Radio

November 17, 2004


Karen Armstrong, author of Buddha (Penguin)

Interviewer – Robert Siegel, Senior Host of All Things Considered, National Public Radio

October 20, 2004


Margaret Atwood, author of Oryx and Crake (Doubleday)

Interviewer – Ira Flatow, Host, Talk of the Nation: Science Friday on National Public Radio

April 12, 2004


Robert Kagan, author of Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order (Vintage)

Interviewer – Neal Conan, Host of Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio

February 12, 2004


Henry Louis Gates, Jr., author of America Behind the Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans (Warner Books)

Interviewer – Karen Grigsby Bates, Correspondent, National Public Radio

January 20, 2004


Madeleine Albright, author of Madam Secretary (Random House)

Interviewer – Richard Roth, CNN, United Nations Correspondent

December 17, 2003


United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, author of The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice (Random House)

Interviewer – Pete Williams, NBC News Justice Correspondent

May 14, 2003


Arthur Levitt, author of Take on the Street (Pantheon)

Interviewer – Jane Bryant Quinn, Financial Columnist, NEWSWEEK

November 21, 2002


Garrison Keillor, author of Good Poems and Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 (Viking)

November 13, 2002


Strobe Talbott, author of The Russia Hand (Random House)

Interviewer – David Halberstam, author of The Best and the Brightest

September 25, 2002


Wynton Marsalis, author of jazz in the bittersweet blues of life (Da Capo Press)

Interviewer – Robert Siegel, Senior Host of All Things Considered on NPR

May 6, 2002


Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., author of Vernon Can Read! (Public Affairs)

Interviewer – Ronald Brownstein, Senior Washington Correspondent, Los Angeles Times

March 26, 2002


David Hockney, author of Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters (Penguin)

Interviewer – Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art Critic, The New York Times

December 4, 2001


General Wesley K. Clark, author of Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat (Public Affairs)

Interviewer – Joe Klein, author of Primary Colors

November 6, 2001


James McBride, author of The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother (Penguin)

Interviewer – Christopher Lydon, former host of The Connection, WBUR, Boston

April 25, 2001


Dr. David Kessler, author of A Question of Intent (Public Affairs)

Interviewer – Roger Cossack, Co-host of CNN’s Burden of Proof

April 2, 2001


L. Doctorow, author of City of God (Random House)

Interviewer – Christopher Lydon, former host of The Connection, WBUR, Boston

February 28, 2001


Ted Koppel, author of Off Camera: Private Thoughts Made Public (Knopf)

Interviewer – Robert Siegel, Senior Host of All Things Considered, on NPR

October 23, 2000


Elie Wiesel, author of Night and And the Sea is Never Full, Memoirs 1969 – (Knopf)

Interviewer – Gustav Niebuhr, Religion Correspondent, The New York Times

April 10, 2000


John Glenn, author of John Glenn: A Memoir (Bantam)

Interviewer – Lou Dobbs, CEO of space.com

December 13, 1999


Dr. Jane Goodall, author of Reason For Hope: A Spiritual Journey (Warner Books)

Interviewer – Dr. Richard Wrangham, Chair, Dept. of Anthropology, Harvard University

October 28, 1999


Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany (Crown)

Interviewer – Rebecca Bain, Host, WPLN- Nashville’s NPR Station

October 7, 1999


Ruth Reichl, author of Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (Random House)

Interviewer – Susan Stamberg, Special Correspondent, National Public Radio

March 9, 1999


Pat Schroeder, author of 24 Years of House Work…and the Place is Still a Mess (Andrews McMeel)

Interviewer – Eleanor Clift, Contributing Editor, NEWSWEEK

January 12, 1999


A Scott Berg, author of Lindbergh (Putnam)

Interviewer – Jonathan Yardley, Book Critic, The Washington Post

December 2, 1998


David Halberstam, author of The Children: A Novel About the Civil Rights Movement (Random House)

Interviewer – Roger Wilkins, Professor, George Mason University

April 20, 1998


Carl Lewis, author of One More Victory Lap (Aum Publications)

Interviewer – Frank Deford, Sports Commentator, National Public Radio

February 11, 1998


Jane Bryant Quinn, author of Making the Most of Your Money (Simon & Schuster)

Interviewer – Marshall Loeb, former Managing Editor, Fortune

December 2, 1997


Dr. Susan Love, author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book (Addison-Wesley) and Dr. Susan Love’s Hormone Book (Random House)

Interviewer – Anne Taylor Fleming, Commentator, PBS

October 6, 1997

1996 – 1997

Hillary Rodham Clinton, author of It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us (Simon & Schuster)

Interviewer – Carl Sferrazza Anthony

April 24, 1997


Katharine Graham, author of Personal History (Knopf)

Interviewer – Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

March 25, 1997


John Updike, author of Golf Dreams (Knopf)

Interviewer – Robert Siegel, Senior Host of All Things Considered, on NPR

February 25, 1997


Neil Simon, author of Rewrites (Simon & Schuster)

Interviewer – Jon Jory, Producing Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville

November 25, 1996


Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking (Knopf)

Interviewer – Stephen Bright, Director, Southern Center for Human Rights

October 12, 1996


Senator Bill Bradley, author of Time Present, Time Past: A Memoir (Knopf)

Interviewer – Eleanor Clift, Contributing Editor, NEWSWEEK

May 13, 1996

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