Bringing Frank Zappa and Nora Ephron back to life: Blank on Blank

Just when you may have thought you’d never get to hear Kurt Cobain discuss identity at length, or Nora Ephron riff on being a women in the 1970s, think again. Journalist David Gerlach, the founder of Quoted Studios, is unearthing archived audio interviews and breathing new life into them by creating short animated videos in partnership with PBS Digital Studios.Read the full article

Ray Bradbury on Madmen | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

"Nobody else is going to give a damn what you're doing, so you need a few other people like yourself" - Ray Bradbury as told to two college kids on road trip in 1972 In the autumn of 2012, Lisa Potts rediscovered -- literally, behind her dresser -- a taped cassette of a long-lost interview with author Ray Bradbury that she made as a college student journalist back in 1972. The recording was made in a car plying the Los Angeles freeways between Bradbury's home in West L.A. and Chapman College in Orange County. Potts and a fellow student named Chadd Coates were taking Bradbury to present a lecture. Bradbury had a lot of advice for Lisa and Chadd. On tape we get to hear Bradbury telling the students about the keys to friendship, why he was afraid of himself and would never drive, his keys to writing and telling a story, why Mars was the center of his fascination, what's the secret to love, and why he called himself "a madman". Ray Bradbury's Advice "You find a few other nuts like yourself, and they're your friends for a lifetime." "That's what friends are, the people who share your crazy outlook and protect you from the world." " I am a dedicated madman, and that becomes its own training." "If you have to ask yourself whether or not you love a girl or you love a boy, forget it. You don't." "You either feel a story and need to write it, or you better not write it." Get more never before heard excerpts from Ray Bradbury on our website: http://blankonblank.org/interviews/ray-bradbury-interview-on-madmen-writing-farenheit-451-friends-driving Subscribe for new episodes every other Tuesday (it's free): http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=blankonblank Executive Producer: David Gerlach Animator: Patrick Smith Audio Producer: Amy Drozdowska Watch our previous episodes: Dolly Parton on Getting Dirty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RJPc9DXnys Lou Reed on Guns & Ammo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jcd9BS2Ty_M BB King on The Blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tIphqWYu_s Elliott Smith on Freaks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAP3sYaaBv4 Robin Williams on Masks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PHGmIAv4Dc Wayne Coyne on Living with Death https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJXU7f0hI30 Maya Angelou on Con Men https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VybIJEA41yk Bette Davis on The Sexes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNnTUyrxzWY Michael Jackson on Godliness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoCa3Po7M_8 Jimi Hendrix on The Experience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK2lfs_uiwk Meryl Streep on Beauty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG_T5dwnJuM Philip Seymour Hoffman on Happiness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Osn8rjkPyYM David Bowie on Stardust http://youtu.be/lFIDXXDsxAo Gene Wilder on The Truth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PUW2POEjX4 John Lennon on Love http://youtu.be/DmvmnYEy9NY Johnny Cash on The Gospel http://youtu.be/ALGi0tcFCcw Heath Ledger on Role Playing http://youtu.be/qDRUzbAa6lI Tupac on Life and Death http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x2FqX2YZws Kurt Cobain on Identity http://youtu.be/C1Z2BkZaOQc Janis Joplin on Rejection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdF4b1_LQnQ Barry White on Making Love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmJIlqjYGkw Maurice Sendak on Being a Kid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvtgqJTVVhE Carol Burnett on Finding Home http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aixlc1DJZiE Grace Kelly on JFK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5EOuppHoTM Farrah Fawcett on Stiletto Power http://youtu.be/8Eskff0RUQ8 Beastie Boys on Being Stupid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4mx2P... David Foster Wallace on Ambition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5R8gd... Wilt Chamberlain on Tall Tales http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxLiVn... Larry King on Getting Seduced http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yD8Pz... Jim Morrison on Why Fat is Beautiful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhszZ5... Music You Heard Chris Zabriskie "Readers! Do You Read?" Jahzzar "LandH" Jahzzar "Planet Zero" Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/Q8FX/


Nora Ephron on Crazy Salad

"It’s okay being a woman now. I like it. Try it some time.” - Nora Ephron, in a 1975 interview with Studs Terkel To many, Nora Ephron is best known as the screenwriter behind some classic movies like When Harry Met Sally, Julie and Julia, Sleepless in Seattle, and Silkwood. But before she turned to writing screenplays, she was a journalist and a writer. Ephron got her start at the New York Post in the 1960s and soon she was writing for New York Magazine and Esquire. It was at Esquire that Ephron made her name through with her personal essays, such as the one about the smallness of her breasts (A Few Words About Breasts). Ephron mixed humor with honesty, and captured the ups and downs of both being a woman--and the growing women's movement. It was around this time she sat down with Studs Terkel. Ephron had recently released a collection of her essays called, Crazy Salad. Listen to the full interview, more about her place in the women's movement, her thoughts on writing and movies, and an inspiring message for graduates (“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”) http://blankonblank.org/nora-ephron/ The lost interview comes from the WFMT Studs Terkel Radio archive: http://studsterkel.org Subscribe for new episodes every other Tuesday... it's free: http://bit.ly/1TO2vCL Recent Episodes Bob Dylan at 20 on Freak Shows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nrgs5ss0dv8 Patti Smith in 1976 on Getting Bleeped https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKbCc0XKj8A Frank Zappa in 1971 on Fads https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5WEU30Iods Tom Waits on Everything and Nothing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyrDfCSZJmI Martin Scorsese on Framing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGyYOQbKDIQ Carl Sagan on Extraterrestrials https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9WHs49nlHk David Bowie on Stardust https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFIDXXDsxAo Lou Reed on Guns & Ammo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jcd9BS2Ty_M Kurt Vonnegut on Man-Eating Lampreys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzWMHIiGgWU Credits EXECUTIVE PRODUCER David Gerlach ANIMATOR Patrick Smith PRODUCER Amy Drozdowska COLORIST Jennifer Yoo


Johnny Cash on The Gospel | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

"I just hope and pray I can die with my boots on" - Johnny Cash, 1996 Interview by Barney Hoskyns Hear the full interview @ Rocksbackpages.com GIFs and more Johnny Cash goodness - blankonblank.org Subscribe for new episodes every other Tuesday (it's free): http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... Watch the previous episodes: Heath Ledger on Role Playing http://youtu.be/qDRUzbAa6lI Tupac on Life and Death http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x2FqX2YZws Kurt Cobain on Identity http://youtu.be/C1Z2BkZaOQc Janis Joplin on Rejection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdF4b1_LQnQ Barry White on Making Love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmJIlqjYGkw Maurice Sendak on Being a Kid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvtgqJTVVhE Carol Burnett on Finding Home http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aixlc1DJZiE Grace Kelly on JFK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5EOuppHoTM Farrah Fawcett on Stiletto Power http://youtu.be/8Eskff0RUQ8 Beastie Boys on Being Stupid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4mx2P... David Foster Wallace on Ambition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5R8gd... Wilt Chamberlain on Tall Tales http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxLiVn... Larry King on Getting Seduced http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yD8Pz... Jim Morrison on Why Fat is Beautiful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhszZ5... Follow us on Twiiter & Facebook @blankonblank Music: Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues" "Do Lord" "Ring of Fire" Photos: Sebreephoto.com Heinrich Klaffs via Flickr


Kurt Cobain on Identity | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

"I even thought that I was gay. I thought that might be the solution to my problem." - Kurt Cobain Interview by Jon Savage July 22, 1993. Cassette Tape Hear the full interview @ Rocksbackpages.com Kurt Cobain GIFs http://blankonblank.org/interviews/kurt-cobain-on-identity/ Executive Producer: David Gerlach Animator: Patrick Smith Subscribe for new episodes every other Tuesday (it's free): http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... Watch the previous episodes: Janis Joplin on Rejection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdF4b1_LQnQ Maurice Sendak on Being a Kid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvtgqJTVVhE&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLL-trnf4MEFp4-cXQFJs_gHGt56-saZKF Beastie Boys on Being Stupid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4mx2P... David Foster Wallace on Ambition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5R8gd... Jim Morrison on Why Fat is Beautiful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhszZ5... Follow us on Twiiter & Facebook @blankonblank Check out blankonblank.org Music You Heard: Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit" "Pennyroyal Tea" "Love Buzz" "Lithium (Acoustic)" Crass "Bata Motel"