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05:40 min 16. December 2014

Tom Robbins on Jitterbugs | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

"If I knew how it was going to end, I probably wouldn't write it."
- Tom Robbins in 1994, as told to Tod Mesirow

Tom Robbins, author of classics like Still Life of Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, takes us inside the mind of a writer who'd prefer writing with a raven quill dipped in lizard blood. For many, including tons of college students, Robbins transported readers to another world where it seemed possible that enormously oversized thumbs could bring you happiness, and romance could take place inside a pack of cigarettes. Where do these fantastic stories begin?

We present outtakes from a previously unheard interview Robbins did with Tod Mesirow back in 1994 for a film about authors that was never made. In this episode of Blank on Blank, Robbins dreams about a nurse serving him tequila sunrises when he's 85, why he took a two-by-four to typewriter and works in pen and paper, how his first attempts at writing began when he was five and a story about a pilot stuck on a deserted island, and how he pours over every word in his books 30 or 40 times.

Colorful chatter from Tom Robbins = made for animation.

Tom Robbins Quotes
"I'd like to go back to the Raven quill, actually, dipped in lizard blood or something. Write on orange butcher paper."
"When I'm 80 years old, 85, hopefully, I'll be pushed around in a wheelchair by a red-headed nurse with panty outline. She'll make me little tequila sunrises and I'll read my complete works then."
"I owned an electric Remington [typewriter] briefly, but we had a turbulent relationship. It made so much noise, it hummed all the time, it was like it was looking over your shoulder, egging you on"
"There's not a word in one of my books that hasn't been gone over 25, 30, 35, 40 times. I read every sentence over and over again and rework it, not particularly looking for a more shining truth, but looking for the right rhythm."
"Words on a page can hypnotize you if the rhythm is right."
"I don't work from an outline. I have no idea where the book is going."

Get the interview backstory, GIFs and more @ http://blankonblank.org

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Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith
Audio Producer: Amy Drozdowska

Watch our previous episodes:

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...

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06:08 min 16. September 2014

Michael Jackson on Godliness | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

"My singing… i'll just say it simple as possible: it's just godly."
- Michael Jackson in January 1980

Michael Jackson's rules: the interviewer had to ask his questions to 13-year old Janet Jackson who then relayed them to Michael.

Interview by John Pidgeon - Hear the full conversation http://rocksbackpages.com

Get the backstory on interviewing Michael Jackson: http://blankonblank.org

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Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith

Watch the previous episodes:

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...

Follow us on Twitter & Facebook @blankonblank

Music
Michael Jackson "Rock With You" | "Off The Wall" | "Ben"
The Jackson 5 "The Love You Save

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05:25 min 14. October 2014

Liberace on Peacocking | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

"Anyone that dares begrudge what I have today, just better get off their duff and do something about it"
- Liberace in 1968 as told to Jay Kent Hackleman

Get the backstory, GIFs and more @ http://blankonblank.org

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Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith

Watch the previous episodes:

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...

Photos
Liss LaFleur
National Archives of The Netherlands
Allan Warren
Alan Light via Flickr

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04:58 min 23. September 2013

Janis Joplin on Rejection | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

"In my insides, it really hurts if someone doesn't like me. It's silly."
- Janis Joplin

Interview by Howard Smith
September 30, 1970. By phone
TheSmithTapes.com

Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith

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Watch the previous episodes:

Maurice Sendak on Being a Kid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvtgqJTVVhE&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLL-trnf4MEFp4-cXQFJs_gHGt56-saZKF

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

Check out blankonblank.org

Music You Heard:
Janis Joplin
"Cry Baby"
"Kozmic Blues"
"I Need A Man To Love"
"Summertime"

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05:19 min 2. December 2014

Robin Williams on Masks | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

"Comedy is there to basically show us we fart, we laugh. To make us realize we still are part animal.... So you don't take yourself seriously and destroy the species."
- Robin Williams in 1991, as told to Lawrence Grobel

Comedian and actor Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014 at the age of 63. In tribute, we wanted to create an animated interview short that shed a light on both his brilliant, rapid-fire, comedic mind, as well as his sensitivity and concern for the world around him. We found the perfect outtakes--vintage Robin Williams--in two interviews recorded by Lawrence Grobel for a story he wrote for Playboy magazine in 1992.

This Robin Williams episode begins with his predictions for what the world would be like in 2020 (30 years in the future from when this was recorded) and his own philosophy of why comedy is needed to help us not take ourselves too seriously. Remember, he said: "we still are part animal."

And then Robin Williams breaks down the comedy of sex and the universal faces people make during lovemaking. Classic. Needless to say, we loved animating the noises Robin Williams made. Finally he turns to the joys of having children and looks inward at his own shortcomings and, of course, being hairy.

Enjoy, everybody. RIP, Robin. We miss you.

ROBIN WILLIAMS QUOTES

"The face you make when you have an orgasm… Everyone looks pretty fucking stupid"
"You have to be more aware of the inner circle, the folks that matter."
"You always want to make sure that everyone in the audience is all taken care of. That constant desire to please all the time. That can get you in some shit."

Get the interview backstory, GIFs and more @ http://blankonblank.org

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Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith
Audio Producer: Amy Drozdowska

Watch our previous episodes:

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...

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06:51 min 23. July 2013

Fidel Castro: the Lost Interview | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

"If this Revolution falls, what we will have here in Cuba is a hell. Hell itself." - Fidel Castro

Interview by Clark Hewitt Galloway
1959, Havana

Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith
Translator: Sebastian Betti

Hear the full 35-minute interview with Castro with english translation:
http://blankonblank.org/interviews/fidel-castro-1959-lost-interview/

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Watch the previous episodes:

Maurice Sendak on Being a Kid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvtgqJTVVhE

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

Check out blankonblank.org

Music You Heard:
Sunsearcher
"Flamenco Rhythm"
Curumin
"Mistrio Sterio"
Conjunto Guantanamo
"Untitled"

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05:10 min 28. May 2013

James Brown on Conviction, Respect & Reagan | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

"Black is not a color; it's an attitude. It's the attitude of independence, respect and dignity."
- James Brown

Interview by Rocci Fisch
1984. Washington, D.C. Convention Center
Originally recorded for ABC News Radio

Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith

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Watch the previous episodes:

Beastie Boys on Being Stupid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4mx2P3kLv4

David Foster Wallace on Ambition
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5R8gd...

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

Check out blankonblank.org

Music You Heard by James Brown:
"The Boss" | "White Lightning, I Mean Moonshine" | "Living in America" | "Sportin' Life"

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05:45 min 25. June 2013

Louis Armstrong on His Chops | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

"You've got to be good or as bad as the devil. ... Even if we had two, three days off I still had to blow that horn a few hours to keep up the chops."
- Louis Armstrong

Interview by Michael Aisner and James R. Stein
1964. Ravinia near Chicago
Originally aired on WNTH - Winnetka, Illinois

Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith

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Watch the previous episodes:

Maurice Sendak on Being a Kid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvtgqJTVVhE

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

Check out blankonblank.org

Music You Heard:
Louis Armstrong
"Mack the Knife"
"When the Saints Go Marching In"
"Dream a Little Dream"

Photo:
Library of Congress

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05:35 min 28. October 2014

Maya Angelou on Con Men | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

"The only way you can be a mark is if you want something for nothing. If you're greedy, you're set up." - Maya Angelou, as told to Studs Terkel in 1970

Get the backstory, GIFs and more @ http://blankonblank.org

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Hear the full interview with Maya Angelou @ http://studsterkel.org

Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith

Watch the previous episodes:

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...

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05:30 min 20. May 2014

David Bowie on Stardust | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

"I never really felt like a rock singer or a rock star. I always felt a little bit out of my element"
- David Bowie

GIFs and more Bowie @ http://www.blankonblank.org

Interview by Joe Smith

Hear the full interview catalog at the Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/rr/record/joesmith/

Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith

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Watch the previous episodes:

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...

Follow us on Twitter & Facebook @blankonblank

Music
David Bowie
"Ziggy Stardust"
"Moonage Daydream"
"Lady Stardust"

Photos
Adam Bielawski
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
CBS Television
LIFE/Google

Video
Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture, Parlophone
David Bowie "Life on Mars" Video, EMI
Old Grey Whistle Test, BBC

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06:00 min 26. August 2014

Jimi Hendrix on The Experience | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

"When things get too heavy just call me helium--the lightest known gas to man."
- Jimi Hendrix in his final interview

Interview by Keith Altham, September 11, 1970

GIFs and more episodes @
http://blankonblank.org

Subscribe for new episodes every other Tuesday (it's free):
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Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith

Watch the previous episodes:

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
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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...

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Keith Altham
AP

Music
Music by Jimi Hendrix
"Trash Man"
"Hush Now"
"Message of Love"
"Straight Ahead"
"Come on (Let The Good Times Roll)"

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05:12 min 21. January 2014

Carol Burnett on Finding Home | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

"When I looked in his eyes, he was there. He was home... I had a dad."
- Carol Burnett

Interview by Leonard Lopate
August 19, 2003, WNYC Studios

Original interview aired on the Leonard Lopate Show

Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith

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Barry White on Making Love
http://youtu.be/SmJIlqjYGkw

Maurice Sendak on Being a Kid
hhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvtgqJTVVhE

Grace Kelly on JFK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5EOuppHoTM

Kurt Cobain on Identity
http://youtu.be/C1Z2BkZaOQc

Janis Joplin on Rejection
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdF4b1_LQnQ

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...

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Music:
PODINGTON BEAR
Biplane
Little Do

METRONOMY
This Could Be Beautiful (It Is)

HIGH PLACES
From Stardust to Sentience

ERGO PHIZMIZ
Troika for the Colonel
My Sister's Parties
Dummkopf

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06:01 min 27. October 2015

Bill Murray on Being Obnoxious | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

This episode is brought to you by Dropbox http://Dropbox.com

"I‘m just an obnoxious guy who can make it appear charming, that’s what they pay me to do"
- Bill Murray in October 1988

T.J. English was tasked with writing a profile of Bill Murray for Irish America magazine. This was around the time Scrooged came out. So he headed out to Murray's house in New Jersey. The guys sat down and the tape recorder was turned on. Murray's dog ran about and wrecked a little havoc.

Murray cracked wise on giving back to his mom when he made it big, hijinks on the set of Ghostbusters, the spiritual change that saved him from destruction, and how fame sort of helps with talking to women.

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Animator: Patrick Smith
Audio Producer: Amy Drozdowska
Colorist: Jennifer Yoo

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Julien Guillaume, Andre Matrot

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Robin Williams on Masks
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Maya Angelou on Con Men
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Bette Davis on The Sexes
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Michael Jackson on Godliness
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Philip Seymour Hoffman on Happiness
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David Bowie on Stardust
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Gene Wilder on The Truth
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Johnny Cash on The Gospel
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Tupac on Life and Death
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05:16 min 17. February 2015

Lou Reed on Guns & Ammo | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

"I write a song called 'Heroin', you would have thought that I murdered the Pope or something"
- Lou Reed on March 20, 1987, as told to Joe Smith

Lou Reed. Lou Reed. Here we bring you a rarely heard interview Lou recored in 1987. It's vintage Lou. Salty and sweet. Earnest and cocky. Grouchy and kind of endearing. Reed (and his legendary band The Velvet Underground) were those musicians who never got the extensive accolades or awards--nor the riches many of their contemporaries found. Yet he never seemed to waver in his search for the perfect sound and his quest "to elevate the rock and roll song and take it where it hadn't been taken before." Here we present some interview outtakes that give a taste for this iconic American musician. Lou Reed died of liver disease on October 27, 2013. He was 71.

In this animated film Lou Reed talks about chasing off nosy college kids on his porch with his shotgun, how he dreamed about writing the great American novel while at Syracuse University, "how savage the reaction against" the Velvet Underground was, the intention of taking books and putting them into songs, writing rock and roll you could grow old with, not thinking The Doors or the Beatles were up to the level of his band, and how he hoped to elevate the rock and roll song to where it hadn't been before.

RIP, Lou.

LOU REED QUOTES

"What we had was ambition and a goal ... to elevate the rock and roll song and take it where it hadn't been taken before."
"I have faith in my own vision, and didn't want them to tamper with it."
"Don't thin my voice out and make it like that high shit. This is the way I sound."
" I've gone out with my shotgun. This is hunting country out there. You better run."
"I wanted to write the great American novel but I also loved rock and roll."
"I got a little puzzled at how savage the reaction against us was."

Hear the full, unedited interview, learn more about Lou Reed including a pic of his college band, and see some sweet Lou Reed GIFs @ http://blankonblank.org/interviews/lou-reed-guns-ammo-the-velvet-underground/

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Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith
Audio Producer: Amy Drozdowska

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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
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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
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
"Venus in Furs"
"Heroin"
"Rock and Roll"
LOU REED
"Perfect Day"

Photos
P. TUFTS
PHIL KING
via FLICKR

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05:33 min 9. June 2015

Ayn Rand on Love and Happiness | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

a talk in English

" I have no faith at all. I only hold convictions."
- Ayn Rand on February 25, 1959, as told to Mike Wallace

Recording from Mike Wallace Collection @ Harry Ransom Center
The University of Texas at Austin

Get more from the full interview and learn more about Ayn Rand http://blankonblank.org/interviews/ayn-rand-love-marriage-religion-faith-business

Ayn Rand, author of the still resonating Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, sat down with Mike Wallace in a dark studio in 1959. The two had the kind of lively, smart, give and take, back and forth, philosophical conversation that certainly feels like it's from another era. Wallace smoked at times during the interview. The mood was still. The camera work direct.

What struck us about this golden interview was hearing Rand passionately and forcefully about her view on the essence of what drives much of life: love. To her it was like a business deal. Love was not about the other person, but the selfish pleasure it brings you.

Was Ayn Rand right about the true meaning of love and happiness?

More classic Ayn Rand:
"Aristotle... is the only philosopher that ever influenced me. I devised the rest of my philosophy myself."
"Man is entitled to his own happiness. And that he must achieve it himself.
"Man cannot demand that others give up their lives to make him happy."
"Nobody has ever given a reason why men should be their brother’s keepers."
"You don‘t love causes. You don’t love everybody indiscriminately. You love only those who deserve it."

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Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Animator: Patrick Smith
Audio Producer: Amy Drozdowska
Colorist: Diana Tantillo

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APM MUSIC
@ 0:29 "Frozen Wonder" by Marc Frederick Teitler
@ 4:12 "Adagietto" by John Horler And Chris Laurence

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BB King on The Blues
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Elliott Smith on Freaks
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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
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Bette Davis on The Sexes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNnTUyrxzWY

Michael Jackson on Godliness
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Jimi Hendrix on The Experience
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK2lfs_uiwk

Meryl Streep on Beauty
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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
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Tupac on Life and Death
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Kurt Cobain on Identity
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Janis Joplin on Rejection
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Barry White on Making Love
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Maurice Sendak on Being a Kid
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Carol Burnett on Finding Home
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Grace Kelly on JFK
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Farrah Fawcett on Stiletto Power
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05:33 min 22. October 2013

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

a talk in English

"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

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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
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David Foster Wallace on Ambition
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Jim Morrison on Why Fat is Beautiful
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