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Blank On Blank: Nina Simone 1968 Interview (Video)

Back in the day renowned Italian national radio on-air personality Lilian Terry recorded a favorite, long-sought celeb interview – of Nina Simone – by the skin of her teeth. See, Nina being Nina… She did not make a habit of talking to White people. And Lillian almost missed out, because she had the complexion for rejection. However, once Nina found out Lillian was ‘from Egypt’ though (born in Cairo to a father from Malta and a mother from Italy), the two were formally introduced and found themselves talking about Nefertitti and the Pharoahs in no time. Only days later Lilian went to Nina’s house in Mt. Vernon, New York, and recorded this conversation.

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Science: Why Don’t Ants Get Stuck In Traffic? (Video)

More smart programming produced by PBS Digital Studios. Brilliant insights in this vid on what ants have to teach us about building efficient traffic networks. Such simple solutions, but many seem impossible. Because they are? NO.


Just watch, and maybe remember this the next time you’re stuck in that road jam downtown.

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Blank On Blank: Stevie Wonder 2005 Interview (Video)

Incredible interview of the legend, Stevie Wonder, by British journalist Barney Hoskyns. The audio is good enough, but you know PBS Digital had to juice it up with animation in the best way. It is short but impactful nonetheless, esp. with Wonder talking about his first brush with racism.

“I think I discovered, you know, the whole thing of color when I went down South once, when my grandmother passed away,” the musician says in the video. “There were some kids, White kids that lived nearby or whatever, [that said], ‘Hey, n!gger!”


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Nina Simone Speaks On Her Fashion Making A Statement, Black Pride And More (Video)

Great interview audio compiled by PBS Digital. Nina Simone wowing listeners right from the start: Did she say she hit the stage in an outfit that made her appear NUDE? WHOA! Talking about her baby girl and the world she will grow up in, music inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. So much in such a short clip.

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Blank On Blank: John Coltrane 1966 Interview (Video)

“I want to be the force which is truly for good.”
John Coltrane in 1966, as told Frank Kofsky

Realness. Straight from November 1966. Frank Kofsky spending a day with the great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, conversing as they rode about and made stops here and there in Huntington, New York. Coltrane had just turned 40. He would die from liver cancer less than a year later.

Coltrane talks about moving to the country, setting up to practice, connecting with the sound of an instrument, Malcolm X, music as means of expressing that state of society, and how he wanted to change the world.
– PBS Digital Studios

Enjoy the recorded conversation set to animation. Great stuff from PBS. Give thanks.

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Blank On Blank: Robin Williams’ 1991 Playboy Interview (Video)

“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.

PBS’ Blank on Blank series animates Robin Williams (RIP). The animated video provides insights on the late comedy mega-celeb via his 1991 Playboy interview. Sex and orgasm faces, world economy and government, film and farts as fuel in the future… so much crazy… BUT some stuff (like coming worldwide financial collapses) were eventually on the money.

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Blank On Blank: Michael Jackson Speaking On Godliness (Video)

“My singing… I’ll just say it simple as possible: it’s just godly.”
Michael Jackson

The legend of Michael Jackson lives, in all facets, through things like this interview; animated for and presented by PBS’ Blank On Blank series. And part of his legend, is the well-known quirkiness inherent in in-person interaction with the King Of Pop. Even before “Thriller,” MJJ had his rules… like don’t stare or look him directly in the eyes. The rule/directive for this interview: Michael only talks to his sister Janet. So the interviewer, John Pidgeon, had to ask his questions to then 13-year old Janet Jackson who then relayed them to Michael.

Still, we get great insight from the session. Check it out.

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Blank On Blank: Ray Charles Speaking On Singing True (Video)

Interview by Joe Smith captured some gems in interviewing the late great Ray Charles during the writing of “Off the Record” (June 3, 1987).

“If somebody don’t like something that I do, that’s his or her prerogative. Just like it’s mine.”
Ray Charles

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Barry White Speaking On What He Knows Best: Making Love (Video)

Not sure if you remember where you were when The Maestro, Barry White, passed from this realm… but if you love good ‘love’ music, you gotta miss his music!

“When a man’s making love, the last thing he thinks about is war.”
Barry White

That’s right. Check out the Blank on Blank by PBS animation of audio of an interview by Joe Smith, during the writing of Off the Record (April 3, 1987; Los Angeles, California, USA). Dope content. A lot to think about and enjoy in this one.

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James Brown Knew How The World Worked (Video)

Another great PBS ‘Blank on Blank’ episode. This one features animation of an interview with the ‘hardest working man in show business’… the late great Soul Brother #1, James Brown! An artist known to speak on politics and civil rights, he also had a thing or two to say about late President Ronald Reagan. Watch. Very interesting.

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PBS’ Blank On Blank: Interview With Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (Video)

Okay, so we’re hooked on PBS’ Blank on Blank series. Great animation built up around a 1964 radio interview with legendary jazz trumpeter/vocalist Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. Interviewed by Michael Aisner and James R. Stein. Originally aired on WNTH (Winnetka, Illinois).

“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

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PBS: ‘Blank on Blank’ Presents Wilt Chamberlain Sharing Some Tall Tales And Little Known Truths (Video)

“Today when you see someone close to my size… you think ‘dollar signs’…And they don’t think ‘circus freak’…”

Wilt Chamberlain

Y’all know the stories about basketball legend and ladies’ man Wilt Chamberlain (yup, ladies love Wilt’s “stilt”)… obviously that ‘freak’ thing worked for him off-court, too (nah… it’s his sensitivity). Another great episode ‘Blank on Blank’ by PBS Digital Studios. Insightful while staying light and entertaining.

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PBS: ‘Blank on Blank’ Presents Tupac On Life And Death (Video)

“I feel like a tragic hero in a Shakespeare play.”

Tupac Shakur

Interviewed by Benjamin Svetkey in March 1994, the recording of Tupac’s candid comments was put to good use here; bringing life to the PBS ‘Blank on Blank’ animation. Something about the cartoon images moving, speaking in the video. Just watch and experience and learn from Tupac once more; no 3D technology required.

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Larry King On Getting Seduced (Video)

In all my years in radio I can relate to this story from Larry King! Hahaaa!

“I’m playing these records. The phone rings and I pick it up: ‘WAHR.’ And this lady’s voice – I can still hear her voice – she goes: ‘I want you.'”

Larry King

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PBS Digital Studios: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence (Video)

For decades, the talk researchers, writers, filmmakers, and the general public has been artificial intelligence (AI). We’re trying to create AI, but considering that humans have had countless millenia to evolve human intelligence as we know today. Recently, attempts to create AI have us looking to mimic our own brains in some way.

‘No matter how we get there, it is certain that artificial intelligence will have tremendous impact on our society and economy, and lead us down a path towards evolving our own definitions of humanity.’

– PBS OffBook

Interesting conversation starter. Check out this video.

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