Saturday March 04, 2017
The Greats - from Oprah to Shakespeare
Five podcasts about people who are great at what they do.
FULL CANADIAN BROADCAST VERSION:
"The way he captivated the media with his gift for gab, his turn of phrase, his confidence. He was 'on' all the time." — Mark Lee on Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali is a boxer like no other. Known as "the greatest of all time" he would float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. So in 1987 after being turned down repeatedly, CBC's Mark Lee traveled to Florida to try and get an elusive interview with Ali.
"She had been seen by millions of audience members, she was an icon." — Lisa Merrill on Charlotte Cushman
Charlotte Cushman was one of the most famous stage actresses of her time. In an era where few women could achieve a career in acting at all, she was known for playing men.
"I was very clear that the purpose of this show was to be a light in the world and that was the mission statement." — Oprah
The early years of Oprah's show often relied on sensational tabloid topics, from cheating husbands to sexy clothes. It was not yet the 'Live Your Best Life' Oprah we would come to know and love.
PLUS: An interview with the creators of Making Oprah, host Jenn White and producer Colin McNulty
"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, Blank on Blank
One of jazz music's founding fathers gave two teenage rookie reporters a shot at an interview. He explains his key to greatness -- which is never getting complacent and continuing to better himself.
"She goes on to write 700 poems in two years. I mean 700! For Pete's sake!" — Brenda Hillman
The Kitchen Sisters unveil Emily Dickinson's complexity, from her poems to her recipe for black cake.