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Questlove's Roots: A 'Meta' Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

<i>This interview was originally broadcast on June 24, 2013. Questlove's hip hop band The Roots is preparing to move from</i> Late Night <i>to</i> The Tonight Show <i>when Jimmy Fallon takes over as the host in February. We kick off this hour with a conversation between TV critic David Bianculli and</i> Fresh Air <i>host</i> …

Seth Meyers' Prime-Time Political Parody

For <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Late Night week, we listen back to a 2008 interview with Seth Meyers, head writer at <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, and the co-anchor of <i>Weekend Update</i>. Meyers will be taking over from Jimmy Fallon on <i>Late Night</i>, now that Fallon is moving to <i>The Tonight Show.</i> <i>A longer version of this interview was</i> …

Late Night 'Thank You Notes' From Jimmy Fallon

<i>This interview was originally broadcast on May 23, 2011.</i><p>Every single day of Jimmy Fallon's life is like Thanksgiving. The comedian and host of <i>Late Night</i> tells <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Terry Gross that he is appreciative of the word moist — for being the "worst word ever." He's thankful, too, for taco shells that …

Jimmy Kimmel: Making Late Night A Family Affair

<i>This interview was originally broadcast on Jan. 29, 2013.</i><p>This year, Jimmy Kimmel's late-night ABC talk show, <i>Jimmy Kimmel Live</i>, joined the 11:35 p.m. nightly lineup — which put him in direct competition with two reining comedy kings: Jay Leno and Kimmel's idol, David Letterman.<p>Kimmel, who paid …

Conan's 'Uphill Climb' To Late-Night Throne

Conan O'Brien has probably had the most unusual career trajectory of any current late-night host. When he joined NBC's <i>Late Night</i> in 1993, replacing David Letterman, he had virtually no on-air experience. He did, however, have comedy-writing chops: O'Brien edited the humor magazine <i>The Harvard …

Letterman And 'Tonight' Vet Go Behind The Scenes Of Late Night

Imagine David Letterman sitting in the reception area where you work, going virtually unrecognized. That's how it was in 1981 when Letterman visited WHYY in Philadelphia to be interviewed by Terry Gross on <i>Fresh Air</i>, then a local program.<p>It was an interesting, in-between moment of Letterman's life. …

Jay Leno: 'Tonight' Was About 'Trying To Get Johnny To Laugh'

In 1992, when Jay Leno took over from Johnny Carson on <i>The Tonight Show</i>, he was already a familiar presence, having served as one of Carson's regular substitute hosts. Despite that experience, Leno's first few years on <i>Tonight</i> were rocky.<p>"When he started, when he was up against Letterman, Letterman …

How "Radiolab" is Made

In this ten-minute mini-documentary, we see the inside workings of the public radio show <i>Radiolab</i>, produced by WYNC. It's fascinating to put faces to …

Harley Pasternak Blogs: How Seven Minutes of Exercise May Be All You Need

Is seven minutes of exercise all you need to get red-carpet ready?<p>A few years ago, the U.S. government came up with a set of pretty aggressive …