"[Simon] Schama is a genius of storytelling," writes The Times of London. The author of many books, including The Embarrassment of Riches and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Rough Crossings, Schama is a Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. A cultural essayist for The New Yorker, he has written and presented more than 30 documentaries for the BBC and PBS, including A History of Britain, The Power of Art, and The American Future: A History. Scribble, Scribble, Scribble is a witty collection of essays on a wide range of topics. (recorded 4/25/2011)
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Simon Schama | Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill and My Mother
Simon Schama is a brilliant thinker and writer on a very wide palette of human affairs. Revolutions: French and Egyptian. Leaders: from Churchill to Obama. Art: from Dutch masters and Rubens to Martin Scorcese and Richard Avedon. Life: from ocean crossings to the joys of ice cream.
He’s a scholar, historian, big-picture narrator — and a free-thinker who can link the far flung pieces of what has been and what is right now. With everything going on today, we could use that voice, that mind.
This hour On Point: a conversation on a world in turmoil with Simon Schama.