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9 Sites to Find Interesting Interviews

January 16, 2011
by findingDulcinea Staff
We’ve uncovered a number of sites that host interviews and talks with notable people from many walks of life, including authors, politicians, actors and thinkers.

The Mike Wallace Interview

“The Mike Wallace Interview” was a nationally televised show hosted by Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes” fame between 1957 and 1960. The show’s archive at the University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center includes interviews with pioneering people like Frank Lloyd Wright, Gloria Swanson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Aldous Huxley.


TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is probably the most well-known site for inspiring, amusing and cool talks with innovative thinkers and leaders. Learn about emerging technologies, the fashion world, religion, medicine, and much more from the Web site of the TED Prize and annual TED Conference.

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose’s Web site for his PBS show includes free and lengthy archived and recent interview segments with actors, sports stars, economists, politicians, authors and much more.


C-Span’s “Booknotes” ran between 1989 and 2004, featuring interviews by C-Span CEO Brian Lamb with over 800 authors. All interviews are available in streaming video with full transcript.

Michael Parkinson

British broadcaster Michael Parkinson hosted the chat show “Parkinson” from 1971-82 and 1998-2007, interviewing many of the world’s most famous actors, musicians, athletes and other celebrities. His Web site currently features videos conducted during the end of his show’s run, though it promises to soon expand its archive.

Archive of American Television

The Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television comprises more than 600 interviews with television actors, presenters, writers, directors, producers and other pioneers.

The Paris Review

The Paris Review features an archive of interview excerpts with authors dating back to the 1950s. They are in text-only format, but very worthwhile.


BBC Four features dozens of audio interviews conducted over the last 50 years with people from the world of arts and entertainment, politics and philosophy.

Eye on Books

Bill Thompson’s Eye on Books features thousands of audio interviews with authors; the interviews are organized by title of book.

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