100 episodes

Conversations with extraordinary people about their lives and how they navigate all the bumps in the road.

Now What? With Carole Zimmer Carole Zimmer

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 60 Ratings

Conversations with extraordinary people about their lives and how they navigate all the bumps in the road.

    A Conversation With Chuck D

    A Conversation With Chuck D

    I started to think a lot about music when I knew I’d be talking to Chuck D, the rapper and frontman of Public Enemy.  Some critics point to the group as a revolutionary voice in hip hop. Chuck D and Flavor Flav formed Public Enemy in 1985. Their songs became known for political messages on albums like Fear of a Black Planet. But in the decades since becoming a legendary rapper, Chuck D has developed his talent as an artist illustrating 3 graphic books. His latest, Rap Pilates, is about the exercise he credits with helping him to perform high-energy concerts. We talk about drawing, creativity and changing the world. “Now What?” is produced with the help of Steve Zimmer, Lucy Little and Jackie Schwartz. Audio production is by Nick Ciavatta.

    • 44 min
    A Conversation With Nick Kristof

    A Conversation With Nick Kristof

    Ever since he was a kid, Nick Kristof dreamed of being a foreign correspondent. And that’s what he spent decades doing, traveling to more than 150 countries to   cover conflicts and crises. Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his reports on the deadly Tiananmen Square protests and for columns focusing attention on genocide in Darfur. Kristof has also been called the moral conscience of a generation. We talk about all the close calls and terrifying moments he describes in his new memoir Chasing Hope. And we talk about why he’s an optimist in a world torn apart by conflict. “Now What?” is produced with the help of Steve Zimmer, Lucy Little and Jackie Schwartz. Audio production is by Nick Ciavatta.

    • 41 min
    A Conversation With Gail Godwin

    A Conversation With Gail Godwin

    Gail Godwin has written 18 books. Many of her novels were best sellers including Evensong. Three of them were finalists for the National Book Award. Her book Grief Cottage features a boy who has a relationship with a ghost. Godwin says she herself has seen ghosts. When she was a reporter, an apparition dressed in a medical uniform used to visit her in the middle of the night. Godwin’s new book is a memoir. It opens with the story of how the writer, who’s 87, went into her back yard to water her dogwood tree, wound up falling on her face and breaking her neck. We talk about how curiosity saved her in her darkest moments. “Now What?” is produced with help from Steve Zimmer, Lucy Little and Jackie Schwartz. Audio production is by Nick Ciavatta.

    • 30 min
    A Conversation With Jhumpa Lahiri

    A Conversation With Jhumpa Lahiri

    Writer Jhumpa Lahiri grew up in Rhode Island after her family emigrated from India when she was a toddler. Her first language was Bengali and she spoke English in school. When she was 32, Lahiri won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her first book Interpreter of Maladies. It was an honor but it also put a lot of pressure on her as a writer. Then Lahiri fell in love with the Italian language and when she moved to Rome, she discovered a kind of freedom. Now, Lahiri writes her books in Italian. Her latest work of fiction is called Roman Stories. We talk about identity, culture and what it’s like to live between 2 different worlds. “Now What?” is produced with the help of Steve Zimmer, Lucy Little and Jackie Schwartz. Audio production is by Nick Ciavatta.

    • 43 min
    A Conversation with Carrie Sun

    A Conversation with Carrie Sun

    What’s it like to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year working as the personal assistant to the billionaire founder of a famous hedge fund? Pretty tough according to writer Carrie Sun. Sun’s memoir Private Equity tells the story of working 24/7, being at the beck and call of a demanding boss and feeling so stressed that she developed an eating disorder. There are also the perks like a $2500 gift certificate to Soul Cycle, a Derek Lam coat worth $6,000, surfing trips to Montauk and a bird’s eye view of the world of the ultra-rich. We talk about what you owe your job, how that fits with your personal values and what to do when you feel you’re wasting your life. “Now What?” is produced with the help of Steve Zimmer, Lucy Little and Jackie Schwartz. Audio production is by Nick Ciavatta.

    • 39 min
    A Conversation With Frank Bruni

    A Conversation With Frank Bruni

    Frank Bruni used to be a restaurant critic for the New York Times. Now, he’s a Contributing  Opinion writer for the paper and a Professor of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University. Bruni has written a book called The Age of Grievance about what’s going on in Trump World and the MAGA Universe. One of his theories is that the people who are the most furious feel they’re losing because someone else is winning. We talk about the erosion of democracy in our country and why so many people seem to be so ticked off. “Now What?” is produced with the help of Steve Zimmer, Lucy Little and Jackie Schwartz. Audio production is by Nick Ciavatta.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

culey714 ,

Great Podcast from an Extraordinary Reporter!!

She always has on interesting people with unique perspectives. I always leave this podcast having learned something new and useful.

Andreea94 ,

So much to learn from this podcast

Absolutely love seeing which new guests will be featured on the show. Carole has a gift for connecting with people and making them feel comfortable. That shows in all the conversations with her guests. Great podcast to listen to with special guests and a gifted host.

Vivtheword ,

Now What?

Years of pleasure.
When Carole Zimmer started these pod casts I spent a delightful, engaging, wonderful 40 minutes with Carole interviewing Gloria Steinem. They talked with insight and humor about feminism, aging, politics, relationships and of course, shopping. I couldn’t wait until the next one came out.
Now I think she is almost at her 100th podcast. She is such a fabulous, deep, emotionally connected and humorous interviewer and she has talked to so many famous, interesting people through these years. I look forward to each new interview where I get transported into the life and experiences of someone new that I am curious about. Take a look at her list and let yourself get transported as well. Gabriel Byrne, Amy Bloom, Carl Reiner, Alan Alda, Edie Falco, Mandy Patinkin, Eve Ensler -the list goes on. They are a big treat!!!

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