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TIME Senior Correspondent Charlotte Alter hosts candid conversations with the people who shape the world, about the forces that shape them. Tune in each Thursday to meet TIME's Person of the Week.

Person of The Week TIME

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.1 • 147 Ratings

TIME Senior Correspondent Charlotte Alter hosts candid conversations with the people who shape the world, about the forces that shape them. Tune in each Thursday to meet TIME's Person of the Week.

    Bobbi Brown • Beyond Beautiful

    Bobbi Brown • Beyond Beautiful

    Legendary makeup artist, author, and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown joins host Charlotte Alter for our final episode of the season. They delve into Brown's journey from her Chicago upbringing to the pinnacle of the global beauty industry. Brown candidly shares the story behind her rise to success, from the profound influence of her mother on her perception of beauty to how she developed her iconic natural makeup style, to how she built not one but two, massively successful cosmetics companies. Brown sheds light on the changing face of beauty in the age of social media and cosmetic procedures, and lets us in on her 89-year-old father's beauty routine. Tune in for an intimate discussion on life, legacy, and the true essence of beauty with one of the industry's most revered figures, Bobbi Brown.

    • 34 min
    Charli XCX • From Boom Clap to Brat

    Charli XCX • From Boom Clap to Brat

    For over a decade, Charli XCX has been a trailblazer in the pop and electronic music scenes, captivating audiences with hits like “I Love It” and “Boom Clap,” and acclaimed albums such as "How I'm Feeling Now" and "Crash." Her music has underscored iconic TV shows and films, from “GIRLS” in the 2010s to the recent hits “Bottoms” and “Barbie.” This week, Charli XCX sits down with host Charlotte Alter and shares insights into her creative process, her complex relationship with 90s pop, and how TikTok has revolutionized the music industry. With her new album, "Brat," dropping on June 7, Charli opens up about her journey and the inspiration behind her latest work. Tune in for a lively conversation that dives deep into the mind of one of pop’s most dynamic artists, and discover why, through it all, Charli XCX just wants her music to help people have fun.

    • 33 min
    Ron Howard • The Optimism of Telling Human Stories

    Ron Howard • The Optimism of Telling Human Stories

    Ron Howard is one of the most prolific and celebrated filmmakers of the last fifty years. This week, Howard and host Charlotte Alter dive deep into his decades-long career in front of and behind the camera. Howard shares the inspiration behind his latest documentary film, “Jim Henson: Idea Man,” and what drove his decision to chronicle the life and work of a fellow Hollywood legend. The pair explore how Howard’s films reflect the eras in which they were made, the complex stories and characters that captivate us all, and why many of Howard’s films lack a traditional villain. Howard shares his insights on maintaining optimism in storytelling, balancing a prolific career with parenthood, and the invaluable advice he's received from industry legends. He also discusses how his documentary work enhances his narrative films, the inspiration behind his upcoming film "Eden," and the joy of experiencing his films through the eyes of his grandchildren. Tune in for an intimate look into one of Hollywood’s most enduring and beloved minds. • "Jim Henson: Idea Man" is available on Disney+ on May 31.

    • 35 min
    Ana Zamora • Innovating Public Safety Through Philanthropy

    Ana Zamora • Innovating Public Safety Through Philanthropy

    Ana Zamora is the Founder and CEO of The Just Trust – a nonprofit organization that supports criminal justice reform and public safety innovation in the United States. This week, we’re sharing a conversation that Ana had with host Charlotte Alter in March, in which she shares her personal journey into criminal justice reform, spurred by her brother’s experience with the system. The pair delve into the complexities and necessities of bipartisan collaboration in criminal justice reform, discussing how Democrats and Republicans can work together to create meaningful change. They explore the critical role of philanthropic investment in effecting positive change and the innovative strategies in use at The Just Trust and its partner organizations, and the importance of police and community cooperation in solving difficult issues. With insights from her background at the ACLU and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Ana provides a compelling vision for a more just and equitable future and the investment strategy she believes it will take to get there.

    • 30 min
    Sherrie Westin • Sesame Street Around The World

    Sherrie Westin • Sesame Street Around The World

    Sherrie Westin is the dynamic force driving Sesame Workshop’s global educational initiatives. This week, Westin shares her inspiring journey to becoming President and Interim CEO of Sesame Workshop with host Charlotte Alter. The pair trace Westin’s path from her early days organizing activities for neighborhood friends, through a successful career in media and public service, to a profound pivot into children's television driven by the transformative experience of motherhood. They explore the global impact of "Sesame Street," delving into the meticulous research and cultural adaptations that bring joy and learning to kids across the globe. Westin sheds light on Sesame Workshop’s efforts in empowering the next generation to navigate the world of tomorrow, and outlines Sesame Workshop’s ongoing efforts to provide essential resources in crises around the world. Tune in for an engaging discussion on how Sesame Workshop continues to uphold and evolve the original vision of "Sesame Street," making a lasting difference in the lives of children worldwide.

    • 35 min
    Harry Dunn • Standing His Ground

    Harry Dunn • Standing His Ground

    Former Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn has become a household name in the years following the events of January 6, 2021. This week, we’re sharing a conversation Dunn had with host Charlotte Alter back in February, wherein Dunn shares scenes from his childhood in Prince George’s County and speaks to how his lifelong interest in serving the public led him to a career in law enforcement. The pair delve into the realities of working in the Capitol before and after January 6th, and the profound lessons Dunn learned about government and democracy over the course of his career. Dunn opens up about his emotional testimony at the January 6th Committee hearing, the current state of American politics, and his vision for bridging the deep divides in this country. Tune in for a unique perspective on the challenges facing American democracy and the relentless pursuit of a more united nation.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
147 Ratings

147 Ratings

Quelle03 ,

Details matter

Why does The NY Times keep saying Derek Chauvin pressed his knees on George Floyd’s neck for “nearly 8 minutes” when the time was greater than 8 minutes and closer to nearly 9 minutes. It’s frustrating and harkens back to NY Times misreporting of black issues and racist tones in its publications.

Only nuisance, otherwise love this program and others from this outlet.

kristin_moto ,

Great content, interesting conversations

I’m a diehard podcast consumer and this has become one of my favorites. Love the host and the fact that she allows her guests to speak freely and doesn’t interrupt them. Thoughtful and interesting content. Not stuck on just one topic, but weaves interestingly through politics and culture. Funny, quirky rapid fire questions at the end of the interviews make me chortle.

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Great questions, great questioner

I like the mix of guests, and the way Charlotte throws in little questions that give you a peek into who they are as people. Can’t wait to meet the next Person of the Week!

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