Appearing on Charlie Rose

Reid and I were on the Charlie Rose Show last week talking about The Start-Up of You and other topics. Here’s the 11 min interview.

It was Reid’s third time on the show; my first.

As a longtime viewer of Charlie’s show, it was wild to be in the actual studio–so quiet and dark, and somewhat intimidating. Equally cool was being able to wait in the green room with James Fallows, Robert Caro, and Jon Meacham–idols, them all–who were taping a segment for President’s Day after us.

Random related memory: The last time I was in a big-show green room was the Fox News studios in 2007 for Neil Cavuto’s show. Newt Gingrich was sitting next to me getting his makeup done. The stylist asked him if he’d ever run for president again, and everyone in the room laughed, thinking it an absurd proposition. (Or at least that was why I laughed.) The point is that green rooms, I’ve learned, are where the action is…and never underestimate Newt.

9 Responses to Appearing on Charlie Rose

  1. JW says:

    Too cool, but not nearly enough behind-the-scenes info. I want to know things like, how did this interview come about? What was the first in-person encounter with Charlie like? Did you get the sense that he read the book? Did you have lunch (or some such) with him? What’s he like off camera? How big/small is the studio? What were you thinking during/before/after the interview? How do you feel about it now?

  2. Agree with JW, give the down low on what’s it like behind-the-scenes.

    I only have one question: how long did you actually tape for?

  3. Awesome Ben!

    Looks like your collaboration couldn’t have worked better. Congraulations!

  4. Ben Casnocha says:

    Good questions, guys. I’ll do more behind the scenes in a forthcoming post.

  5. Sam Davidson says:

    Well done! I learned a lot in just 11 minutes. Thanks for sharing!

  6. You guys are genius! Especially you, Ben. I really like your blog.

  7. Ian K says:

    Oh, I see. Thanks, I guess I was wondering what a man like him could specifically say for all the people to stop laughing. The idea seems quite unlikely.


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