John Dickerson is co-host of CBS this morning. He is also a Contributing Editor to The Atlantic and the host of the Whistlestop podcast and co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

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Where Does the Joy Come from in Music– a Dave Matthews Outtake

Here’s a meditation on where the joy comes from in music: The original piece that aired can be found here.

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Russian Leaders Joking with American Presidents About Electing Them

Khrushchev to Kennedy, 1961:  

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An Old Scrap of Dialogue with my Son

Thomas the Train videocassette: Narrated by Alec Baldwin Him, age 3: Did you hear him say Aled Baldwin? Me: That’s Alec Baldwin Him: Is he good or no? Me: He’s a fine narrator Him: Will he eat someone and chew their bones? Me: No, I don’t think so. Him: I wouldn’t like him if he […]

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Dave Matthews on CBS This Morning

Dave Matthews flashes impish in this great picture taken by CBS This Morning Senior Producer Adam Verdugo. It’s just one of the emotions in the stew-pot we stirred when we talked to Matthews in Charlottesville at the end of his last tour. We talked about that city– where I went to school and first saw him […]

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Friendship and Collaboration

I like this line from Emerson about friendship: “There is a power in love to divine another’s destiny better than that other can, and, by heroic encouragements, hold him to his task.” It’s from the essay “Uses of Great Men.” I’ve always liked the idea that friends are there to remind us of ourselves– to […]

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Emerson: The world is upheld by the veracity of good men

….and women, obviously. I’ve been on a bit of an Emerson jag recently. (It’s all Walt Whitman’s fault.) It sent me back to my Emerson reader. In it I found my notes from Emerson’s essay “Uses of Great Men.” It is a meditation on the role those we admire play in our personal and national life. […]

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Sentences I wish I had written

Emerson wrote Walt Whitman a letter about Leaves of Grass when the young poet was feeling glum. In it, the established writer worries that “too much handiwork, or too much lymph in the temperament, were making our Western wits fat and mean.” I think I’m going to embrace the idea that we have “too much […]

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Grit: Take 11 More Steps

We interviewed explorer Louis Rudd on the show yesterday. He dragged himself and a sled across the snow, wind, despair, and oh-come-on-why-are-you-doing-this of Antarctica. When Rudd wanted to stop at the end of long days– including days when he had to walk backwards to find his supplies that had become hidden in the driving snow– […]

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If Beale Street Could Talk it Would Sound Like Grenades

Barry Jenkins, the Director of If Beale Street Could Talk, on one of my favorite ideas: the silence where art happens. While watching the movie I noticed that there were long stretches of silence. I asked him about that. Was it intentional? My hunch was that it allowed us as viewers to occupy the film. In […]

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Twitter and Campaign Coverage

Peter Hamby’s analysis after the 2012 campaign is worth re-reading as people think about how to cover campaigns. I spoke to Peter at length and feel the same way about Twitter now as I did back then. Certainly more so:

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Faulkner on the responsibility of a writer

Faulkner said it was the writer’s job to help man “endure by lifting his heart.” This is from his speech to the Nobel dinner in 1950:  

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End of 2018 Year-in-Review

Welcome to those on my mailing list. (If you’re not on the mailing list you can sign up on this page). In 2018 I said goodbye to my dear colleagues at Face the Nation and moved to New York, the city of my early career. I started as a co-host of CBS This Morning with Norah […]

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Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent’s Narrow Room

I like this poem because it is about limits and the benefits of constraints in shaping our creativity and our lives. It is a sonnet, so form follows function!

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