SBU Visiting Presidential Professor, Carl Bernstein, Interviewed on NPR About 40th Anniversary of 'All the President's Men'

NPR Interview a prelude to a season of recollection

Released: 13-Jun-2014 4:05 PM EDT
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Newswise — STONY BROOK, NY, June 13, 2014 – Stony Brook University congratulates Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the 40th anniversary of the publication of “All the President’s Men," a recollection chronicled in today's interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, entitled "Woodward And Bernstein Recall Their Watergate Scoops, And Mistakes." Inskeep's interview with iconic authors Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein -- who is now a Visiting Presidential Professor at Stony Brook University in New York -- recalled "connecting what was originally dubbed a ‘third-rate burglary’ at the Watergate complex to the president of the United States."

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Carl Bernstein joined Stony Brook University as a Visiting Presidential Professor on September 1, 2013. He is co-teaching and guest lecturing with an interdisciplinary focus in courses for the School of Journalism and departments of English, History, Political Science, Sociology and Writing and Rhetoric. He has also been giving lectures for the campus and local communities. Courses taught so far include a Memoir Writing course under the auspices of the English Department's writing program, and 'Press and the Presidency,' in the School of Journalism.

When he started at Stony Brook last year, Bernstein said, “I’ve known for a while that I want to do more teaching, but I was determined not to be pigeonholed in a single academic department or discipline, and I wanted to be at a university that is breaking the traditional academic mold and structure. Stony Brook, its student body, faculty and location seemed ideal.

“The idea was to develop an interdisciplinary agenda, focused on the history and politics and culture of America and its place in the world from the 1950s to the present, coinciding with the arc of my own life and what has shaped it: reporting and journalism; civil rights and liberties; the McCarthy Era; American popular culture; the presidency; writing; great historical and cultural figures and movements or our time; and Washington, where I was born and raised.”

Since Watergate, Bernstein’s career has had a continued focus on the use and abuse of power — political, media, financial, cultural and spiritual — in the prose he has created and the words he has spoken. He has written and lectured extensively about the inner-workings of government and politics, the American press, its role and its responsibilities.

In addition to his books with Woodward (including a contribution to The Secret Man, about their Watergate source known as Deep Throat), Bernstein is also the author of the definitive papal biography His Holiness: John Paul II and the History of Our Time (with Vatican expert Marco Politi); Loyalties: A Son’s Memoirs; and, most recently, the national bestseller A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. He is also well-known for his magazine journalism, particularly “The Ballad of John McCain,” an account of the presidential candidate that he wrote in 2000 for Vanity Fair; his Newsweek/Daily Beast commentaries in 2011 about Rupert Murdoch; and a 1992 cover story for The New Republic, “The Triumph of Idiot Culture.” He has also written for Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

Bernstein is a frequent guest and analyst on television news programs. He is a former Washington Bureau chief and correspondent for ABC News, appears regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and has been an on-air political analyst for CNN. He has several current projects underway, including a dramatic TV series about the U.S. Congress, another focused on rock and roll, a film project with director Steven Soderbergh and a memoir about growing up at The Evening Star, where he began his journalism career in Washington at age 16.

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