Blank on Blank

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Blank on Blank helps journalists dust off their prized tapes, minidiscs, and digital recordings. Those saved interviews with iconic figures gathered to write articles, books, to make radio, that few people ever got to hear. Until now.

Blank on Blank's animated interview series is produced in collaboration with PBS studios, and Blank on Blank is also available as a podcast.


"I think a lot of ladies found me so attractive because I was different, and I acted on that in a way." Interview by Ann Liguori, 1992.
December 03, 2013
"If somebody don’t like something that I do, that’s his or her prerogative. Just like it’s mine." Interview by Joe Smith, 1987.
December 10, 2013
"I didn't talk about Yale very often, because I was so unhappy there... I really thought I was going to be a writer." Interview by Danielle Sacks, 2008.
December 17, 2013
"I can remember trying to impress my dad with my sense of humor. Sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing." Interview by Jane Borden, 2008.
December 24, 2013
Whenever they (fans) tell me they make love to my music, I tell them to do one for me." Interview by Jeanne Wolf, 1991.
December 31, 2013
"We’ll overcome our tendencies to solve our problems with killing and learn to work together to bring this world together." Interview by Josh Baron, 2010.
January 07, 2014
"If I was white I would have been like John Wayne...I feel like a tragic hero in a Shakespeare play." Interview by Benjamin Svetkey, 1994.
January 14, 2014
You’ve got to be good or as bad as the devil...Even if we had two, three days off I still had to blow that horn a few hours to keep up the chops." Interview by Michael Aisner, 1964.
January 21, 2014
"I looked in the mirror the other day and I said, 'My God, what happened to that handsome young man? Who is this grizzled b-a-s-t-a-r-d staring at me?'" Interview by John Dankosky, 2012.
January 28, 2014
"Oscar (the Grouch) was a harder one for me initially, because I had never did a big, rough, tough guy’s voice." Interview by James Sullivan, 2006.
February 04, 2014
"When a man’s making love, the last thing he thinks about is war." Interview by Joe Smith, 1987.
February 11, 2014
"I still think the same way I thought as a child. I still worry. I’m still frightened. Everything is the same. Nothing changes." Interview by Andrew Romano, 2009.
February 18, 2014
"There were so many fellows ranked over me I couldn’t just whoop them all. I had to out-shadow them by talking." Interview by Michael Aisner, 1966.
February 25, 2014
"In my insides, it really hurts if someone doesn't like me. It's silly." Interview by Howard Smith, 1970.
March 04, 2014
I design so many scenes, driving on the freeways, listening to music." Interview by James Sullivan, 1999.
March 11, 2014
"My nervous energy is usually the easiest form of energy to tap into." Interview by Christine Spines, 2005.
March 18, 2014
"I’ve done some dastardly things, but what can I do except make amends and apologize?" Interview by Joe Smith, 1987.
March 25, 2014
"What better way to mask who you really are than wearing a mullet, right?" Interview by James Sullivan, 2011.
April 01, 2014
"I’m playing these records. The phone rings and I pick it up: 'WAHR'. And this lady’s voice--I can still hear her voice--she goes: 'I want you.'" Interview by Cal Fussman, 2001.
April 07, 2014