Larry King

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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

Larry King says of his approach, "an interview is an interview. It's basically who, what, where, when and why. And while it is certainly kind of an exalted place to sit with the Prime Minister of Great Britain or the president of a country, it's still… 'why do you do what you do? How do you feel about what you do? What do you think about what's happening in the world?' It comes down to an interviewer is an interviewer. I never sat down with a President of the United States or a world leader or head of a country and thought, 'whew, this is the head of a country -- I have to be different!' I'm still every man. What would a guy in the street say to Chirac of France if you had a chance to talk to him?" In his three and a half-hour Archive interview, Larry King talks about his early broadcasting career in radio and television from such stations as WPST-TV [WPLG-TV] and WIOD-Radio in Miami and his break into national television with "The Larry King Show" on radio and his long-running interview show Larry King Live on CNN, beginning in 1985. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the three-part interview in North Hollywood CA on October 29, December 2, 2009 and February 16, 2010.

"Be yourself. Don't try to be Larry King. Don't be someone else. Be curious. Listen. Listening is more important than what you ask.  Because you learn a lot by listening. My motto: I never learned a thing when I was talking." 

Highlights
Larry King on being parodied
01:15
Larry King on how he'd like to be remembered
02:01
Larry King on the future of the television medium
00:40
Larry King on playing himself in movies, television shows
01:25
Larry King on Larry King Live's legacy
01:15
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years growing up in Brooklyn
05:42
On the beginning of his radio career
27:18
On his start in television (on Miami Undercover); on his association with Jackie Gleason and Frank Sinatra
13:43
On hosting his syndicated radio show
08:43

Chapter 2

On his approach to interviewing
07:20
On his legal troubles involving conspiracy in a later investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
11:46
On his transition from radio to television; on being considered for a CNN show at the network's 1980 launch
03:35

Chapter 3

On the genesis and production aspects of his show Larry King Live
28:41
On his trademark suspenders; on his interview style on Larry King Live
13:46
On some of the personalities he's interviewed over the years including Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, George Burns, Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Paul McCartney, Tammy Faye Bakker, Liz Taylor, Dan Rather, and Sharon Stone
11:00
On interviewing every U.S. President since Richard Nixon
06:32

Chapter 4

On his interviews with world leaders
17:57
On covering news and political events on Larry King Live
40:23

Chapter 5

On the tabloid nature of news; on how guests are chosen on Larry King Live
08:52
On the legacy of Larry King Live; on his advice to aspiring hosts; on his family; on how he'd like to be remembered
10:53
Shows

Larry King Live

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Larry King on his approach to interviewing
07:20
Larry King the production aspects hosting Larry King Live 
28:41
Larry King on some of his memorable interviewees
17:32
Larry King on interviewing world leaders
17:57
Larry King on covering major news stories on Larry King Live
34:33
Larry King on hosting the November 9, 1993 debate between Al Gore and Ross Perot
05:50
Larry King on the advent of tabloid and sensationalist news
05:05
Larry King on how long he forsees doing Larry King Live
03:46
Larry King on the legacy of Larry King Live, "we wrote our page in television" history. It is the longest-running show hosted by one person
01:16

Miami Undercover

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Larry King on hosting his first TV show, Miami Undercover
02:59

Simpsons, The

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Larry King on his guest-appearances on The Simpsons as himself
01:14
Topics

9/11

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Larry King on his experiences during 9/11
02:16

Barack Obama

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Larry King on the election of President Barack Obama
02:22

Bill Clinton

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Larry King on the Bill Clinton - Monica Lewinsky story
03:29

Characters & Catchphrases

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Larry King on his trademark suspenders
02:11

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Larry King on his advice to anyone who wants to become an interviewer "you never learn a thing when you're talking"; on being interviewed
01:24

Fame and Celebrity

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Larry King on playing himself in movies, television shows
01:25

George W. Bush

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Larry King on President George W. Bush
01:19

JFK Assassination and Funeral

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Larry King on his legal troubles involving conspiracy in a later investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
11:46

Pop Culture

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Larry King on meeting Paul McCartney and on Arthur Fiedler's remarks about The Beatles
02:36
Larry King on his trademark suspenders
02:11
Larry King on his distaste for tabloid news
02:01
Larry King on the public's fascination with tabloid news; he prefers sports
02:10

Rock 'n' Roll on TV (1950s & '60s)

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Larry King on meeting Paul McCartney and on Arthur Fiedler's remarks about The Beatles
02:36

Technological Innovation

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Larry King on the future of the television medium
00:40

Television and the Presidency

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Larry King on interviewing U.S. Presidents
06:32
Genres

Talk Shows

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Larry King on his advice to anyone who wants to become an interviewer "you never learn a thing when you're talking"; on being interviewed
01:24
People

Yasser Arafat

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Larry King on interviewing Yassir Arafat
00:53

Red Barber

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Larry King on meeting his childhood idol, Red Barber
01:54

Marlon Brando

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Larry King on Marlon Brando (and the kiss on Larry King Live )
00:50

George Burns

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Larry King on George Burns
00:23

George W. Bush

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Larry King on President George W. Bush
01:19

Bill Clinton

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Larry King on interviewing U.S. Presidents
06:32
Larry King on the Bill Clinton - Monica Lewinsky story
03:29

Bill Cosby

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Larry King on Bill Cosby
01:03

Bette Davis

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Larry King on Bette Davis
00:55

Arthur Fiedler

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Larry King on meeting Paul McCartney; on Arthur Fiedler's remarks about The Beatles
02:36

Jackie Gleason

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Larry King on his relationship with Jackie Gleason
10:50

Mikhail Gorbachev

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Larry King on interviewing Mikhail Gorbachev
03:30

Al Gore

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Larry King on hosting the November 9, 1993 debate between Al Gore and Ross Perot
05:50

Bob Hope

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Larry King on Bob Hope
00:37

Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

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Larry King on interviewing the 14th Dalai Lama
01:03

Jerry Lewis

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Larry King on Jerry Lewis
00:01

Nelson Mandela

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Larry King on interviewing Nelson Mandela
01:38

Paul McCartney

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Larry King on meeting Paul McCartney; on Arthur Fiedler's remarks about The Beatles
02:36

Tammy Faye Bakker Messner

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Larry King on Tammy Faye Bakker
00:56

Richard M. Nixon

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Larry King on interviewing U.S. Presidents
06:32

Barack Obama

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Larry King on the election of President Barack Obama
02:22

Sean Penn

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Larry King on Bette Davis
00:55

Ross Perot

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Larry King on hosting the November 9, 1993 debate between Al Gore and Ross Perot
05:50

Dan Rather

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Larry King on Dan Rather
01:03

Frank Sinatra

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Larry King on his relationship with Jackie Gleason
10:50

Sharon Stone

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Larry King on Sharon Stone
01:04

Elizabeth Taylor

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Larry King on Elizabeth Taylor
00:44

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