Best Websites for Historic and Contemporary Interviews

The Mike Wallace Interviews was a series of prime-time television interviews conducted between 1957 and 1960. Wallace donated 65 interviews conducted between 1957 and 1958 to the University of Texas, which hosts video and transcripts of the conversations.

Charlie Rose interviewed hundreds of “America’s best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers” over the course of his career. In 2017, his career came to an abrupt halt as a result of allegations of misconduct, but his archived interviews are worth watching.

The Paris Review
hosts an archive of interview excerpts with authors dating back to the 1950s.


C-Span’s “Booknotes” ran between 1989 and 2004, featuring interviews by C-Span CEO Brian Lamb with over 800 authors. All interviews are available in streaming video with full transcript.

Michael Parkinson

British broadcaster Michael Parkinson hosted the chat show “Parkinson” from 1971-82 and 1998-2007, interviewing many of the world’s most famous actors, musicians, athletes and other celebrities. His Web site is no longer active, but his best interviews can be found on YouTube, including this playlist, and other video sites.

Archive of American Television

The Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television comprises more than 600 interviews with television actors, presenters, writers, directors, producers and other pioneers.

The Paris Review

The Paris Review features an archive of interview excerpts with authors dating back to the 1950s. They are in text-only format, but very worthwhile.


BBC Four features dozens of audio interviews conducted over the last 50 years with people from the world of arts and entertainment, politics and philosophy. Subjects are primarily British, through there is one large collection with American writers and icons.

Eye on Books

Bill Thompson’s Eye on Books features thousands of audio interviews with authors; the interviews are organized by title of book.

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