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Ten Minutes With Tom Brokaw

The former anchor and esteemed journalists talks about life and issues



Tom Brokaw

Few people in television are as well-regarded as Tom Brokaw. For more than 20 years he was the familiar anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” leaving that post in 2004 to pursue, among other things, writing. Brokaw is author, most notably, of The Greatest Generation and Boom! Now he returns as interim host of the Sunday-morning broadcast “Meet the Press,” filling in for his friend and colleague, the late Tim Russert. We talked with Brokaw about Russert, the election, and his iPod.

It is no doubt a bittersweet return, stepping in after Tim Russert’s untimely death. How do you deal with both filling in for him and not taking over for him?
Tim took “Meet the Press” to its highest level, so we have to keep it going like that. I think he and I have common values, but of course I’ll bring my own sensibilities to what we do.

What legacy does Tim Russert leave?
He was tough but fair. He examined guests’ records and put it in front of them. They couldn’t say one thing in the Midwest and something else in the South. He would call them on it.

Of all that is going on in the world, what do you want to know more about?
If I could point a magic telescope at the future, I would want to know how we are going to bring the Third World into the modern era without destroying the planet.

Can you talk more about that?
We live beyond what is required in this country. It will be tough to say to the developing world: You can’t have what we have. That is a big issue.

You have said that the rules have changed for voters. What do you mean?
There is a diminution of dogma this time. So many past elections have been ideological food fights. People are more interested in solutions now.

Is the idealism of Obama supporters different from the idealism you experienced in Boom! about the Sixties?
We’ll have to wait and see. That movement wasn’t true to itself. It was seasonal. It let Nixon get elected twice. Reagan twice. Bush 43 twice. The Sixties activists who are still around are certainly saying: We don’t want to let this opportunity pass us by.

The media world has changed dramatically since you first entered television. What has remained the same?
You’ve gotta get it right. It can be done in an engaging, even entertaining way. That’s the form. But substance is the test of any journalist.

Whom do you admire?
I am very close to Tom Friedman, one of the great journalists of our time. I am a huge fan of CSPAN.

What do you keep on your iPod?
I have a mix. I have a daughter at Warner Records, so I have her playlist. I’m an old Sixties guy, so I have a lot of Dylan, and Paul Simon, and Joni Mitchell, and Judy Collins. Being a jazz buff, I’m a particular aficionado of Chet Baker.

What brought you to Pound Ridge and before that Litchfield?
My wife is an avid horsewoman. We have been so impressed by the way the community is such a steward of the values of the area, the environmental and conservation issues that have come into play. I do wish we could do away with the cell-phone dead zone. I am kind of amused by it though.

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Cost: Adults $35 and Children $25

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Cost: $25, $20 (Friends), $10 (Students)

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Cost: Free

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The Haven at Lagond Music School
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Cost: $7 adult, $6 Senior/student, under 5 and member free

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Bruce Museum
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Cost: Free

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Cost: FREE

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681 South Avenue
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Sponsor: New Canaan Society for the Arts
Telephone: 120-397-21895
Contact Name: Hilary Wittmann
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Cost: Free

Where:
Pound Ridge Museum
255 Westchester Ave
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Sponsor: Pound Ridge Historical Society
Telephone: 914-764-4333
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1 Museum Drive
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Cost: FREE

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681 South Avenue
Waveny Park
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Sponsor: New Canaan Society for the Arts
Telephone: 120-397-21895
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Cost: Free

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Pound Ridge Museum
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Sponsor: Pound Ridge Historical Society
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Sponsor: Bedford Historical Society
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1 Museum Drive
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
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Cost: FREE

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681 South Avenue
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Sponsor: New Canaan Society for the Arts
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Cost: Free

Where:
Pound Ridge Museum
255 Westchester Ave
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Sponsor: Pound Ridge Historical Society
Telephone: 914-764-4333
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Cost: $7 adult, $6 Senior/student, under 5 and member free

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Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
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Clay Art Center is pleased to present REVISIT: The Boneyard Featuring works by 40 internationally acclaimed ceramic artists who have taught workshops at Clay Art Center over the last 60...

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Clay Art Center
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Cost: Free

Where:
Pound Ridge Museum
255 Westchester Ave
Pound Ridge, NY  10576
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Sponsor: Pound Ridge Historical Society
Telephone: 914-764-4333
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Last Days of Pangea: In the Footsteps of Dinosaurs November 19, 2016 - July 16, 2017 Image: Cast skull of Postosuchus, one of the largest carnivorous reptiles during the late Triassic, 200...

Cost: $7 adult, $6 Senior/student, under 5 and member free

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06878
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
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Clay Art Center is pleased to present REVISIT: The Boneyard Featuring works by 40 internationally acclaimed ceramic artists who have taught workshops at Clay Art Center over the last 60...

Cost: 0

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Clay Art Center
40 Beech Street
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Cost: Free admission

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John Jay Homestead
400 Jay St
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Telephone: 914-666-6686
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Cost: Free

Where:
Pound Ridge Museum
255 Westchester Ave
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Sponsor: Pound Ridge Historical Society
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Cost: Free

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Telephone: 917.951.3588
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Cost: $7 adult, $6 Senior/student, under 5 and member free

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Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
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Telephone: 914-937-2047
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