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May 6, 2020

Singer/Songwriter John Sebastian joins Tom Casciato to discuss Levon Helm’s legacy on PBS NewsHour Weekend

While at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY, to interview Courtney Barnett and film her show there, Tom Casciato met up with singer/songwriter John Sebastian of Lovin’ Spoonful fame to discuss how the spirit of the great drummer for The Band still infuses the spirit of the place.

April 26, 2020

Courtney Barnett: Sending Out “Empathy Signals”

The acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter completed her first U.S. solo tour earlier this year.  Tom Casciato spoke with Barnett at the historic Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY. They discussed not only her music, but also making up words, writing with compassion, and how in general we all oughta know better by now.

January 16, 2020

Tom Casciato with vocalist Concha Buika on PBS

Since her debut solo album in 2005, singer-songwriter Buika has built her career by defying musical genres. The Latin Grammy-winning vocalist infuses flamenco, jazz, soul, blues and Spanish folk into her music, and sings in multiple languages, including her native Spanish. Tom Casciato spoke with Buika about her musical roots and why, for her, every venue she sings in is a “big stage.”

November 11, 2019

Tom Casciato with Graham Nash on PBS NewsHour Weekend

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash has hits aplenty spanning his nearly six-decade career. But the 77-year-old singer-songwriter recently chose to perform a special run of shows featuring his lesser-known first two solo albums in their entirety, which together describe a crucial chapter in his personal and artistic life. Tom Casciato recently spoke to Nash to learn more.

September 24, 2019

Sean Carroll: The universe is a ‘tiny sliver’ of all there is

The “many worlds” theory in quantum mechanics suggests that new universes — and new versions of you — are created thousands of times per second. Bestselling author and theoretical physicist Sean Carroll discusses the concept and his new book, “Something Deeply Hidden,” with NewsHour Weekend’s Tom Casciato.

August 18, 2019

Floating Drums and Lederhosen: Ben Folds’ Musical Journey

Ben Folds recently spoke about his new memoir, “A Dream About Lightning Bugs,” with Tom Casciato for the PBS NewsHour. 

August 13, 2019

Santana on Woodstock at 50: “Kumbaya will kick your ass”

As we near the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, Carlos Santana speaks with Tom Casciato about the smell of his childhood violin, the way Otis Rush influenced him, his hallucinogenic Woodstock performance, and how “Kumbaya will kick your ass from here to eternity.”

May 8, 2019

Joe Jackson: Can’t Stop The Invisible Man

Musician Joe Jackson was drawn early to classical music before achieving fame as a frenetic rocker, then going on to develop one of the broadest compositional palettes in contemporary music. In the midst of his 40th anniversary tour, Jackson reflects on a unique career with Tom Casciato.

December 21, 2018

Nils Lofgren: 50 Years Of Just Being A Guy In The Band

Tom Casciato recently interviewed Nils Lofgren at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park and NYC’s City Winery at the close of Nils’s Golden Anniversary tour for his reflections half-century making music with Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and many others.

November 28, 2016

Watch Don Cheadle and Tom Casciato behind the scenes in Years Of Living Dangerously