January 4, 2021

Rufus Wainwright on PBS NewsHour Weekend

Rufus joined Tom Casciato via Zoom from L.A. to discus his Audible special “Road Trip Elegies” and more, including how his mother convinced him when he was a kid that he would one day play Annie onstage.

November 19, 2020

Cindy Blackman Santana joins Tom Casciato on PBS NewsHour Weekend

Cindy Blackman Santana joined Tom on Zoom from her home in Hawaii to discuss her musical journey: from being a kid entranced by greats like Buddy Rich and Tony Williams, to playing in her 20s with Art Blakey, to a stint with Lenny Kravits before joining Santana, and on and on – all while being one of the most badass drummers of her generation.


November 15, 2020

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram Joins Tom Casciato On PBS NewsHour

We spoke via Zoom, me at home, Kingfish at the Delta Blues Museum in his hometown of Clarksdale, MS, where he learned to play guitar as a kid. We talked about about his guitar style and influences, as well as how his award-winning career was given a jumpstart by the legendary Buddy Guy. He also played and sang a couple tunes from his award-winning debut album, “Kingfish.” Enjoy.


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.”