The Frost Tapes

The Frost Tapes

Police brutality. Government corruption. A struggle for gender equality. The fight for a free press. You know how they say history repeats itself? Fifty years ago, legendary television host David Frost interviewed the most influential thinkers, politicians, activists, and cultural icons of their time. And most of those tapes have been lost for a generation. Until now.The Frost Tapes takes you on a deep dive into David Frost’s archives featuring guests like Black Panthers Huey Newton and Stokely Carmichael; the future chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes; the first Black woman in Congress, Shirley Chisholm. The podcast also brings you Robert Kennedy’s last longform interview; never-before aired material from Frost’s famous interview with President Richard Nixon; and a bonus episode of selections from an intimate 3-hour conversation with Joe Biden from 1987 that has never been broadcast. You won’t find these tapes anywhere else.

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September 21, 2020 3 min

The Frost Tapes – Coming October 6

The Frost Tapes takes you on a deep dive into the archives of legendary television host David Frost, who interviewed some of the most compelling, controversial, and confounding figures in American life during the sixties and seventies—a time when America grappled with issues that are hugely relevant today. Most of those tapes have been lost for a generation. Until now.

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In an election year, everyone behaves like a doctor trying to figure out: What’s wrong with America? A young David Frost interviews 1968’s presidential candidates to find the answer. Ronald Reagan preaches against polarization, George Wallace calls for “law and order,” and Robert F. Kennedy gives his last personal longform interview.

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October 6, 2020 47 min

As tensions boil between Black communities and the police, David Frost interviews key people making the headlines: Reverend Jesse Jackson, Huey P. Newton, and more. The conversations cover everything from police brutality to political assassinations, ending with a fiery debate over whether the FBI and police are actively targeting Black activists.

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October 6, 2020 44 min

Pay equality. Abortion rights. Representation in the workplace. David Frost chats with breakers of the glass ceiling—from sports stars to political pioneers—as they rally for women’s equality. Including a rollicking interview with Shirley Chisholm, the first black congresswoman, and her prediction for when America can expect its first woman President.

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October 8, 2020 54 min

Is there a right or wrong way to protest? Is nonviolence always the best form of dissent? Should the government use military force to quiet domestic unrest? Those questions and more as David Frost interviews labor organizers, Vice President Spiro Agnew, student politicians, and other activists leading the picket line.

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October 9, 2020 1 min

Coming October 14: David Frost’s lost interview with Joe Biden. In 1987, Biden sat down with Frost for an intimate and revealing hours-long conversation that would cover family, politics, and the presidency. The interview has never aired—until now. 

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October 13, 2020 49 min

In a series of candid interviews, David Frost invites prominent Black figures—including author James Baldwin and comedian Dick Gregory—to share their thoughts on racism in America. These provocative conversations underscore the intersection of race, class, and capitalism with remarkable prescience.

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October 14, 2020 53 min

In 1987, David Frost interviewed 45-year-old Joe Biden during his first bid for the presidency. Soon after, then-Senator Biden would withdraw from the race and the interview would never air — until now. In this timeless interview, Biden talks candidly about his upbringing, dealing with loss and love, and the fundamental qualities a successful president needs.

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October 20, 2020 51 min

Who holds the power in America: Politicians, or the press? Join David Frost as he talks with media icons, from Walter Cronkite to a young Roger Ailes, as they discuss the tactics politicians use to manipulate the media. Conversations include secrets from a whistleblower and prophecies from the 20th century’s most admired newsmen.

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October 22, 2020 66 min

The most famous political interview of all-time, David Frost cross-examines President Richard Nixon. Equal parts trial and confessional booth, this high-intensity conversation covers topics like Watergate, the limits of executive power, and something nobody expected—an apology.

Archival material courtesy of Paradine Productions, CNN, Veritone, 60 Minutes, CBS News Archives, BBC, and The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

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