Dr. Charles Krauthammer, author of the best-selling non-fiction book of 2014, Things That Matter, opened the program today with a review of the events in New York and of the charges and counter-charges flying about:
HH: On the day Joe Cocker dies, Joe Cocker is, well, a legend. And I’m curious whether my first guest, Dr. Charles Krauthammer, was actually at Woodstock. Hello, Charles, how are you?
CK: No, I wasn’t. I wish I’d been, and I love Joe Cocker.
HH: He’s an amazing character.
CK: He was great, and I just, I mean, when he sang, he made the rafters shake. He was amazing.
HH: It’s interesting to be talking about him today, because I’m about to play for you a clip of William Bratton, the New York City Police Commissioner, where he was talking about the 70s. And of course, that’s the decade of Joe Cocker. It’s the decade of abandonment of all. And you talk a little bit about that in Things That Matter. But what were you primarily doing in those years, Charles? You were injured in those years as you write about in the book, but did you begin them in Canada?
CK: No, I began them in England. I was studying at Oxford. I was a graduate student there. And then I went to medical school in 1971. So my 70s were spent, the 1970s for me, were in medicine, four years as a medical student, then three years as a resident, and then chief resident at the Mass General Hospital. So that was my 20s, and that’s where the 1970s, and it was in a wholly different world. Continue Reading