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Multimedia Personality Mo Rocca Talks About His Latest Book And Filming TV Segments In Dearborn

Dec 11, 2019

"Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving" by Mo Rocca
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CBS Sunday Morning correspondent, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me panelist, podcaster, and author Mo Rocca talks in-studio with WEMU's Lisa Barry about his new book, "Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving."  


About "Mobituaries"

Mo Rocca and WEMU's Lisa Barry in the WEMU studio.
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Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries—reading about the remarkable lives of global leaders, Hollywood heavyweights, and innovators who changed the world.  But not every notable life has gotten the send-off it deserves.  His quest to right that wrong inspired Mobituaries, his #1 hit podcast.  Now with Mobituaries, the book, he has gone much further, with all new essays on artists, entertainers, sports stars, political pioneers, founding fathers, and more.  Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter . . . until now.

Take Herbert Hoover: before he was president, he was the “Great Humanitarian,” the man who saved tens of millions from starvation.  But after less than a year in the White House, the stock market crashed, and all the good he had done seemed to be forgotten.  Then there’s Marlene Dietrich, well remembered as a screen goddess, less remembered as a great patriot.  Alongside American servicemen on the front lines during World War II, she risked her life to help defeat the Nazis of her native Germany.  And what about Billy Carter and history’s unruly presidential brothers?  Were they ne’er-do-well liabilities . . .or secret weapons  Plus, Mobits for dead sports teams, dead countries, the dearly departed station wagon, and dragons.  Yes, dragons.

Mo Rocca and Morning Edition producer (and engineer of this interview) Mat Hopson.
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Rocca is an expert researcher and storyteller.  He draws on these skills here.  With his dogged reporting and trademark wit, Rocca brings these men and women back to life like no one else can.  Mobituaries is an insightful and unconventional account of the people who made life worth living for the rest of us, one that asks us to think about who gets remembered, and why.     

About "Innovation Nation"

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation is a weekly Saturday morning show on CBS that showcases present-day change-makers from all over the world who are creating solutions to real needs.  It is hosted by news correspondent and CBS Sunday Morning regular Mo Rocca.  Each episode presents stories related to the process of innovation and also includes one story on The Henry Ford—its Archive of American Innovation, its unique visitor experiences and its unparalleled expertise.  The intent is to stimulate curiosity and to inspire audiences with entertaining yet educational stories about yesterday and today’s visionaries and turning points that changed the course of history, as well as innovations and inventions that are changing the world today.  The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation is produced in partnership by The Henry Ford and Litton Entertainment, a leading independent production and distribution company.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu