The Proust Questionnaire Podcast

The Proust Questionnaire Podcast


What motivates creative people to do what they do, especially when they use their drive, determination and talents to change the world? The Proust Questionnaire is thought in action. It's a personality test that allows us a glimpse behind the proverbial curtain of creative people's minds. Each guest answers the same 35 questions that were first popularized as a parlor game by French novelist Marcel Proust about a hundred years ago. But these questions are timeless, and you’ll quickly find yourself thinking with our guests, rather than about their answers. Be moved, entertained, and inspired to do good yourself when you listen to our guests tell us what they love, fear, and hope for in these oral portraits of great minds.

The Proust Questionnaire Podcast: An Introduction

June 24, 2020

The Proust Questionnaire Podcast

Uli Baer and Caroline Weber

What motivates creative people to do what they do, especially to change the world? The Proust Questionnaire is thought in action. It's a personality t…

Proust Questionnaire 38: Ricardo Alberto Maldonado

July 1, 2023

Proust Questionnaire 38

Ricardo Alberto Maldonado
Hosted by Uli Baer

Ricardo Alberto Maldonado is a poet residing in New York City who was born and raised in Puerto Rico. His first collection of poems, The Life Assignme…

Proust Questionnaire 37: Dame Zandra Rhodes, Fashion Designer

October 24, 2022

Proust Questionnaire 37

Zandra Rhode

Dame Zandra Rhodes is an English fashion and textile designer who has designed garments for Diana, Princess of Wales and numerous celebrities such as …

The Proust Questionnaire 36: Haaz Sleiman, Actor

December 30, 2021

The Proust Questionnaire 36

Haaz Sleiman

Haaz Sleiman (هاز سليمان) is a Lebanese actor who has appeared as Tarek in Tom McCarthy’s 2007 award-winning film The Visitor, for which he was nomina…

Proust Questionnaire 35: Calvin Sun, Emergency Physician, World Traveler: Monsoon Diaries

July 8, 2021

Proust Questionnaire 35

Calvin Sun

The Proust Questionnaire hosts individuals who make a difference in various ways. Meet Calvin D. Sun, M.D., an emergency room physician who's worked a…

Proust Questionnaire 34: Kasi Lemmons, Film Director

March 12, 2021

Proust Questionnaire 34

Kasi Lemmons

Kasi Lemmons is an award-winning director, writer, actress and professor who has been a staple in Hollywood for nearly three decades. Her acclaimed 19…

Proust Questionnaire 33: Cécile David-Weill, Novelist

January 28, 2021

Proust Questionnaire 33

Cécile David-Weill

Cécile David-Weill is a French American author who is born and based in New York. She published her first novel Crush (Grove Press, 1997) under the na…

Proust Questionnaire 32: Daniel Kehlmann, Novelist

December 30, 2020

Proust Questionnaire 32

Daniel Kehlmann

Daniel Kehlmann is a German-language novelist and playwright of both Austrian and German nationality. His novel Die Vermessung der Welt (translated in…

Proust Questionnaire 31: Maurice Samuels, Historian

December 11, 2020

Proust Questionnaire 31

Maurice Samuels

Maurice Samuels is the author of several books: The Spectacular Past: Popular History and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century France; Inventing the Israel…

Proust Questionnaire 30: Ori Gersht, Photographer

November 25, 2020

Proust Questionnaire 30

Ori Gersht

Exploding flower arrangements, meticulously staged scenes of beautiful destruction, haunted landscapes, still lives brought to their sublime end as if…

Proust Questionnaire 29: Elliot Ackerman and Lea Carpenter, Novelists

November 18, 2020

Proust Questionnaire 29

Elliot Ackerman and Lea Carpenter

Today's we're speaking to a married couple, both esteemed novelists. Elliot Ackerman is the author of the novels 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, …

Proust Questionnaire 28: Samantha Boardman, Psychiatrist

November 2, 2020

Proust Questionnaire 28

Samantha Boardman

Samantha Boardman, MD, is a psychiatrist and a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry and Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at Weill-Cornell Medical College…

Proust Questionnaire 27: Alice Wu, Filmmaker

October 23, 2020

Proust Questionnaire 27

Alice Wu

Alice Wu's debut feature, Saving Face, is a three-generation romantic comedy set in today's Chinatown in Queens, New York. Wu won the Visionary Award …

Proust Questionnaire 26: Miranda Penn Turin, Photographer

October 22, 2020

Proust Questionnaire 26

Miranda Penn Turin

Miranda Penn Turin is a freelance photographer and director who has been specializing in portraiture, fashion and beauty for over thirty years. She wa…

Proust Questionnaire 25: Jeremy Harris, Playwright

September 18, 2020

Proust Questionnaire 25

Jeremy Harris

Jeremy O. Harris is an American actor and playwright, known for his plays Daddy and Slave Play. He was the winner of the 2018 Paula Vogel Playwriting …

Proust Questionnaire 24: Christine Coulson, Writer

August 31, 2020

Proust Questionnaire 24

Christine Coulson

What happens in museum when the crowds have gone? Christine Coulson's exquisite book, Metropolitan Stories, imagines the inner lives of the artworks …

Proust Questionnaire 23: Sameh Zoabi, Filmmaker/Director

August 21, 2020

Proust Questionnaire 23

Sameh Zoabi

Sameh Zoabi is a Palestinian filmmaker who was born and raised in Israel. His feature film, Tel Aviv on Fire, chronicles the making of a daytime soap …

Proust Questionnaire 22: Miriam Bridenne, Bookseller

August 18, 2020

Proust Questionnaire 22

Miriam Bridenne

Miriam Bridenne is the Deputy Director of Albertine Books, the French bookstore housed in the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York City…

Proust Questionnaire 21: Hugh Evans, Humanitarian

August 14, 2020

Proust Questionnaire 21

Hugh Evans

Hugh Evans is an Australian humanitarian, co-founder of both The Oaktree Foundation and Global Citizen, a Global Poverty Project. At 14, Evans spent t…

Proust Questionnaire 20: Maira Kalman, Artist

August 11, 2020

Proust Questionnaire 20

Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman was born in Tel Aviv and moved to New York with her family at the age of four. She was raised in bucolic Riverdale, the Bronx. Maira ha…