This program will be available for sale to the general public starting on October 7, 2022.Want to purchase your tickets before then? Become a donor today, or if you are already a donor, log in to purchase your tickets. From Carson to Oprah to Stephen Colbert: A History of the TV Talk Show Afternoon Lecture/Seminar Thursday, January 5, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1J0225 Select Your Tickets $20 - Member $25 - Non-Member Resize text David Letterman with guest Teri Garr, 1982 From its start in the early 1950s, the talk show has been one of television’s most versatile and durable formats. Pioneering programs like “Today,” “Person-to-Person,” and “Tonight” established the basic features that have guided the format ever since, particularly the importance of the host as the chief focus of the proceedings. Whether it was the sophisticated wit of Dick Cavett, the magnetic empathy of Oprah Winfrey, the innovative comedy of David Letterman, or the sharp political satire of Jon Stewart, the talk show has continued to provide viewers with a lively mix of entertainment, information, and compelling conversation. Brian Rose, professor emeritus at Fordham University, looks at the fascinating history of the television talk show, and examines its changing appeal from decade to decade. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for online programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our online programs presented on Zoom. This online program is presented on Zoom.