Ronan Farrow

  • Aired:  02/20/14
  •  | Views: 80,051

Ronan Farrow recalls attending college at age 11, being accepted to Yale Law at 16 and getting a show on MSNBC at 26. (7:00)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HE'S AJOURNALIST.

HE HAS A NEW SHOW LAUNCHING ONMSNBC NEXT WEEK CALLED RONAN

FARROW DAILY.

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE SHOW RONANFARROW.

SIR.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]HOW ARE YOU?

>> I'M WELL.

I'M CRAZED.

I'M TRYING TO LAUNCH A SHOW.

>> Jon: WHEN IS THE SHOWLAUNCHING?

>> MONDAY 1:00 P.M. EASTERN TIMEMSNBC.

>> Jon: THEY DON'T HAVE JOBSSO THEY CAN WATCH.

>> BOTH VIEWERS OF THIS SHOW AREGOING TO LOVE IT.

>> Jon: THEY ARE GOING TO LOVETHIS PROGRAM.

YOU ARE YOUNG.

DO YOU MIND ME ASKING HOW OLDARE YOU?

>> I'M 26.

>> Jon: NOW THAT IS -->> ALL RIGHT SOME 26 YEAR OLDS.

GOOD.

YEAH!

ROCK ON.

>> Jon: WAS THATFOR SURVIVAL?

WHAT WAS THAT.

THAT IS UNUSUAL BUT YOUR RESUMEREFLECTS A FAR MORE EXPERIENCEDINDIVIDUAL.

YOU WENT TO COLLEGE VERY YOUNG.

>> I WENT TO COLLEGE AT 11. BIGNERD.

STILL.

>> Jon: WHERE DID YOU GO TOSCHOOL?

>> BARD COLLEGE.

COME ON GUYS.

>> Jon: NOTHING FOR BARD.

>> AND LAW SCHOOL AT YALE.

>> Jon: HOW OLD WERE YOU WHENYOU WENT TO LAW SCHOOL?

>> I GOT IN AT 16 BUT I TOOKTWO YEARS TO WORK AT

THE U.N.

I DID NOT FINISH MY KEG STANDSWHEN I WAS AN UNDERGRAD AT 11. AFEW, NOT ENOUGH.

>> Jon: GOING TO WORK AT THEU.N. WAS LIKE YOUR RUMSPRINGER.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Jon: YOU BECAME A RHODESSCHOLAR?

>> I DID.

>> Jon: WHAT IS THAT?

>> IF YOU ARE PRETENTIOUS ENOUGHTHEY LET YOU THROUGH THE GATES.

IT'S A COOL GROUP OF PEOPLE.THEY SELECT SORT OF ODDBALLS,TOO.

RACHEL MADDOW IS A RHODESSCHOLAR.

IT'S COUNTER CULTURE ENOUGH THATI ADMIRE THAT AS A CREDENTIAL.

>> Jon: HOW WERE YOU SELFPOSSESSED ENOUGH TO BE A HIGH

ACHIEVER IN THAT REGARD?

WERE YOU ALWAYS CIVIC-MINDED ASA -- OBVIOUSLY -- I DON'T WANT

TO THROW THE WORD PRODIGY AROUNDBUT GOING TO COLLEGE AT 11 IS

PRETTY SPECIAL UNLESS YOU AREGOING TO BE AN MD AND HAVE A HITSERIES.

>> I AM THE TYPE OF LAWYER THATIS PROBABLY A FAILED DOCTOR.

>> Jon: REALLY?

>> I SAW ORGANIC CHEMISTRY ANDWAS LIKE NOPE GOING TO LAW

SCHOOL.

>> Jon: AT THAT POINT IT COULDHAVE GONE EITHER WAY?

>> YEAH, I DID HAVE THISENGRAINED SENSE OF GOT TO GO

INTO SOME KIND OF PUBLIC SERVICEAND IN ADDITION TO WATCHING

NETFLIX TRIED TO GIVE BACKSOMETHING.

I HAVE THE HAMMY HOLLYWOODBACKGROUND.

A LOT OF THAT WAS TELLINGSTORIES.

GOING INTO THE INSIDE ANDTHRASHING OUT TO GREAT

FRUSTRATION

THE WORK I DID IN AFGHANISTAN.

I WAS AT THE STATE DEPARTMENTFOR A WHILE.

NO ONE LEAVES THAT KIND OF AROLE AND THAT KIND OF PLACE

FEELING TOTALLY SATISFIED WHATTHEY'VE DONE.

IT'S A BIG MACHINE TO WORK IN.

COMING OUT LIKE THIS OF THAT ANDTRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FROMTHE

OUTSIDE MADE SENSE AT THE NEXTSTEP.

>> Jon: IT'S INTERESTING TO MEBECAUSE FROM A YOUNG AGE ONE OF

THE MOST DIFFICULT THINGS TOINFUSE IN PEOPLE, NOT THIS

GENERATION, JUST YOUNGPEOPLE IS A SENSE OF EMPATHY AND

A LARGER WORLD.

A PERSPECTIVE THAT IS MOREMACRO AND LESS NARCISSISTIC.

I THINK IT'S NATURAL. SO TO

DEVELOP IT AS A YOUNG AGE I WASCURIOUS IF IT WAS INHERENT YOU

ALWAYS FELT THAT.

YOUR FAMILY IS MORE SOCIALLYACTIVE.

>> I WAS LUCKY BECAUSE I GREW UPIN A CRAZY FAMILY.

14 OF US AND ALL DIFFERENT RACESAND SPEAKING SIX DIFFERENT

LANGUAGES.

STANDARD NUCLEAR FAMILY.

>> Jon: SO YOU HAD EXPERIENCEBEING AT THE U.N.

>> RIGHT.

OR LIKE A UNITED COLORS OFBENETTON AD.

FAMILY PHOTOS ENTERTAINING.

MY SIBLINGS WERE ADOPTED FROMREALLY TOUGH BACKGROUNDS FROM

ALL OVER THE WORLD.

PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, MENTALDISABILITIES.

IT GAVE ME A DESIRE TODEFINITELY NOT HAVE 14 KIDS

RIGHT AWAY.

>> Jon: I SEE.

>> BUT ALSO TO TRY TO GIVE BACKIN A LESSER WAY BECAUSE I MAY BE

LESS AWESOME BUT WANT TO BE OFSOME USE.

>> Jon: THE SHOW ITSELF DO YOUSEE IT AS -- HAVE YOU WATCHED A

LOT OF CABLE NEWS AND THOUGHTOH, YEAH, I COULD WATCH -- I

COULD GET PEOPLE TO FIGHT INFRONT OF ME.

I COULD DO THAT.

>> YOUR TIRADES AGAINST CABLENEWS ARE EXACTLY WHAT CABLE NEWS

NEEDS.

>> Jon: THAT'S KIND OF YOU TOSAY.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]THE NICE THING IS HOW WELL THEY

LISTEN.

THEY REALLY TONED THEIR ACTSDOWN.

>> QUALITY UNBIASED REPORTINGALL THE TIME.

YOU KNOW, I THINK AREBRIGHT SPOTS. THERE ARE SOME

EXAMPLES I HAVE LEARNED A LOTFROM.

I'M GOING INTO THIS NOT KNOWINGHOW TO DO CABLE NEWS.

I LEARNED A LOT WATCHING YOURSHOW.

>> Jon: LORD HELP YOU.

>> EVEN THOUGH IT'S A COMEDYCONTEXT AND I'M DOING A NEWSSHOW

ON A SERIOUS NEWS NETWORK.

OH, COME ON.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> Jon: THEY'VE SEEN THE SHOW.

[ LAUGHTER ]MEANWHILE ALL I'M DOING IS

EATING SUBWAY SANDWICHES.

>> BUT DO YOU BUILD IN A BODY OFREPORTING.

FOR ME WHEN I LOOK AT THELANDSCAPE OF CABLE NEWS I SEE

YES SOME GOOD REPORTING BUT THEGOOD STORIES LEAVE YOU AT THE

SIDE OF ROAD AFTERWARDS.

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THEINFORMATION? MY GENERATION WANTSTHE EXTRA STEP IF I HAVE

TEN MINUTES AND I GIVE A CRAPABOUT THIS STORY, WHAT DO I DO?

MY IDEA WITH THIS SHOW ISMOBILIZE PEOPLE.

GIVE PEOPLE -- EVERYONE HAS ACALL TO ACTION.

WE'LL INTRODUCE TO YOU A STORYMAYBE YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT IT.

GIVE YOU A MENU OF THINGS.

ON ONE SIDE OF ISSUE, IF YOU'REON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISSUE AWAY TO DO

SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

WE'LL TRACK OVER THE COURSE OFTHE WEEK WHAT ARE YOUR

RESPONSES?

>> IT'S A PERSPECTIVE THATHASN'T BEEN SEEN AT ALL ON CABLE

NEWS.

I THINK IT'S REALLY INTERESTINGAND I'M INCREDIBLY IMPRESSED

RIGHT NOW BUT I'M PROBABLY NOTGOING TO VOLUNTEER FOR ANYTHING.

MY GENERATION.

>> WE'LL GET YOU HOLDING UP ASIGN.

>> Jon: I HAVE TO GETOUT THERE?

SON OF A BITCH.

I CAN DO THIS.

I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST.

STARTS MONDAY.

>> MONDAY 1:00 P.M. EASTERN TIMEMSNBC.

>> Jon: THIS WEEKEND YOU AREWATCHING PROBABLY LOCKUP.

KEEP IT ON THAT NETWORK.

>> GOOD STUFF, LOCKUP.

I'M A LOCKUP FAN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE][CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

Loading...