Program Recap: At Lunch with Ben Mankiewicz

May 17, 2023
by Rebeca Miller

This program first aired on March 24th, 2022

Julie Salamon (Wall Street Journal and NY Times) sits down with television personality, political commentator, and film critic Ben Mankiewicz. Ben is the host of Turner Classic Movies including their hit podcast The Plot Thickens, as well as hosting CBS Sunday Morning’s Screen Time, and What the Flick?! on The Young Turks Network.

Ben discusses his family legacy in film, his grandfather Herman J. Mankiewicz wrote Citizen Kane, his great uncle Joe Mankiewicz won the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for both A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and All About Eve (1950). His father Frank Mankiewicz worked as a journalist and Robert Kennedy’s press secretary before becoming the president of National Public Radio.

Ben grew up outside of DC and worked as a journalist before moving to California to pursue hosting for television. He shares behind-the-scenes logistics of hosting for TCM and how grateful he is to be part of a network that people love.

Topics covered in this program: Movies and Family Memories, Hosting, Podcasts, Classic Movies, TCM.