90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Ronald Reagan Walk Into A Funeral

Tom covered a full slate of things in his charming, comic conversation with actor-comedian Billy Crystal on our Friday show. But for the On Point staff, our favorite moment was when the comedian detailed his quirky relationship with fellow big-name comedic actor Robin Williams.

Billy Crystal: I have a lot of very close dear friends and when we do get together we can kid each other a little bit, but we never really compare notes…

There’s some good-natured ribbing that can go on.

Robin [Williams] and I have some intensely funny phone sessions i’ll just leave it at that…

But Crystal didn’t leave it at that.

Billy Crystal: Usually when somebody famous dies, the phone rings.

And usually it’s a big ticket item, it’s someone who’s a fairly good target. When Ronald Reagan passed away, I’m watching the funeral and boom: the phone rings and I know who it is.

And it’s, ‘Bill? Bill? Hey, it’s Ronnie! You know, it’s a lot hotter here in Heaven.’

You know sir, I’m not sure it’s hot there.

Well maybe that’s why Nixon’s in a Jacuzzi.’

It just goes on and on, and we have some classic conversations that actually, we should turn into an album. It would be hilarious.

For more, check out the full interview with Billy Crystal, and let us know what your favorite moments from the interview or from Crystal’s career, in the comments here, on Facebook and @OnPointRadio.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Nov 25, 2014
A protester squirts lighter fluid on a police car as the car windows are shuttered near the Ferguson Police Department after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP)

Grand Jury decision out of Ferguson — no indictment. We’re on the ground with the latest details and reaction.

Nov 25, 2014
A 40-pound tom turkey looks out at Raymond's Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The farm raises approximately 20,000 Broad Breasted White Holland turkeys per year. (AP)

We’ll talk turkey and all the sides. Top chefs join us to answer your Thanksgiving questions.

RECENT
SHOWS
Nov 24, 2014
Homeless people stay with their belongings under the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass in New Orleans, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The city’s health department put up notices Monday giving the estimated 150 homeless people 72 hours to leave the area. (AP)

Smashing the assumptions about what it’s really like to live in poverty in America.

 
Nov 24, 2014
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.  (AP)

We’ll look at privacy, security, and the battle heating up between intelligence agencies and tech companies that are moving to encrypt your communication.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Last-Minute Thanksgiving Luxury
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

Our three Thanksgiving chefs offer up their best bets for delicious, last-minute holiday helpers, including a crunchy celery salad and maple glazed carrots.

More »
Comment
 
Calling All Interns, Calling All Interns
Monday, Nov 24, 2014

Have you ever thought about interning with On Point Radio? Good news: your time is now!

More »
Comment
 
The Explicast, Episode Six: What Does A White House Press Correspondent Do?
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

We turn to White House Press Correspondents all the time for news, but we’ve never really wondered how they gather their information. Fortunately, our guest host Jessica Yellin had time to sit down with The Explicast to explain.

More »
Comment