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Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin takes listeners into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Alec sidesteps the predictable by going inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people we want to understand better: Ira Glass, Lena Dunham, David Letterman, Barbara Streisand, Tom Yorke, Chris Rock and others. Hear what happens when an inveterate guest becomes a host.

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    • 4.5 • 718 Ratings

Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin takes listeners into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Alec sidesteps the predictable by going inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people we want to understand better: Ira Glass, Lena Dunham, David Letterman, Barbara Streisand, Tom Yorke, Chris Rock and others. Hear what happens when an inveterate guest becomes a host.

    Cheryl Hines Knows How to Improvise

    Cheryl Hines Knows How to Improvise

    Cheryl Hines has been displaying her comedic chops for 11 seasons of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm, earning her critical acclaim and two Emmy nominations. She’s also known for her work in the feature film “Waitress,” the sitcom “Suburgatory” and most recently, the second season of “The Flight Attendant.”  Hines utilized her talents behind the scenes, producing the television series “Campus Ladies” and directing the film “Serious Moonlight,” starring Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton.  She’s also a member of one of America’s most well-known political families, as the wife of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.   Cheryl Hines and Alec discuss how Cheryl found her way to acting, what it’s like to work with the one-and-only Larry David, and how she’s changed since meeting her husband.
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    • 38 min
    Ira Glass and Alex Gibney - Summer Staff Picks

    Ira Glass and Alex Gibney - Summer Staff Picks

    Our Here’s the Thing Summer Staff Picks series continues, featuring our favorite episodes from the archives. This week, we revisit Alec’s interviews with two great American storytellers, Ira Glass and Alex Gibney.  Ira Glass has been the host and creative force of WBEZ’s This American Life since 1995. The public radio personality revolutionized nonfiction storytelling by using a voice that's personable, modest, and emotionally engaged. Alec sat down with Ira Glass in 2014 to compare notes on interviewing, the afterlife, and finding one’s vocal style.  Alex Gibney is one of the most respected and prolific documentary filmmakers in history. His stories feature strong characters and propulsive narratives that often expose malfeasance or incompetency. In this 2021 conversation, Alex Gibney speaks with Alec about going up against powerful organizations, shifting from Japanese literature to film and the collaborators that have helped him grow.
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    Introducing: Ben Steele, American - Episode 8: The Last Guy Out of the Gate

    Introducing: Ben Steele, American - Episode 8: The Last Guy Out of the Gate

    Ben Steele, American is a documentary podcast limited series inspired by the book "Tears in the Darkness - The story of the Bataan Death March" by Elizabeth and Michael Norman and is hosted by Alec Baldwin. 

    In episode 8, Ben goes home and, after a difficult period of adjustment, establishes himself as a celebrated artist. Listen to Ben Steele, American on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-ben-steele-american-98570427/

    Produced by Jan Thompson, Zach McNees, and Alec Baldwin.

    Jan Thompson is our writer and editor. 

    Zach McNees is our mixer, and post production supervisor.

    Ben Steele American is inspired by the book Tears in the Darkness by Elizabeth and Michael Norman.

    The cover art for each episode features original art by Ben Steele himself with graphic design by Ben Dunmore.
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    • 56 min
    Introducing: Ben Steele, American - Episode 7: The Beginning of the End

    Introducing: Ben Steele, American - Episode 7: The Beginning of the End

    Ben Steele, American is a documentary podcast limited series inspired by the book "Tears in the Darkness - The story of the Bataan Death March" by Elizabeth and Michael Norman and is hosted by Alec Baldwin. 

    In episode 7, Ben is transported on a hell ship to Japan to work in a coal mine as a slave laborer. Listen to Ben Steele, American on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-ben-steele-american-98570427/

    Produced by Jan Thompson, Zach McNees, and Alec Baldwin.

    Jan Thompson is our writer and editor. 

    Zach McNees is our mixer, and post production supervisor.

    Ben Steele American is inspired by the book Tears in the Darkness by Elizabeth and Michael Norman.

    The cover art for each episode features original art by Ben Steele himself with graphic design by Ben Dunmore.
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    • 44 min
    David Sedaris: Me Write Funny One Day

    David Sedaris: Me Write Funny One Day

    Few artists have the unique voice and talent of David Sedaris, master of satire and social critique – and one of America’s preeminent humor writers. He is the author of numerous bestsellers, including Calypso, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever, having sold 12 million copies of his books, translated into 25 languages. He’s also a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. David Sedaris and Alec discuss Sedaris finding his way to his craft, writing about his father’s passing in his most recent book, Happy-Go-Lucky, and the best advice he’s learned from his thirty-year relationship with his partner. 
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    • 36 min
    Introducing: Ben Steele, American - Episode 6: Art is Life Itself

    Introducing: Ben Steele, American - Episode 6: Art is Life Itself

    Ben Steele, American is a documentary podcast limited series inspired by the book "Tears in the Darkness - The story of the Bataan Death March" by Elizabeth and Michael Norman and is hosted by Alec Baldwin. 

    In episode 6, Ben volunteers for a work detail to escape Camp O’Donnell. This work detail is considered to be one of the worst in history. Listen to Ben Steele, American on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-ben-steele-american-98570427/

    Produced by Jan Thompson, Zach McNees, and Alec Baldwin.

    Jan Thompson is our writer and editor. 

    Zach McNees is our mixer, and post production supervisor.

    Ben Steele American is inspired by the book Tears in the Darkness by Elizabeth and Michael Norman.

    The cover art for each episode features original art by Ben Steele himself with graphic design by Ben Dunmore.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 36 min

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I discovered Alec’s show on RN Australia 2020 travelling as a captive audience in the car. 2022 Epstein pod and love hearing Alec again., who grows from strength to strength. Great podcast

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Interesting

The interview with Vicky Ward was so interesting. Really great interview. Love more like this.

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