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Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso is a weekly series of intimate, long-form conversations with filmmakers, musicians, comedians, activists, writers, performers and, once, my mother. Hosted by writer/director Sam Fragoso. New episodes every Sunday.

Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso Sam Fragoso

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3, 11 Ratings

Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso is a weekly series of intimate, long-form conversations with filmmakers, musicians, comedians, activists, writers, performers and, once, my mother. Hosted by writer/director Sam Fragoso. New episodes every Sunday.

    Jenny Slate in 2020

    Jenny Slate in 2020

    Three years ago Jenny and Sam promised to reconvene in 2020 (if only they knew what 2020 would look like). Nevertheless, today they make good on that promise. In the intervening years, Jenny wrote a book, titled Little Weirds. It's a collection of (vaguely) autobiographical stories from the heart, about the heart. It's also the springboard for this discussion, which dives into her childhood desire to be seen (7:02), the therapeutic quality of writing (11:05), a life-altering trip to Norway (22:54), a Jo Stafford staple that framed her ideas around romance (29:05), and how she learned how to love again (37:41). To close, we sit with a passage from our 2017 discussion, reflecting on what those words mean now (44:33).
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Malcolm Gladwell Returns

    Malcolm Gladwell Returns

    Malcolm Gladwell is back! This week, the renowned writer/podcaster talks authorship (2:18), life as a rebellious teenager in peaceful Canada (6:47), his take on “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” that he co-signed and the backlash it received (13:25), the fundamental ambiguity of strangers’ behaviors (23:02), the self-reflection he took amidst the protests (29:43), discounting the role of luck in our fortune (32:32), what being a runner does for him (38:48), wanting to stay engaged with people in the world (41:50), and writing about topics he is not an expert in (43:07).
     
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    • 51 min
    Hannah Gadsby

    Hannah Gadsby

    With the release of her new special, Douglas, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby sits with us this week. We discuss life after the success Nanette (5:49), how she deals with sensory overload on stage (9:11), why the pandemic hasn't been so bad for her (11:42), how she was shaped by her mother's feisty energy (19:47), living in a world where we don’t know how to let go (26:17), being a keen observer (35:34), and whether or not she ever considered quitting stand-up comedy (43:49).
     
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    • 50 min
    Fran Lebowitz

    Fran Lebowitz

    Legendary American author and public speaker Fran Lebowitz joins us via landline. In conversation, there's nothing off-the-table for the famously persnickety sexagenarian. We discuss how she's weathering the COVID crisis as a tried-and-true New Yorker (12:28), her clear-eyed views on race and racism (15:53), the impact of her friendship with the late Toni Morrison (28:23), her lifelong disinterest in domesticity (38:04), the hostility she received as a literary wunderkind (44:12), the impact of AIDS on the artistic community (51:57), and whether she stills wants to work through her notorious “writer's blockade” (1:11:36).
     
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Run the Jewels

    Run the Jewels

    Run The Jewels is an American hip-hop super duo that features the talents of Brooklyn rapper/producer El-P and Atlanta emcee Killer Mike. This week, they sit down with us to talk about the labels the media has placed on them (7:15), the value of dreaming (16:16), the inner-workings of how they create together (21:35), their philosophies on the purpose of rap (28:00), why the night of November 24th, 2014 changed them (32:17), their role in this precarious moment (38:20), and, finally, whether they believe RTJ was destiny (47:38).
     
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    • 54 min
    Bonus Episode: Documentarians Bill and Turner Ross!

    Bonus Episode: Documentarians Bill and Turner Ross!

    Documentarians Bill and Turner Ross have been painting portraits of American life for over a decade. Their latest film, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, marks a step in a bold, new direction, blurring the line between fact and fiction. Now available through Film at Lincoln Center, the movie unfolds during the final 24hrs. of a Las Vegas dive-bar. Regulars regale one another with memories of the shuttering institution– a home away from home. It's a story of a surrogate family, bound together by this bar, forced to confront the end of an era. This week's bonus episode with Bill and Turner get into how and why this breathtaking piece of work was made.
     
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

duffysayshello ,

Easy Talkin

Sam has a whole ASMR vibe about him, and this relaxing aura he exudes really helps him get the best out of his guests.

Speaking of the guests, this pod has some of the best and most interesting, that can rival any podcast around.

I'm a big fan. You might be too.

CailJ ,

Not for me

This guy has excellent guests, but I can't get down with his interview/voice.

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