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Talk Easy is a podcast of long-form conversations with the people shaping our culture today: filmmakers, musicians, comedians, activists, authors, actors. Hosted by Sam Fragoso.

We're an independently operated, listener supported show. So, if you can, we'd appreciate you considering a donation (recurring or one-time) of any size here: paypal.me/talkeasypod

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Talk Easy is a podcast of long-form conversations with the people shaping our culture today: filmmakers, musicians, comedians, activists, authors, actors. Hosted by Sam Fragoso.

We're an independently operated, listener supported show. So, if you can, we'd appreciate you considering a donation (recurring or one-time) of any size here: paypal.me/talkeasypod

    Episode 165 - Naomi Klein

    Episode 165 - Naomi Klein

    Naomi Klein is an author, filmmaker and climate activist. But above all– she is a journalist. She joins us to reflect on her natural instinct to run toward crisis; her decades long research of disaster capitalism; the striking systemic difference between her home country of Canada and the United States; the influence of her grandfather’s strike against Disney; and how this pandemic has asked her to slow down.


    It is important to note this interview was conducted remotely. Our guest, Naomi Klein, self-diagnosed herself with COVID-19 earlier this month. We are happy to report she has made a healthy recovery. 

    • 57 min
    Episode 164 - Juliette Lewis

    Episode 164 - Juliette Lewis

    Actress Juliette Lewis “lost her anonymity” with the movies. Movies you've probably seen. Cape Fear, Natural Born Killers, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, From Dusk Till Dawn. She's a visceral, singular performer, untethered to convention. This was true in 1989 and even more true in 2020. But it's what unfolds off-screen that Lewis keeps returning to these days. The larger, existential considerations one has as both a human and an artist. Ping-ponging between the past and present, we discuss the insanity of fame as a teenager, actress Karen Black's enduring influence, the passing of her father and how music (both her own and others) changed her life.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 163 - Dr. Ashish Jha (Director of Harvard Global Health Institute)

    Episode 163 - Dr. Ashish Jha (Director of Harvard Global Health Institute)

    Dr. Ashish Jha is the Director of Harvard Global Health Institute and a Professor at Harvard T. H. Chan school of public health. If you've turned on your TV over the past few days, you've likely seen him discussing COVID-19. Today he joins us to talk about how the coronavirus spread; the necessity for social distancing; elderly discrimination; what we can learn from the Spanish Flu of 1918; and plenty advice on how to best keep you and your family safe in this critical moment.“We’ve got a common enemy and we are going to fight and we are going to win”, he says. To learn more about Dr. Jha and his work, visit our site www.talkeasypod.com.

    • 54 min
    Episode 162 - Sam Waterston

    Episode 162 - Sam Waterston

    Actor Sam Waterston doesn't do many of these. In fact, this is his first podcast. To mark the special occasion the stage and screen performer reflects on his 60-year career, from his days at Yale in Waiting for Godot to breaking into Hollywood with the The Great Gatsby. But what most fascinates Waterston is reflecting on his life behind the camera, off-stage, as a husband and father. For years Waterston was reluctant to publicly give voice to his thoughts. Now that he's approaching 80, he's starting to feel different. “I just want to know what I think,” he says, “and I don’t know how much more time there is to find that out.”

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 161 - Alison Pill

    Episode 161 - Alison Pill

    If it weren't for her singular acting abilities, Alison Pill would be best known for her boisterous laugh. (That is only kinda a joke.) The chameleonic actress–Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Midnight in Paris, The Newsroom–has been at it since the age of 10. And so we begin on set, unpacking her life as a child actor, and how she managed to find a voice as she grew up on (and off) screen. We also discuss her transcendent work on stage (from Blackbird to Three Tall Women), rejecting precocity, the film that almost made her quit acting, the trials and tribulations of dating in your 20s, approaching #MeToo with a politics of grace, and why Thornton Wilder has irrevocably changed her life. There's also laughing. Lots and lots of laughing.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 160 - Haley Bennett

    Episode 160 - Haley Bennett

    Actress Haley Bennett joins us this week for a reflective look at her life as an actress, starting with her role as a pop-star in Music and Lyrics to her newest film, the disturbing domestic thriller, Swallow. We discuss the serendipity of motherhood, the perils of acting at an impressionable young age, and how she managed to find her artistic voice amid Hollywood pressures. Plus, a Terence Malick story!

    • 56 min

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