The series that asks the question: what makes the Great American Songbook so darned great? Through intimate, candid conversations with performers, artists, musicians and public figures, host Julian Fleisher addresses (and undresses) the near-mythic power of this enduring American art form.
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Let's Talk about Miss Simone
Singer, Songwriter, social activist. How does one even begin discussing Nina Simone? Luckily, we have a few friends to help us out in this bonus episode, dedicated to the High Priestess of Soul.
Ira Glass, Act Four
This summer we brought you Ira Glass in 3 Acts, such an impossible feat that we are forced to add an Act 4!
You may know Ira from his touring storytelling, radio, and dance show. Or as a ringtone on the Netflix show Bojack Horseman. Or maybe you know Ira Glass from his always-chart-topping show This American Life, which has earned a shelf full of Peabodys and other awards.
A few months ago, the very same public radio icon and Baltimore's own Ira Glass got naked with Naked American Songbook host Julian Fleisher. In that episode, we learned all about Ira's passion for Fiddler on the Roof, and that he "super loves" Bruce Springsteen (who's now on Broadway).
If you, like we, were left wanting more after Ira Glass in 3 Acts, you're in luck.
If you thought Ira kvelled over Taylor Swift in our first installment, in this Act 4 he goes way deeper into T-Swift territory. Listen as Ira tries to convince Julian that Swift belongs in the same company as Bruce (and Bono and Joni). There's even a cameo T-Swift performance by Kenny Mellman of Kiki & Herb fame.Ira tells also us what he's listening to on the treadmill, why he sending you those X's and O's, what song is the cockroach of the American Songbook, and how he doesn't consider himself a "music person" ...but (just like us!) Ira Glass is totally a product of the songs he loves.
Ira Glass and Julian Fleisher kvell about songs(Julian Fleisher)
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Rachel Bloom & Julian Fleisher Ring In Year 5778
Julian and his new favorite Jewess Rachel Bloom welcome year 5778 with praises of Sheldon Harnick, fermented kosher grape juice, and gluten-free matzoh!
Rachel Bloom Goes Looney for Space Jam
You can learn a lot about Rachel Bloom from her recent Naked Songbook chat. But you'll have to hear this bonus episode to get the full blown Rachel Bloom Space Jam experience!
Can't Get Enough Darren Criss
Listen here for more from our conversation with stage, screen, and Glee star Darren Criss! Find out which Pippen tune brought Darren together with a member of The Rat Pack.
Ira Glass In Three Acts
Public radio superstar host Ira Glass switches seats and becomes guest on The Naked American Songbook.