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From WNYC Studios, 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 Brooks, Roz Chast, Chris Rock and others. Hear what happens when an inveterate guest becomes a host.
WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, On the Media, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and many others.
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Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin WNYC

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    • 4.6, 367 Ratings

From WNYC Studios, 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 Brooks, Roz Chast, Chris Rock and others. Hear what happens when an inveterate guest becomes a host.
WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, On the Media, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and many others.
© WNYC Studios

    Legacies of Vietnam

    Legacies of Vietnam

    Today, Alec speaks with two colleagues he’s known for a long time, Brian Delate and Dick Hughes -- both actors whose lives were touched by the Vietnam War. Delate, Alec’s first guest, served in Vietnam after high school. He has performed on stage, in movies and on TV, and he’s also a playwright. His play, Memorial Day, tells the story of a Vietnam veteran on the verge of suicide over a Memorial Day holiday. Dick Hughes, Alec’s second guest, thought he was going to enter the priesthood as a young man, but decided to study theater. In his early 20’s, Hughes traveled to Vietnam as a conscientious objector, and ultimately opened a shelter for street children called the Shoeshine Boys Project.

    • 47 min
    Alec Dives into "The Dating Market"

    Alec Dives into "The Dating Market"

    Writers Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Fetters may be the country’s most astute observers of modern romance.  Fetters even wrote the definitive history of Tinder.  Alec discovered their jointly written article, The ‘Dating Market’ Is Getting Worse, published in February, 2020, and knew he had to talk to them.  The writers talked to historians and sociologists to analyze the use of concepts like “market value” and “supply and demand” in thinking about romance.  They conclude that our sense that we can measure and control the "numbers game" makes us less happy and perhaps less likely to find true love.  They bring their own personal dating experiences and their deep research to a funny and fascinating Zoom conversation with Alec.

    • 29 min
    Ramona Diaz Decodes the Motherland

    Ramona Diaz Decodes the Motherland

    Filipino-American filmmaker Ramona Diaz says each of her films is a “yearning for the motherland.”  She’s in a unique position, as she says, able to “decode” the Philippines for the rest of the world. Her most recent film, A Thousand Cuts, tells the story of Filipino-American journalist Maria Ressa and the struggle for a free press and the crackdown on news media in the Philippines under President Duterte.  In 2018, Ressa was an honoree when Time Magazine’s Person of the Year issue focused on “The Guardians and the War on Truth.” Alec sat down with director Diaz to talk about her newest film as well as her other documentaries.  Diaz draws deep portraits and her subjects vary -- from well-known figures like Imelda Marcos, to women who’ve just given birth at Fabella Hospital in Manila -- the busiest maternity ward in the world.

    • 35 min
    Everybody Loves Stanley Tucci

    Everybody Loves Stanley Tucci

    Alec and Stanley Tucci have only been on set together a couple of times, but they established a rapport deep enough to carry over into a Zoom interview more than a decade later.  The two share stories from their families, discuss what they love about working with certain fellow actors, and the difference between working in Hollywood and the UK.  Tucci also talks about how he gets into character for his most recent role, an 80-year-old woman in Apple TV's wonderful new animated series, Central Park.

    • 37 min
    Ingrid Newkirk Was a Deputy Sheriff Before She Founded PETA

    Ingrid Newkirk Was a Deputy Sheriff Before She Founded PETA

    Ingrid Newkirk is the co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA. It may be America’s best-known animal rights organization thanks to legal sophistication, scientific seriousness, and off-the-wall publicity stunts like throwing fake blood on models wearing fur, or infiltrating a KFC chicken-supplier to publicize alleged cruelty.  They're also famous because a lot of big-name vegetarians have lent them a hand, including Alec, who narrated a documentary for PETA about animal abuse in traveling circuses, among other collaborations.  Newkirk tells the story of her transformation from the happily carnivorous daughter of an engineer in New Delhi, to deputy sheriff in Maryland, to the nation's foremost warrior against "speciesism."  Alec and Newkirk also go through all the big contemporary questions in animal rights, from hunting to animal-testing to roadside zoos, and she shares insights from her latest book about animal psychology and cognition, Animalkind.

    • 34 min
    Micky Dolenz on How The Monkees Went from TV Band to Real-Life Band

    Micky Dolenz on How The Monkees Went from TV Band to Real-Life Band

    Micky Dolenz was a successful child-actor, but he became a full-fledged star at 20 in 1966 as the exuberant singer and drummer of The Monkees -- or rather, as the actor playing that character.  At first, the band was a creation of NBC and only existed on the show The Monkees.  For the first season, much of the backing music was played by a studio band.  Eventually, that changed, and The Monkees' transition from a TV band to a real band is a fascinating story of hard work, perseverance, and marketing genius.  Dolenz brings all the energy and humor he showed on The Monkees to this episode of Here's the Thing, telling Alec about the dynamics among the bandmates, his years as a successful TV producer in the UK, and what it's like touring -- and recording -- as a member of The Monkees 50 years after the end of the show.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
367 Ratings

367 Ratings

stephen heywood ,

Next interview!!!

Would love him to do another more recent one with JERRY SEINFELD. LARRY DAVID would be great too.

Jo India ,

Love it...

I was willing Stanley Tucci to be on the show.... now am listening on repeat!!
And wonderful to have Woody Allan on... far too many jump on the bandwagon of finger pointing and being judge and jury, kowtow to curry favour for popularity ... Alec is not that man.
Am in India pretending am in iNY with Alec.... divine!!

Suki2309 ,

Takes me back😊

I’ve started downloading Alec’s episodes to listen to while on my run - something during which I require a distraction - and I’ve really enjoyed listening to the interviews with people who played a big part in my growing up such as Darrell Hall, Barbra Streisand, Micky Dolenz, et al. but also those with people whom I don’t know so well sharing their stories from behind-the-scenes Hollywood and Broadway. With regard to the previous reviewers who cite their disappointment in Woody Allen being given a platform here, I think it’s worth remembering that all are entitled to their opinion, including Alec Baldwin. Even though I’ve never been a huge admirer of Allen’s films I find his technique interesting but what I like best about all these interviews are the stories of the beginnings of all interviewees and the people they remember along the way who helped them step towards successful careers.

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