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Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso is a weekly series of intimate conversations with artists, activists, and politicians. Where people sound like people. Hosted by Sam Fragoso. New episodes every Sunday.

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    • Philosophy
    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso is a weekly series of intimate conversations with artists, activists, and politicians. Where people sound like people. Hosted by Sam Fragoso. New episodes every Sunday.

    At 74, Actor Glynn Turman Keeps On

    At 74, Actor Glynn Turman Keeps On

    At age 74, Emmy award-winning actor Glynn Turman “keeps on keepin’ on.” This week on the show, he tells us how. We discuss his first role in Broadway’s original production of A Raisin in the Sun (5:03), his unwavering commitment to acting, even as he struggled to find work (11:28), an opening night that took a dark turn (14:44), his breakout role in Cooley High (20:21), going to a human place as an actor (25:36), and what it means to live with loss (27:13). Then, finally, a story about his late ex-wife, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin (31:30).
     
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    Rest and Rebuild with Brittany Packnett Cunningham

    Rest and Rebuild with Brittany Packnett Cunningham

    As we find our footing in 2021, activist and educator Brittany Packnett Cunningham is focused on the work ahead. She joins us this week to unpack the aftermath of the Capitol riots (4:11), her entry point into activism (8:39), unlearning perfectionism (14:30), grappling with imperfect allies (24:04), the consequences of using your voice (27:39), the enduring legacy of Toni Morrison (40:39), taking action under a Biden-Harris administration (45:56), rejecting objectification online (52:32), and, finally, how she keeps going (55:50).
     
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    Alone but Never Lonely: Johnny Mathis at 85

    Alone but Never Lonely: Johnny Mathis at 85

    For 65 years, Johnny Mathis has been hailed as the voice of romance. In the most unusual of Valentine’s Days, we call up the legendary singer to look back on his early days in San Francisco (8:13), performing on the Ed Sullivan Show (12:03), the close bond he shared with his parents (19:10), the influence of singers like Mabel Mercer (24:18), how he remains joyous at 85 (27:53), and, finally, the nature of loving and letting go (32:07). 
     
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    Short Stories with George Saunders

    Short Stories with George Saunders

    George Saunders (“Tenth of December”, “Lincoln in the Bardo”) is one of the finest American writers working today. With the release of his new book, “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain“, we talk about combating cynicism (5:00), the power of Chekhov and Tobias Wolff (8:52), regarding literature as a fondness for life (12:30), a summer of Steinbeck (15:00), deconstructing the (male) mythology of Hemingway (26:45), and how starting a young family changed his life (35:00). On the back-half, we talk craft and process (39:00), his conversations with the late David Foster Wallace (42:15), and his aim to entertain any kind of reader (44:39). To close: he shares an excerpt from his short story, “Love Letter” (49:02), and the need to live urgently (53:43). 
     
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    Dr. Ashish Jha Sees the COVID Finish Line

    Dr. Ashish Jha Sees the COVID Finish Line

    As we approach a year in the pandemic, Dr. Ashish Jha offers some hope. He returns to the show this week to discuss the potential of new variants (2:48), the residual effects of Trump's isolationist policies (5:16) the myth of herd-immunity (9:21), what the coming months can look like (14:03), best mask practices (16:32), achieving equity through improved vaccine distribution (22:10), and the science-focused approach of the Biden/Harris administration (25:15). Then, before we go, Dr. Jha speaks of all that we've lost, and all that we stand to gain on the other side of this pandemic (32:31).
     
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    Julián Castro: In 2021, How Do We Prosper?

    Julián Castro: In 2021, How Do We Prosper?

    We're back! To help unpack this political moment, we sit with former Mayor of San Antonio and 2020 Presidential candidate, Julián Castro. We discuss Trump’s impeachment (4:30), the filibuster as an obstacle to action (14:10), the fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans (17:57), what it means to do the right thing in politics (20:35), the complexity of Latinx identity (23:02), connecting to Latino voters (26:10), and the how we keep the American Dream alive (31:52). Finally, Julián closes our conversation with an excerpt from the poem “I Am Joaquin” (34:31) and shares his hopes for how we can prosper (36:40).
     
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

JackDowns ,

Genuinely my favourite podcast of all time

The title says it all really.

Great guests, great conversations and a great host too!

Thank you to Sam and everyone who has ever contributed to the podcast, I bloody love it

fitz0 ,

smart & illuminating conversations

I discovered this podcast with the Melanie Lynskey episode and I can't recommend it enough. Intelligent conversation with key cultural figures are hard to find these days but Sam Fargaso has produced an absolute gem here. I can't wait to dig into the archive!

ceeceemv ,

What great conversations

Loved this podcast- was introduced to it through the Zoe Kazan episode, but am definitely going to listen to more. Same Fragoso is so gentle, observant and funny. Wonderful. The rambling nature of it is definitely for me, you can drop in and out. Like being the same room as these great speakers

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