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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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    • 4.5, 6.1K 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

    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
    On a Zoom Call with Woody Allen

    On a Zoom Call with Woody Allen

    Woody Allen's new book, Apropos of Nothing, starts with a portrait of his father, a tough-guy World War One Navy veteran and onetime gunman in a firing squad.  It's the first of a series of surprising, fascinating stories from a life that went from working-class Jewish Brooklyn in the 1940s to movie sets in Rome and Paris.  The book also addresses the accusation of an incident of sexual abuse leveled by Dylan Farrow.  Allen and Alec cover it all -- plus how he's doing in the age of coronavirus -- in this candid and wide-ranging interview.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
6.1K Ratings

6.1K Ratings

MOSJW70 ,

Hate his politics, love his interview style

Can’t stand Baldwin’s politics, but I sure do love his interview style. He “gets” who he’s interviewing, knows their references, and draws the listener in enough to feel like they know the references without really knowing them. He’s funny without being too funny, and engages enough with his interviewee but not too much. Baldwin is hands down one my favorite my favorite interviewers.

moristown nj fan ,

His best work

Simply stated, informative, interesting, personal, and a great way to spend some time learning about other people as well as Alex. Great job.

Jhlnyc424 ,

Alec Baldwin Here’s The Thing

I am hooked !! At first I wasn't sure about “listening”.... so used movies, videos etc etc.
Don't stop doing these. OBTW Barbra was my first ever PODCAST. U make listening addictive. Thank You

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