40 episodes

chin-wag: to have a chat, a friendly conversation.

Actor Paul Giamatti and Stephen Asma, author and philosopher, join forces for a freewheeling series of conversations that dive deep (like, really, really deep) into the wilderness of the mind.

Featuring prominent guests from diverse fields, Chinwag is esoteric in the best way possible, as Paul and Stephen delve into anything and everything: Are we living in a simulation? What’s the most perfect sentence in literature? Is Bigfoot interdimensional? Science, the occult, philosophy, magic mushrooms… it’s all fair game!

Unexpected, hilarious, and maybe even profound — Chinwag is all about having a really, really good chat.

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Paul Giamatti’s CHINWAG with Stephen Asma Treefort Media & Touchy Feely Films

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    • 4.9 • 771 Ratings

chin-wag: to have a chat, a friendly conversation.

Actor Paul Giamatti and Stephen Asma, author and philosopher, join forces for a freewheeling series of conversations that dive deep (like, really, really deep) into the wilderness of the mind.

Featuring prominent guests from diverse fields, Chinwag is esoteric in the best way possible, as Paul and Stephen delve into anything and everything: Are we living in a simulation? What’s the most perfect sentence in literature? Is Bigfoot interdimensional? Science, the occult, philosophy, magic mushrooms… it’s all fair game!

Unexpected, hilarious, and maybe even profound — Chinwag is all about having a really, really good chat.

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New episodes drop Wednesdays for free here: http://apple.co/chinwag

Make sure to follow us @chinwagpod 👉🏼

YT: https://www.youtube.com/@chinwagpod


IG: https://www.instagram.com/chinwagpod/


Tik: https://www.tiktok.com/@chinwagpod


Website: http://chinwagpod.fm



For Treefort details 🏄‍♂️ on over here

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    (Tom) Hanks For Coming!

    (Tom) Hanks For Coming!

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    Academy Award winning actor, writer, author and all-around wonderful human Tom Hanks joins Paul and Stephen to help unload specious facts about Quebec, Canada (lowest marriage rate in the world!), Blue Zones and the importance of purple yams.

    Paul, Stephen and Tom discuss the speed of information, Chat GPT, cognitive dissonance in AI, and question the use of Waze to beat traffic. How have our memories changed since the advent of cell phones? Are acting skills useful when it comes to writing a book? Plus, Tom still recalls his Bosom Buddies co-star Peter Scolari’s lines from 1980, and a baseball/acting analogy that puts it all in perspective.

    Stick around to hear about Tom’s debut fiction novel The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece, the ecosystem and unsung heroes of the Hollywood movie set (focus pullers!) and the thing MOST discussed on set? It’s not what you think! 

    Paul Giamatti is an award-winning actor and producer. Stephen Asma is a professor and author specializing in the philosophy of science, religion, and art.

    Tom Hanks is a 2-time Academy Award winning actor, writer and author. His novel The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece is a New York Times Best Seller. His charitable coffee line, Hanx: For Our Troops, can be found at givehanx.com or on instagram @givehanx. All profits go to those who serve, and their families.
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    Vocab Chin-Word of the Week: SPECIOUS

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    • 55 min
    Bonus-wag: On Life, Death, And Pizza

    Bonus-wag: On Life, Death, And Pizza

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    Bonus time with comedian, writer, director and author Mike Birbiglia.

    The guys discuss their thoughts on leaving a legacy, art as a path to immortality, and the enduring comedy of Charlie Chaplin and W.C. Fields. Also, what’s the career advice one should never pass on to others? Lastly, Mike’s love of pizza (and the word “plaza”) leads to the end of the debate on the country’s best pizza. Is it New Haven, NYC, or Chicago? And what’s the correct amount of pizza for one person? Hint: it’s not the whole pie.

    Paul Giamatti is an award-winning actor and producer. Stephen Asma is a professor and author specializing in the philosophy of science, religion, and art.

    Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, actor, storyteller, director, producer, and writer. His podcast Working It Out is available wherever you get your podcasts, and his hit Broadway show Old Man & The Pool is now his latest Netflix Comedy Special of the same name.

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    • 13 min
    Birbigs on Tay Tay & TikTok

    Birbigs on Tay Tay & TikTok

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    Tune in as comedian Mike Birbiglia, also our resident Swiftie expert and anti-hero, explains the Taylor Swift phenomenon to Paul and Stephen.

    Also, why is TikTok so addictive, and which host shares this obsession with Birbigs and 420 million Gen Zers? Then, how to talk to your kids about death and scary stuff (hint - don’t ask Paul!). Hear about Birbigs’ new Netflix special Old Man & The Pool, his sleepwalking disorder, and his fascination and fear of bears. And don’t sleep on his beliefs surrounding all things paranormal. Hint: Ghosts, UFOs, aliens, Sasquatch, and Nessie. It’s all in the realm of possibility!

    Paul Giamatti is an award-winning actor and producer. Stephen Asma is a professor and author specializing in the philosophy of science, religion, and art.

    Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, actor, storyteller, director, producer, and writer. His podcast Working it Out is available wherever you get your podcasts, and his hit Broadway show Old Man & The Pool is now his latest Netflix comedy special of the same name.

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    Vocab Chin-Word of the Week: TETRAPODS

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Bonus-wag: Q&A with 2 Pauls, 1 Stephen

    Bonus-wag: Q&A with 2 Pauls, 1 Stephen

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    Recorded live at the Murmrr Theater in Brooklyn, NY on Oct 17th with the incomparable Paul Rudd.

    Chinwag’s studio audience jumps in on the action with their burning questions. More in-depth answers about fears, recurring dreams, pretend play and how improv plays a role in one’s success.

    Plus: Does I Love You Man mirror real life? And what’s its connection to Only Murders in the Building? Which Paul is actually a fan of the Almond Joy? What are Rudd’s favorite tunes from his Bar Mitzvah DJ days? And after retirement, would either Paul consider a career as a professional team mascot?

    It’s all in this Bonus Chinwag. And stay ‘til the end to learn Paul Rudd’s favorite social media meme!

    Paul Giamatti is an award-winning actor and producer. Stephen Asma is a professor and author specializing in the philosophy of science, religion, and art.

    Paul Rudd is a beloved actor and comedian whose held a variety of odd jobs, including glazing hams at the Holiday Ham Company in Overland Park, KS and working as a DJ at Bar Mitzvahs.

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    Full episodes playlist: https://bit.ly/chinwagYT

    Animated shorts: https://bit.ly/chinwaganimations



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    • 32 min
    Paul Rudd's Too Sexy for this Pod

    Paul Rudd's Too Sexy for this Pod

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    Recorded live at the Murmrr Theater in Brooklyn, NY on Oct 17th.
    Paul and Stephen welcome Paul Rudd to discuss the genesis of his childhood fears, the difference between fears and phobias, and list all the things that give them the willies (puppets, clowns, and cockroaches OH MY!).
    Join our rapt studio audience as Rudd regales with his creepy childhood bedroom decor (velvet Charlie Brown portrait anyone?), explains why his recurring nightmares always took place in grocery stores, and how he got swallowed up by a sofa bed at 9 years old (thanks, Traymon Stampley)!
    Also, the 2 Pauls and Stephen recall growing up without seatbelts, debate if the world is actually more dangerous today, the many, many primates Paul has worked with, and consider the benefits of cloning and stuffing your pets.

    Bonus: Paul’s love of tight spaces, facial casts, and that time a dog relieved itself on his leg.

    Paul Giamatti is an award-winning actor and producer. Stephen Asma is a professor and author specializing in the philosophy of science, religion, and art. Paul Rudd is a beloved actor and comedian whose held a variety of odd jobs, including glazing hams at the Holiday Ham Company in Overland Park, KS and working as a DJ at Bar Mitzvahs.

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    Vocab Chin-Word of the Week: HIPPOPOTOMONSTREOSESQUIPPEDALIOPHOBIA

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    • 53 min
    Unwrapping the Toga on Ancient Rome

    Unwrapping the Toga on Ancient Rome

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    Like the popular TikTok meme says about men, Paul thinks about Ancient Rome every 7 seconds. Stephen’s never counted but nonetheless our Chinwag hosts love to talk about the Roman Empire, and there’s one heralded scholar they’ve been wanting to meet: Professor Mary Beard.

    Sure, Dame Mary Beard has debated former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but now she enters the Chinwag! How much power did Emperors like Caesar, Caligula, Severus, and Nero, actually wield? And how much was just imagined? Hint: many Emperors weren’t even known by name back then! So how much of a role does our imagination play in our fantasies when recounting these legends? And what can these fantasies reveal about ourselves? 

    Also, what did Emperor Tiberius get up to in the swimming pool? (We’re asking you dear listener! Please write in and tell us - we never found out!)

    But Paul and Stephen DO hear which Emperor suffocated his dinner guests with mounds of rose petals. Creative! And, where else but on Chinwag will you learn the hierarchy of the Emperor’s official food tasters? It’s all here!

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    Vocab Word of the Week: PRAEGUSTATORES

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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
771 Ratings

771 Ratings

Prancer T. Deer ,

Just found this and love it.

Quirky, smart and fun! Really glad I found this podcast. Also, Holdovers is fantastic. I had to say it.

FAN1Q ,

Truly fantastic

I’m not terribly big on podcasts, there’s a handful I listen to at the gym etc.

There’s a running joke between my lovely girlfriend and I that positions me as having a “man crush” on Paul Giamatti (John Adams is, in my opinion, the greatest work in the history of American television). So imagine my surprise when I learned that Mr. Giamatti co-hosted an insightful, enlightening podcast with Mr. Asma. Thank you gentlemen.

philamylilyella ,

Enjoyable listen

Thanks for the levity, laughs and lessons.

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