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Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso is a weekly series of intimate, long-form conversations with filmmakers, musicians, comedians, activists, writers, performers and, once, my mother. Hosted by writer/director Sam Fragoso. New episodes every Sunday.

Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso Sam Fragoso

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    • 4.7, 149 Ratings

Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso is a weekly series of intimate, long-form conversations with filmmakers, musicians, comedians, activists, writers, performers and, once, my mother. Hosted by writer/director Sam Fragoso. New episodes every Sunday.

    A COVID-19 Checkup with Dr. Ashish Jha

    A COVID-19 Checkup with Dr. Ashish Jha

    Dr. Ashish Jha (Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute) joins us this week to give us science-based updates on the global pandemic. We discuss the federal government’s inconsistent approach to COVID-19 (9:40), the truth about transmission rates (13:00), the affect masks can have on numbers country-wide (20:55), the restlessness of the older generation (32:24), predictions of the second wave (36:50), and his hope of overcoming the pandemic (40:24).

     
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    • 44 min
    Bonus Episode: Radnor & Lee

    Bonus Episode: Radnor & Lee

    A bonus episode! And a personal one at that. Back in February I directed a music video for Radnor & Lee, the folk duo created by artists Josh Radnor and Ben Lee. Today we discuss using their platforms to take a stance on the ongoing social injustices (3:20), the process of making their latest record, Golden State (11:00), finding a balance within each other (23:00), living a life full of passion (31:09), the expectations between creators and consumers (40:02), and why their working relationship works (43:38). 

     
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    • 57 min
    Episode 176 - Dolores Huerta

    Episode 176 - Dolores Huerta

    Today we celebrate Father's Day with the great Dolores Huerta! An icon within in my Latino family, she's a trailblazing labor leader, civil rights activist, and community organizer. At age 90, she joins us this week to share her mother's words of wisdom that compelled her to fight for people (15:34), how she co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez (22:06), our civic duty to lend a helping hand (42:37), persevering after being brutally attacked by the police (54:31), working with those who hold differing views (59:00), and why, ultimately, she loves people (1:05:28).

     
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 175 - Holland Taylor

    Episode 175 - Holland Taylor

    Holland Taylor is an American playwright and actress best known for her television roles on The Practice and Hollywood; films like Legally Blonde, Romancing the Stone, and The Truman Show. This week, she walks us through her storied career, from her days as a playpen baby (8:08) to the college experience that solidified her choice to place career ahead of motherhood (12:51). Having moved from coast to coast, she discusses her early years in New York with Anne Bancroft on Broadway (17:00), lessons learned from the great Stella Adler (22:50), and finding her footing in Los Angeles with Tom Hanks in Bosom Buddies (29:31). Finally, we reexamine the day she met Gov. Ann Richards (41:30), and why she felt compelled to write and star in a play about her (49:30). 

     
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 174 - Hank Willis Thomas

    Episode 174 - Hank Willis Thomas

    Hank Willis Thomas believes the past is the present. Now more than ever. As a conceptual artist, he focuses on race, identity, and popular culture. His work (sculptures, photography, installations) has been exhibited around the world, from New York to Paris to Hong Kong.
    Today, since we can't stroll through museums, we offer a kind of guided listening experience. At our website (talkeasypod.com) you'll find a visual companion to this conversation with Hank. These are selected works- all of which undeniably speak to this moment of ours. At 35:30, a few words on what the future in media could look (and sound) like.

     
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    • 42 min
    Episode 173 - Jelani Cobb (The New Yorker) On the Death of George Floyd

    Episode 173 - Jelani Cobb (The New Yorker) On the Death of George Floyd

    Jelani Cobb is a professor, historian, and staff writer for The New Yorker, where he covers race and politics. He joins us to discuss the “dimension and contours” of this moment in America (6:00), the intersection of Amy Cooper's phone call and George Floyd's death (12:05), how to engage those with whom you disagree (18:30), Ahmaud Arbery and the age of the black-panic defense (24:00), why body cam videos may objectify instead of humanize (28:45), Twitter's sudden censorship of President Trump (37:30), and, finally, his predictions for what the next 5-6 months may look like (44:00).

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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
149 Ratings

149 Ratings

rockinruksi ,

Beautifully real

So much appreciated the recent episode w Liz Gilbert and just love how real, honest and authentic the dialogue and conversation was!

Trentybaby ,

Moving and timely

The interview with Noam Chomsky was particularly moving and timely for this crisis! And I applaud how open you were able to get the great humanitarian genius to be.
I will keep tuning in just on the strength of that last one!

Melartemis ,

Jenny Slate

I am sheltering in place solo. I am raking leaves on a 1/2 acre and plowing thorough these beautiful conversations as my company, my Covid comrades. I must admit that with a few exceptions i am listening to the women first. Though I am likely old enough to be Jenny’s mother, she is the kind of gal pal I want around to talk ideas, feminism, and our mutual abhorrence of reality television and reality presidents. Both Jenny and Sam existing at least a generation behind me are the harbingers of hope for me. Thank you. Next!

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