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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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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.

    Mother’s Day with Writer Jhumpa Lahiri

    Mother’s Day with Writer Jhumpa Lahiri

    Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri (“Interpreter of Maladies”, “The Namesake”) joins us this week for a special episode. In vivid, writerly detail Lahiri describes being raised in a family “spread out in various places” (5:49), her late mother’s recurring presence in her writing (15:07), the comfort (and pain) of being an observer (19:02), and the vibrancy she found in Rome (33:32), which inspired her new novel (written in Italian, translated in English) “Whereabouts” (14:37). On the back-half of our talk, Jhumpa reflects on the metamorphosis that occurred in her mother’s final days (40:02), how her familial ties (from Calcutta to Rhode Island) informed her early stories (44:38), and, finally, an exhortation on why she writes (48:10).
     
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    The Freedom Riders Turn 60 (with Dr. Bernard Lafayette)

    The Freedom Riders Turn 60 (with Dr. Bernard Lafayette)

    To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Riders, we sit with Civil Rights activist Dr. Bernard Lafayette. In May of 1961, black and white students made history, riding interstate buses into the segregated American south. Lafayette, then age 20, was one of those riders. At 80, he shares his early memories of protest with roommate John Lewis (3:20), the non-violent strategies used to disarm the white mobs of the South (10:50), and traveling from Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi (17:13), only to get arrested several times (21:02).


    Then, Bernard shares what the Freedom Riders can teach us about organizing in 2021 (25:39) and how he grappled with the deaths of John Lewis and C.T. Vivian (32:09). Plus– a special guest joins us as we close (37:00). 
     
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    Joel Meyerowitz: A Life in Photos

    Joel Meyerowitz: A Life in Photos

    Legendary photographer Joel Meyerowitz has been capturing life itself since 1962. Whether on the streets of New York City, the sand dunes of Cape Cod, or in transit across Europe, Meyerowitz has documented what he calls “visions in passing.” Today, he joins us for a special, virtual retrospective, spanning nearly six decades of his life in photographs. To follow along, please visit: https://talkeasypod.com/artist/joel-meyerowitz/
     
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    Kevin Abstract: New Light, New Machine

    Kevin Abstract: New Light, New Machine

    Musician Kevin Abstract (founding member of BROCKHAMPTON) joins us today! With the release of “Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine,” we unpack how Kevin and the group arrived at this new record. Under the comfort of his sunglasses, Kevin talks about falling back in love with music during the pandemic (5:25), despite struggling with success (8:50) and self-acceptance (12:13). He also discusses the radical act of speaking his truth on Papercut (14:15), the power of representation (17:56), and the music video that jump-started BROCKHAMPTON’s ascendency (21:30). Then, before we go, Kevin speaks openly about the mounting pressures to perform (25:48), the joys of collaborating with Dominic Fike on Peach (29:54), the healing nature of “Roadrunner” (36:07), and where he hopes the group goes from here (40:34). 
     
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    Songs For You

    Songs For You

    A mixtape for you and yours. These are the songs getting us through this painful, unending week. May they do the same for you. Link to resources: https://talkeasypod.com/artist/songs-for-you/
     
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    Kathrine Switzer: Marathon Woman

    Kathrine Switzer: Marathon Woman

    Kathrine Switzer made history in 1967 when she became the first woman to register and run in the Boston Marathon. She was 20 years old. Today, at age 74, she shares the story behind the story: the months leading up to her historic run as a student at Syracuse University (2:12), the coach that believed in her (4:34), and the night she decided to enter the race (6:00). We also walk through the madness of April 19th, 1967 (13:44), her efforts to ensure women’s marathons be included in the Olympics (24:13), the prejudice that remains against female athletes (28:22), and how she grapples with difficulty as a self-proclaimed optimist (36:42). Then, before we go, Kathrine shares the happiest day of her life with us (40:00).


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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
260 Ratings

260 Ratings

podfan2323 ,

Joel Meyerowitz episode - Fantastic

Found you through wanting to listen to your Meyerowitz interview. I could listen to Joel Meyerowitz all day, but you got him to share some things I never heard him talk about, such as his first wife or his revelations about life and death. For any Meyerowitz fan or just a fan of photography, this is a must listen.

Themepodcast ,

Always a great listen!

Sam is a great interviewer. He picks great guest and ask them “real” and heartfelt questions. It never sounds scripted and the guest seem happy to just be themselves.
A podcast that all can, and should, enjoy.

foxgyrl ,

Great, but...

Excellent guests and conversations. Please Sam, stop interrupting your guests. You may know where the conversation is going, but you tend to cut your guests off before the whole story is told.

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