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Become a more inventive, imaginative you. Every week, Guy Raz (creator of How I Built This) leads a deep dive conversation with someone at the top of their game. From conquering stage fright to learning to be more present and focused, you'll learn how each guest mastered their craft and ultimately became more successful in life. The result? An arsenal of tools and techniques you can apply to your own life and work, allowing you to harness your talent and become a better version of yourself.

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Become a more inventive, imaginative you. Every week, Guy Raz (creator of How I Built This) leads a deep dive conversation with someone at the top of their game. From conquering stage fright to learning to be more present and focused, you'll learn how each guest mastered their craft and ultimately became more successful in life. The result? An arsenal of tools and techniques you can apply to your own life and work, allowing you to harness your talent and become a better version of yourself.

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    Seth Meyers: Lessons in Comedy from 20 Years Inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza (2023)

    Seth Meyers: Lessons in Comedy from 20 Years Inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza (2023)

    This episode comes out for free on May 28, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers on May 21.

    Seth Meyers was a key player in creating some of the best seasons of Saturday Night Live. Now he's hosting Late Night in the very same building. In this classic episode from 2023, you’ll hear how his two-person comedy show in Chicago randomly landed him in front of just the right person to get him an audition at SNL.

    Seth also opens up about the anxiety he felt competing with his extremely funny co-stars. And he explains some of the ways he has managed to lead Late Night to new heights.

    Michael McDonald: I Went from “Couch Surfing” to Playing Arenas… in Just a Few Days!

    Michael McDonald: I Went from “Couch Surfing” to Playing Arenas… in Just a Few Days!

    Michael McDonald brought his legendary singing voice and songwriting talent to not one but two legendary bands: Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, the latter of which earned him a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Michael sits down with Guy to talk about writing classic songs on envelopes and forgetting about them for years; feeling self-conscious on stage as a frontman; his solo career; what he thinks of the term “yacht rock”; and how getting sober saved his life.

    Michael’s memoir is called “What a Fool Believes”. You can buy it here.

    Links from the show: I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near) music videoWarren G: Regulate music videoWhat a Fool Believes music videoSweet Freedom (1986)Michael talking about singing on Steely Dan’s “Peg” Rick Moranis SCTV sketch about MichaelThree Michael McDonalds Sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake): Tonight ShowFamily Guy having fun with Michael’s famous backing vocalsMichael’s InstagramMichael’s Facebook pageMichael’s memoir, “What a Fool Believes”See all our episodes – including conversations with Tom Hanks, Jason Sudeikis, Bjork, and many more – at TheGreatCreators.com.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    “Bob Dylan Pushed Me Way Out of My Comfort Zone”: T Bone Burnett, the Mysterious 13X Grammy Winning Producer and Soundtrack Wizard

    “Bob Dylan Pushed Me Way Out of My Comfort Zone”: T Bone Burnett, the Mysterious 13X Grammy Winning Producer and Soundtrack Wizard

    T Bone Burnett is one of the most accomplished music producers of the past 50 years. He sits down with Guy to talk about buying a recording studio at age 17; being pushed out of his creative comfort zone by Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Revue tour; building soundtracks for the Coen Brothers and True Detective; and why, at age 76, he’s the happiest and most creative he’s ever been.

    T Bone’s new album, The Other Side, is available here: https://shop.tboneburnett.com/

    Links from the Show: Rolling Thunder Revue documentary on NetflixTrue Detective Season 1 soundtrackBig Lebowski soundtrackInside Llewyn Davis soundtrackGeorge Clooney performing I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow in O Brother Where Art Thou? Los Lobos: How Will the Wolf Survive? AlbumT Bone’s InstagramFor more conversations like this – with guests ranging from Diplo to Jewel to Andy Garcia to Tom Hanks – go to https://www.thegreatcreators.com.

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    • 57 min
    David Duchovny: His Journey from PhD Student to The X-Files, Why He Writes Novels and Music, and Failure as a "Rich" Experience

    David Duchovny: His Journey from PhD Student to The X-Files, Why He Writes Novels and Music, and Failure as a "Rich" Experience

    David Duchovny sits down with Guy to talk about his wide-ranging creative life. He describes the “gut instinct” that led him to drop out of a Yale literature program and pursue acting; his iconic roles as Agent Mulder in The X-Files and Hank Moody in Californication; why he writes novels and makes music; and embracing failure as a critical learning experience in life and work.

    David’s new podcast is called “Fail Better”, and his film Bucky F*cking Dent comes out in June 2024.

    Links from the Show: David’s new podcast, “Fail Better”IMDb: Bucky F*cking DentDavid’s booksLive performance of his song Layin’ on the TracksDavid’s music on SpotifyDavid Duchovny Breaks Down His Career, from 'The X-Files' to 'Californication' | Vanity FairMalice, the show David was shooting in London at the time of this recording:For more conversations like this – with guests ranging from Hilary Swank to Diplo – go to https://www.thegreatcreators.com.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Lainey Wilson: The Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Who "Felt Like a Complete Outsider Moving to Nashville to Chase My Dreams" (2023)

    Lainey Wilson: The Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Who "Felt Like a Complete Outsider Moving to Nashville to Chase My Dreams" (2023)

    Lainey Wilson burst onto the country music scene in 2022 with her album Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’. But for seven years before that, she struggled to make it in the high-pressure Nashville music scene. And before that, she was a kid from a tiny town in rural Louisiana with a dream of being a country star.

    In this encore episode from 2023, Lainey joins Guy to talk about how she handled the hard times, what she’s learned about the art of collaboration during the making of two acclaimed albums, and what defines her unique style – which she calls “Bell Bottom Country”.

    Links from the Show: Lainey Wins the 2023 CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year Tougher Music VideoThings A Man Oughta Know Music VideoLainey’s French Bulldog Hippie Mae’s Instagram Hillbilly Hippie Official Lyrics VideoLainey’s Female Vocalist of the Year (2022) Acceptance SpeechLainey’s New Artist of the Year (2022) Acceptance Speech Tougher album (2016)Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ (2021) Bell Bottom Country (2022)For more conversations like this – with guests ranging from Tom Hanks to Bjork to Jason Sudeikis – go to https://www.thegreatcreators.com.

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    • 49 min
    Billy Idol: “Underneath the Drugs and Acting Out is Someone Who Really Believes in What He’s Doing”

    Billy Idol: “Underneath the Drugs and Acting Out is Someone Who Really Believes in What He’s Doing”

    One of the first – and biggest – stars of the MTV era, Billy Idol is nothing short of a rock icon. He sits down with Guy Raz to share how the Sex Pistols inspired him to start a band instead of working for his dad; the stories behind the songs “Dancing with Myself” and “Rebel Yell”; his famously edgy image and lifestyle; and the workout routine that allows him to tour internationally into his late 60s.

    Buy the 40th anniversary expanded edition of Billy’s album “Rebel Yell” here: https://billyidol.lnk.to/RebelYellExpanded

    Links from the Show: Sex Pistols swearing on TV with Bill Grundy Generation X: Kiss Me Deadly Dancing with Myself music video Rebel Yell White Wedding Eyes Without a Face Hot in the City Billy’s InstagramHis YouTube channelFor more conversations like this – with guests ranging from Tom Hanks to Bjork to Jason Sudeikis – go to https://www.thegreatcreators.com.

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    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
184 Ratings

184 Ratings

jflobot ,

Educate me Guy

I guess I did a review on this show already but after listening to the show on Jewel, I have to add again. If you aspire to do anything in life, this show will be a great tool for inspiration, ideas, and support. Guy and his guests have a way of making you feel like your not alone. Anyone of his shows will inspire. Have a listen you won’t be disappointed.

Honestly, I never knew Stephen Colbert… at all. What an incredible story he is. Thank you both for living fearless lives and sharing how you have overcome obstacles by accepting who you are, then stepping into the void. I look forward to discovering what Stephen does and who Guy interviews next. Thank you for what you do!

oakboundbooks ,

the first time listening to guy raz his style feels appealing

by the second instance it’s become so hackneyed and predictable, the irritating long winded presumptuous leadups to the mundane queries, always building in this idea of “guy raz, the most well informed and diligent questioner on the planet, so thoughtful and always full of every bit of research required of a worthy reporter”….. he’s so insipid, scripting the answer while narrating the tedious question, when put off by an unexpected reply taken to simply ignoring it, as tho a reprimand to the lowly subject: “how dare u try to contradict me over my genius psychological analysis of u!” oh well, the ‘how I built it’ series having run its course it’s only fitting he’d turn to more high-profile hollywood types in an attempt to enhance his cache

Jay12231993 ,

Needs more diversity

This show is one of my favorites but it skews heavily white with the talent and the people profiled. Yes there are a few examples of people of color on the episode but why do we have to scroll back so far to find those episodes? Would love to see more diverse voices featured on this otherwise amazing podcast.

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