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Hosts Rumaan Alam, Isaac Butler, and June Thomas interview creative people about how they write, compose, paint, and more.

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Hosts Rumaan Alam, Isaac Butler, and June Thomas interview creative people about how they write, compose, paint, and more.

    How to Interview Celebrities, With Taffy Brodesser-Akner

    How to Interview Celebrities, With Taffy Brodesser-Akner

    This week, host Isaac Butler talks to novelist and celebrity profile writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner. In the interview, Taffy shares how she’s able to land interviews with celebrities and how she structures her pieces. She also explains why she’s a “champion advice-taker” and tells the story of how her bestselling novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble, started as a failed magazine pitch. Don’t miss her New York Times Magazine profiles of Gwyneth Paltrow and Val Kilmer.
    After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss a couple of Taffy’s most ingenious pieces of wisdom. Check out Isaac’s profile of Nathan Lane.
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    • 50 min
    How Editor Tracy Sherrod is Amplifying Black Authors

    How Editor Tracy Sherrod is Amplifying Black Authors

    Host Rumaan Alam talks about elevating Black voices in the book publishing industry with Tracy Sherrod, editorial director of the Harper Collins imprint Amistad Press. In the interview, Tracy explains how the predominantly white publishing industry has created barriers for Black authors over the years. She also digs into the details of her work, including the process of negotiating book deals with new authors. 
    After the interview, Rumaan and co-host Isaac Butler answer an ethical question from a listener. 
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    • 54 min
    Jasmine Guillory’s Romance Novels Show Realistic Characters Falling in Love

    Jasmine Guillory’s Romance Novels Show Realistic Characters Falling in Love

    This week, host June Thomas digs into the romance genre with bestselling author Jasmine Guillory, who started her career as a lawyer and then went on to release five novels including Party of Two, which was released on June 23. In the interview, Jasmine talks through her writing process and shares how she was able to publish five novels in such a short period of time. She also explains why her characters don’t fit into the usual tropes of the romance genre. 
    After the interview June and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the comforting nature of genre fiction. 
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    • 44 min
    The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing, With Mira Jacob

    The Vulnerability of Memoir Writing, With Mira Jacob

    Host Isaac Butler talks to novelist Mira Jacob about the process of writing her comic book memoir, Good Talk. They discuss what it was like for Mira to switch mediums, how the constraints of that medium helped her tell her story, and why it’s so hard to share personal details with a large audience. 
    After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about how fatherhood has helped them get more work done. 
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    • 52 min
    Cole Escola Provides the Perfect Comedy for Quarantine

    Cole Escola Provides the Perfect Comedy for Quarantine

    Host Rumaan Alam chats with comedy writer and performer Cole Escola, who’s known for his roles on Hulu’s Difficult People and truTV’s At Home With Amy Sedaris as well as his sketch comedy videos on YouTube. In the interview, Cole talks about his new special Help! I’m Stuck!, which he filmed alone in his apartment and released on YouTube. He also discusses his comedic influences and talks through what it means for his work to have a gay sensibility. 
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    Podcast production by Cameron Drews.
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    • 49 min
    How YouTuber Adam Ragusea Learned to Talk to the Camera

    How YouTuber Adam Ragusea Learned to Talk to the Camera

    This week host June Thomas learns about all the work that goes into making YouTube food videos. Her guest is online cook Adam Ragusea, who explains how he was able to monetize something that started as a fun side project. He also offers tips on how to make engaging videos that get to the point and respect the audience’s intelligence and time. Then, he talks about how he overcame the awkwardness of speaking directly into a camera lens. 
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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
340 Ratings

340 Ratings

ElimiNathan ,

A good way to learn about how some people live thier lives

We all live our lives through the lenses of our own experiences. Working allows us to see how some people work and how different or similar that can be. I like that people are interviewed about their jobs.

Tallest of them All ,

Not a fan of the new format

I used to regularly listen to this podcast and listen to all the episodes. Unfortunately, they recently switched the format and I am unsubscribing. The new format spends too much time, in my opinion, having the hosts interact with themselves instead of the guest. Additionally, the charm of this podcast was in seeing the passion the guests had for their usually quirky jobs. Now it feels like the guests are too busy getting into the technical aspects of being creative and plugging their latest work.

gnidrg ,

Good show

Loved the MOMA episodes especially. Great interviewing skills in the host

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