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Talk Easy is a podcast of long-form conversations with the people shaping our culture today: filmmakers, musicians, comedians, activists, authors, actors. Hosted by Sam Fragoso.

We're an independently operated, listener supported show. So, if you can, we'd appreciate you considering a donation (recurring or one-time) of any size here: paypal.me/talkeasypod

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Talk Easy is a podcast of long-form conversations with the people shaping our culture today: filmmakers, musicians, comedians, activists, authors, actors. Hosted by Sam Fragoso.

We're an independently operated, listener supported show. So, if you can, we'd appreciate you considering a donation (recurring or one-time) of any size here: paypal.me/talkeasypod

    Episode 159 - Morgan Parker

    Episode 159 - Morgan Parker

    Welcome back! This week, celebrated poet, author, and essayist Morgan Parker sits with Sam to discuss her latest book, Magical Negro. They talk about what poetry can look (and sound) like in the Internet era, the loneliness of being a writer in LA, Morgan's experiences of dating (and writing about) white men named Matt, the visceral intensity of her book readings, and how mass (predominately white) audiences engage with her work.

    • 1h 17 min
    A Talk Easy Holiday Special!

    A Talk Easy Holiday Special!

    From the Talk Easy team to you, happy holidays! We're closing out the year with our third annual holiday special, featuring a special group of guests who sat with us over the past twelve months. Throughout this episode, they reflect on their favorite art, memories, triumphs, lessons, and so much more from 2019.

    Randall Park – 4:22
    Mary Holland – 5:45
    Harrison Cameron – 25:25
    Gary Gulman – 28:01
    Jeff Garlin – 28:46
    Chaz Ebert – 45:47
    Pam Grier – 47:58
    Tayarisha Poe – 1:01:45
    Justin Simien – 1:04:06
    Minhal Baig – 1:17:01
    Ron Perlman – 1:20:17
    Michael Kelly – 1:33:54

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    • 1h 42 min
    Episode 158 - Gloria Steinem

    Episode 158 - Gloria Steinem

    The trajectory of Gloria Steinem’s life and work is unparalleled. Her cultural and political impact, incalculable. With the release of “The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off”, the beloved author and activist reflects on a life-altering procedure she had completed at age 22, why she helped create the women's liberation movement alongside Dorothy Pitman Hughes and Flo Kennedy, and how she learned to become angry—on her own behalf—about race and gender bias throughout America. We also discuss much more because, well, this is Gloria Steinem after all.

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    • 1h 6 min
    Episode 157 - Laura Dern

    Episode 157 - Laura Dern

    From Wild at Heart to Marriage Story, legendary actress Laura Dern has impacted decades of storytelling with her work on screen. For the next hour, we discuss her early memories of Martin Scorsese, years of teenage activism, her quick pivot from college to Blue Velvet, and how Lucille Ball's “female boss narrative” affected her as an artist and mother. And throughout our conversation, Laura reflects on experiences with beloved collaborators: David Lynch, Jonathan Demme, Robert Altman, Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach, and of course, her parents, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern.

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    • 57 min
    Episode 156 - Tracy Letts

    Episode 156 - Tracy Letts

    Before a string of successful plays (August: Osage County, Bug) and brilliant performances on screen (Homeland, Lady Bird, Ford v Ferrari), Tracy Letts was acting on-stage, with his father, in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. As his twenties approached, he pursued love and theatre in Chicago, pivoted to editing textbooks in Florida, and then returned to the stage with the authorship of his first play, Killer Joe. From there, Tracy oscillated between Los Angeles and Chicago, navigating traumatic loss and feelings of “not making it.” In the years ahead, he embraced steady success at the Steppenwolf Theatre and developed his pivotal play, August: Osage County. His father's deteriorating health during this period echoed the marriage of good and horrendous occurrences in his life. Then, finally, Tracy reflects on the qualities he inherited from his family— his father’s honest presence, in life and on stage, and his mother’s curiosity and cleverly-disguised emotional reserve.

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    • 1h 29 min
    Episode 155 - Errol Morris

    Episode 155 - Errol Morris

    Director Errol Morris—with his brief history as a private detective and door-to-door salesman—has transformed the world with his boundless curiosity. In this hour, we discuss the hostile reaction to American Dharma, how interviewing mass murderers shaped Errol’s theory of language, the role of self-deception in his films, and the subsequently arcane motives of Steve Bannon and Elizabeth Holmes. Errol reflects on his roots in commercial directing, his hatred of standard documentary filmmaking, the existential sadness in Gates of Heaven, and his mother's ineffable uniqueness.

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    • 1h 7 min

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