This month marks the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, the children’s television show that has made an indelible mark on American culture, not to mention people all over the world. So on this episode of BackStory, Brian, Ed and Joanne explore the history
In hearings this week, House Democrats sought to highlight an emerging set of facts concerning the President’s conduct. On this week’s On the Media, a look at why muddying the waters remains a viable strategy for Trump’s defenders. Plus, even the technol
At the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas, Americana singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen describes how his early days spent in Houston barrooms led to a career in music, how he first met his longtime friend, Lyle Lovett, and why his daughter had to talk him into doing his own podcast. Then he demonstrates one of his superpowers: knowing every U.S. president’s birthday. Plus, things get cheesy when contestants play a really gouda music parody game.
When Gabby Rivera wrote her coming-of-age novel “Juliet Takes a Breath” in 2016, she didn’t know that it would get her attention from an unusual place: Marvel Comics. They asked her to write for America Chavez, their first queer Latina superhero. Gabby said yes. But as she was writing for their superhero, she found herself swept up in #comicsgate, an online harassment campaign against the comic book industry’s efforts to include more women, people of color, and LGBTQ characters. In this “Portrait Of,” Maria talked to Gabby about her beginnings as a writer, her difficult experience with #comicsgate and about returning to comic book writing.
Comedian Nick Kroll became a star by playing a cast of over-the-top characters like Bobby Bottleservice and Gil Faizon. But for years he was careful to keep his own story out of his comedy. Now, with his hit show Big Mouth, Nick is taking on his most challenging material yet: his adolescence.
The Craziest Day Of My Entire Career is a segment where we let some of our favorite people tell us the wildest stories from their long and storied time in showbiz. This time it’s Tim Heidecker, a comedian, actor and creator of intricate worlds in which he often plays a fictionalized version of himself. One of these alter-Tim’s is Special Agent Jack Decker, a spy that could easily be the illegitimate spawn of Trump and Chuck Norris. He’ll tell us about a time when this character for his show Decker was just a little too on the nose, just a little too close for comfort.
Noah Baumbach has grown up. The director’s last movie about divorce - 2005’s The Squid and the Whale - took the perspective of the kids. For his latest - the acclaimed Marriage Story - Baumbach explores the bitter remains of a once loving partnership. Adam and Josh debate whether the film plays favorites, but praise the performances from leads Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson and an ensemble featuring memorable turns from Alan Alda, Laura Dern, Julie Hagerty, and Ray Liotta.Plus, the wisdom we can glean from the Top 5 Movies About Marriage.0:00 - Billboard1:12 - Review: “Marriage Story”Chanele McGuinness, “Powerless”31:33 - Next Week/Notes35:27 - Polls [Hanks / 9 From ‘99 Performances]46:15 - Top 5: Movies About Marriage1:30:18 - Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For one reason or another, everyone has got a handful of songs that make them cry. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the songs that bring tears to their eyes. They also review something old and something new: they revisit The Replacements’ album Don’t Tell a Soul 30 years later and share their thoughts on the new record from FKA twigs.
Leonard Cohen’s son, Adam Cohen, talks about bringing his father’s final work to life: a posthumous album called Thanks for the Dance. Our online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud fills us in on Facebook’s latest experiment, a meme-creation app called Whale, which is currently only available on the Canadian App Store. Singer-songwriter FKA twigs discusses her long-awaited sophomore album, Magdalene, and why she wants to rewrite women’s stories that have been “twisted by the patriarchy.” Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts tells us about his third collection of poetry, Felon, a personal examination of incarceration, family and justice.
1.3 billion dollars will buy a lot of ice. That’s how much Frozen made after its release in 2013. The film also gave Disney princess fans two new favorites in sisters Anna and Elsa, and it made a star of Olaf the talking snowman. Now the band is back together for Frozen 2, which finds Anna and Elsa on yet another adventure.