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An exploration of the life that happens before, behind, and beyond the spotlight. Host Geoff Edgers paints intimate, sound-rich, and surprising portraits of some of the most creative people in the world. The first season includes: Norm Macdonald, Ava Duvernay, Ms. Pat, Hanson and David Letterman. A collaboration between WBUR and The Washington Post.
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A special live episode. Is it really only about drugs, sex and rock n roll? The #MeToo movement has brought about a reckoning across fields—movies, television, media, tech, academia, finance, even the restaurant industry. Why is the music industry so behind?
R. Kelly Vs. The Savages

R. Kelly Vs. The Savages

2018-05-0400:29:43

Special Report: Tim and JonJelyn Savage say their now-22-year-old daughter, Joycelyn, is being held captive by music superstar R. Kelly. Geoff Edgers spent five months investigating how such a talented, successful artist could go so wrong, dogged by such horrific accusations. In this episode we spend time with the Savages, one Atlanta family at the center of the latest wave of allegations.
Season Finale. David Letterman reflects on the "late night wars" with Jay Leno, the new beard, and his comedy heroes. But Letterman's favorite thing? Being a dad to his son, Harry.
Issa Rae is not Issa Dee

Issa Rae is not Issa Dee

2018-03-2800:26:15

“Fame is dead,” says the creator and star of HBO’s “Insecure.” A look at her rise from internet star to Hollywood icon. She takes nothing for granted and still feels like the same “awkward black girl” as always. Featuring Ava DuVernay.In this episode of “Edge of Fame,” Geoff Edgers follows Rae to the BET Awards as she grapples with her newfound celebrity and what it means to be black in Hollywood. For starters, she’ll never name another character after herself again.
Hanson Beat The System

Hanson Beat The System

2018-03-2100:38:371

Famous kids who survived the fame. Hanson not just survived, but prospered. How did they do it? Geoff Edgers goes to Tulsa, Oklahoma to talks to Zac, Isaac and Taylor Hanson about everything from the music business to religion and family.
Billy Joe Shaver is the greatest country music songwriter alive. But you don’t know his name. His songs have been covered by Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan and, most famously, Waylon Jennings. Geoff Edgers talks to Shaver about his quest to get into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the loss of his family, and the time he shot a man in the face.
By the time she was fifteen years old, Patricia Williams had two kids with a married man. A few years later, she was selling crack. She was shot twice and spent a year in jail for dealing. And then, when she had nothing left, she found comedy.
Jimmy Kimmel Hates Crying

Jimmy Kimmel Hates Crying

2018-02-2800:33:03

Jimmy Kimmel, late night funnyman, lets Geoff Edgers shadow his creative process for one day, taking the listener into the writer's room and deep into conversation about getting political, making pancakes, and Barney the dinosaur's new career.
Weird Al Is A Walking Party

Weird Al Is A Walking Party

2018-02-2100:31:331

It’s easy to dismiss Weird Al as a novelty act. But the reality is that he has remained relevant – and immensely popular – for decades. How did he do it?
Ava DuVernay on "A Wrinkle In Time", Hollywood, #MeToo and Oprah.
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