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Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin

Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin

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From WNYC Studios, award-winning actor Alec Baldwin takes listeners into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Alec sidesteps the predictable by going inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people we want to understand better: Ira Glass, Lena Dunham, David Brooks, Roz Chast, Chris Rock and others. Hear what happens when an inveterate guest becomes a host.
WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, On the Media, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and many others.
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Pete Souza, Photographer to Reagan and Obama, Would Turn Down Trump
Having followed a steep path from his working-class immigrant family in Massachusetts to the pinnacle of American photography, Pete Souza ended up working for both Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama -- the only Chief White House photographer to have documented two presidencies.  "The odds of someone getting two calls to work at the White House are pretty slim," he tells Alec with true humility, saying both stints were "accidental."  That's hard to believe: Souza's unique ability to capture the moment without sacrificing composition won him plaudits for his work on daily papers well before he joined Reagan in 1983.  But even though he's an old-school news photographer, he has a decidedly new-school following, thanks to the millions around the world who followed @obamawhitehouse on Instagram, and who now follow Souza himself.  As Souza found his post-White House footing as a social media star, his Instagram turned into the catharsis bruised Blue America didn't know it needed.  When the travel ban was announced, Souza posted Obama with a smiling Muslim schoolgirl.  And the day before this episode of Here's the Thing went live, when Trump made nice to Putin in Helsinki, Souza posted Obama sternly towering over his Russian counterpart.  The Obama images, as he tells Alec, "appeal to people because of what we have now." It's an appeal he hopes to capitalize on in his new book of Trump-Obama juxtapositions, Shade.Special for Alec and WNYC, Souza gathered his favorite Obama photos that didn't make it into his book Obama, an Intimate Portrait.  You can find them below if you're reading this on the web; if not, go to www.heresthething.org.President Barack Obama plays with his niece Savita during the family's vacation on Martha's Vineyard in August, 2012(Pete Souza, the White House) Sasha Obama leans over her father as Malia touches his head ca. 2009(Pete Souza, the White House) Daniel Day-Lewis at the White House: 'Lincoln' Star reads the Gettysburg Address with Obama in November 2012(Pete Souza, the White House) President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport prior to departure from Kingston, Jamaica en route to Panama City, Panama in April 2015(Pete Souza, the White House) Obama crawls around in the Oval Office with Communications Director Jen Psaki’s daughter, Vivi, in April 2016(Pete Souza, the White House) Obama looks on as comedian Will Ferrell reads "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" to first-term cabinet-members.(Pete Souza, the White House) 
A Fresh Look at the Death and Life of RFK
June 5th is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.  It was one of the formative events in Alec's childhood, and in the life of his father.  The release of Dawn Porter's brilliant new Netflix documentary series, Bobby Kennedy for President, was timed to coincide with this difficult milestone.  The movie is about his life and legacy, but its origins are in the killing and subsequent trial: lawyers for Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of the killing tried to interest Porter in a doc proclaiming his innocence.  She hired an investigator to review every shred of remaining evidence, and she herself (she's a Georgetown-trained lawyer) dug deep into the serious problems with his trial.  RFK, she says, would have been horrified at the witness-tampering, destruction of evidence, and abysmal defense.  But (despite Alec's lively, VERY informed questioning), Porter has no conclusion about his ultimate guilt or innocence.  The balance of the film, then, shows how the man lived, and what he might have accomplished.  It features never-before seen footage of Kennedy, and new interviews with civil rights heroes and Kennedy-friends Marian Wright Edelman, Harry Belafonte, Dolores Huerta, and John Lewis.  Together, Alec and Porter plumb RFK's rich family life and his political evolution, and mourn the historical and personal loss of his killing.  But first they trace Porter's own life from early years in her father's photography studio, to corporate power, to documentarian shining a light on one social-justice issue after another.
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జ్ఞా Dippy Jippy జ్ఞా

Lame

Sep 9th
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Rick Arden

Alec is funny as hell, and has some great interviews on here for sure but I wish he would shut his mouth about politics for once! I doubt he cares but he is losing alot of fans that would normally support him with all that liberal bullshit

Aug 30th
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Chase Blakeley

Ya really screwed this one up didn’t ya F.A.G.?

Aug 26th
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Gabe Henning

ohhh trash talk me Alec

Aug 25th
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Tony Gucciano

Garbage from a garbage human

Aug 24th
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CJ

shut up!! industrial musicals! I am a live musical whore! props!! Alex, layers I am respecting :-)

Aug 16th
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Darren Shelley

Just started listening to this and i like it so far. I have seen parts of thjs on tv but great to hear the whole stories. lets see how we go

Aug 11th
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Alex Pollifrone

is Alec the fat one?

Jul 25th
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Darren Shelley

Alex Pollifrone no not really. His had his moments

Aug 11th
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Maurice Sawyers

piece of garbage parent and man

Jul 24th
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Maurice Sawyers

Jill Roby-Cayton His mother didnt teach him that now did she?

Sep 10th
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Jill Roby-Cayton

Maurice Sawyers didn't your mother teach you if you didn't have anything nice to say, say nothing at all!!!

Aug 25th
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Micki Cappello

wow. great episode. an honest sane voice. last 10 mins

Jun 21st
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Mary Haire

Always been a fan of the "current" Tina Brown but had no idea of her history. Great job Alec fascinating interview.

May 26th
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s Bouie

Love it!

Mar 15th
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Dustin Benefield

such a great interview

Feb 10th
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Carrolleigh Cecile

just finished my first episode. I suspected this would be a very entertaining podcast based on the Host!!

Dec 26th
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Ruben Contreras

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Dec 27th
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Ruben Contreras

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Dec 27th
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iTunes User

I really enjoy Alec Baldwin and the Podcast format of interviews with interesting people. But the execution is way off for my taste. For the most part the interviews feature boring questions that pretty much boil down to "tell me why you are so great?". Then the celebrity proceeds to explain why he/she is wonderful and Alec chimes in occasionally to heap praise and dump a little love on himself here and there. The whole thing feels very superficial and not very compelling to listen to. I don't feel like I learned anything about the people or about anything really since its so fluff filled.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

I've been waiting for this. Alec Baldwin has the voice, the personality, and the perfect blend of smart and smart alec to pull this off. I predict a long history if he's not first recruited to national politics...

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

This gets 5 stars before existing, That's how good it is.

Aug 30th
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