"I can't help it," says the Wire and Treme showrunner, "I'm from a different planet, which is journalism."
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Monday, May 27, 2013
This week Alec sits down with actor Stacy Keach. Some fans know Keach for his portrayal of Hamlet and Falstaff; others recall him as Sergeant Stedanko in Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke.
Monday, May 13, 2013
This week Alec sits down with Elaine Stritch, the veteran actress of stage and screen, who among many famous roles, played his mother Colleen Donaghy on 30 Rock.
Monday, April 29, 2013
This week Alec sits down with Martin Horn, former New York City Commissioner of Correction and Probation. Martin Horn has held every job imaginable in corrections: from debating the fairness of a state’s sentencing guidelines to fixing leaky water pipes in aging facilities.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Debbie Reynolds sits down with Alec to look back on her over six decades in show business. She talks about her big break in Singing in the Rain. “I slept in my dressing room,” recalls Reynolds. “I didn’t take any days off because I’d practice on Saturday and Sunday.”
Monday, April 01, 2013
This week Alec sits down with Thom Yorke, the front man of Radiohead, who has a new album, Amok, with the music project Atoms for Peace. Even after over 25 years in the business, Yorke admits performing is “either wicked fun or really awful.” He talks with Alec about what he does before going on stage and how he and his bandmates have been able to stick together since they were teenagers.
Monday, March 18, 2013
This week Alec talks with Andrew Luck, the number one draft pick in the National Football League last year. Luck talks about the challenges of going from studying architecture at Stanford to playing in the Pros. Luck’s father was a player in the NFL, so he had some sense of what to expect, but even Luck acknowledges that his new teammates “are the apex of physical freaks.” Life with the Indianapolis Colts was a whole new level of play for Andrew Luck.
Monday, March 04, 2013
This week Alec sits down with Brian Williams, host of NBC Nightly News. The show has more viewers than any other news program in the country-- an average of 10 million people tune in every day to watch Brian Williams and his team report on the stories of the day. Brian tells Alec about his early years in Pittsburg, Kansas and what it was like to take over the anchor chair from Tom Brokaw.
Monday, February 18, 2013
This week, Alec sits down with Patti LuPone – who has 26 Broadway credits and two Tonys, one for "Evita" and one for "Gypsy." LuPone is known for her opinions; she’s passionate. “I love what I do,” LuPone tells Alec, “I love the audience, and I love the fact that I get to do it. ... I love our craft very, very, much, and it’s a noble craft.”
Monday, February 04, 2013
This week Alec talks with the Executive Editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson. Abramson grew up in a family that was steeped in The New York Times: two copies were delivered to her house. Her mother wanted her own for the crossword.
Monday, January 21, 2013
This week, Alec talks with Lena Dunham, whose hit show on HBO, "Girls," just started its second season. Three years ago, Dunham made a low-budget art house film called "Tiny Furniture." Last week "Girls" took home two Golden Globes. Dunham tells Alec she never imagined she’d encounter the success she has. She says she thought she’d be a “weird Gender and Women’s Studies teacher who occasionally showed movies at film festivals,” and instead she's trying to figure out what to wear to shoot the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.