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Here's The Thing: Jerry Seinfeld

Monday, June 02, 2014

Alec Baldwin sits down with comedian Jerry Seinfeld who debuted on HBO in 1981, the same year he first appeared on Johnny Carson. Jerry Seinfeld was 27 years old.

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Debbie Reynolds and Robert Osborne

Monday, May 19, 2014

Alec Baldwin revisits “The Golden Age of Hollywood” with one person who was at the heart of it, and another who keeps it alive today.

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Fred Armisen and Paula Pell

Monday, May 05, 2014

Alec Baldwin sits down with two veterans of Saturday Night Live— an actor and a writer. 

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Chris Columbus and Stephen Daldry

Monday, April 14, 2014

Alec Baldwin talks with two film directors who have found success pursuing very different artistic and commercial goals. 

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Judd Apatow and Eric Fischl

Monday, April 07, 2014

Artists often use their childhoods and family life for inspiration. Alec speaks to two very different artists, a painter and a movie director, who have drawn on their early years to very different ends.

 

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Robert Lustig and Martin Horn

Monday, March 17, 2014

Alec Baldwin talks with two people on the frontlines of two of society’s most serious challenges: obesity and prison reform.  

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Rosie O'Donnell

Monday, March 03, 2014

Alec Baldwin talks with Rosie O’Donnell about being a standup comic, a Star Search contestant, an actress, a talk show host, and a mom to five. 

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Andrew Luck and Dwight Gooden

Monday, February 17, 2014

Alec Baldwin talks with two athletes who achieved enormous success in their rookie years.  

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Patti LuPone and Jon Robin Baitz and Stacy Keach

Monday, February 03, 2014

Alec Baldwin talks with three major theater artists who have had different influences, obstacles, and career experiences. 

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Peter Frampton and Thom Yorke

Monday, January 20, 2014

Alec Baldwin talks with two English musicians about their commercial and critical success, and its impact on their lives and work. 

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Lena Dunham and Elaine Stritch

Monday, January 06, 2014

Decades apart in age, both of Alec Baldwin's guests have broken barriers and blazed new trails in how women are depicted on stage and screen.   

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David Letterman and Michael Douglas

Monday, December 23, 2013

Alec talks with late-night legend David Letterman. Letterman describes his early days as a local TV host in Indiana, followed by time working the comedy clubs in LA.  In just three years, he found himself appearing on The Tonight Show; as Letterman says, "that's not supposed to happen."

Letterman admits that for a good portion of the past thirty years, he “didn’t do anything else.”  Things have changed now; he has “no patience for meetings” and avoids making decisions on the show, preferring to save that energy to explore the world with his eight-year-old son: “when you have a child you do things you never thought you would do, and it’s fun.”

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Lorne Michaels and Erica and Molly Jong

Monday, December 09, 2013

Alec visits Lorne Michaels in his office at Rockefeller Center – the same office he’s had since 1975, when he created Saturday Night Live. Michaels and Alec talk about what led to SNL, and Michaels' early years doing subversive political satire on Canadian radio. Alec also talks with writer Erica Jong and her daughter Molly Jong-Fast as they spar about sex and the legacy of the feminist movement.

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Chris Rock and Herb Alpert

Monday, November 25, 2013

Alec goes backstage with comic actor Chris Rock after a matinee of The Motherf**ker With The Hat to hear what it was like for Rock to be in his first play.  Alec also talks with Herb Alpert, legendary trumpeter and music producer. In 1966, Alpert’s band The Tijuana Brass sold over 13 million records, outselling The Beatles. 

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Here's The Thing: Kristen Wiig and Dick Cavett

Monday, November 11, 2013

Alec talks with Kristen Wiig – a breakout Saturday Night Live cast member who says she loves performing, but admits there’s also a “big part of me that’s just like: don’t look at me.” Alec also visits with talk show legend Dick Cavett at his home in Montauk, Long Island. Over iced tea, Cavett shares memories from five decades in entertainment.

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Billy Joel

Monday, October 28, 2013

This week on Here’s the Thing – Alec sits down with fellow Long Islander Billy Joel – at the piano – for a conversation about life and the musical choices he’s made.

 

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James Toback

Monday, September 30, 2013

This week Alec sits down with writer and director James Toback who makes movies on his own terms.  His films include The Gambler, The Pick-up Artist, Love & Money, Black and White.

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Chris Columbus

Monday, September 16, 2013

This week Alec sits down with film director Chris Columbus – who has brought to the screen some of the biggest American family films in the last 20 years: Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, and Mrs. Doubtfire.  

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Danny Bennett

Monday, September 02, 2013

This week, Alec sits down with Danny Bennett, to talk about the thirty years he’s spent managing the career of his dad, Tony Bennett.   As Danny says, “I don’t just handle a career, I manage a legacy.”   


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Here's The Thing: PETA's Dan Mathews

Monday, August 19, 2013

Dan Mathews, senior vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, talks to Alec about going naked instead of wearing fur, his battles (and victories) with the fashion industry and explains why PETA actually owns stock in Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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