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David Letterman to Retire in 2015

Monday, June 18, 2012

Say goodbye to Stupid Pet Tricks. The ‘Late Show’ host says he’ll sign off for good next year. In this 2012 interview with Alec Baldwin, Letterman talks about how he got his start and how parenting has changed him. We just have one question: What’s going to happen to Paul Schaffer??

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Is This the Interview that Got Jill Abramson Fired?

Monday, February 04, 2013

In this 2013 interview with Alec Baldwin, the former New York Times executive editor talked about how she grew up in a family where the paper was so vaunted that two copies were delivered to her house. Now, some media critics are speculating that this interview may have been a factor in Abramson's dismissal.

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Here's The Thing: Thom Yorke

Monday, April 01, 2013

"I stand on my head for a bit." Radiohead and Atoms for Peace frontman, on his pre-show rituals.

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When Alec Baldwin Interviewed His 'Mom,' Elaine Stritch

Monday, May 13, 2013

Elaine Stritch, who died Thursday at age 89, was best known recently as Alec Baldwin's mother on TV's 30 Rock. In this extensive conversation from 2013, the two showbiz legends discuss Stritch's seven-decade career. "I was the funny kind of offbeat girl. I was never the romantic lead," she said.

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Here's The Thing: Renée Fleming

Monday, May 21, 2012

This week Alec talks with opera singer Renée Fleming, whose singing voice has been described as "double cream." Fleming remembers her professional debut -- “I was just jelly at the end of the first rehearsal” -- and celebrates her long association with The Metropolitan Opera. Fleming talks about performing and the challenges of being heard, without amplification, over an orchestra, but also about the pleasure of being in the audience “where I have literally been sobbing at the end” of an opera.  

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Here's The Thing: Peter Beard and Richard Ruggiero

Monday, October 22, 2012

This week on Here’s the Thing, Alec talks with two men who have spent much of their lives living and working in Africa.  Photographer Peter Beard first set foot on the continent in 1955. Richard Ruggiero, of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, began his Peace Corps stint in 1981 in the northern Central African Republic.  

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Here's The Thing: Lewis Lapham

Monday, December 10, 2012

Talking with Lewis Lapham gives you the sensation you’ve stumbled onto the set of a 1940’s film noir -- his stories evoke another era. This week he tells Alec Baldwin about being a rookie reporter at The Examiner and what it was like to go to India with the Beatles.

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Here's The Thing: Peter Frampton

Monday, July 16, 2012

This week on Here’s the Thing, Alec talks with Grammy-winning guitarist Peter Frampton. “Sound is very inspirational to me,” explains Frampton – and it always has been: he started playing guitar before he was 8 years old.

Frampton talks about his musical roots in England, playing in bands like The Preachers and The Herd. At age 14 he was playing at a recording session produced by Bill Wyman, who he says is “sort of like my mentor, my older brother.” Eleven years later, Frampton was on stage in San Francisco, recording "Frampton Comes Alive," one of the biggest selling live albums of all times.

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Here's The Thing: Zarin Mehta

Monday, August 27, 2012

This week, Alec talks with Zarin Mehta who retired as president and executive director of the New York Philharmonic at the end of this past season. Mehta, an accountant by trade, grew up in 1940’s Bombay before it became the booming city of Mumbai. In Mehta’s memory, Bombay was more like a colonial fishing village. 

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Here's The Thing: Patti LuPone

Monday, February 18, 2013

“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.”

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Here's The Thing: George Will

Monday, September 24, 2012

This week, Alec talks with Pulitzer-prize winner George Will, whose passion for politics began early: he remembers Truman’s election when he was seven years old. 

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Here's The Thing: Joseph Stiglitz

Monday, May 07, 2012

This week on Here’s the Thing, Alec talks about the financial crisis with Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist. Stiglitz shows no restraint when unleashing criticism of presidential policies -- on both sides. Of President Barack Obama’s financial-industry rescue plan, Stiglitz said that whomever designed it was "either in the pocket of the banks or … incompetent." Stiglitz talks to Alec about growing up in Gary, Indiana and how that impacted his decision to become an economist.

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Here's The Thing: Andrew McCarthy

Monday, November 05, 2012

This week Alec talks with Andrew McCarthy – about making movies, directing and what it’s like to reinvent oneself as a travel writer. Most people know McCarthy for his roles in "St. Elmo’s Fire" and "Pretty in Pink" – as a member of the “Brat Pack" -- but those movies were only one stop on Andrew McCarthy’s journey.

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Here's The Thing: Kris Kardashian Jenner

Monday, November 21, 2011

Alec talks with Kris Kardashian Jenner, the self-described “momager” of the Kardashian clan. Kris explains what it’s like to live and work with her family: “you can’t get more controlling than that.”

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Here's The Thing: Anthony Baxter and Dylan Avery

Monday, August 13, 2012

This week, Alec talks with documentary filmmakers Anthony Baxter and Dylan Avery – each of whom has made a controversial political films, one about a golf course in Scotland; the other about whether 9/11 was a government cover-up.  

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Here's The Thing: Martin Horn

Monday, April 29, 2013

"It was a fascinating career. I am absolutely glad I’m done," says the former New York City Commissioner of Correction and Probation.

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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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Here's The Thing: Alex and Jamie Bernstein

Monday, December 24, 2012

This week Alec sits down with Jamie and Alex Bernstein, to hear about growing up with the maestro, Leonard Bernstein. And while they knew him in the tux and tails, they also knew him as the dad who loved games.

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Here's The Thing: Paula Pell

Monday, November 26, 2012

This week on Here’s The Thing, Alec talks with writer Paula Pell – whose been making people laugh at Saturday Night Live for the last 17 years.  Pell landed her dream job as a writer at SNL after working at a Florida theme park. Her agent told her that Lorne Michaels wanted to meet her – “it is not an audition, but he wants to fly you up and talk to you.” Pell wasn’t sure what she was headed up for, but she got a job writing for the show.

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Here's The Thing: Robert Lustig

Monday, July 02, 2012

This week, Alec talks with Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UC San Francisco, about our country’s addiction to sugar.  Children today are the first American generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, in large part due to obesity.  According to Lustig, this obesity often comes from eating too much sugar.  

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