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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: 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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Here's The Thing: Jerry Seinfeld

Monday, June 02, 2014

"How do you want to be on the water? You want to be on a yacht? I want to be on a surfboard." - Jerry Seinfeld on fame's choices.

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Here's The Thing: Herb Alpert

Monday, March 26, 2012

Alec talks with Herb Alpert, legendary trumpeter and co-founder of A&M Records, the independent record label Alpert eventually sold to Polygram. In 1966, Alpert’s band, The Tijuana Brass sold over 13 million records, outselling The Beatles.

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Here's The Thing: Lorne Michaels

Monday, January 30, 2012

Lorne Michaels is one of the most influential figures in American entertainment. Alec goes to Rockefeller Center to visit Michaels in his office – the same office he’s had since 1975, when he created Saturday Night Live

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Here's The Thing: Michael Douglas

Monday, October 24, 2011

Michael Douglas invites host Alec Baldwin into his New York apartment for a compelling conversation about what makes a great director, a smart producer, and why playing the villain is so wonderful.

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Here's The Thing: Stephen Daldry

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Alec sits down with director Stephen Daldry, whose new movie, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," opens on Christmas Day.

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Here's The Thing: Ed Rollins

Monday, November 07, 2011

Alec Baldwin talks with political strategist Ed Rollins.  A boxing phenom as a kid, Rollins went on to work on six presidential campaigns.  He talks to Alec about his recent work with Michele Bachmann, offers new insight into Ronald Reagan’s legacy and shares some of his personal history – of a Democratic bent.

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Here's The Thing: Kathleen Turner

Monday, March 12, 2012

Kathleen Turner made her film debut 30 years ago in the blockbuster thriller, Body Heat. Since then, she’s been leading lady in numerous films and on stage and she’s earned Tony nominations for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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Here's The Thing: Lena Dunham

Monday, January 21, 2013

This week, Alec Baldwin 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."

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Here's The Thing: David Simon

Monday, June 10, 2013

"I can't help it," says the Wire and Treme showrunner, "I'm from a different planet, which is journalism."

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Here's The Thing: Rosie O'Donnell

Monday, June 24, 2013

"To think that in my lifetime, in my career, that you can be an out performer/actor playing against type – Neil Patrick Harris playing a womanizer on that show, being out and married with twin boys – and it doesn't hurt your career. It doesn't do anything. So in a way it's the most beautifully astounding, inspirational thing that I can think about in my 51 years of living."

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Here's The Thing: Debbie Reynolds

Monday, April 15, 2013

“I slept in my dressing room.” The legendary actor on her first big film, Singin' in the Rain.

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Here's The Thing: Stacy Keach

Monday, May 27, 2013

"We would play backgammon between scenes on the set. A dollar a point," the actor on his relationship with director John Huston.

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Here's The Thing: Brian Williams

Monday, March 04, 2013

"No one needs another blowhard yelling at them. No one gives a rat’s patootie about my opinion." The 30 Rock anchor talks to Alec Baldwin in the latest episode of Here's the Thing.

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Here's The Thing: Billy Joel

Monday, July 30, 2012

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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Here's The Thing: David Brooks

Monday, October 08, 2012

This week on Here’s The Thing, Alec talks with David Brooks on stage at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in Manhattan as part of the Public Forum series.  David Brooks has been a New York Times op-ed columnist since 2003.  He is known as a Conservative voice -- he was a senior editor at The Weekly Standard -- but former Obama advisor David Axelrod described him as a “true public thinker.”  

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Here's The Thing: Jon Robin Baitz

Monday, June 04, 2012

This week Alec talks with playwright Jon Robin Baitz, whose Broadway play, Other Desert Cities, is up for a Tony later this month. Baitz talks about the origin of the new play, his short-lived adventures writing for television in Hollywood, and the relief of coming back to the American theater.

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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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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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