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Here's The Thing (Mary Ellen Matthews)

Episode #1

Michael Douglas

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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.

Douglas reveals how competition with his father, legendary actor Kirk Douglas, shaped both his career and his life as a parent, telling Alec, “I’m much more honest with my seven year old daughter then I ever thought I would be.” Listen in as Douglas also discloses how his father’s early brush with death, and his own cancer diagnosis affected them each in different ways.

Resources:

American Head and Neck Society

Guests:

Michael Douglas

Hosted by:

Alec Baldwin

Produced by:

Emily Botein and Kathie Russo

Comments [91]

CDF from Chicago

Listened to the Michael Douglas podcast. He sounded like a drunk Liberace.

Aug. 22 2014 02:27 PM
Mrs.Macaluso from New York City

Mr.Baldwin I love your interviews, your so charming and real. Was hoping you would run for mayor of New York City, that's how much I hold you in high regard. Can you interview Bernadette Peters?

Sep. 05 2013 11:23 PM
BethS from NY2NC

I love these podcasts, I never want them to end! Think about interviews with Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, Hank Azaria, Danny Aiello, Lisa Kudrow, Tom Brokaw, Joe Namath... not that I've given any thought to it! Ha!

Apr. 09 2013 03:45 PM
Debbi from nyc

you
are getting better every time. bravo.

Nov. 04 2012 09:17 PM
Robert Sandberg from Boise, Idaho

I think your interviews are insightful, entertaining and unusual in their approach. I would love to hear you interview David Mamet.

Sep. 24 2012 09:02 PM
James O'Donnell from Montreal, Canada

Fantastic show Alec!

Aug. 28 2012 01:07 PM

Very much love your interviews and discussions. Great variety of topics and points of view. The Frampton segment was awesome. Thank you for doing this - keep up the good work!!

Aug. 08 2012 03:51 PM
nancy levinson

Love your show! first time listening to your archives. How about Johnny Depp?
Congrats Alec on the wedding!
So happy for you! You make me laugh and cry and I loved you on Knots Landing too!! Mazel Tov!

Jul. 02 2012 02:53 PM
Don R from Dallas

Great interviews Alec. Loved your impersonation of Brando during one of your interviews. Any chance you could talk Jack Nicholson into sitting down with you? I know he occasionally will be interviewed by a writer, but I've never seen him interviewed on TV ( which I believe he's vowed never to do) but he might do radio, especially if you go to his home.

Jun. 22 2012 11:51 PM
Louis from PA

“Here’s The Thing” by Alec Baldwin is brilliant. I was aware of his pod-cast several months ago, but I just now listened to Alec’s interview with Michael Douglas. For the first time I felt a regular-guy connection with the privileged/successful icon that Michael Douglas is. Baldwin is great in opening up Mr. Douglas by offering his own vulnerabilities as conversational gambits to Douglas.
They talked about dealing with their own narcissism! Douglas was very enlightening by his comments on father/son relationships and the corrosive effect of family secrets. Charlie Rose is great, but this was the best twenty-three minute interview I’ve heard in years.

May. 12 2012 07:27 PM
mary fribley from st. louis

alec saw you on letterman and had to check this out. i don't get this internet stuf but you make trying to figure it out worth it. by the way you look marvelous!!!

Apr. 07 2012 01:48 AM
Ken Henry from San Jose, CA

Inspiring interview, Alec. You shine! Thank you.

Mar. 28 2012 09:57 AM
Ari

How do I find the feed for this? (Not on iTunes)

Feb. 28 2012 08:08 PM
Catwoman from Chicago

Watched Alec Bladwin onLetterman tuesday night and thats when I found out about show. I really enjoedthis interview! But Alec, why do tou whisper? Lol

Feb. 22 2012 09:41 PM
Melanie Gaudreau from montreal, quebec

very good questions, fantastic interview...well done!

Feb. 16 2012 10:29 PM
Dana

LOVE IT!!!

Jan. 19 2012 10:17 PM
barent

alec does this so well. it's conversational,yet, he lets people breathe. it's not, the silly same old tired Q&A. this also shows, that people with inside industry knowledge,can give us a perspective, that is virtually impossible for an outside journalist to match. keep on truckn' man..........

Dec. 27 2011 10:02 PM
Ashish from Dubai

LOVE IT! And I want more. Move the interviews up to 40-45 mins and increase the frequency to at least once a week and you have me hooked for as long as this runs.

Dec. 13 2011 08:02 AM
michael mcdowell from Belfast, N. Ireland

This was one of the finest interviews I've heard in a while. I'm waiting in excited expectation of who will be interviewed next.

My favourite bit was when you mentioned sales guys quoting ABC at you. I had a meeting recently and a recruiter claimed to have your speech on youtube as a motivational tool. Your words regarding it echoed around my head!!!

Nov. 23 2011 06:16 AM

Looking forward to delving into this series. Like the conversational feel. As for the Douglas episode: I actually feel like the brevity of the show prevented the two of them from going really in-depth. Not sure an hour would make sense for this format (could get old, boring, etc) but several times I found myself wishing I could hear Douglas expound further. So far, so good, however.

Nov. 22 2011 09:45 PM
Dora Bona from Sydney, Australia

Having worked in radio for a long time, listening to interviews, being interviewed, conducting interviews, I found Alec Baldwin to be one of the best I've heard...he asks great questions, doesn't
constantly interrupt and sounds amazing. There seems to be an added 'honesty' between actors, unlike a journalist asking questions of an actor.

Nov. 22 2011 05:22 PM
Bev from Minneapolis

I won't be listening again as Alec interrupts too much and spends too much time sharing his opinions rather than letting his guests answer his questions.

Nov. 20 2011 10:06 AM

excellent!!! both of you are so charming and so natural in the chat. congrats on these conversation project from Argentina!!!

Nov. 19 2011 06:28 PM
JUDY STADT from New York

I would love to "chat" with you on my radio show THE LUNCH & JUDY SHOW http://thelunchandjudyshow.com

Nov. 19 2011 11:19 AM
Liz

This is awesome. Your voice is perfect for radio. I can't wait for more.

Nov. 18 2011 01:50 AM
Ian Kirschner

Dear Alec,
You said to we should comment and say who we wanted to learn about and have you interview. My answer. Dave Chappelle. He was such a hilarious man and then he went off the radar. I want to hear Dave in a more serious light. I want to hear what he has been thinking about and what he is doing now. He doesn't seem like a typical guy you hang out with, but maybe you should get to know him.
Thanks,
Ian

Nov. 16 2011 06:21 PM
Dorothy Catalano from Tampa Florida

Born raised in New York City dad self made music producer, me caretaker of MOM? NO I imitated Dad and gave his frenemy or to me that notion of relationship 65 shows half films half tv... Yes Coen Bros. bought all their scripts oh yes. I gave them to a guy named GeorgeMarshall lV he is step dad to Leah Remini yes he is the heaven sent to my father being my father is the real dad to her NO her dad was never a abestos salesman THIS is a true writer producer a suffered individual to keep MOM AND DAD vinnycatalano google that... together mom cared for... I gave that guy all hits RIGHT a woman created NBC lineup LOVE THE SNL stars but I wished that others would take credit... MOM DAD kept me and this Leah half sister of mine to be seperate or MOM demanded So the whole family ignored me Even this scientology man George who offered to speak to me 3 yrs ago I backed out a local restaraunt.. read the story friend me on facbk or go to giacalini/myspace.com go go I need a book deal or movie Thank you.

Nov. 14 2011 05:45 PM
*karendianne. from Florida

Finally got to listen. What a great interview. Excellent!!!

Nov. 14 2011 09:14 AM
Stack from NY NY

Thanks for the show, well done. Others I'd like to hear from are Jimmy Carter, George HW Bush, Bob Dylan, David Byrne, Johnny Depp and Tom Waits. Thanks.

Nov. 08 2011 06:38 PM
jason carey from Oakland, CA

Great Show.. Make it an hour please.

Nov. 02 2011 05:15 AM
Simon from California, parts Northern

Really loved this interview, Mr. Baldwin. It seems like this was only part of the interview though. Would love for these to be an hour. Some of my favorite interview podcasts are frequently 60-80 mins. I have a feeling you could get some really fantastic in-depth interviews with more running time. And we would be the beneficiaries. Great start! Looking forward to what's to come.

Nov. 02 2011 02:02 AM
GB from Kansas City

Finally got to listen to the 1st show. Excellent!

Oct. 30 2011 07:19 PM
Nancy Duggan from Morristown, NJ

Mr. Douglas was on Letterman months ago telling the story of his delayed cancer diagnosis, and Dave, as good as he is, really didn't pick up the thread the way Alec Baldwin did. It was an excellent interview, and Baldwin told just enough about himself to personalize without overpowering his subject. Bravo, and don't run for office, Mr. Baldwin, please; it will turn you into a schmuck.

Oct. 30 2011 04:48 AM
Vic from .

Dear Alec ~
I saw this in you a long time ago, remember, I said it >
"You're a Radio Dude."
Now, no more wandering the halls at WNYC without a pass...No more hiding from building security..."Hey, you!, in the coveralls, Stop right there _ You don't work here."
Cool, man ~ Now, you're in the studio behind the mic where you ought to be...
ON THE AIR

All kidding aside, I hope you'll take the next step there at the station to create more interest in radio drama.
Macleish's, THE FALL OF THE CITY, was such a great event, at least, from the point of view of a listener.
How about doing a performance of his next radio verse play, AIR RAID...?

(From Selected Shorts, I especially liked your reading of, The Dome...& it's coming)

Best regards,
& looking forward to listening to your show

Oct. 29 2011 01:49 PM
Dorothy from Manhattan

I found this quite by accident -- a happy accident. I "love" Baldwin because he and I love so many of the same things (including Elliott Forrest). I'm going to be a regular here. I don't know how to do podcasts.
BTW, Alec's spots for WNYC/WQXR fundraising are wonderful. I take solace that Alec will make it harder (impossible?) for WNYC to wreck WQXR.

Oct. 29 2011 01:22 PM
mary

interview Diane Keaton, Woody Allen, Frank Serpico, Jessica Lange, John Patrick Shanley

Oct. 29 2011 10:04 AM
George Myers from The Bronx, NY

I enjoyed seeing off-off-Broadway "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest" back in early 1971, visiting a classmate who had just started at NYU in anthropology. I'm glad, so I heard, Mr. Douglas had the rights to the play, and its amazing connection to reality, i.e.,the closing of many public sanitariums, it has had. Better living through bio-chemistry, no longer has a giant stigma attached. Good interview, I liked the "asides". It would be good to hear from other actors that are here and work in NYC.

Oct. 29 2011 09:10 AM
Maude from NYC

How about interviews between Alec and members of the 99%---the non-famous... office cleaners, livery drivers, the guys digging the water tunnels, scout troop leaders, bartenders, urban chicken coop owners, teachers, steel erectors... people with unique perspectives and stories about parallel worlds we may not know exist.

Oct. 29 2011 12:42 AM
Mark from Chino CA

Great interview Alex! One of my favorite Michael Douglas movies:
The American President.....
Share this quote..........
Lewis, we've had presidents who were beloved, who couldn't find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don't drink the sand because they're thirsty. They drink the sand because they don't know the difference.

Oct. 28 2011 03:19 PM

Robert Duvall, please.

Oct. 28 2011 09:41 AM
John from St. Louis, MO - Go Cards

Nice job! Great, relaxing atmosphere in the podcast. How about Robert Duvall, Al Pacino or Alex Van Halen

Oct. 27 2011 08:57 PM
Keith from Toronto

First episode was great.
Suggestion for interviews: Tina Fey.

Oct. 27 2011 08:29 PM
oshan from Los Angeles

It's about time Alec Baldwin hosted a podcast! Can't wait to hear the future ones. I'm hoping they'll be more like an hour long?

Oct. 27 2011 08:20 PM
Anna from Kansas City

Enjoyed thoroughly...listening was like being in the room with them..

Oct. 27 2011 07:40 PM
Arlene Dorfman from New York

Alec Baldwin is wonderful as an actor, interviewer, host. Love his style and he did an excellent job relating to his subject and drawing quite an insightful look Douglas.

Oct. 27 2011 07:13 PM
Gary

An interview with the director of his upcoming film "Nero Fiddled" PLEASE

Oct. 27 2011 03:26 PM
kim nash from Yorktown Heights, NY

Enjoyable first interview.

I'd like to hear Alec interview Alan Alda, Susan Sarandon, young adult book author Laurie Halse Anderson, surgeon/New Yorker writer Atul Gawande and journalist/author Tracy Kidder.

Oct. 27 2011 12:34 PM
elise maiberger from joisey

Please don't let Alec Bladwin's voice ever stop. He could recite the alphabet and I'd listen. This intelligent and relaxed interview was, however, perhaps a better choice on your programmer's behalf. More. Please.

Oct. 26 2011 06:29 PM
sydney Johnson

Dear Alec,

As a long-time fan of New York Public Radio, I was curious to see how you would do as an interviewer and really enjoyed your first interview with Michael Douglas.

You're definitely following in the NPR tradition, empathetic but probing. I loved the ending comment from his daughter, " My father makes pancakes!" I look forward to hearing more.

Oct. 26 2011 05:41 PM
ewaite from Pgh, PA

This is GREAT! I would love to hear Alec Baldwin speak with Madeleine Albright. and Stanley Tucci.

Oct. 26 2011 02:48 PM
Mike from YYZ

This was fascinating, introspective and a delight. When's the second hour?

Oct. 26 2011 01:24 PM
Bob L from new york

Good stuff Alec!

Brian, Lenny and Jonathan better watch out.

Oct. 26 2011 12:22 PM
Les from London, UK

Wow! What a great show!

Oct. 26 2011 11:55 AM
Tim

Excellent conversation.

Wishlist:
Alan Alda
Lorne Michaels (I would be shocked)
Brian Greene

Oct. 26 2011 10:51 AM
Meredith from NYC

I listened to this on my subway commute this morning. Great first episode! I have great affection for both Michael Douglas and Alec, so it was a pleasure to hear them talk candidly.

I can't be sure that he's a fan (although, I did spot him at the first night of NY Philharmonic/Company performance a few months ago), but I would love to hear Alec interview Stephen Sondheim.

And my Dad would like to interview Alec. When I told my Dad about this new podcast he said, "I'd love to sit down with that guy and discuss politics, classical music, culture...etc. He's a fascinating and has a great mind."

So, Alec, if you wanted to mix it up, my Dad (who's a great conversationalist) would be happy to oblige. :-)

Oct. 26 2011 10:27 AM
Jenny N from Houston, TX

Awesome podcast!

Please interview Tina Fey! And I second interviewing Jeff Bridges. Brian Williams would be sweet too.

Oct. 26 2011 03:33 AM
James from Toronto

Please bring Ingrid Newkirk, Gary Francione, and Bill Maher to the podcast. Alec Baldwin, you're the best! This is great stuff.

Oct. 26 2011 01:16 AM
Captain Ron Mexico

I concur with a number of previous comments: this was too good to be this brief. One of the wonderful things about podcasts is that conversations aren't subject (for the most part) to awkward breaks and pauses for commercial interruption, station identification, etc.They can, in fact, be as long or as short as you want them to be. And because the vast majority of the people listening already count themselves among your fans, you needn't worry about overstaying your welcome. If your conversation with Mr. Douglas ran to two full hours, for instance, I can assure you that we're all up for listening to The Full Monty, as it were. When conversation is engaging, brevity isn't a virtue.

As far as suggestions for future interview subjects, I'd love to hear discussions with film directors---I would imagine that from a practical standpoint it would likely be ones that you have worked with yourself in the past, but any filmmaker with a good sized body of work willing to discuss their process would make for an interesting listen, particularly as their vantage point is likely to be quite different from yours as a performer...or not, as the case may be. At the top of my wish list: Michael Mann.

Oct. 26 2011 12:12 AM
Richard from New York

Baba Booey! Good stuff. Run for Mayor Alec!

Oct. 25 2011 11:57 PM
Amanda from Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Alec's voice is wonderful and that laugh is so infectious. I would love for him to talk with Kevin Spacey, Alan Alda and Steve Martin.

Oct. 25 2011 08:57 PM
Scott Cuthell from New York, NY

This show is spectacular, I can't wait for more.

I'd love to see Alec sit down with Jon Stewart or Jeff Bridges.

Oct. 25 2011 08:38 PM
Lincoln from Toronto

Hi, great start! Am looking forward to future episodes.

My guest suggestions: David Milch and David Mamet.

Oct. 25 2011 07:19 PM
Emma from New Jersey

I LOVE Alec Baldwin. I wish he would record books on tape!

Oct. 25 2011 06:35 PM
Erik from Denver, CO

Thank you for doing this.
Can't wait for more.

Oct. 25 2011 06:23 PM
Kryste Andrews

What a nice idea, Mr. Baldwin. I look forward to listening.

Oct. 25 2011 05:32 PM
Jacquie from Swainsboro, GA

Love it, love it, love it! Alec Baldwin's voice is like butter.

Oct. 25 2011 04:18 PM
ChicagoDenise

Loved the first podcast. I'm a big fan of Michael Douglas. he's a great choice to start your show. Can't wait to hear what you will do next.
I recently read the biography of movie star Esther Williams. I enjoyed all the first-hand accounts of the old Hollywood, the names she could drop...there are few of those left. Do you have anyone in mind like that for a future show?
Thanks for the work in putting this together!!

Oct. 25 2011 03:03 PM
Mike.TO from Toronto

This is fantastic. Podcasts are an excellent medium for honest and unabridged artistic expression that has been quashed in most mainstream mediums by censorship, sponsors interests, etc. It is a beautiful thing to see someone as famous and interesting as Alec Baldwin participate in this entertainment revolution. Thank you. Can't wait to hear more.

Oct. 25 2011 02:48 PM
Kelsey from Boston

I wish this was an hour long - well done!

Oct. 25 2011 01:28 PM
Favalaro from Boston

Alec
Great show. Always been a fan. Keep up the good work. 

PS - almost forgot.....interview Christopher Hitchens

Oct. 25 2011 01:19 PM
Don from Montana

I could also listen to Baldwin all day. So how about bumping this up to an hour show? :-)

Guest suggestions: Lorne Michaels, David Letterman, Jay-Z

Thanks!!

Oct. 25 2011 12:06 PM
James from Melbourne, Australia

Fantastic podcast. Excellent first episode. Very interesting and insightful. I'd like to see an interview with Larry David at some point. That's a request by the way :)

Oct. 25 2011 12:47 AM
Nando from Sydney, Australia

Great show Mr Baldwin! Looking forward to hearing it regularly.

Heres the thing - I love listening to smart thought provoking conversation..AND Alec Baldwins voice :)

Oct. 24 2011 11:29 PM
Tarren from Houston

I second Barbara from NYC -- I too could listen to Alec Baldwin's voice all day. Wonderful interview and a treat for fans of both of these gentlemen. A truly original podcast. I look forward to more interviews and wish nothing but the best for Alec Baldwin and his future endeavors! Thank you so much and well done!

Oct. 24 2011 10:30 PM
jack from Hartford, Ct.

Mr. Baldwin:
Great start! Please keep it up. As a sixty year old newly born "geek" I am tiring of the usual online crap.
Would love to hear you talk with someone who really understands the plight of the semi-retired. My 401-k was wiped out 5 years ago and I am still not sure where it went.
I would suggest someone if I were more informed but I just am not qualified. I'll leave it to you.

Oct. 24 2011 10:15 PM
colin seeger from Sydney

Really exceptional radio. A pleasure to catch two sharp minds engaged in banter.

Oct. 24 2011 09:48 PM
Brad Starks from Maui Hawaii

What a great Show! Its about time that AB started his own show!! Great idea and hope this will be around for a long time!! ;-)

Oct. 24 2011 08:43 PM
TAA from Florida, USA

Thoroughly enjoyed both sides of the interview. Raw and accessible. Bravo! I am looking forward to more ...

Oct. 24 2011 08:29 PM
DeborahVRose from Calgary

Wonderful conversation. I feel privileged Alec. Keep up the good work. And please give a shout out to Canada eh? Ur one of us hosers.

Oct. 24 2011 08:27 PM
Chrissie from CA

Thoroughly enjoyed the show - thank you so much!

Oct. 24 2011 08:12 PM
Barbara F from NYC

I can listen to Alec speak all day. I am sure he will bring us interesting and fun interviews.

Oct. 24 2011 08:07 PM
Liz Edwards

Luv It!

Oct. 24 2011 07:42 PM
Aliseo from Staten Island

Great interview! Well done Alec, I enjoyed the concept, very real, honest & easygoing which makes the "conversation" enjoyable to listen to. Look forward to hearing more & wish you best on Here's The Thing!

Oct. 24 2011 07:19 PM
Terri

It was nice to hear an entire interview and it didn't feel forced. You get sick of those 3 minute stints on the talk shows when they are promoting a movie or book, it was nice to learn more.

Oct. 24 2011 06:57 PM
zoid

It doesn't play, can't download it and the RSS feed doesn't work. This is no matter what browser I'm using. Any way this can be fixed?

Oct. 24 2011 05:26 PM

@Stuart: Yes RSS feed here http://www.wnyc.org/feeds/shows/heresthething

Oct. 24 2011 04:39 PM
Cindy from Brooklyn

More please. Really brings you right into the room, real and alive sounding. Well done.

Oct. 24 2011 03:03 PM
Sean C from san diego

I'm looking forward to hearing more about upward streaming dynamic revenue.

Oct. 24 2011 11:51 AM
Lori Gibb from virginia

Here's the obvious__ I do have to say this seems like 2 friends just shooting the S__Michael Douglas has always been a fav of mine__Alec has to but he is in mode if you know what I mean?? Was hoping he would be himself maybe next show__My question to Alec is this gonna turn into an avenue for your own personal beliefs or are you going pro all the way??? Only time can tell who will have Starbucks next??? Over-all 2 thumbs up___you are darn good and you know it!

Oct. 24 2011 11:24 AM
Stuart

No RSS feed?

Oct. 24 2011 10:58 AM
GJBS from Oceanport, NJ

I am looking forward to this show hosted by Alec Baldwin. I like his style of humor and acting very much and look at most of the work he does. Really very contemporary and sophisticated. He reflects a part of society that I have watched from 'afar' and I think that he interprets the characters exquisitely. Hoping the best for him in whatever he wants to do.

Oct. 13 2011 10:19 AM

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