Episode #5

Stephen Daldry

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011


The first time acclaimed director Stephen Daldry was expected to shout “Action!” he thought it was a joke. Alec met with Stephen Daldry in 2011, weeks before his intimate, post-9/11 drama, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, opened. Daldry’s work is precise and intimate, but in conversation with Alec he was passionate about a wide variety of topics, including communal living, the virtues of mass transit, and the Olympics.  

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Hosted by:

Alec Baldwin

Produced by:

Emily Botein and Kathie Russo

Comments [25]

Matthew W. Schufreider from Chicago, IL

Great podcast Alec. It took me three days to catch up on all of them. I love it. It's very relaxing and it's also very soothing. I love listening to these people and there thoughts on life.

Feb. 04 2013 06:22 PM
Nick from Los Angeles

Love you Alec! Great show!

Jul. 03 2012 12:49 AM
Domenic from Melbourne, Australia

Just a quick email to thank you for an amazing podcast. Having only recently discovered it, I just wanted to say that it is refreshing to hear something insightful and truly interesting. Well done.

May. 26 2012 01:43 AM
Ron from Manhattan

Thank God we broke away from England some 200 odd years ago! Otherwise we'd only have one acting technique to choose from, and may never have experienced the brillance of Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall or Alec Balwin! Having said that, I LOVED The Hours and The Reader, this interview and Mr. Daldry's directing/filmmaking thoughts. And I love this podcast!

May. 04 2012 02:43 PM
Norah from Canada

I found out about Here's The Thing while listening to a podcast of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. I downloaded the archive of 11 episodes Saturday morning. By the end of the weekend I had listened to them all. My favourite so far, Stephen Daldry. As a voracious listener, this is THE best interview program, bar none. Well done Mr. Baldwin!

Mar. 30 2012 09:30 PM
Chris from New York

Great interview - please run for mayor. NYC needs intelligence and humor!

Mar. 06 2012 06:19 PM

Damn cool!

Mar. 05 2012 05:20 PM
Limore Peretz from Martha's Vineyard

Great conversation. Please do more.
It is so great to have intelligent conversation, when most of the talk
is so ....bla

Jan. 21 2012 01:49 PM
Linda from NJ from New Jersey

Loved this interview! Full of dry humor, insights on acting. I wish it were longer.

Jan. 06 2012 01:16 PM
Clint from Minneapolis, MN

These are some of the best interviews. James Lipton, but without the script. Lovin it Alec.

Jan. 05 2012 11:55 AM
Jenn Ladd

This was the best show yet.

How about interviewing Ian Frazier, the New Yorker writer. Seems like a good match.

Jan. 05 2012 02:53 AM
Ed from Sydney

Thank you Alec. You don't just interview people, you have conversations with them; and that is so refreshing. Keep up the good work!

Jan. 04 2012 07:15 AM
Alex G Weiser from Rochester, NY

My favorite parts: "A film is written three times."
and "Everything is therapy."

Jan. 03 2012 05:38 PM
Joannie from LI, NY

Another fantastic interview on Here's The Thing. Alec sounds like he is really enjoying doing these interviews. That is why it is sooo great to listen to them. It was very entertaining hearing Alec and Stephen Daltry's conversation. Keep up the great interviews.

Jan. 02 2012 09:11 AM
Kelley Reed

This, was epic.

Jan. 02 2012 03:18 AM
elise maiberger from Nawlins

I love this man's (Alec) voice sooo much. Oh, and the podcasts are great, too!

Dec. 28 2011 08:25 PM

I listen to podcasts before I fall asleep at night, invariably I fall asleep before the podcast ends. Your podcast makes me sit up and listen. Honestly they are so warm and unscripted and I fell like I am overhearing an amazing conversation that I don't want to end. I have heard all but the Kardashian and am amazed at how you bring out the best in your guests. I love that you insert a little post interview comment.

Two more things. Your voice is perfect for a podcast and secondly, my husband and I ,in our 70's, both hated it that you didn't end up with Meryl Streep in IT'S COMPLICATED. Maybe a sequel?

Dec. 26 2011 08:22 AM
Ms Sea Rose

Alec, please never downplay the comedic role you play in 30 Rock. The year 2011 was very dark for me. Catastrophic circumstances caused me unspeakable sorrow and grief. I have streaming Netflix and watched 1 -3 episodes of 30 Rock or IT Crowd every night for many months. It was the only time I laughed or felt light in spirit. I really believe that laughter is healing, and that the time I spent watching your show was hugely important in getting through my ordeal. No mayor or congressman could have done that for me. Though they also do provide comic relief from time to time. Thanks for the podcast, luv it :)

Dec. 24 2011 07:44 PM
Joe from Massachusetts

I think the podcast, "Here's the Thing" is great.
I've listened to each of them except for the Kardashian one.
Each time, the subject at first glance doesn't appear to interest me, and yet, by the end, I wish it would go on for another hour.

I think I used to work at your 'dream job' in a bookstore in Harvard Square.
They went out of business, they all we all do. Might as well have a good time while we're here.
The profit motive is vastly over-rated.

How about John McEnroe? How about Keith Olberman?

Just keep doing these.


Dec. 23 2011 05:17 PM
Sean M

The key to a good show is leaving the listener wanting more.
I wished the Ed Rollins, Stephen Daldry and Chris Rock interviews
wouldn't end. Loved how even though Alec and Ed might not have the same
politics they could still had an intelligent, civil conversation.

Dec. 22 2011 08:39 PM
Sean M

The key to a good show is leaving the listener wanting more.
I wished the Ed Rollins, Stephen Daldry and Chris Rock interviews
wouldn't end. Loved how even though Alec and Ed might not have the same
politics they could still had an intelligent, civil conversation.

Dec. 22 2011 08:38 PM
Jennifer Love from Boston, Ma

Hi Alec,
Have become an avid listener of your show here at NYC. Love your wit, intellect and passions. Each interview has been a great pleasure to listen to. I agree that you would be a bright star as a Mayor and I do think you could make a difference!! It could be a pearl in the heart of promise.

Dec. 22 2011 11:25 AM
Laura from CT

Its a terrific program and I love the bookstore idea - do it!

Dec. 22 2011 10:42 AM
Hunter from Vancouver, BC

Love these interviews. Wish the frequency was more often, and longer. Many thanks to all for their candid conversations. Cheers.

Dec. 21 2011 07:20 PM
Barbara F from NYC

Wonderful! Alec needs to do a play with Daldry. I loved listening to them.

Dec. 21 2011 06:47 PM

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