Episode #11

Kathleen Turner

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Monday, March 12, 2012


Kathleen Turner Kathleen Turner (WNYC/Here's the Thing)

Kathleen Turner’s movie star status was quickly secured after her captivating role in Body Heat. She spent the next decade as one of Hollywood’s go-to leading ladies.  

But the arc of Kathleen’s career was disrupted by illness. She tells Alec about living with rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that plagued her both on screen and on stage. Many of her colleagues in film fear the stage, but Kathleen Turner finds theater irresistible.

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Hosted by:

Alec Baldwin

Produced by:

Emily Botein and Kathie Russo

Comments [27]

Jeff from Connecticut

This podcast is one of only a few that I make a point in hearing. Alec does a terrific and very classy job with it. His comfortable rapport with his guests makes it all the more interesting. I hope this production has a nice long life ahead of it. What a terrific library of often rather intimate interviews you are building here.

Kathleen Turner is one fireball of a woman. Great interview.

Jan. 05 2014 06:27 PM
denise from melbourne

Love these podcasts. Am listening from Australia and I am spreading the word. Keep up the good work.

Dec. 12 2013 09:51 PM
Jane from Australia

Wow. Great interview Alec, and Kathleen. If only you could hear the applause.

Jan. 17 2013 12:49 AM
Almut from Mansonville, Quebec

just listened to your show with Kathleen Turner and heard that you deal with back pain. Pilates is the greatest, but if you need a quick fix, try MSM: its some natural sulfur deposit found in rainwater, comes in form of powder, pill or cream, like Kalaya Cream with MSM, which works pretty instantly. It is natural, has no side effects and is to date THE ONLY thing that has ever worked for us to relieve muscle spasms, pain from slipped disques etc. When a friend helped us out with it just last summer, I couldn't believe that I had never heard of it before, given how effective it is. I can only surmise that it being natural, with nothing in it to make you drowsy, etc, it is not patentable by big pharma companies...
Anyways, it is a naturally occuring pain blocker that doesn't need the addition of drugs that make you drowsy.
Hope this helps.
Love your show - we finally got high speed in our mountains and are devouring your podcasts.

Nov. 06 2012 02:39 PM
Astro from Athens, GR

I comment here but the comement is about the whole series.

Alec, when you were younger and I use to watch your movies I always thought that you were a narrow minded,quick-tempered, arrogant. Just another good looking guy that is probably not interesting as a person.

Those podcasts made me realize that I was wrong. You are very nice guy, and we all can figure it out from the way you ask your guests about things.
You got a great sense of humor and very bright! It is an absolute pleasure for an listen those great podcasts.

I have to congratulate you also because you chose podcasts for your show.
Not another tv-cable-show but an "romantic / old-time but also hi-tech" radio show that keeps as company in the car/bus/plane.

Thank you very much!


May. 23 2012 05:46 PM
Chuck Carpenter from New York, NY

Hey Alec,
I love the show and I noticed that you mentioned how much back pain you feel. Perhaps you should investigate Rolfing as a way to resolve your back issues. I am a Certified Advanced Rolfer who has been working with theater performers for over 20 years. If you don't know what Rolfing is, let me explain: I think of it as yoga that gets done for you. It's myofacial (muscle and connective tissue) work that addresses postural issues that are often the cause of chronic pain. For further information I'm providing a link to the Rolf Institute if you (or anyone) would like to learn more about the method, and also to the website for my practice.
Rolf Institute:
My website:
Thanks a lot,
Chuck Carpenter

May. 17 2012 10:17 PM
una o callaghan from NorthMain Street cork

i listen to Kathleen turner interview by alec baldwin and i enjoyed it i love Kathleen turner movies and i saw them all the time when they are on tv here in Ireland. this is my first time listen to Here's the thing and i love our radio show.

May. 09 2012 07:38 AM
Neil from Edmonton, Canada

Loved it... what a neat lady, what a great person. Also, it's really cool to hear Alec chime in with his own experiences within the community. Alec Baldwin is a brilliant interviewer; I truly love this show!

May. 04 2012 09:56 PM
Marissa from NYC

This interview with Kathleen Turner made me want to work with her. Thank you, Alec Baldwin, for interviewing smart, interesting people. Thank you, also, for the Rauschenberg quote at the end. I am proud of you for making this show a success. You seem to have adapted very well to change. It would be great to meet and know you one day.

Apr. 17 2012 03:27 PM
Jean Southgate from Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

I have really been enjoying the podcasts when working in the garden. I am the mother of an almost 16 year old girl and love the perspective that Alec has re: his daughter. And it is awfully nice to hear of other parents struggle with their children, especially girls, since that is what I have....but it is great to hear how we all struggle to raise our daughters in the media environment and how we can help to make them strong smart women. Loved the interview with Erica Jong and her daughter. Also laughed out loud listening to Kathleen Turner. Strong woman! Great sense of humour. Have listened to them all! SO looking forward to more!!!! All have been interesting...and yes....I changed my opionion on the Kardashian's althought I do not, nor will I, watch reality shows!

Apr. 15 2012 10:14 PM
Rosie from New Jersey

"Here's The Thing" is an absolute gem. Programing for adults showcasing the wit and wisdom of adults. Long may you run. I've loved Kathleen Turner since The Doctors, BTW....

Apr. 06 2012 10:35 AM

no, i love the "interupting"; i think this ovelapping conversational style,yields better,and more interesting information,than Q&A;which is fine, for interviews about politics; or, with people from different backgrounds. alec and kathleen,are from the same world[more or less]. conversational, "altman" type interviews, are much better than Q&A,in this scenario.

Apr. 03 2012 03:54 PM

Excellent bumper music (Miles Davis: "So What"). oh and the podcast was nice to listen to as well.

Mar. 27 2012 12:04 AM

I like the show. Alec did great with Dick Cavett. With Kathleen Turner I wish he wouldn't interrupt so much. The funniest moment was when she reminded him that he can be a schmuck!

Mar. 25 2012 10:38 PM
Carolyn Lee from Ontario, Canada

Love, love, love the conversations. Alec Baldwin gives the intimate feel of a tete-a-tete between friends. In most cases, I wish the conversations were longer. It's like eavesdropping with out the guilt.

Mar. 21 2012 01:50 PM
john from saint louis

Alec - I'm really enjoying these - very engaging, so sharp and such great fun you're obviously having - so are we!

Thank you

Mar. 21 2012 01:05 PM
LisaMG from Orange County CA

Hello, Alec. I have enjoyed all of the episodes of this podcast that I've heard so far. You are a natural at this, which was clearly evident from your guest spot on Studio 360. I thought your various comments on what you did to Kurt Anderson in order to secure a turn on that show were hilarious-- especially the one about shutting him in the trunk of a car. I nearly swerved into a tree. Your velvet voice, sharp wit, compassion, and talent are perfectly showcased in this medium. I hope that your radio career is long and rich. The Cavett interview had some very special moments that recounted Hollywood lore with insight and enthusiasm, and I look forward to many more such rich experiences listening to similar episodes on my commute to work.

Mar. 21 2012 02:07 AM
Tom M from Wash DC

Alec great series of podcasts, keep up the good work!

Mar. 19 2012 09:11 PM

I enjoyed the Kathleen Turner interview. Not having heard much about her in recent years, it was nice to catch up with her. On the whole, I love the Here's The Thing program. Alec Baldwin is a first-rate interviewer. My only issue with the show is that it is too short. Thirty minutes or whatever the usual timing is is just not enough.

Mar. 19 2012 01:01 PM
Lesley-Anne from Kamloops, BC

Wow. What a great new podcast series. Have listened to them all. Please keep it coming. Thank you Alec.

Mar. 17 2012 11:35 AM
Mark Bain

I was fortunate enough to see Ms. Turner in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof back when I attended Sarah Lawrence College, and remember it as one of the most emotionally visceral performances I ever saw on Broadway. Alec - I love just being able to let your interviews play while I do things around the house it's so cool! E.g. I'm headed to my girlfriend's family reunion tomorrow, packing and really enjoying your interview. Well done! =))

Mar. 16 2012 11:51 PM
mary Stanton

I was diagnosed with RA November 1978, I had a truma and tramatic experience, my physician stated that the trama brought out the weakest componant in my body which was rhematoid factors. I had bad drugh for 9 years. after 9 years...i became involved with an International prayer groupof which they cccammanded the spirits out of my body...immediately I was removed from the drugs...shot a gold, predisone an clinoril.I have been free of pain and stiffness for twenty-one years(21) stress have a lot to do with how you get along...I have always been a part of a fitness exerciseing a least three times a week ...walking 3.6 miles once or twice weekly.

Mar. 15 2012 10:58 PM
Rosemarie from NY

A wonderful interview with Kathleen Turner. The conversation is very upbeat and I love the way Ms. Turner always speaks her mind. She was and is a wonderful Actress. Thank you Mr. Baldwin for giving us this great interview.

Mar. 15 2012 07:44 PM

Okay, I just discovered this show! OUTSTANDING! This is such a great show premise. Thank you AB!
Always a fan...

Mar. 15 2012 02:32 PM
Joannie from L.I., N.Y.

I just loved, loved, loved your interview on HERE'S THE THING with Kathleen Turner. She's fabulous. I haven't seen or heard enough of her these past few years. She's incredible. She's got a great voice. The interview was fantastic! I'm sorry to hear that you've been having terrible back pain over the years Alec. Once again, as you always do, you've conducted a thoroughly enjoyable celebrity interview Alec. I love listening to your podcasts at HERE'S THE THING. I look forward to them every 2 weeks. And I can't wait for your next interesting podcast. Keep them coming. I'll keep listening. Thank you for them!

Mar. 14 2012 02:59 PM
Erzsike from Vancouver

The show just keeps getting better and better. I wasn't sure after the first episode but I am glad I stayed tuned in. You have hosted such an ecclectic group of people and discussed such varied topics.
Ms. Turner is fabulous. To see her perform on stage is a wish I will one day come to see to fruition. She is such a no-nonsense woman - my kind of lady.
I look forward to your show. I love being privy to your conversations with fascinating people. People I would love to have a conversation with but would never know what to ask. I have to add that it is interesting being allowed to see a different part of your persona as well.
Thank you for letting me be a fly on the wall.

Mar. 13 2012 01:39 AM

hit it out of the park, again.[and steroid free,i might add]
ms. turner,i'd suggest you look into diet; and, what is, and is not, going into your mouth. it can only help with your condition. great conversation,wonderful banter..!!

Mar. 13 2012 12:20 AM

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