Episode #14

Robert Osborne

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Monday, April 23, 2012


As host of Turner Classic Movies, Robert Osborne plays the role of ambassador to a bygone era. We hear the journey he took to get there—which could have been a classic movie itself. It all started when, as kid in a small town, he frequented the cinema and “fell in love with the movie business.”

Osborne also speaks about some of challenges he faced while at The Hollywood Reporter, when he found himself writing what was really supposed to be a gossip column: “I never felt comfortable intruding upon people that wanted to keep a secret. Because I think secrets are important to have.”

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Hosted by:

Alec Baldwin

Produced by:

Emily Botein and Kathie Russo

Comments [34]

claudio plazas from Novato, California

I would like donate my book to Mr Alec Baldwin and mr. Robert Osborn ot TCM. I always watche their movies and coments before and after the movie.


Please let me know if you will accept an authographed copy of my book

Claudio Plazas, ECCE

Nov. 30 2012 02:00 AM
Ann Cunniff from Chicago

Alec- This show keeps getting better. Your guest selection is incredible and a reflection of your diverse interests in compelling topics. Honestly, Renee Fleming and Joseph Stiglitz in the same month? Your interview skills are superb (Who knew?). I think when you insert yourself less into the interview (it's about your guest, right?) the richer the listening experience. The show with the Mehtas was pitch perfect. I've sent a link to the show to a kazillion people. One minor request - how about a new photo of you on the home page. One that reflects both your intellect and warmth.

Sep. 17 2012 04:04 PM
Ray Sharp from Anaheim

Alec, I will be watching the 1974 version of THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE at my house next weekend. Please stop by and introduce it for me. You can bring Robert with you if you would like.


(We will have ice cream.)

Sep. 15 2012 08:44 PM
eileen ryan from 10128

Have always been a huge fan of Alec Baldwin-in everything he does-there isn't a film he has BEEN IN THAT HE HASN'T MADE IT BETTER BY HIS PRESENCE-I.E. HE MADE "GLENGAARY!! HIS SCENE WAS UNFORGETTABLE-STUCK IN MY MINd FOREVER


Aug. 12 2012 01:46 PM
Peter Emmerich from Yonkers, NY

What a perfect program from two very wonderful and classy gentlemen. I could listen to them both speak for hours and I truly enjoyed Alec's playfulness when Osbourne was regaling his hard to be believed life experiences. I desperately want to hear more with the two of them and it honestly brightened my day. I am hooked Mr. Baldwin, you're perfect for this and I hope you are LOVING it!!

Jul. 12 2012 04:24 PM
jim from Inwood, NYC

My curiosity got me and I downloaded several podcasts to see what you were doing. I've worked on Broadway, in Opera, Television, yada yada....Finally, I have an intelligent podcast to listen to on the A train that isn't full of people trying to sell me crapola or screaming about how terrible the world is! I don't care if they don't put you on the radio, but you HAVE to continue leaving this door ajar to a world of what YOU find interesting! I'm hooked, I feel I know more about the real human behind the icons of my generation. Thank you Mr. B, I'm now a fan.

Jul. 07 2012 04:53 PM

Alec is a great interviewer as he is supremely curious. I'm hoping he goes to the next level by interviewing a person he may not agree with philosophically or politically. Perhaps Newt Gingrich as he is intellectually "deep". It would be great radio IMHO...

Jul. 05 2012 02:09 PM
Wayne Webber from halifax ns

Love the podcasts, they take me back to when I was 14 hearing radio shows. One uses there mind to follow the podcast and with tv one only uses eyes. Podcast are alive and tv seems to be dead or at least not alive.

Jul. 04 2012 11:30 PM
Dana from Dover,OH

I love all the podcasts it makes the work day so much faster the variety of the people you interview is perfect. This one is my favorite so far I love watching him on TCM. It was great to hear him talk as much as he wanted about the legends. I would love to hear an interview with Mr. Tony Bennett,Betty White, Tony Blair. Thanks for real entertainment!

Jun. 27 2012 01:31 PM
Craig from NC

I love the shows listen to them all multiple times..OK now keep your promise and talk to Robert Osborne again and again.

Jun. 03 2012 11:42 AM
Cindy from OH

I'm really enjoying your podcasts. You do a great job at interviewing. This was one of the best.... What a life this man has had!

May. 16 2012 12:10 PM
Eddie Mack from NYC

Great stuff..

May. 06 2012 10:19 AM
Cabbage1979 from Canada

The interview is good, but despite what he say in my opinion the person who would be like Drew Barrymore is Robert Osborne who does 99% of the talking, not Alec Baldwin who this time only listen... Beside this episode is sponsored by a car parts company...

May. 03 2012 11:52 PM
Thoter Thomas from OKC, OK.

I Loved the interview and the best part about it was that Mr. Osborne spoke about the Legend film stars in a way of personally knowing them because he did! It wasn't like reading about them in a book, it was someone who actually knew them & spoke about their actions.

Kudos to Mr. Osborne!

May. 03 2012 05:08 PM
Laurie Poole from Dallas, TX

Excellent interview as are so many of the others. Especially enjoyed the one with Herb Alpert - learned many things I didn't know! Alec's interview style and resonating voice are a pleasure to listen to. Love this series.

May. 03 2012 08:11 AM
Drew Gorman from Davis, CA

Great show, Alec. Stumbled on it on iTunes, downloaded the Dick Cavett interview and was hooked! Working my way through all of them, and I just listened to the Robert Osborne interview. I love old film, so to hear his take on breaking into the biz in a bygone era was a real treat.

Keep up the great work!

May. 02 2012 08:05 PM
di from new york

Of course, Alec Baldwin is wonderful. Many of us would listen to him reading even the back of a cereal box so a podcast is a real treat. Why then are these interviews leaving me feeling so cold? I can't quite put my finger on it but I think the lives of the guests aren't all that interesting. These happy go lucky biographies are often smug and ultimately dull. Maybe these conversations are interesting to people who really thrive on Hollywood and film and TV culture but I wish the range was broader and more fun.

May. 02 2012 10:20 AM
Cheryl Anderson from D.C.

LOVE the show, but the Robert Osbourne was, well, painful. An excruciating, self-absorbed hour of name dropping. You gotta learn to more your subject along and think about what interests the audience, or at least edit this better. I'm a TCM devotee, but I found myself bored with this.

May. 01 2012 09:55 PM
Marie from Arlington, VA

Exceptional podcast this week. I didn't know that I would be so fascinated by Robert Osborne but he has amazing anecdotes. I particularly enjoyed hearing about Jane Darwell. Nicely done, Mr. Baldwin--keep it coming with these wonderful characters!

Apr. 30 2012 08:49 AM
Byron from Florida from Florida, Tampa Bay

The Osborne interview was absolutely extremely interesting man with a great story. Mr. Baldwin is truly an asset to this type of programming; I hope he continues long into the future.

Best wishes for "Here's the Thing"

Apr. 28 2012 7:28 PM

Apr. 28 2012 07:31 PM
Josh from Michigan

I found the Osborne interview riveting. I'm eagerly anticipating more! Fascinating man, well orchestrated conversation. Mr. Baldwin becomes more engaging as each show is published.

Apr. 27 2012 10:21 PM
Amy S from Santa Rosa, CA

LOVED the Robert Osborne interview. Also loved Dick Cavett, Lorne Michaels and Kristin Wiig. Great selection of guests.

Apr. 27 2012 07:29 PM
Robert from Princeton/Sag Harbor

Alec, I like your show. Since the advent of the Olbermanns and O’Reillys, I had forgotten what a quality interviewer was like. But, to be honest, you hooked me by using “So What” as the theme song.


Apr. 26 2012 06:34 PM
Joannie from L.I., N.Y.

Enjoyed your interview with Robert Osborne very much. Learned lots of interesting personal info about Robert Osborne. He is a very cool man. He had a real Hollywood background. What an interesting life. Enjoyed his speaking about wanting to be an actor. And really interesting to hear about his meeting and knowing Lucielle Ball. I agree you really must have him back again, Alec, to do more interviewing with him about movies. He is a treasure of film knowledge. Thank you for another great interview!

Apr. 26 2012 10:20 AM
Sarena lubarsky from Hillsborough, CA

I love TCM hosted by the very knowledgable and charming Mr. Osborne. I have learned so much about movies, stars, producers and much more. While watching The essentials, I became an Alec Baldwin fan. His comments on the selected movies and his wonderful analysis of his movie selections were very impressive. Please have Robert Osborne again.
Thank you

Apr. 25 2012 05:13 PM
Ruby Ash

This was a terrific interview; hope to hear more discussions with Robert Osborne soon!

Apr. 25 2012 01:59 PM
Pat from Montana

Another great interview! Love your show....! Keep em coming!

Apr. 25 2012 12:50 PM
Vic from .

Dear Alec,
It never occurred to me that you were "fired" from that guest spot
on TCM doing the intros. & closures with Robert Osborne. It seemed
to me as a viewer that it was going so well for the two of you...
What the heck happened ?
"Nothing is certain."

& Speaking of, Easy Rider, how about interviewing Peter Fonda ?
And Jane Fonda ?... ("Don't Tell Dad")

Or the actor, Alvin Epstein...("My Lucky")

Or from the music world, Bucky Pizzarelli...!

Anyway, I'm so glad you have this radio gig.
It's in your voice. You're a radio dude.
(& I bet those security thugs at WNYC
feel stupid now)

Sincerely, &
Best regards,

Apr. 24 2012 11:33 PM
Mark from NJ

Another gem. You could do another three hours with this man.

Apr. 24 2012 08:31 PM
Jen M from Richmond, VA

Every 2 weeks is not enough!!! I enjoy each and every interview. They are candid and fascinating. I feel like I am on the couch in the same room hanging out with you all. Thanks for giving me something to look forward to.

Apr. 24 2012 02:36 PM
Greg from Florida

Another great conversation; I've enjoyed them all: Lorne Michaels, Erica Jong and Molly Jong-Fast, Dick Cavett, Chris Rock, Herb
Alpert - everybody! (You asked for suggestions for others to talk with: How about Christopher Guest, or Michael Keaton?)

Apr. 24 2012 09:14 AM
Dan Boeye

Love the show, wish it was every week.

Apr. 23 2012 10:06 PM
Dan Miles from Phoenix

I really enjoyed this interview and hope you are able to deliver on your offer to have him on again sometime. I have of course seen him introduce countless films over the years but I knew virtually nothing about him personally. I never would've guessed he had those early connections with Jane Darwell, Lucille Ball, Paul Henreid etc. He really did make it sound easy to get "signed" in Hollywood! He must've had a quality that they all recognized. The one bit of trivia I do know about him is that he owns the famous faux painting (it was actually a photograph with brush strokes added) of Gene Tierney that was so central to the plot of the classic noir "Laura". Maybe Alec can ask him about that the next time around.

Apr. 23 2012 05:14 PM
kevin from upper LS

sounds like a nice man,but i've got to be honest. this is the least interesting chat, to date. it's just a bit too much about gossip culture, and movie star infatuation. genteel,by todays standards,and yes i know, he does not dish dirt,yet it's still not that interesting. perhaps another interview sometime in the future,might do better. let's hope so.

Apr. 23 2012 01:47 PM

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