Episode 94: Zachary R. Wood

As president of his college group "Uncomfortable Learning," Zachary R. Wood attempted to bridge the gap between dissenting views by inviting controversial speakers to campus and was shut down by student protests. Now a recent graduate, and a new author of the memoir, Uncensored, he opens up about his abusive childhood with a schizophrenic mother, and the pressure he felt to constantly strive for perfection as a son, student, and black man.

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Posted on September 19, 2018 .

Episode 92: Jay and Mark Duplass

In a very funny, touching, and creatively inspiring interview, the filmmakers discuss their incredibly close brotherly bond, how they never doubted success would happen, even though it took almost two decades to achieve, and how they had to learn how to quit each other in order to find the space to have their own lives.

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Posted on August 22, 2018 .

Episode 91: Carl Zimmer

The author of 13 books about evolution, neuroscience, biology, and most recently heredity, as well as the weekly “Matter” science column in the New York Times, discusses his accessible style of science storytelling, answering Michael’s burning questions on his recent book She Has Her Mother’s Laugh, science in schools, genomes, and whether there is a gene to make you a successful podcaster. 

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Posted on August 8, 2018 .

Episode 90: Saru Jayaraman

The co-founder and president of ROC, Restaurant Opportunities Center United, Saru Jayaraman has devoted her career to improving the lives of restaurant workers. Her activism through legislation, initiatives, and conversation as well as her two books, have raised the awareness and made significant improvements, of some of the appalling conditions of the workers who make and serve the food in the places millions of Americans like to eat.  

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Posted on July 25, 2018 .

Episode 89: Dan Pfeiffer

One of President Obama’s longest-serving staffers, first as Communications Director then as Senior Advisor, Dan Pfeiffer discusses present-day politics through the unique lens of his experience, which he also details in his new book, Yes, We (Still) Can. From what motivates Mitch McConnell, to his work as a pundit on CNN, Pfeiffer is one of the few who might be able to answer Michael’s question, “What the fuck is happening right now?”

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Posted on July 11, 2018 .

Episode 88: Giada De Laurentiis

The Food Network star, bestselling cookbook author and now restaurateur tells Michael how her success all grew organically from her passion for cooking and not from a great ambition to be famous. But famous she is, and she now finds her life is a push and pull struggle when it comes to taking new risks, like deciding to open her first restaurant after years of being a television star, and what those risks cost her.

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Posted on June 27, 2018 .

Episode 87: David Cross

The multi-talented actor, comedian, writer, and director sits down with Michael to discuss his journey from his first stand up performance as a teenager in Atlanta to his many memorable roles on Arrested Development, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and more. The two colleagues dive into a heartfelt conversation about the unsteadiness of working in Hollywood,  the ways in which men can support #MeToo and #TimesUp, and navigating the volatile world of Twitter.

Posted on June 13, 2018 .

Episode 86: Michael Pollan

The author of many bestselling books about food including, among others, The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense Of Food has turned his attention to a new kind of consumption - psychedelic drugs. In this fun and informative interview, Pollan talks about how writing about these drugs was a natural progression from his earlier work, and what he discovered about himself when, in the service of research for his new book How to Change Your Mind, he decided to test psychedelics for himself. 

Posted on May 30, 2018 .

Episode 85: Nell Scovell

For more than thirty years, writer, producer, and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows such as Murphy Brown, The Simpsons, and Coach. In this lively and timely interview, she shares stories from her memoir Just the Funny Parts about working in the male-dominated entertainment field, her time writing on Late Night with David Letterman, and crafting jokes for everyone from Obama to Miss Piggy.

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Posted on May 16, 2018 .

Episode 84: George C. Wolfe

One of the greatest theater directors of all time, the gregarious and razor-sharp George C. Wolfe joins Michael in an in-depth and moving conversation about how his positive approach to life informs his work. For anyone who has struggled, been daunted by circumstances, or dared to dream big, Wolfe’s direction on saying yes in his own life will inspire and motivate.

Posted on May 2, 2018 .