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 .

Episode 83: Maira Kalman

The charming and hilarious illustrator, author, and designer Maira Kalman sits down for an inspiring conversation about how she follows her curiosity to create everything from books and New Yorker covers to illustrated blogs, purses, and set design.  Her unique perspective on creativity, daydreaming and trusting your instincts is refreshing for passionate creators of all types.

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Posted on April 18, 2018 .

Episode 82: Renée Fleming

The opera superstar, and “People’s Diva,” discusses how her constant need to learn and challenge herself has taken her from the biggest opera houses in the world, to her current role singing in Carousel on Broadway, and to working behind the scenes to share her passion for the arts with new audiences by helping to create groundbreaking and exciting new work.  

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Posted on April 4, 2018 .

Episode 81: David Roberts

One of the best Alaskan alpinists of his generation and most prolific American climbing authors with over 28 books to his name, David Roberts discusses the lure of adventure, the incredible risks that come with alpine climbing (including death), and how being grounded by stage 4 cancer has led him to new discoveries.

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Posted on March 21, 2018 .

Episode 80: Tara Westover

In this heartbreaking yet hopeful episode, the author of the stunning new memoir Educated, opens up about growing up in a family of radical Mormon survivalists whose parents were opposed to traditional medical care and formal schooling.  She broke free by teaching herself enough to pass a high school equivalency test and going to college, eventually earning a Ph.D. from Cambridge University.

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Posted on March 7, 2018 .