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May 22, 2020
Ben Yakas, arts editor for Gothamist and WNYC, joins us to recommend shows and movies to binge-watch while you're stuck at home. *Alison mistakenly referred to the film "Wet Hot American Summer" as "Wet Hot Summer." The correct title is "Wet Hot American Summer." 
May 22, 2020
Actor Sarah Paulson joins us to discuss her career, and her role on the FX/Hulu series "Mrs. America." 
May 22, 2020
[REBROADCAST FROM DECEMBER 5, 2018] Director Michelle Esrick and Darrell Hammond join us to discuss the film "Cracked Up." In this film, we witness the impact that childhood trauma can have through the story of award-winning actor, comedian, and “Saturday Night Live” star, Darrell Hammond. If you’re a survivor of childhood trauma looking for help, resources are available on the film's website.
May 22, 2020
[REBROADCAST FROM NOVEMBER 8, 2019] Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield joins to discuss her new documentary, “The Kingmaker,” which tells the story of the former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. 
May 22, 2020
[REBROADCAST FROM FEBRUARY 21, 2020] James Jacoby, director of the PBS Frontline documentary "Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos," joins us to discuss the film and the ascendance of Amazon as a trillion-dollar business. 
May 22, 2020
Emmy-winning actor Carol Kane discusses starring in the new movie “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend” and more.
May 21, 2020
Award-winning bartender and owner of Leyenda in Brooklyn, Ivy Mix, discusses her new book Spirits of Latin America: A Celebration of Culture & Cocktails, with 100 Recipes from Leyenda & Beyond, as part of our series "Summer in Place."
May 21, 2020
Director Nick Sweeney discusses the new FX and Hulu documentary “AKA Jane Roe,” about the life of Norma McCorvey, “Roe” in Roe v. Wade. In the film, McCorvey makes the stunning confession that she had been paid by pro-life activists to support their cause. 
May 21, 2020
WNYC news editor Jennifer Vanasco talks about online classes available during the pandemic. 
May 21, 2020
Director Ashley Tata and Gideon Lester, who runs the Fisher Center at Bard, join us to discuss Bard's modified-Zoom-based production of Caryl Churchill's play "Mad Forest ," which is co-produced by Theatre for a New Audience. The show runs on May 22, 24, and 27. 
May 21, 2020
Jennifer Ackerman discusses her latest book, The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think.
May 20, 2020
Steve Earle discusses his forthcoming album Ghosts of West Virginia, including songs he wrote for the play "Coal Country." The interview features an exclusive premiere of Earle's song "The Mine," as well as the North American debut of an acoustic version of "It's About Blood."   Hear Steve Earle's "The Mine" in full below. Ghosts of West Virginia is out Friday, May 22. Steve Earle - The Mine Steve Earle - The Mine  
May 20, 2020
Steve Earle discusses his forthcoming album Ghosts of West Virginia, including songs he wrote for the play "Coal Country." The interview features an exclusive premiere of Earle's song "The Mine," as well as the North American debut of an acoustic version of "It's About Blood."   Hear Steve Earle's "The Mine" in full below. Ghosts of West Virginia is out Friday, May 22.
May 20, 2020
Director Michael Jacobs discusses the Quibi docu-series “Blackballed,” which tells the story of Donald Sterling’s expulsion from the Clippers.
May 20, 2020
Professor Renee Knake and professor Hannah Brenner Johnson discuss their new book, Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court, as part of our ongoing series “Keep It 100.”
May 20, 2020
Fanny Singer discusses her new book, Always Home: A Daughter's Recipes & Stories, about growing up as the daughter of chef and activist Alice Waters, who also joins the conversation.
May 19, 2020
Contributing New York Times writer Maggie Jones and photographer Philip Montgomery discuss their photo essay, "How Do You Maintain Dignity for the Dead in a Pandemic?," and photographing NYC public hospitals.
May 19, 2020
Alex Halberstadt discusses his memoir, Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning, an exploration of his father’s past.
May 19, 2020
Grammy-winner Jason Isbell discusses his new album with the 400 Unit, Reunions.
May 19, 2020
Curtis Sittenfeld discusses her novel, Rodham, which imagines the life of Hillary Clinton if she had turned down Bill Clinton’s proposal.
May 18, 2020
Puja Patel, editor in chief of Pitchfork, joins us to discuss the good, the bad, and the corny songs released about the pandemic for our series “Review/Preview.”    
May 18, 2020
Writer and director Michael Winterbottom, discusses the final installment of “The Trip” film series, “The Trip to Greece.”
May 18, 2020
Diane Kochilas, cookbook author and creator of the award-winning TV show, “My Greek Table with Diane Kochilas,” discusses the new season airing on PBS.
May 18, 2020
Author and journalist David Kamp discusses his book,Sunny Days: The Children’s Television Revolution That Changed America.
May 18, 2020
Laura Reiley, business of food reporter at the Washington Post, discusses how our food supply chain is being impacted by the health crisis.   
May 15, 2020
Molly Ball, political correspondent for TIME, discusses her new book, Pelosi, about Nancy Pelosi’s rise to power, as part of our ongoing series celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage, 'Keep It 100.' 
May 15, 2020
WNYC arts and culture editor Jennifer Vanasco talks about what to do from home this weekend.
May 15, 2020
Actor Daveed Diggs joins to discuss starring in the TV adaptation of "Snowpiercer," which premieres on TNT this Sunday.
May 15, 2020
Director Alice Wu joins us to discuss her new film "The Half Of It."
May 15, 2020
Loring Randolph, artistic director of Frieze New York, joins us to discuss this year's virtual Frieze Viewing Room.
May 15, 2020
Acclaimed historian and author Jill Lepore joins us to discuss her new podcast "The Last Archive."
May 14, 2020
Director Kris Pearn joins us to discuss the new animated film, "The Willoughbys."
May 14, 2020
[REBROADCAST] Italian cookbook author Elizabeth Minchilli joins us to discuss her cookbook, The Italian Table: Creating festive meals for family and friends.   Recipe courtesy of Elizabeth Minchilli    Spaghetti alla Vigliacca COWARD’S SPAGHETTI This sauce is all about the pancetta. It uses a HUGE amount of pancetta per person. It is what it is. And what it is, is amazing. When my daughter Sophie and I were at Rocco’s recently we got into a discussion with the owners about the amount of pancetta in the dish, because the quantity was more than you’d usually see atop a plate of pasta. Sophie was definitely on “Team More” with Rocco the chef. I felt it was a bit too much. The following recipe is the happy medium. But one thing to keep in mind is that since pancetta is the only thing going on here, try to get ahold of the best pancetta possible. Definitely do not substitute bacon and absolutely do not use anything smoked. While Trattoria Rocco makes this with run-of-the-mill spaghetti, and it’s pretty great, when I make it I try to use a more artisanal brand like Faella or Gentile from Gragnano. The quality really does make a difference. You can serve the dish with ground chile pepper (Rocco sprinkles a bit along the edges of each plate). Traditionally this dish is not served with grated cheese. If you’re wondering why it’s called Spaghetti alla Vigliacca, I have no idea. And after much research, seemingly no one else does either. SERVES 4 OR 5 reserved pasta water. Turn up the heat and finish cooking the pasta, mixing well to distribute the pancetta and fats over the strands of spaghetti. Garnish with the parsley. Serve immediately. NOTE The pancetta pieces tend to congregate at the bottom of the pan or bowl. When serving, stir well and make sure everyone gets their fair share of pancetta!   3/4 pound pancetta 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, plus an additional tablespoon if needed 2 or 3 small Italian dried or fresh chile peppers (peperoncino), to taste Sea salt, for the cooking water 1 pound of spaghetti Minced parsley for garnish Pancetta often comes with the skin attached; if so, trim this off with a sharp knife. Slice the pancetta against the grain into 1/4-inch slices. Cut each slice into 1/4-inch pieces, across the rows of fat, resulting in about 11/2 cups of little log-shaped, fat-striated pieces. Pour the olive oil into a pan large enough to fit the drained pasta later, then add the pancetta and chile peppers. Turn on the heat to medium- low and let the pancetta cook slowly and render its fat slowly. The desired texture is chewy; it shouldn’t burn or even become crispy. While you are cooking it, if it looks very dry, as if there isn’t enough fat, add another tablespoon of olive oil. You can tell it is done when the fat loses its translucent look and becomes opaque. It should take 10 minutes or so. Remove from the heat. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until almost al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Add the pasta to the pan with the pancetta, along with the reserved pasta water. Turn up the heat and finish cooking the pasta, mixing well to distribute the pancetta and fats over the strands of spaghetti. Garnish with the parsley. Serve immediately.   NOTE The pancetta pieces tend to congregate at the bottom of the pan or bowl. When serving, stir well and make sure everyone gets their fair share of pancetta!  
May 14, 2020
Terry Nguyen, reporter covering technology and transportation at Vox's The Goods, joins us to share tips for a great staycation, as part of our new series "Summer in Place."
May 14, 2020
WNYC's planning editor Kate Hinds joins us for a new installment of "Kate Has a Plan."
May 14, 2020
Since the beginning of the year, there has been a spike in anti-Asian harassment and discrimination in New York City and other parts of the country. Carmelyn Malalis, chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, joins us to discuss  what's behind the rise in incidents. She is joined by Academy Award-nominated producer and director Geeta Gandbhir, who produced the final episode of the new PBS series "Asian Americans."
May 14, 2020
Bill Buford discusses his new book, Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking.
May 13, 2020
Executive producer Jeffrey Toobin and executive producer and director Brian McGinn discuss their new Netflix docu-series “Trial By Media.”
May 13, 2020
YouTube star Wes Tank joins us to talk about his Dr. Seuss raps.
May 13, 2020
[REBROADCAST] Rachael & Vilray, the duo of guitarist and singer Vilray and Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive, join us to talk about their self-titled debut album and perform.
May 13, 2020
Emil Wilbekin, founder of Native Son and former editor-in-chief of Vibe, joins to discuss his friendship with the late Andre Harrell, founder of Uptown Records.
May 13, 2020
John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds, joins us to remember Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider and Little Richard, two musicians who changed the course of Western pop music and recently died.
May 13, 2020
Sarah Frier discusses her book, No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram.
May 12, 2020
Author and activist Jill Nelson joins us to talk about her arrest in April for writing chalk graffiti with the message "Trump = Plague."
May 12, 2020
ProPublica senior reporting fellow Joshua Kaplan joins us to discuss his reporting and the data on racial disparities related to the pandemic.
May 12, 2020
Our May “Get Lit with All Of It” book club author, Kate Elizabeth Russell, joins us for a short conversation about her novel My Dark Vanessa, ahead of our event on May 26.   Get Lit with All Of It is now in partnership with the New York Library, who will be providing thousands of extra e-copies of 'My Dark Vanessa,' available for a free 3-week download.  And we will be hosting a virtual event with Kate Elizabeth Russell and a special musical guest on May 26.  For more information about the event, Get Lit with All Of It, and e-books made available, head to our Get Lit page.
May 12, 2020
Elizabeth Acevedo discusses her new YA novel, Clap When You Land.
May 12, 2020
Director Matt Wolf discusses his documentary "Spaceship Earth" about the history of Biosphere 2, a self-engineered replica of Earth's ecosystem and social experiment that began in 1991.
May 12, 2020
Singer-songwriter Tori Amos discusses her new memoir, Resistance: A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change, and Courage.
May 12, 2020
New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams joins us to talk about racial disparities related to the pandemic, from the enforcement of social distancing to the health effects of the virus on communities of color.
May 11, 2020
The New Yorker movie-listings editor Richard Brody gives recommendations for alternative streaming options on OVID.tv, Crackle, and IFC Films, as part of our series “Review/Preview.”
May 11, 2020
The New Yorker movie-listings editor Richard Brody gives recommendations for alternative streaming options on OVID.tv, Crackle, and IFC Films Unlimited, as part of our series “Review/Preview.”
May 11, 2020
The Ringer staff writer Alyssa Bereznak discusses her reporting on the relationship between TikTok and the music industry.
May 11, 2020
Hayley Williams, lead singer of the band Paramore, discusses her debut solo album, Petals for Armor.
May 11, 2020
Sopan Deb, journalist at The New York Times, discusses his memoir, Missed Translations: Meeting the Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me.
May 11, 2020
Megan Smolenyak, the former Chief Family Historian for Ancestry.com, and Philip Sutton from New York Public Library's Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy explain how to trace your family tree and get started on your own genealogy project.
May 8, 2020
Ben Yakas, arts and culture editor at Gothamist, joins Alison to recommend movies for Mother's Day and take calls from listeners celebrating their moms. 
May 8, 2020
[REBROADCAST FROM OCTOBER 1, 2019] Jeannie Gaffigan joins us to talk about her new memoir, When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People. 
May 8, 2020
Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of the New York comedy club Caroline’s on Broadway and the New York Comedy Festival, discusses her Comedy Central documentary “Call Your Mother,” about the relationships comedians have with their mothers.
May 8, 2020
Author and life coach Tama Kieves joins us to take calls and discuss how to cope with finding a new job or making a career change during the pandemic.
May 8, 2020
Photographer-turned-nurse Karen Cunningham talks about using her camera to capture what life is like for doctors and nurses working in units treating COVID-19. She followed her friend and colleague Cady Chaplin over two days at Lenox Hill Hospital. Chaplin joins us as well. Her portfolio, "A City Nurse," appears in the May 4 issue of The New Yorker. Karen Cunningham's photos for the New Yorker below:  Intensive-care nurse Cady Chaplin. (Karen Cunningham for the New Yorker )   Orthopedic residents and a physical therapist, recruited to work in intensive care during the pandemic, turn a COVID-19 patient on his stomach so that he can breathe more easily. Patients are flipped every sixteen hours, by a team of five people. (Karen Cunningham for the New Yorker )   Dr. David Butler performs an ultrasound on the lungs of a patient with acute respiratory distress, to assess the risks of intubation. (Karen Cunningham for the New Yorker )   Chaplin claps during the seven-o’clock tribute to health-care professionals and other workers. “I think it’s cathartic for people to let it all out for two minutes,” she says. (Karen Cunningham for the New Yorker )  
May 8, 2020
Sports journalist Diane Shah discusses her new book, A Farewell to Arms, Legs and Jockstraps: A Sportswriter's Memoir, covering her career of more than three decades in New York, Boston and Los Angeles.
May 7, 2020
 Condé Nast Traveler associate editor Megan Spurrell and transportation editor Jessica Puckett, who covers air travel and airlines, join us give specific tips on cancelling/moving/booking flights and summer/fall vacation hotel reservations, as well as changes coming to air travel amid and post-Covid.
May 7, 2020
We air highlights from our conversation with beat-boxer Butterscotch at our virtual Get Lit with All Of It book club event. Plus, two special live performances from Butterscotch! Missed the event? Watch it in full here.  To find out more about our Get Lit with All Of It book club, and our new partnership with the New York Public Library, click here, and follow us on Instagram at @allofitwnyc. 
May 7, 2020
Hear selections from the virtual audience Q&A with author James McBride about his novel Deacon King Kong, from our virtual Get Lit with All Of It event.  Missed the event? Watch it in full here.  To find out more about our Get Lit with All Of It book club, and our new partnership with the New York Public Library, click here, and follow us on Instagram at @allofitwnyc.   
May 7, 2020
We air highlights from our conversation with James McBride about his novel Deacon King Kong, from our virtual Get Lit with All Of It event.  Missed the event? Watch it in full here.  To find out more about our Get Lit with All Of It book club, and our new partnership with the New York Public Library, click here, and follow us on Instagram at @allofitwnyc. 
May 7, 2020
Director Nadia Hallgren discusses her documentary Becoming, about Michelle Obama's life and the book tour for her memoir of the same name. 
May 7, 2020
Best-selling author Jennifer Weiner discusses her new novel, Big Summer . 
May 6, 2020
Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson discusses executive producing and directing the first six episodes of the new Hulu series "Normal People," based on the Sally Rooney novel of the same name. 
May 6, 2020
Actor Hong Chau and director Andrew Ahn discuss their film “Driveways”, available to stream on VOD starting May 7.
May 6, 2020
Brian Bannon, Merryl and James Tisch Director of the New York Public Library, joins us to discuss the Library's Missing Sounds of New York album. We'll also take calls from listeners about what city sounds they're missing while NYC is on pause.
May 6, 2020
Astrophysicist and bestselling author Mario Livio discusses his new book, Galileo: And The Science Deniers.
May 6, 2020
WNYC planning editor Kate Hinds discusses the newsroom's coverage of coronavirus in New York. 
May 6, 2020
Bloomberg reporter Michelle Davis discusses the struggles of finding a work/life balance while working from home during the pandemic, and takes calls from listeners.   
May 5, 2020
Director Crystal Moselle and skateboarder and actor Nina Moran discuss the new HBO series "Betty."
May 5, 2020
[REBROADCAST FROM MAY 28, 2019] Producer Roland Ballester and director Frédéric Tcheng join us to discuss their documentary “Halston,” which chronicles the life and times of the couture fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick. 
May 5, 2020
Vanessa Friedman, fashion director and chief fashion critic for The New York Times, joins us to recap the virtual Met Gala.
May 5, 2020
Author Amity Gaige discusses her new novel, Sea Wife, which tells the story of a couple who decide to spend a year sailing with their children in order to save their marriage. 
May 5, 2020
Instagram personality New York Nico will discuss his New York accent contest and his most recent New York t-shirt contest.
May 5, 2020
Director Rachel Mason discusses her Netflix documentary “Circus of Books,” which tells the story of her parent’s gay pornography store in Los Angeles. 
May 4, 2020
Eliana Dockterman, culture writer at TIME, discusses what’s new in podcasts for our series “Review/Preview.”  
May 4, 2020
Patrick McGinnis, author of Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice, discusses FOMO in the time of COVID.  
May 4, 2020
Lori Gottlieb, psychotherapist, author of the “Dear Therapist” column at The Atlantic, and author of the best-selling memoir Maybe You Should Talk To Someone, joins us to take calls from listeners with questions about parenting during the pandemic.  
May 4, 2020
Sam Levine, voting-rights reporter at The Guardian, discusses the cancellation of New York’s Democratic presidential primary and what it means for voting rights, as part of our year-long series “Protect the Vote.”  
May 4, 2020
Ellen Trachman, an attorney specializing in assisted reproductive technology, adoption and co-host of the podcast I Want To Put a Baby in You, joins us to discuss New York's surrogacy law in light of Anderson Cooper welcoming his son. 
May 4, 2020
Economist Thomas Piketty and director Justin Pemberton discuss their new documentary, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century," based on Piketty's best-selling book, which was released in virtual cinemas via Kino Marquee Film on May 1.  
May 1, 2020
[REBROADCAST] Actor Adrienne C. Moore and director Leah C. Gardiner join us to discuss the return of the 1976 theatrical production, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” to The Public Theater.   Lucille Lortel nominations: Outstanding Revival Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Okwui Okpokwasili) Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Alexandria Wailes) Outstanding Choreographer (Camille A. Brown) Outstanding Costume Design (Toni-Leslie James)
May 1, 2020
[REBROADCAST] Actors Elise Kibler and Kara Young join us to discuss starring in the play “All The Natalie Portmans.”   Lucille Lortel nominations: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (Kara Young)  
May 1, 2020
[REBROADCAST] Playwright, composer, and lyricist Michael R. Jackson joins us to discuss his off-Broadway debut musical, "A Strange Loop", and perform live.   Lucille Lortel nominations: Outstanding Musical Outstanding Director (Stephen Brackett) Outstanding Choreographer (Raja Feather Kelly) Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical (Larry Owens) Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (John-Andrew Morrison) Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (L Morgan Lee) Outstanding Costume Design (Montana Levi Blanco)  
May 1, 2020
[REBROADCAST] Playwright Lydia Diamond and actor April Matthis discuss the new play mounted by Roundabout Theatre Company, "Toni Stone."   Lucille Lortel nominations: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (April Matthis) Outstanding Choreographer (Camille A. Brown)      
May 1, 2020
[REBROADCAST] Composer, playwright, and lyricist Dave Malloy joins us to talk about  “OCTET,” his musical which played at the Signature Theatre.   Lucille Lortel nominations: Outstanding Musical Outstanding Director (Annie Tippe) Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Alex Gibson) Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Kuhoo Verma) Outstanding Sound Design (Hidenori Nakajo)
May 1, 2020
[REBROADCAST] Playwright Lynn Nottage, composer Duncan Sheik, and actor Saycon Sengbloh discuss "The Secret Life of Bees."   Lucille Lortel nominations: Outstanding Musical Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (Elisa Davis) Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (LaChanze)
May 1, 2020
WNYC news editor Jennifer Vanasco talks about what to do at home this weekend.
April 30, 2020
[REBROADCAST] Stretch and Bobbito join us to discuss the release of their debut album, No Requests.
April 30, 2020
Keith Frazier, one of the founding members of The Rebirth Brass Band, discusses the cancellation of the New Orleans Jazz Fest and what it means for the New Orleans music scene, as part of our musical mini-series "Some Of That Jazz."
April 30, 2020
Summer Rayne Oakes, author of How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in Your Home & Heart, the founder of Homestead Brooklyn, and the YouTube channel Plant One On Me, answers more of our listeners' urgent questions about caring for flora.
April 30, 2020
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal discusses the release of a new audio production of “Sea Wall / A Life.” 
April 29, 2020
Chef and writer Jenny Dorsey shares cooking tips and preservation practices for our kitchens’ stockpiled grocery items. 
April 29, 2020
Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn discuss their eponymous debut duo album, celebrating American and Chinese folk music traditions.
April 29, 2020
Adam Weiner of the band Low Cut Connie discusses his upcoming album, Private Lives, and the cancellation of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as part of our mini-series "Some Of That Jazz."
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