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  • David Sedaris, Part 1 | Michael Ian Black,David Sedaris

    David Sedaris, Part 1

    • ORIGINAL (40 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, David Sedaris
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    NPR Humorist and Best-selling Author of "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and "When You Are Engulfed in Flames," author David Sedaris became a household name in his mid-thirties after public radio broadcast his iconic holiday story "SantaLand Diaries.” 20 years later he now tours the world, selling out venues full of loyal fans. In Part 1 of his interview, Michael talks to David about how he crafts his stories and how his career as a writer and performer became so successful.

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson | Michael Ian Black,Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

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    • By Michael Ian Black, Neil deGrasse Tyson
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    In this wide ranging conversation, the world famous astrophysicist, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, television host, author and all around badass talks to Michael about how his early years opened his mind to the universe and laid the path to his future success. In this candid interview, the two discusses how he deals with fame, why he thinks NASA is so important, and how he approaches science deniers.

  • David Sedaris, Part 2 | Michael Ian Black,David Sedaris

    David Sedaris, Part 2

    • ORIGINAL (32 mins)
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    In Part 2 of Michael’s interview with Best-selling Author David Sedaris, they talk about growing up Sedaris and how his relationship with his father motivated him to be the writer he is today.

    In this in-depth interview show, Black takes listeners into the minds of some of today’s most fascinating celebrities and newsmakers to discuss the process of how they became, well, amazing.

  • Mary Roach | Michael Ian Black,Mary Roach

    Mary Roach

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    Michael sits down with the investigative journalist and best-selling author of Grunt, Stiff and Bonk for a humorous and insightful conversation about her unique research and writing process. While Roach does not possess a science degree, she has managed to establish herself as one of the country’s leading science writers tackling subjects that are taboo such as the history of research on copulation and the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.

  • Jim Gaffigan | Michael Ian Black,Jim Gaffigan

    Jim Gaffigan

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    • By Michael Ian Black, Jim Gaffigan
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    [Contains explicit content] In his early years as a comedian, Jim Gaffigan struggled to find his own comedic point of view. It took him years to figure out that his best work meant being comfortable as his clean self and having faith that funny is funny, even without profanity. Along with his writing partner, and wife, Jeanie, Gaffigan has become one of the most popular comedians working today.

  • Chris Hardwick | Michael Ian Black,Chris Hardwick

    Chris Hardwick

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    Michael sits down with Chris Hardwick, the talk show host and CEO of Nerdist Industries who got his start on the MTV game show Singled Out. After several years of abusing alcohol and not being able to pay his rent, Chris quit booze, stopped acting and decided to make a world out of the things he’s passionate about which organically led to a build-it-and-they-will-come multi million-dollar business.

  • Felicia Day | Michael Ian Black,Felicia Day

    Felicia Day

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    • By Michael Ian Black, Felicia Day
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    As a musical and math prodigy, Felicia Day was not used to failing. She expected that being a Hollywood actress would be as easy, but eventually figured out that she had to carve her own way. After many false starts Day created the hit web series, The Guild which used her love of gaming as the basis, and became an Internet rock star. Day walks Michael through how she made her own success on her terms, and what happens when you get what you want.

  • Penn Jillette | Michael Ian Black,Penn Jillette

    Penn Jillette

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    • By Michael Ian Black, Penn Jillette
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    [Contains explicit content] Legendary magician and raconteur Penn Jillette has a keen eye for calling out the bullshit around him, but it took a dangerous health scare for him to realize his own eating habits were going to kill him if he didn't make drastic changes to his diet. In this episode he and Michael discuss how his desire to never take the easy route has helped make him a great magician and showman, and pushed him to lose over 100 pounds without surgery.

  • Naomi Klein | Michael Ian Black,Naomi Klein

    Naomi Klein

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    • By Michael Ian Black, Naomi Klein
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    Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international best sellers, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, and her latest This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate. Her ability to tackle and make understandable big subjects like global warming and unfettered capitalism have made her hugely popular and even offer us a ray of hope in the face of a seemingly dire future.

  • Amy Schumer | Michael Ian Black,Amy Schumer

    Amy Schumer

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    [Contains explicit content] Michael sits down with his friend and fellow comedian Amy Schumer to discuss her years as a stand-up, her hit Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, and Trainwreck, her upcoming film with Judd Apatow.

    In this in-depth interview show, Black takes listeners into the minds of some of today’s most fascinating celebrities and newsmakers to discuss the process of how they became, well, amazing.

  • Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird) | Michael Ian Black

    Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird)

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    Whether it's family history, religion, aging, or his parents, Michael Ian Black always has something to say in the dry, irreverent voice that has captured a fan base of millions. When a medical diagnosis forces him to realize he's not getting any younger, he reexamines his life as a middle-aged guy - of course, in the deadpan wit and self-deprecating vignettes that have become trademarks of his humor.

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda | Michael Ian Black,Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Lin-Manuel Miranda

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    • By Michael Ian Black, Lin-Manuel Miranda
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    Michael hears from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony Award-winning lyricist whose musical In the Heights catapulted him to the Broadway scene at a very young age. The two discuss his passion for hip-hop music, building a hit Broadway show, working with Neil Patrick Harris and how he was able to combine his love of musical theater and hip-hop to successfully make a career out of doing what he loves.

  • Kevin Smith | Michael Ian Black,Kevin Smith

    Kevin Smith

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    [Contains explicit content] Michael takes listeners into the world of the fascinating and profane indie movie director Kevin Smith, whose first film, Clerks, helped change the world of movie-making.

  • Bobcat Goldthwait | Michael Ian Black,Bobcat Goldthwait

    Bobcat Goldthwait

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    • By Michael Ian Black, Bobcat Goldthwait
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    In the late 80's and 90's Bobcat Goldthwait was one of the biggest comedians in the US. His trademark voice and sharp black comedy led him to financial success in Hollywood films and videos, but he was miserable. At the height of his so-called success, Goldthwait chucked it all and decide to focus on writing, directing, and most of all, being happy.

  • Elizabeth Gilbert | Michael Ian Black,Elizabeth Gilbert

    Elizabeth Gilbert

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    [Contains explicit content] Michael talks to best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert about her creative process - where ideas come from, how she works, and how her childhood colors her adult life.

  • Chuck Klosterman | Michael Ian Black,Chuck Klosterman

    Chuck Klosterman

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    [Contains explicit content] Chuck Klosterman is best known for his wildly popular books on music and pop cultural including the mega hits Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto and Killing Yourself to Live, in which he writes about subjects he is passionate about — from heavy metal to breakfast cereals and everything in between. In this episode Klosterman discusses his rise from small town boy to finding his place as one of America’s best loved cultural critics.

  • Nate Silver | Michael Ian Black,Nate Silver

    Nate Silver

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    Michael talks with Nate Silver, the founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight.com, who is a statistical celebrity. His take on data is not only accessible and fascinating to those of us who flunked algebra, but it's correct and has garnered him a huge following and praise from President Obama.

    In this in-depth interview show, Black takes listeners into the minds of some of today’s most fascinating celebrities and newsmakers to discuss the process of how they became, well, amazing.

  • Max Brooks | Michael Ian Black,Max Brooks

    Max Brooks

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    When you grow up the only child of two very famous parents, most people don’t expect much from you, but Max Brooks wanted to prove to himself that he was more than just “Mel Brook’s brat.” After trying his hand at various pursuits, he channeled his lifelong inclination toward the worst case scenario and wrote The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, which not only became huge hits among zombie fans.

  • Bob Odenkirk | Michael Ian Black,Bob Odenkirk

    Bob Odenkirk

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    Michael sits down with actor, comedian, and author Bob Odenkirk to talk about his professional journey starting as a brash young writer for Saturday Night Live, working as one half of the HBO cult comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David, and becoming a breakout star in the hit series Breaking Bad, which spawned his own series, Better Call Saul. Along the way, Odenkirk realizes that sometimes being a bull in a china shop isn't always the best approach.

  • Daniel Kahneman | Michael Ian Black,Daniel Kahneman

    Daniel Kahneman

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    When Michael spoke to Five Thirty Eight's founder Nate Silver, he highly recommended Daniel Kahneman's groundbreaking book Thinking Fast and Slow. Now, Michael talks to Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning author and founder of behavioral economics, in a rare interview, in which he not only discusses his best-selling book, but also shares personal stories about growing up Jewish in Nazi-occupied Paris.

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