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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

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • 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)
    • By Michael Ian Black, David Sedaris
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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.

  • Michael Lewis | Michael Ian Black,Michael Lewis

    Michael Lewis

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Michael Lewis
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    The best-selling author of The Blind Side, The Big Short, Moneyball and his newest, The Undoing Project, is known to be a master storyteller. He proves no different in this interview as he tells great stories about his years growing up in New Orleans and how that helped shape his worldview and his approach to writing.

  • Chuck Klosterman | Michael Ian Black,Chuck Klosterman

    Chuck Klosterman

    • ORIGINAL (49 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, 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.

  • 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.

  • Daniel Kahneman | Michael Ian Black,Daniel Kahneman

    Daniel Kahneman

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    • By Michael Ian Black, 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.

  • Dan Harris | Michael Ian Black,Dan Harris

    Dan Harris

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    • By Michael Ian Black, Dan Harris
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    [Contains explicit content] After years of covering wars overseas, it was reading the news on "Good Morning America" that nearly did in newsman Dan Harris after he suffered a major panic attack live on air. His nationally televised wake-up call forced him to stop self-medicating with recreational drugs and start a search for serenity.

  • Ira Glass | Michael Ian Black,Ira Glass

    Ira Glass

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Ira Glass
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    From NPR intern to the creator, host, and Executive Producer of This American Life, one of the most popular shows on public radio, Ira Glass talks about what goes into making his weekly program, his approach to being "the boss" and he shares memories about his work before This American Life. His legendary instincts about what makes great audio come into full play as he offers this show advice on how to edit his interview.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    James says: ""How To Be Awesome" is RIGHT!"
  • Amy Schumer | Michael Ian Black,Amy Schumer

    Amy Schumer

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, 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.

  • 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.

  • Mary Roach | Michael Ian Black,Mary Roach

    Mary Roach

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    • By Michael Ian Black, 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.

  • You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations | Michael Ian Black

    You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black
    • Narrated By Michael Ian Black
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    "You’re not doing it right." Michael Ian Black has been hearing these five words all his life. And now—on the eve of his 40th birthday—he is finally beginning to wonder why. As a husband and father living in the suburbs, Michael asks the questions so many of us ask ourselves at one point or another, including "How did I end up here?" The answers are painstakingly detailed in this, Michael Ian Black’s debut memoir.

    Grant says: "Funny, Heartfelt, and Honest"
  • 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.

  • Krista Tippett | Michael Ian Black,Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett

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    Michael goes deep with Krista Tippett. Tippett has devoted her professional life to asking the big questions on her show, On Being. Questions about faith and science and love and how we should live our lives are posed in such an engaging, thought-provoking way that it's no wonder she has amassed a huge following on both public radio and through her popular podcast.

  • 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)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black
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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.

    Amber says: "Man Turns 40, World Ends"
  • Andy Cohen | Michael Ian Black,Andy Cohen

    Andy Cohen

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Andy Cohen
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    Michael sits down with the charming author, host of Watch What Happens: Live and executive producer of The Real Housewives for a lively discussion about how his passion for pop culture lead him to his dream job. Cohen dishes about his early days at CBS news, and gets candid about everything from coming out of the closet to handling life in the spotlight.

  • Brian Greene | Michael Ian Black,Brian Greene

    Brian Greene

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    • By Michael Ian Black, Brian Greene
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    Michael takes listeners into the world of the theoretical physicist and string theorist, Brian Greene, who has the unusual gift for not only understanding some of the world's most difficult mathematic equations, but being able to explain them and make them fascinating to the rest of the population.

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