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The Moment with Brian Koppelman podcast.

December 28, 2019

Interviews about the pivotal moments that fueled fascinating creative careers. Hosted by Brian Koppelman.



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Shane McAnally, American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer

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Condola Rashad, actor, singer, director, superstar. 

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David Koepp, legendary screenwriter/director, on Spielberg and directing.

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Judd Apatow on creating as the world’s aflame

The King of Staten Island on demand now

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Songwriter and singer Corb Lund on writing about the North American west and making his best ever album.

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Jason Rosenthal on how to survive the unthinkable. 

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Podcast, author, and retired Navy SEAL, Jocko Willink talks about his life and philosophy.

from May 2019

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Jason Isbell on his new album Reunions and being the standard bearer of the American Male.

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Brian answers your questions. 
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Damian Lewis on the road that got him to Billions! 
Billions premiere's this Sunday on Showtime!
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Bill Simmons, legend, in his longest one on one interview ever. 

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SNL's Melissa Villaseñor on how she made the most of her moment.

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Vampire Weekend Singer/songwriter/bandleader on The Moments that got him here.

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Michael Bamberger on what Tiger Woods means to all of us

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Brian, with some help from Anna, answers your questions.
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Seth explains why this is a time to stop day trading in emotions. 

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Brian talks to CC Sabathia about his life before and after baseball.

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Thomas Chatterton Williams, author and professor, on the joys and dangers of being a memoirist. 

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Ben Horowitz, venture capitalist and author, on what it really takes to succeed.

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Legendary Richard Marx on why quitting school and moving to California changed his life.

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Drive-By Trucker’s singer songwriter Mike Cooley, one of the best songwriters in the world, on how he fights writers block each and every day.

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Legendary Chef/owners Missy Robbins and Sean Feeney on finding each other and their creative destiny together. 

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The Rise and Fall of WeWork is a stunning story of hope and hubris. WeWork was the poster child for a new economy. Its founders wanted to revolutionize everything about the way people lived their lives. Its charismatic founder Adam Neumann had an intoxicating vision for the company — but did it ever match the reality?​

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John Heilemann on the Circus that is 2020 and how he handles being in the middle of it. 

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Academy Award Nominated movie producer Mike Deluca on how being an outside as a kid helped him become the ultimate Hollywood insider.

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Brian answers questions you sent in via twitter and email.

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Brian will be a answering questions for this week's show. Send questions to Brian at TheMomentBK@gmail.com or on Twitter

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Dan Soder on what it means to make it as a comedian. 

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Jeff Garlin, comic genius, on finding his voice.

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Sam Koppelman, co-author of Impeach, the Case Against Donald Trump, on freedom, discipline, privilege and what it’s like to write a book in 3 weeks. 

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David Plouffe, architect of President Obama’s election wins, on how he knows what’s next. And why he’s sometimes wrong. 

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Edward Norton and Brian on 22 years of friendship and films. 

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Academy award winning screenwriter and director Chris McQuarrie answers all. 

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Brian and New York Times restaurant critic, Pete Wells, talks about his rough "Peter Luger" review....Spoiler alert, Brian does not agree.

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Brian talk to Colin Quinn about life, being on the road and his Netflix special, Red State Blue State

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Brian answers your questions from Twitter and emails.
Email Brian at TheMomentBK@gmail.com

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Brian will be a answering questions for this week's show. Send questions to Brian at TheMomentBK@gmail.com or on Twitter

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Brian takes a walk around Central Park with the brilliant Liz Phair

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Think bigger. Create better. Live smarter. Ideas are coming at you everyday from all directions. Where do you even start? Well, here, with the Next Big Idea Club. Thought-leaders Adam Grant, Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, and Dan Pink are now your personal curators. Along with your host Rufus Griscom, they’ll bring you the most groundbreaking ideas that will change the way you live, work, and think.

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Robbie Robertson, music legend, on why the music still matters.

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New Gary Gulman on how he beat The Great Depresh to headline his own hbo hour. W special guest, Sam Koppelman

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Steve Gorman stops by to talk about his life with the Black Crowes, his current band Trigger Hippy and his new book, Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes--A Memoir

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The great and legendary Seth Godin

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"Best of" from 12/23/14 - Dave Ramsey, one of the most successful radio hosts on earth, on how he turned his life around. And how we all can.

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"Best of" from 10/18/16 - Daniel Negreanu is one of (if not the best) poker player in the world today. He has set all kinds of records in the poker community, but today he tells us how he did it. To kick things off, Brian and Daniel discuss their old spat from Tilt and how their relationship has changed since then, when Daniel decided to become a professional poker player, and how he observes people to pick up information Also, the two talk about how Daniel's definition of success has changed over the years, what he's interested in outside the poker table , and how the Rocky movies help get him ready to make a run at the WSOP Final Table every year

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JJ Redick, basketball superstar, on how he willed himself to get here, what the challenges were along the way, and how the culture of the NBA has shifted over his years in the league. 

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"Best of" From 2/6/18, Craig Finn on the state of The Hold Steady, Small r redemption and how to find God in Chicago

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Legendary songwriter Darrell Scott on finding his artist voice.

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Ben Mezrich, best selling author, on finding your dream life.

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In this "Best of" episode, PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, the hosts of Reply All, discuss their creative partnership and their meteoric rise. They also discuss their own worries for the show, the collective work it takes to put out an episode, and finding the sweet spot to maintain their outsider status as they become a part of the mainstream podcasting culture. 

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From Billions to Broadway, Brian talks to writer, actress and Broadway star Heidi Schreck.  Her play, What the Constitution Means to Me, was a finalist or the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for writing.

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Little Steven Van Zandt, legendary E St Band guitarist, great songwriter, all around inspiration on what keeps him going through the high and low times.

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Brian talks to the whole band, his friends for 30 years, about how and why they still do what they do.  Plus: great music!

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Writer and author Jeff Gordinier on his book "Hungry" and much more.

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Musician BJ Barham, founder and lead vocalist/guitarist of American Aquarium, won't stop till he's rocked every single person in the room.

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WWE Superstar and Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch on her professional wrestling origin story and becoming “The Man”. 

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Author and food writer Ed Levine on his new book, “Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption”, and much more.

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Chef and restaurateur Andrew Carmellini discusses food and craftsmanship. 

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Actor Seth Green discusses his feature directorial debut on the film “Changeland”, as well as his myriad roles on and off-screen over the years. 

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Georgetown University science professor and author, Cal Newport, on the intersection of technology and culture.

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Musician Jay Farrar talks about his life in music, both as a solo artist and as a member of the critically-acclaimed groups Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt.

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Actor Richard Thomas discusses his sixty year career in the entertainment business, including his Emmy-winning role as John-Boy on The Waltons.

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Podcast, author, and retired Navy SEAL, Jocko Willink talks about his life and philosophy.

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Legendary singer-songwriter Steve Earle on his life and forty-year career in the music business.

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Legendary chef Ming Tsai on how being an athlete made him the chef he is now. 

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Anthony Mangieri, Una Pizza Napoletana pizza genius, and all around life genius, on how obsession fuels his work. 

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Singer, songwriter, musician, and author Amanda Palmer on allowing yourself to say what you have to say.

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Television and film critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz on The Sopranos, Mad Men, and more.

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Screenwriter and director Julian Fellowes on following his passion through to a career in film.

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Damian Lewis on the road that got him to Billions! 

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Marc Andreessen, inventor of the web browser, on creativity and innovation.

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Soman Chainani on how a year spent lost in the wilderness (of New York) saves him and put him on the path to writing the best selling School For Good and Evil series. 

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Novelist and memoirist Pam Houston on how she was saved by nature. 

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Brian answers your questions about how to be your most creative self. 

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Will Guidara, world famous restaurateur of Eleven Madison Park, on how and why to dream big. 

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Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the filmmaking partners responsible for the movies Half Nelson, Sugar, and Mississippi Grind, look back at how they started making movies together, talk about their creative partnership, and discuss Mississippi Grind.

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Steven Pressfield on fighting resistance and finding your best self 

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Josh Groban on how he found his voice.

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Tommy Tomlinson, author, on how to finally deal with being 460 LBS.

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Seth Godin on an all new episode to get us ready for 2019!

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Rock icon Geddy Lee on being, Geddy Lee 

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Legendary comedian and actor Kevin Pollak on how he took huge risks to break into the business exactly the way he wanted to.

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Rosanne Cash on knowing yourself through writing

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Tony Gilroy, writer/director of 'Michael Clayton' and the 'Bourne' movies and Scott Frank, distinguished screenwriter best known for movies such as Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, and A Walk Among the Tombstones.​

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to his wife, Amy Koppelman, a novelist and screenwriter, about her book Hesitation Wounds and her recent film I Smile Back. The two discuss Amy’s lifelong battle with depression, the themes and characters of her stories, and how writing has, in many ways, saved her life. Plus, Amy talks about the letter she wrote to Philip Roth, why Per Petterson is one of her favorite authors, and how she overcame resistance from publishers and peers throughout her career.  

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Mike Birbiglia and his poet wife Jen Hope Stein, on the challenges and rewards of working and parenting together as they created his hit one man broadway show, The New One.

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Brin Jonathan-Butler on how writing saved his life.

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General Stanley Mchrystal on waging war with honor, leading with strength and heart, and the value of emotional restraint.

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Nick McDonnell, war correspondent, novelist, former child prodigy, on where to find honor in dangerous times.

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Brian Koppelman talks to Sarah Kay, the world famous spoken word poet

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Nicholas Morgenstern, the Willy Wonka of ice cream, on risking everything to chase a childhood dream.  

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Maggie Haberman, NY Times Trump expert, on what it means to be a reporter in 2018. 

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Justine Bateman on what fame feels like, and the dagger of feeling it erode.

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Nicole Holofcener, one of Brian’s creative heroes, on why she and how she makes her groundbreaking films

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Bradley Tusk, entrepreneur and author, on how he scored at the intersection of tech and politics.

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Dee Snider, legendary rocker, on the power of believing in an impossible dream.

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David Levien, Brian's film making partner and author of 'Signature Kill,' on how grit beats talent in fighting and writing.

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Doc Mcstuffins creator Chris Nee on defining yourself as an artist and businessperson.  

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Espn’s Pablo Torre on finding his purpose

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Steve Almond on recognizing bad stories

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Jemele Hill on what matters more than success.

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The great and wise Seth Godin returns! ​

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Comedy legend Allan Havey returns to talk about his third act as an actor on Mad Men, Billions and more.

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Penn Jillette, on how to stay sane in insane times. 

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Ed Solomon, screenwriter of Men In Black and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, on how to have a long career.

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Brian welcomes Stephen Kunken, who plays Ari Spyros on the Showtime series Billions, to the show.

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Pod Save America’s Dan Pfeiffer on how to find hope for America. 

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Brian talks to Armen Keteyen and Jeff Benedict about Tiger Woods, race and the obligations of the biographer. ​

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Ken Auletta, legendary journalist and writer, on why curiosity saved him. 

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In 2015 Aimee Mann, one of the best songwriters of our generation, joined Brian to discuss the evolution of her music, the time she spent with ‘Til Tuesday, and the way Aimee thinks about creating songs.

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Paul Schrader, maybe the best living screenwriter, on making the best movie of his career at 71. (Warning: some spoilers of First Reformed).

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Eric Heisserer, Arrival screenwriter, on how to keep going when everyone in your life tells you to give up

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Paul Giamatti, the well respected, award-winning actor who stars along side Damian Lewis in Showtime's series, Billions, joins Brian to discuss working together on the set of the show.

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Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Brian in a wide ranging convo about food, life and living up to impossible expectations.

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Dan Richer on how his pursuit of excellence led to him being named  New York’s best pizza chef—while living in New Jersey!

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Jeffrey DeMunn,  from Billions and Walking Dead, on a lifetime as an actor. 

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Food Network legend Guy Fieri on how to harness your personal power.

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The legend Tony Gilroy is back.

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Brian answers your questions about how to be your most creative self.

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Wylie Dufresne, legendary, groundbreaking chef, on his reason why.

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Asia Kate Dillon, trailblazer, Taylor Mason on Billions, on making the decision to come back to New York after it had beaten them the first time.

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Tom McCarthy, from when Spotlight came out, on the highs and lows of the creative life

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Clancy Brown on what it felt like up on that roof in Shawshank. And how surprised he was when Highlander became a cult classic.  

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Ruben Santiago Hudson, actor, playwright and director on his almost impossible journey from welfare rooming house to the Tony Awards.

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John August, screenwriter of Big Fish, Go and Charlie's Angels, on the rewards of always pushing yourself into new fields, as he did with his first middle grades novel, Arlo Finch in the Valley Of Fire.

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Craig Finn on the state of The Hold Steady, Small r redemption and how to find God in Chicago

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It's the first ever, Ask Me Anything in The Moment. Brian answers your questions and talks about how to live a creative life, process, and bumps along the way. ​

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Seth Godin, best selling author and certified genius, on the pursuit of excellence and how to actually do the work you dream of doing

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Adam Carolla is back for a second visit. He and Brian get into all of it!

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Jon Bon Jovi, newly elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in his first ever no holds barred podcast interview

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AJ Jacobs, the immersion journalist, talks about how treating your life as an experiment can lead to an interesting and fulfilling life

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Peter Buck (REM) and Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) talk to Brian about their new, amazing band

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Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon on what it took to turn their life story into the movie of the year

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Danny Meyer, the world’s most successful restaurateur on how and when to trust your gut

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Eric Heisserer, Arrival screenwriter, on how to keep going when everyone in your life tells you to give up

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Jenna Fischer joins Brian to discuss breaking in, staying in, and how to be a professional

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Brian talks to the genius behind Milk Bar about fighting for your place at the table, how to create blinding innovations, and the value of a sweet tooth.

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REM's Mike Mills, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Automatic For The People, on the Moment the band came together, how they kept it together, and why they remain so important to their fans all these years later. 

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The Moment is coming back! Brian talks about why the show matters so much to him. And tells us who the next guest will be. Featuring Mike Mills and Christina Tosi. 

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Note: This is the last episode of The Moment in collaboration with Slate. The Moment will continue, and if you're already subscribed to this feed, you will continue to receive new episodes when they are released.

Brian sits down with sportscaster Bomani Jones of ESPN's The Right Time, The Evening Jones, and until recently, the show Highly Questionable, about being "the smartest man in sports", his background in economics, and how he checks himself.

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Brian sits down with Alton Brown of Good Eats, Iron Chef America, and more, to discuss his history with the band R.E.M., the origins of Good Eats, and Alton's love of Gaines-Burgers dog food. 

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Brian Koppelman sits down with Author Don Winslow to talk about his new book The Force, which Stephen King calls "The Godfather, only with cops". Plus, honor and loyalty, cops, and how to write a first novel.

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Brian Koppelman is joined by El-P to discuss his musical development and growing up in New York City. Best known as one half of Run The Jewels, El-P has been producing and rapping for decades, first as part of Company Flow and then as a solo artist and producer on albums like Cannibal Ox’s The Cold Vein, Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music, and his solo albums Fantastic Damage and Cancer 4 Cure. They discuss how El-P got into hip-hop, high school delinquency, achieving massive success, and finding his place in music.







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Brian Koppelman sits down with singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves to discuss his origins, influences, and where his music comes from. Slaid performs two songs, "Cry" from the albums Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away and Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge and the new song "Already Gone" from Ghost On the Car Radio.

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Long-time independent film producer Christine Vachon of Killer Films sits down with Brian Koppelman to discuss her career as a producer in the industry. They talk about what it was like getting started in the early years of her career, about some of her early work, about what it looks like for women in the industry now and about how she stays engaged and inspired. 

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Brian Koppelman is joined by Hank Azaria to talk about Hank's TV series Brockmire, in which Hank plays baseball announcer Jim Brockmire who has a very public meltdown when he learns of his wife's infidelity. They talk about Hank's early career as a an actor, his gift of mimicry and how he's been able to cope with being a perfectionist. Plus, they clear up a little beef about a poker game. 

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Republican strategist and host of the podcast Radio Free GOP Mike Murphy sat down with Brian Koppelman for a conversation about how some from both sides of the political spectrum are behaving during a time in which traditional democratic norms are threatened. They touch on the fundamental differences between Democrats and Republicans, the extremes of both parties and how Murphy established his Republican ideals in college. 

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Beth Schacter is a writer and producer on the show Quantico. Beth and Brian talk about her early career as a filmmaker and about how she developed her exceptional taste. 

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In this special episode, hear excerpts from three conversations between Brian Koppelman and New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur, Seth Godin. The first conversations between Brian and Seth aired in October 2014. They've since maintained a friendship and rapport which carries throughout each episode.

To find these full conversations, visit The Moment's podcast feed wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Hooman Majd grew up the son of an Iranian diplomat. He talks with Brian about his experience as Iranian-American and muslim, how he began to write about Iran after a long career in the music industry and his identity under the Trump administration.

Production note: this podcast was recorded in January soon after Trump's executive action banning immigrants and refugees from seven majority muslim countries entry into the U.S.

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In this re-run episode produced by the former Grantland Media, Brian sits down with Tony Gilroy, write and director of 'Michael Clayton' and the 'Bourne' movies to discuss why and how he continues to pursue his work. 

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Marcus Samuelsson is the chef and co-owner of Red Rooster in Harlem, an American cuisine restaurant that celebrates the tastes and different cultures of Harlem.  Samuelsson recently authored The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem. They talk about Marcus’s journey as an immigrant making his way as a New York City chef, how he began learning about Harlem to create food there, and about the role food plays at different moments in culture. 

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Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers stopped by to talk to Brian about how the group's latest album American Band came to be just before the election. They talk about Patterson's writing process, his influences, including Bruce Springsteen, and about the moment when Jason Isbell stood in for a set at a house show. Plus, Patterson plays one of Brian's favorite songs from the new album-- 'Ever South.'

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This conversation really began in December of last year when Brian posed a question to Evan McMullin on Twitter. Now Brian and Evan sit down to continue it. Evan McMullin, who ran as an independent in the 2016 presidential election and secured 21% of the vote in Utah, shares why he ran for president, about how his time as a CIA operative and his years of mission work inform his political views, and lays out what Americans can really do under this new administration. McMullin actively speaks out against President Trump and he recently co-founded Stand Up Republic, an organization aimed at preserving traditional American principles.

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Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter sits down with Brian to talk about his new album Sermon on the Rocks, his influences including Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, and his early life teaching himself music. You can check out Ritter's Sermon on the Rocks here

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Mike Lupica talks about Donald Trump, how he thinks about his writing, and how he started writing in the first place. Come for the podcast, stay for Brian's incredible Dunkin' Donuts story.

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In this previously unaired episode, Brian joins Adam Carolla in his Carolla Digital studios for a chat about what he thinks people get wrong about him (5:00), why he always answers the question that's asked of him and the problems associated with that (16:00), and the two ponder the question of a "level-playing field" (22:00). Plus, the two discuss racial representation in careers and institutions (32:00), how Adam thought about himself when he was young (43:00), and to wrap things up, Adam gives us an example of a time he admits he was wrong (54:00).

This conversation was taped in April 2016 and is being aired for the first time today.

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Back for his 2nd appearance on The Moment, James Altucher joins Brian to hammer out why this show (yes, this one — The Moment) went on a hiatus after the election. Here, James tries to convince Brian as to why these conversations are of importance in a world where Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States (2:00). Also, Brian and James discuss a moving piece written by James about why he believes he wasn’t a good parent and how James goes about checking in with himself in times of stress (14:00). Later on the two talk about how to best use their time and their resources once the new President enters office to make real tangible changes in the world (26:00) and address their concerns with the incoming administration (30:00). And finally, James talks about his new book, Reinvent Yourself (48:00).

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John Grisham is the internationally known best selling author of some of the best legal thrillers of our time (A Time To Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief). In his first longform podcast interview, John joins Brian to talk about whether or not he has a mission in his writing (1:30), when he first started thinking of himself as a writer (14:30), and how he structures his stories (23:45). Plus, John tells us why he didn't take it personally when he received numerous rejection letters for his first novel (36:00), what keeps him up at night and wanting to write the next book (41:30), and finally whether or not he sees the appeal for Donald Trump (48:00).

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Daniel Negreanu is one of (if not the best) poker player in the world today. He has set all kinds of records in the poker community, but today he tells us how he did it. To kick things off, Brian and Daniel discuss their old spat from Tilt and how their relationship has changed since then (5:00), when Daniel decided to become a professional poker player (17:00), and how he observes people to pick up information (27:00). Also, the two talk about how Daniel's definition of success has changed over the years (32:00), what he's interested in outside the poker table (45:00), and how the Rocky movies help get him ready to make a run at the WSOP Final Table every year (54:00).

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Richard Shindell is a singer-songwriter who is best known for telling deeply human stories with his songs. His latest album, which you can purchase by clicking here, is Careless. We kick off today's show with Richard playing a song off the new album titled "All Wide Open." Then, Brian and Richard talk about the themes which Richard keeps revisiting in his songs (10:30), the time he spent in the seminary (20:30), and why this new album is a kind of departure for him creatively (34:00). The two round out the conversation talking about Richard's writing process (44:00) and why the dispossessed are so often featured in his music (54:00). Richard ends the podcast by playing one of Brian's favorite songs "Kentworth of My Dreams."

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At 24, Will Toledo is the lead singer-songwriter for one of this summer's hottest bands, Car Seat Headrest. He's also the youngest guest to ever be on The Moment. Today, Will talks about how he thinks about structuring an album (6:00), trying not to repeat the narrative of his predecessors (14:00), and how he receives feedback for his songs (28:30). Plus, Will and Brian discuss the wide audience Car Seat Headrest is reaching with its new album (37:00) and why it's important for artists to shape their own work rather than be shaped by their audience (41:30). And on a final note, Will is already working on the next album and he's thinking it may be a little different (55:00).

You can check out Car Seat Headrest's latest release, Teens of Denial, by clicking here.

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Back for his 3rd appearance on the show – New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur, Seth Godin, joins Brian this week to talk about his upcoming book, "What Does It Sound Like When You Change Your Mind?" (3:00). You can preorder Seth's book by clicking here. To start things off, Seth and Brian discuss the concept of "certainty" in creation (11:00), whether or not writer's block really exists (20:00), and why Seth used to ask the question "How many gas stations are there in the United States?" when interviewing potential employees (36:00). To round out the conversation, the two reflect on different artists and how they approached creating their art (40:00) and why fear is signal that you're doing something right (54:00). 

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Glen Phillips is a singer-songwriter best known for his work with Toad the Wet Sprocket. He has a new solo album coming out called Swallowed by the New which you can pre-order by clicking here. Today, Glen & Brian jump right into it and talk about Glen's recent divorce and other catastrophic changes in his life (4:00), writing songs about these difficult moments in life (11:30), and how hope makes its way into his music (25:00). Plus, Glen takes a look at his career and how he's now in the business of reaching less people more deeply (35:00). Also, Brian talks about a letter he sent to Glen when he was having complicated feelings about his success (45:00) and asks Glen about the advice he would give his talented daughter about entering the music business (56:00). Glen ends the show by playing an incredible rendition of a song off the new album, "Criminal Career."

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Michael Chiklis is an actor and a musician best known for his work on FX's The Shield and Gotham on FOX. He has a new album coming out called Influence which you can pre-order by clicking here. Today, Michael talks about the commencement speech he gave at his daughter's graduation this past spring (5:00), growing up in New England with a working class father and a mother who aspired to be in the Opera (12:00), and why he became filled with rage when he auditioned for the lead role in FX's The Shield (24:00). Plus, Michael discusses the performance aspect of performance art and how he channels his energy like a great athlete to live up to and completely in the moment (38:00). The two round out their conversation by discussing Mike's latest venture, a new album called Influence, and why the theatrical bands of the 70's and 80's made an impression on him as a young actor (45:00).

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Mike Birbiglia is a comedian, actor, writer, and filmmaker. His latest film, produced alongside This American Life's Ira Glass, is Don't Think Twice and is out for limited release this week. Today, Mike talks about workshopping the script for Don't Think Twice (5:00), how he absorbs story notes (16:00), and how fatherhood changed his priorities and his writing (23:00). Plus, Mike discusses how he tries to find a balance between being selfish and selfless (30:00) and how long the good feeling of making people laugh actually lasts (43:00).

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Mark Halperin is the co-host of With All Due Respect on Bloomberg TV and the Executive Producer of Showtime’s The Circus (Sunday nights at 8PM). Today, Mark talks about his beginnings as a journalist (2:00), makes his argument about why the media is liberally bias (14:00), and questions how much longer he’ll be covering politics (26:00). Plus, John talks about why he believes most politicians are in public office to do good (35:00) and what his number one question would be if he had the chance to interview Justice John Roberts (42:00).

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Savannah Guthrie is the co-anchor of The Today Show and the Chief Legal Correspondent of NBC News. Today she joins Brian for a conversation about her life as a young adult, landing her first gig on TV, and how she prepares to interview the likes of Donald Trump. Savannah also talks about how she views her position in the media and tells a great story about deciding to go law school and making the decision that changed the course of her life.

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Alan Furst is the bestselling author of Midnight in Europe, Night Soldiers, and Spies of the Balkans. His latest book, A Hero of France, is out now and available by clicking here. Today, Alan discusses how he first came about creating his own fictional world in the tradition of William Faulkner and William Kennedy (2:00), the question he asked himself which opened him up as a writer (10:30), and the idea of a certain kind of heroism in his books (24:00). Plus, Alan talks about why he hasn’t returned to France in years (34:00) and the creative routine he established to become a master of historical spy fiction (44:00).

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Andrew Zimmern is best known as the creator and host of the Bizarre Foods franchise on Travel Channel. New episodes of Bizarre Foods begin June 21st at 9PM and his new show, Driven By Food, premieres in August. On today's show, Andrew talks about the transformative power of travel (7:00), a life changing trip to Madagascar (15:00), and the decision he made to be himself, rather than a character of himself, on Bizarre Foods (27:00). Plus, Andrew and Brian discuss his love of tussling with the network (35:00), a story behind the first episode of his new show, Driven By Food (47:00), and how show business is the perfect business for Andrew to grow spiritually and artistically (55:00).

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Hayes Carll is a singer-songwriter who just released the best album of his career called Lovers
and Leavers
. You can purchase it by clicking here. To kick off the show, Hayes plays a song from the new album called “Sake of the Song” and then talks to Brian about getting out of his creative comfort zone (8:00), the process of creating the album (16:00), and the fear of not doing what was expected of him (30:00). Plus, Hayes and Brian learn about the death of Guy Clark (38:00) and discuss how his new songs are being received and what it feels like to reconnect with his music and fans.

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Ryan Holiday is a writer, marketer, and entrepreneur best known for his books Trust Me I'm Lying and The Obstacle is the Way. Ryan's latest book, Ego is the Enemy, is due out in early June. Preorder it today by clicking here. This week, Ryan talks about why he wrote a book about stoicism [5:00], how he came up with the idea for Ego is the Enemy [14:00], and the different ideas he still grapples with in his writing [27:00]. Plus, Ryan talks about the difference between ego and confidence [33:00] and why your most important networking tool is asking smart questions [46:00].

The Moment is brought to you by Open Account, a podcast that gets personal about making, losing, and living with money. Created by Umpqua Bank and hosted by SuChin Pak, download and subscribe to Open Account wherever you get your podcasts.

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Karyn Kusama is the director of four films including the Sundance award winning movie, Girlfight, and the recently released dinner party thriller, The Invitation – available now by clicking here. Today on the show, Karyn talks about the movies that influenced The Invitation (4:00), recognizing the strangeness in great works of art (11:00), and why men are afforded more opportunities than women in the movie making business (26:00). Plus, Brian and Karyn discuss how directing television keeps you creatively fit (38:00), how Karyn checks in with herself about the work she wants to be creating (42:00), and why, in adulthood, she’s finally finding the strength in being a vulnerable human being (53:00).

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Jane Rosenthal is one of the most renowned producers in show business. Along with Robert De Niro, she co-founded Tribeca Productions in lower Manhattan and is also the co-founder of the TriBeCa Film Festival which begins this week in New York City. Go grab your tickets today. On today’s show, Jane talks about being the first female page in the Rhode Island State House (5:00), the roadblocks she had to fight through as a young woman producing television
(19:00), and meeting Martin Scorsese on the set of The Color of Money (23:00). Plus, Brian and Jane discuss the long road to making A Bronx Tale (31:00), Robert De Niro’s performance as Bernie Madoff in the upcoming HBO movie The Wizard of Lies (45:30), and the character trait that she knows about Hillary Clinton that nobody else can truly see (57:00).

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Note: This podcast was originally produced and aired by Grantland in April 2014.

Former 'SNL' star Colin Quinn and Brian trade tragic Motley Crue stories, talk about the surrealism of early Adam Sandler, and why colin digs being the Yoda of comedians.

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Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef and owner of Prune in New York City and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. On the show, Gabrielle talks about why irony is an enemy in modern cooking (5:30), how her abbreviated childhood shaped her personality and career (15:00), and why she doesn’t hold any concepts or philosophy about food (24:00). Plus, Brian and Gabrielle discuss whether or not she’s aware of the nostalgic dining experience she’s creating for people (34:00) and why Gabrielle doesn’t think taste is subjective (40:00).

Topics mentioned:
Prune
Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
What Salmon Know by Elwood Reid
If I Don’t Six by Elwood Reid
University of Michigan
Mind of a Chef 
Ernest Hemingway’s Six Word Story
Mario Batali’s Six Word Memoir
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays
“Romeo Had Juliette” by Lou Reed
elBulli
Daniel NYC

People mentioned:
Gabrielle Hamilton
Elwood Reid
Mario Batali
David Chang
Anthony Bourdain
Seth Godin
Ferran Adria
Dan Barber

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Note: This episode originally aired in June 2015.

Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and moderator of Meet the Press, talks about the political landscape and his role in it. Brian and Chuck also discuss the line between journalism and show business, the value of long-form interviews, and Chuck's waning enthusiasm for the political game. Plus, Chuck dives into his vision for Meet the Press, the burden of hosting the longest running television show in history, and the real story behind Advise and Consent.

Topics this week:

NBC's Meet the Press
The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House by Chuck Todd
The Julliard School
Profiles In Courage by John F. Kennedy
Up, Simba! an essay by David Foster Wallace
Bulworth
Network
Advise and Consent
Preston Brooks and Charles Sumner Fight
Cowboys Are My Weakness by Pam Houston


People this week:

Former Senator Rick Santorum
Governor John Kasich
Senator Rand Paul
Former Vice President Dick Cheney
Senator Bernie Sanders
Former Governor Jeb Bush
Former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
President Barack Obama
Former Senator Lester Hunt
Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
Former President Bill Clinton
Senator John McCain
Ross Perot
Mayor Bill de Blasio
Bill Thompson 


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Tom Rath is a New York Times bestselling author and researcher best known for his books Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes and Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life. On the show, Tom shares a few tips about how to make better micro-decisions (7:00) and how to teach kids better social and behavioral dynamics (17:00). Plus, Brian and Tom discuss the work of Adam Grant and why doing things for others is often our best motivator (21:00). Tom also talks about the difference between finding happiness and finding meaning (31:00) and shares his thoughts about people pursuing their passions and how we can change employee to employer relationships to encourage people to find meaningful work (41:00). 

You can watch Tom’s documentary, Fully Charged, by clicking here

Topics mentioned:
Fully Charged by Tom Rath
Fully Charged Documentary
Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath
Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Give and Take by Adam Grant
Originals by Adam Grant

People mentioned:
Tom Rath
Brian Wansink
Nicholas Christakis
James Altucher
James Fowler
Amy Wrzesniewski

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And by Amazon. Detective Harry Bosch is back on the new season of Amazon’s Original Series Bosch, based on the best selling novels by Michael Connelly. Stream the new season now on Amazon Prime Video.

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Malin Akerman is an actress best known for her roles in The Heartbreak Kid, Couples Retreat, and Showtime’s latest series, Billions. Today, Malin discusses how a tumultuous relationship with her mother shaped her career and personality (6:00), when she noticed she wanted to be an actor (11:00), and how becoming a parent moved her away from comedy and towards drama (23:00). Plus, Malin talks about how she prepares to go toe-to-toe with Maggie Siff in a scene (32:00) and the effect of being an outsider on playing American characters (36:00).

Topics mentioned:
Billions
Landmark Forum
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Rock of Ages
Trophy Wife
The Ticket
Tribeca Film Festival
The Heartbreak Kid

People mentioned:
Malin Akerman
David Levien
Neil Burger
Melissa Errico
Paul Giamatti
Oren Moverman
Maggie Siff

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Zach Quinto is an actor and a producer best known for his roles in Heroes, Margin Call, and in the Star Trek films as Spock. Today, Zach discusses how the death of his father shaped his childhood and career (2:00), how he landed in Noah Haidle’s Smokefall (16:00), and the years of self examination that helped him better understand his goals as an artist (27:00). Plus, Zach reflects on how the plant medicine, ayahuasca, helped him release a character that lingered from Angels in America (38:00) and looks forward to his upcoming role as Glenn Greenwald in Oliver Stone’s Snowden (43:00). 

To get tickets to see Smokefall click here

Topics mentioned:
Smokefall
Margin Call
Angels in America
Star Trek Beyond
Carnegie Mellon School of Drama
The Immaculate Reception a short film by Charlotte Glynn
Snowden
CitizenFour
City of Thieves
 by David Benioff
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
Just Kids by Patti Smith
M-Train by Patti Smith
Horses
The Year of Magical Thinking 
by Joan Didion

People mentioned:
Zach Quinto
Noah Haidle
Tony Kushner
Charlotte Glynn
Al Pacino
John Cazale
Glenn Greenwald
Oliver Stone
Melissa Leo
Tom Wilkinson
Joseph Gordon Levitt
J.C. Chandor
Neal Dodson
Corey Moosa
Christine Vachon
Tim Ferriss

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Ethan Canin is the author of two short story collections (Emperor of the Air The Palace Thief) and a number of novels including his latest, A Doubter’s Almanac. On today's show, Ethan discusses one of his favorite lines in literature (4:30), the state of contemporary fiction (14:30), and why he believes America has yet to learn how to teach English (23:00). Plus, Ethan reflects on the influence of Raymond Carver on writers of his generation (28:00), the types of characters he tends to consider in his work (31:00), and why he’s trying to do "the difficult thing." (41:00)

A Doubter’s Almanac is available now by clicking here.

Topics mentioned:
A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin
Emperor of the Air by Ethan Canin
Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama
The Palace Thief  by Ethan Canin
“A Silver Dish” by Saul Bellow
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
Tenth of December by George Saunders
City of Thieves by David Benioff
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Cathedral by Raymond Carver
The Collected Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
America, America by Ethan Canin
For Kings and Planets by Ethan Canin
“When Einstein Was Wrong” by Jonah Bromwich
Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies
“Bullet in the Brain” by Tobias Wolff
Memoir from Antproof Case by Mark Helprin
A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin

People mentioned:
Ethan Canin
Barack Obama
Joe Fassler
Harold Bloom
David Foster Wallace
Mark Leyner
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Raymond Carver
Tess Gallagher
Gordon Lish
Michael Chabon
Alice Munro
Shakespeare
Danielle Steel
Elwood Reid
Martin Amis
Philip Roth
William Kennedy

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Judd Apatow is a writer, director, and producer of, more than likely, one of your favorite movies or shows. Today, Judd discusses the impact of Steve Martin on his career (2:00) and the existential conflict that fuels his work (13:00). Plus, Judd talks about his role as a mentor for Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham (22:00), how he manages a writer’s room (30:00), and why he may be looking to do something different on his next big project (36:00).

Judd’s new series, Love, is available this Friday (2/19) on Netflix. And Girls returns on HBO this Sunday (2/21).

Topics mentioned:
Love on Netflix
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow
Girls on HBO
Stripes
Waiting for Godot 
by Samuel Beckett
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Hannah and Her Sisters
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Freaks and Geeks
Philadelphia
Roseanne
Tiny Furniture
Metropolitan
Everybody Love Raymond
The Ben Stiller Show
Cape Fear
Funny People
This is 40
Groundhog Day

People mentioned:
Judd Apatow
Adam McKay
Garry Shandling
Albert Brooks
Steve Martin
Michael Che
Bob Shad
Tony Robbins
Paul Lynde
Mike Nichols
Mel Brooks
Harold Ramis
Samuel Beckett
Paul Feig
Bill Cosby
Al Franken
Kristen Wiig
Lena Dunham
Amy Schumer
Leslie Mann
Phil Rosenthal
David Cross
Dino Stamatopoulos
Steve Carell

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Matt Damon's character in 'Rounders' took his name from today's guest, great singer-songwriter Michael McDermott, who's had a long road back from darkness. (Originally aired in June 2014).

Michael's new album, Six on the Out (2016) is available by clicking here.

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John Moreland is a masterful singer-songwriter best known for his albums In the Throes (2013) and High on Tulsa Heat (2015). Fresh off his European tour with Jason Isbell, John joins us in the studio to talk about writing songs on the road and why nowadays, it’s more difficult to find the right melody than the right words (7:20). Plus, John describes how he first fell in love with music (12:20), why he chooses to not idolize the greats (31:15), and how his goal as a writer is to build what Bob Dylan would call “sturdy songs.” (34:00)

Stick around at the end of the show for a performance of “Nobody Gives a Damn About Songs Anymore” by John Moreland.

And also, please check out John’s performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert by clicking here.

Topics mentioned:



  • High on Tulsa Heat by John Moreland


  • In the Throes by John Moreland


  • Earthbound Blues by John Moreland

  • “Nobody Gives a Damn About Songs Anymore” by John Moreland

  • “Shiny Happy People” by REM

  • “Stand” by REM

  • “White Flag” by John Moreland

  • “Elephant” by Jason Isbell

  • “Step Inside This House” by Lyle Lovett

  • “One Headlight” by The Wallflowers

  • “Rich Man’s War” by Steve Earle

  • “Hearts Too Heavy” by John Moreland

  • “Hang Me in the Tulsa County Stars” by John Moreland

  • Heartworn Highways

  • Don’t Look Back

  • Old No. 1 by Guy Clark

  • Dublin Blues by Guy Clark

  • Live at The Old Quarter by Townes van Zandt

  • Run the Jewels 1 & 2

  • “Bad Liver and Broken Heart” by Hayes Carll

  • World Gone Wrong by Bob Dylan

  • “Sing Me Back Home” by Merle Haggard

  • Son of Anarchy


People mentioned:

  • John Moreland

  • Edgar Cayce

  • Jason Isbell

  • Harry Nilsson

  • Tom Petty

  • Bruce Springsteen

  • Jason Molina

  • Lightnin’ Hopkins

  • ZZ Top

  • Guy Clark

  • Townes van Zandt

  • Red City Radio

  • Banner Pilot

  • Randy Newman

  • Aaron Lee Tasjan

  • John Prine

  • Christian Lee Hudson

  • Toby Keith


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Scott Frank is a distinguished screenwriter best known for movies such as Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, and A Walk Among the Tombstones. Scott’s new novel, Shaker, is written in the same vein as Elmore Leonard's finest books and is out today. This week, Brian and Scott discuss the story of how Shaker came to be after more than 20 years (1:05) and why he has never had a better experience in the arts (56:31). Plus, Scott talks about how he manages a creative collaboration (13:53), battles his writing fears (36:23), and how things are finally lining up on his longtime pet project, Godless (59:30).

Topics mentioned:
Shaker by Scott Frank
Little Man Tate
Minority Report
A Walk Among the Tombstones
Out of Sight
Get Shorty
The Wolverine
Dead Again
Hoke
Marley & Me
The Lookout
Scott Frank’s BAFTA speech
Dog Day Afternoon
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Frontpage by Ben Hecht
A Child of the Century by Ben Hecht
Monster: Living Off the Big Screen by John Gregory Dunne
The Tim Ferriss Show

People mentioned:
Scott Frank
Elmore Leonard
Donald Westlake
Carl Hiaasen
Peter Gethers
Bill Goldman
Lindsay Doran
Sydney Pollack
Derek Haas
Ben Hecht
Jodie Foster
Steven Soderbergh
Steven Spielberg
John Gregory Dunne
Craig Mazin

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Donny Deutsch is an ad executive turned TV personality and star of USA Network’s Donny! Today, Brian and Donny discuss how he cultivated creativity as the head of Deutsch Inc. (one of NYC’s top ad agencies) and how those skills transferred over to the production of his new sitcom. Plus, Donny reflects on the lessons of his father, the original founder of Deutsch, and why he’s contemplating a run for political office in New York City. 

The first season of Donny! is available on USA On Demand and by clicking here.


Topics mentioned:

Deutsch Inc.
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch
Donny!
Billions
Mad Men
Often Wrong, Never in Doubt by Donny Deutsch and Peter Knobler
Sarah Palin’s Donald Trump endorsement speech
Morning Joe
Death of Freddie Gray
The Polo Bar NYC
Sirius XM Stars: Dialing Donny
The Sopranos
The Larry Sanders Show
Curb Your Enthusiam
The Godfather


People mentioned:

Donny Deutsch
Harvey Weinstein
Tim Ferriss
Harrison Ford
Dwayne Johnson
Jon Hamm
Rupert Murdoch
Seth Godin
Bill Clinton
Bill Gates
George Stephanopoulos
James Carville
Mandy Grunwald
Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump
William Bratton
Bill de Blasio
David Dinkins
Rudy Giuliani
Michael Bloomberg
Bill Murray
Michael J. Fox
Charlie Rose
Tony Robbins
Angie Day
Garry Shandling
Maggie Siff


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David Costabile is an actor best known for his roles on Breaking BadThe Wire, and Lincoln. He stars in Showtime’s latest series, Billions, as Mike “Wags” Wagner, the right hand man to Bobby “Axe” Axelrod. Today, Brian and David discuss the actor’s process and the importance of “assuming your own brilliance.” Plus, David talks about his fanboy’ish encounter with Bryan
Cranston, a theatre audition gone terribly wrong, and why he keeps creating rules
for himself just to break them. 


Topics mentioned:
Billions
Breaking Bad
The Wire
Tufts University
Solitary Man
The Moment with Tom McCarthy: 10/27/15
Titanic
Shubert Theatre
A Chorus Line
Spamalot
The Mahabharata
The Empty Space
Caroline, or Change
Stripes
Heat
The Moment with Maggie Siff: 12/1/15
Bloodline


People mentioned:
David Costabile
David Levien
Andrew Ross Sorkin
Bryan Cranston
Peter O’Toole
Tom McCarthy
James Lapine
Mike Nichols
Bill Murray
Hank Azaria
Oliver Platt
Antony Sher
Tony Kushner
Maggie Siff
Glenn Kessler


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Justin Townes Earle is a distinguished singer-songwriter best known for records such as Midnight at the Movies and Harlem River Blues. Justin, the son of the legendary songwriter, Steve Earle, talks about growing up personally without his father and professionally in his wake. Plus, Justin reflects on his destructive youth, shares stories from the road, talks about learning how to read and write as a dyslexic, and why after all his struggles he still believes you don’t need to be miserable to write a great song.


His two latest albums are Single Mothers and Absent Fathers. For a full catalog of Justin’s music click here.


Topics mentioned:



  • Single Mothers & Absent Fathers by Justin Townes Earle

  • The Moment with Aimee Mann: 8/18/15

  • I Smile Back

  • “Midnight at the Movies” by Justin Townes Earle

  • The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

  • Closing Time by Tom Waits

  • Mindfield by Gregory Corso

  • “Cocksucking Blonde” by Stephen Yerkey

  • “Blues Run the Game” by Jackson Frank

  • “Am I That Lonely Tonight?” by Justin Townes Earle

  • “Christchurch Woman” by Justin Townes Earle

  • “Ain’t Glad I’m Leaving” by Justin Townes Earle

  • “Halfway to Jackson” by Justin Townes Earle

  • “Looking for a Place to Land” by Justin Townes Earle

  • “Hymn 101” by Joe Pug

  • “Traveling Alone” by Jason Isbell

  • “A Boy Named Sue” by Shel Silverstein

  • Guitar Town by Steve Earle

  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac

  • “South Georgia Sugar Babe” by Justin Townes Earle

  • “Desperados Waiting for a Train” by Guy Clark

  • Old No. 1 by Guy Clark

  • Dublin Blues by Guy Clark

  • “Hemingway’s Whiskey” by Guy Clark

  • Hearthworn Highways

  • “You Never Even Call Me By My Name” by David Allan Coe

  • “Would You Lay with Me in a Field of Stone” by David Allan Coe

  • “Baby Let Me Follow You Down” by Bob Dylan and Eric Von Schimidt

  • “The House of the Rising Sun” by Dave Van Ronk

  • “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon” a poem by Franklin P. Adams

  • Recording King guitars

  • War Elephant by Deer Tick

  • Middle Brother by Middle Brother

  • “Big Sky Country” by Chris Whitley

  • “Can’t Hardly Wait” a cover by Justin Townes Earle

  • Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now by Justin Townes Earle



People mentioned:



  • Justin Townes Earle

  • Aimee Mann

  • Steve Earle

  • Julian Lennon

  • Jakob Dylan

  • Townes Van Zandt

  • Ernest Hemingway

  • William Burroughs

  • John Gotti

  • William Vollmann

  • William Faulkner

  • Slash

  • Scotty Melton

  • Raymond Carver

  • Malcolm Holcombe

  • Penn Jillette

  • Steve Goodman

  • John McCauley

  • Louis Armstrong

  • Cheap Trick

  • Dr. Dre

  • George Will

  • John McGraw

  • Mike Mills

  • Willie Mays

  • Tony Fitzpatrick

  • Chris Stapleton

  • Sturgill Simpson

  • Gillian Welch

  • Taylor Goldsmith

  • Dawes

  • Delta Spirit



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Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the filmmaking partners responsible for the movies Half NelsonSugar, and Mississippi Grind, look back at how they started making movies, talk about their creative partnership, and discuss their frustration with the amount of people who have watched Mississippi Grind. Plus, the two dissect the decisions they’ve made to keep making independent films and why directing television shows (The AffairLookingBillions) can be a scary, vulnerable experience. 

Topics mentioned:
Mississippi Grind, Half Nelson, Sugar, Billions, Buffalo ‘66, “How to Annoy a Fan Base in 60 Easy Steps” by Bill Simmons, Do The Right Thing, She’s Gotta Have It, Goodfellas, First Blood, The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, Raising Arizona, Stranger Than Paradise, Slacker, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause” by The Jackson Five, NY 99X Radio Station, Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair, True Lies, Struggle a short film by Ryan Fleck, Creed, Hard Eight, California Split, Gowanus a short film by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, Out of Sight, The Moment with Scott Rosenberg: 12/22/15

People mentioned:
Vincent Gallo, Rick Barry, Spike Lee, Leonard Maltin, Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Richard Linklater, Emily Dickinson, James Cameron, Grant Heslov, Ryan Coogler, Ryan Gosling, Ben Mendelsohn, Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Soderbergh, James Lipton

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Note: This episode was produced and aired by Grantland in January 2015.

Amy Schumer, groundbreaking comedian, on what she loves and hates about her life right now.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Scott Rosenberg, the writer best known for his movies Things To Do In Denver When You're DeadBeautiful Girls, and Con Air. The two discuss the impact of Scott's father passing away, creating languages in movies, and the themes that run through many of his films. Plus, Scott talks about how the Hollywood machine turned Gone in 60 Seconds into a different movie and why the true emotion of Scott's screenplays have rarely (if ever) been captured on screen.

Topics mentioned:
Things to Do When You’re Dead in Denver
Beautiful Girls
Con Air
Gone in Sixty Seconds
Rounders
Boston University
University of Southern California
The Moment with Tony Gilroy: 10/28/14
Sunset Boulevard
The Black Ice by Michael Connelly
October Road
A Clockwork Orange
House of Games
Marathon Man
Chinatown
Lethal Weapon
Leaving Las Vegas
Jumanji
Grease
Electra Glide in Blue
The Wanderers by Richard Price
Ladies Man by Richard Price
Magnum Force
The Longest Yard
The Deer Hunter
Grosse Pointe Blank
Solitary Man
Disturbing Behavior
Zoo
Kangaroo Jack

People mentioned:
Gary Fleder
Leslie Epstein
Joel Silver
Mike De Luca
Quentin Tarantino
Harvey Weinstein
Shane Black
Jon Favreau
Steve Gaghan
Peter Berg
William Goldman
Stephen King
Salman Rushdie
Donald Westlake
Donna Langley
Dennis Lehane
Bruce Springsteen
Vin Diesel
James Patterson
Ted Demme

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Sarah Kay, the world famous spoken word poet. Brian and Sarah talk about how 9/11 impacted her life as a young artist and why people feel unwelcomed in the “house of poetry.” Plus, Sarah reflects on her life on the road as an educator and poet, why she sees art as an exchange of gifts, and how she was confused for the waitstaff just before giving the TED Talk that changed her life.

Topics mentioned:


People mentioned:

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Jim James, the lead singer and songwriter for the band My Morning Jacket. Brian and Jim talk about the band’s latest album, The Waterfall, and the message within many of their songs. Plus, Jim meditates on criticism and its role in the artistic process, how his songs are created over several years in a garden of ideas, and what it feels like, minutes before he steps on the stage, to bring a group of people together around one common cause --- love.

Topics mentioned:
The Waterfall album
“Compound Fracture” by My Morning Jacket
Z album
“Wordless Chorus” by My Morning Jacket
RPM – A non profit organization
Bruce Springsteen’s Harry Chapin Tribute
E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction by David Foster Wallace
“I’m Amazed” by My Morning Jacket
The New Basement Tapes (w/ Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Rhiannon Giddens, and Taylor Goldsmith)
“Blues Run the Game” by Jackson Frank
One Big Circle: How My Morning Jacket Rebounded With Its Best Album in a Decade by Steven Hyden
Out of Time album
“Me and Honey” by REM
"Country Feedback” by REM
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
“Believe (Nobody Knows)” by My Morning Jacket
Led Zeppelin III
“Tangerine” by Led Zeppelin

People mentioned:
Jim James
Indigo Girls
Bob Dylan
Curtis Mayfield
Neil Young
Eckhart Tolle
Lou Reed
Michael Stipe and Peter Buck
REM
Monsters of Folk
Nick Drake
Washington Phillips
Paul Simon
Van Halen
Motley Crue
Nirvana
Pearl Jam
The Replacements
Ken Wilbur
Jack Kornfield

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Maggie Siff, the actress best known for her roles in Mad MenSons of Anarchy, and the upcoming Showtime series, Billions. Brian and
Maggie reflect on the past year creating Billions together and how Maggie goes about preparing for her scenes on the show. Plus, Maggie talks about when she first fell in love with acting, why it’s important to her to play strong, smart women on TV, and how she originally intended to read for Peggy Olson during her first Mad Men audition.
Topics mentioned:BillionsMad MenSons of Anarchy"Mister
Roberts"
Being John
Malkovich
NYU
Tisch School of the Arts

People mentioned:Maggie SiffMatthew WeinerDamian LewisPaul GiamattiMalin AkermanDavid CostabileKurt SutterZelda FichandlerRon Van LieuThomas SadoskiAlan Taylor
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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Jerry O’Connell, the actor best known for his roles in Stand By Me and Jerry Maguire. Brian and Jerry reflect on the life of River Phoenix and the audition that landed him a role in Jerry Maguire. Plus, O’Connell talks about how it was never his intention to be pitted against Tom Cruise after his comments a few weeks back and why there’s still nothing quite like performing for a packed Broadway theater.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Derek Haas, the co-creator of Chicago Fire, executive producer of Chicago PD & Chicago Med, and the author of A Different Lie – the fourth book in a series featuring the contract killer, Columbus. The two talk about their respective creative failures, how Derek manages his time as a showrunner and novelist, and why Haas feels compelled to keep writing books. Plus, Derek reflects on his time learning the ropes in Hollywood and why he and his creative partner (Michael Brandt) decided early on to see every project through to the end.
 
Topics mentioned on today’s show include:

Chicago Fire
Chicago PD
Chicago Med
A Different Lie by Derek Haas
The Silver Bear by Derek Haas
Columbus by Derek Haas
Dark Men by Derek Haas
3:10 to Yuma
Wanted
The Double
2 Fast 2 Furious
Baylor University
The Writer’s Market 2016
The Courier
Runner Runner
Rounders
Our Man Flint
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Body by Stephen King
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

 
People mentioned on today's show:

Derek Haas
Michael Brandt
John Singleton
Dick Wolf
Eamonn Walker
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Geoffrey Chaucer
Edmund Spenser
William Faulkner
Donald Westlake
James Altucher
James Coburn
Scott Frank
John Lee Hancock
Craig Mazin
Matt Olmstead
Jeff Lowell

 
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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Jesse Itzler, an entrepreneur and endurance athlete, about his new book Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet. The two discuss why Jesse invited a SEAL (David Goggins) to live in his home for a month, the importance of never feeling complacent, and how eating 15 bananas a day may just be his secret to success. Plus, Jesse shares a couple of stories about his ability to tolerate pain and how his next big endurance test may lead him to California’s Death Valley.
 
Topics mentioned on today’s show include:

Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler
Atlanta Hawks
ZICO
Marquis Jet
Spanx
Hoosiers
Patriot Tour
Dallas Mavericks
Michael Jordan’s Fantasy Camp
Fit For Life by Harvey Diamond

 
People mentioned on today's show:

Jesse Itzler
Sara Blakely
Lucille Ball
Tony Robbins
Eminem
Billy Joel
David Goggins
Wayne Dyer
Mark Cuban
Grant Hill
Kyle Korver

 
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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to his wife, Amy Koppelman, a novelist and screenwriter, about her new book Hesitation Wounds and her recent film I Smile Back. The two discuss Amy’s lifelong battle with depression, the themes and characters of her stories, and how writing has, in many ways, saved her life. Plus, Amy talks about the letter she wrote to Philip Roth, why Per Petterson is one of her favorite authors, and how she overcame resistance from publishers and peers throughout her career.
 
Topics mentioned on today’s show include:

Hesitation Wounds by Amy Koppelman
I Smile Back by Amy Koppelman
A Mouthful of Air by Amy Koppelman
I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Toronto International Film Festival
Daughters of the American Revolution
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by The Beatles
Oswald Typewriters
Columbia University
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig
Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
University of Pennsylvania
Sundance Film Festival
Deauville American Film Festival
Nemesis by Philip Roth

 
People mentioned on today's show:

Amy Koppelman
Sarah Silverman
Josh Charles
Thomas Sadoski
Paige Dylan
E.E. Cummings
Kurt Cobain
Gary Gulman
Alan Hunter
Mark Goodman
Michael Cunningham
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Leo Tolstoy
Anton Chekov
Grace Paley
Touré
Richard Locke
Joan Didion

 
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Tom McCarthy, the writer and director of Spotlight, joins Brian this week to talk about his new film which tells the true story of how a Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe team unmasked the widespread cover-up of child abuse in Boston’s Catholic Church. Tom has written and directed a number of other great films including The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win. Today, the two talk about how Tom bounced back from a critical and commercial failure in his 2014 movie, The Cobbler, to create what is now being regarded, in Spotlight, as a frontrunner for this year’s best picture. Plus, Tom talks about his career as an actor, the role of journalism in today’s society, and how some of our most calamitous mistakes aren’t the result of one big bad decision, but of a lot of small mistakes, winks, and people looking the other way.
 
Spotlight opens in select theaters on November 6th.
 
Topics mentioned on today’s show include:

Spotlight
The Station Agent
The Visitor
The Wire
Up
The Boston Globe
The Cobbler
Rounders
Empire
Win Win
Evita
Noises Off
Boston College
Star Wars
Harold and Maude
Repo Man
Soul Asylum
The Replacements
The Jayhawks
The Guthrie Theater
The Front Page
Yale Drama School
Axis Theatre
Almost Famous
Jesus Son
Ray Donovan
"Calling Out Bill Cosby's Media Enablers, Including Myself" by David Carr
"What Do We Really Know About Osama Bin Laden’s Death?" by Jonathan Mahler
"There’s Just One Problem with Those Bin Laden Conspiracy Theories" by Mark Bowden
All The President’s Men
The Insider
Billions

 
People mentioned on today's show:

Tom McCarthy
Tom McArdle
Tony Gilroy
Adam Sandler
Danny Strong
Jon Hamm
Peter Dinklage
Bobby Cannavale
Patricia Clarkson
Patti LuPone
Hal Ashby
Amy Poehler
Dave Pirner
Marc Perlman
Doug Hughes
Dalton Trumbo
Anton Chekhov
Jean-Pierre Melville
Francois Truffaut
Sultan Kosen
Ethan Hawke
James Bundy
Richard Jenkins
Michael Keaton
Liev Schreiber
Rachel McAdams
John Slattery
Mark Ruffalo
Stanley Tucci
Billy Crudup
Paul Gilfoy
Eileen McNamara
Paul Giamatti

 
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Judah Friedlander, the longtime comedian, star of 30 Rock, and author of the new book, If the Raindrops United, joins Brian this week to talk about how his material has changed over the years, his various battles with anxiety, and what it felt like to finally find a home on stage. Plus, Brian reads a passage from the new book and the two discuss why the only thing holding Judah back from making his first special is Judah. 
 
Topics mentioned on today’s show include:

If the Raindrops United by Judah Friedlander
30 Rock
Scott Ferrall Radio Show
Top Spin
WJOK Comedy Radio
Comedy Tonight with Bill Boggs
Robin Byrd Show
Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas by Dale Pollock
Diner
At The Diner by Brian Koppelman
1984 by George Orwell
Dead Poets Society
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by John Sarno
Rocky
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

 
People mentioned on today's show:

Judah Friedlander
Steven Wright
Lenny Bruce
Rick Shapiro
Bob Newhart
Allan Havey
Steve Martin
Bob Hope
Rodney Dangerfield
Peter North
Rick Baker
Phil Tippet
Ray Harryhausen
Paul Reiser
Jim Gaffigan
Bill Burr
Ted Alexandro
Ben Bailey
Sam Kinison
John Mulrooney
Andrew Dice Clay
Richard Lewis
Jerry Seinfeld
Blaine Capatch
Patton Oswalt
Big Jay Oakerson
Steve Nash

 
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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to John Dahl who directed Rounders and gave Brian his first big break in movies. John is also known for directing movies such as The Last Seduction, You Kill Me, and Red Rock West. The two talk about John’s road to becoming a director, the lessons he learned along the way, and how directing is a lot like being the leader of a band. Plus, John talks about dealing with disappointments in show business, his worst studio pitch, and why filmmakers should keep telling the story of the movie to everybody on the set.
 
Topics mentioned on today’s show include:

The Last Seduction
Red Rock West
Kill Me Again
Unforgettable
You Kill Me
Rounders
A Clockwork Orange
She’s Gotta Have It
Raising Arizona
Cool Hand Luke
The French Connection
The Godfather
University of Montana
Montana State University
American Film Institute
Billions
Red Desert
State And Main
Powerhouse a TV series
Double Indemnity
General Hospital
The Tropicana in Hollywood
I Wake Up Screaming
The Bridge

 
People mentioned on today's show:

John Dahl
Columbo
The Beatles
Spike Lee
Coen Brothers
Paul Giamatti
Dave Warfield
Billy Wilder
Christopher Guest
Bill Pullman
Val Kilmer
Elwood Reid

 
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Phil Rosenthal is the creator and executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond and his new show, I'll Have What Phil's Having. This week, Brian and Phil discuss life before and after Everybody Loves Raymond, the best movies about show business, and Phil’s first mind-blowing food experience. Plus, the two talk about Phil’s current bout of writer’s block, the best pizza slice in New York City, and whether Los Angeles is indeed the best food city in America.
 
Topics mentioned on today’s show include:

I’ll Have What Phil’s Having
Everybody Loves Raymond
Exporting Raymond
You’re Lucky You’re Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom by Phil Rosenthal
Dayenu
Jewish James Bond a video by Funny or Die
Spanglish
The Honeymooners
Hofstra University
Saturday Night Live
Apocalypse Now
Rounders
Narcos
Seinfeld
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Avatar
Terms of Endearment
Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach
The King of Comedy
Broadway Danny Rose
The TV Set
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
The Bobby Gold Stories by Anthony Bourdain
Defending Your Life
Writer’s Bloc with Phil Rosenthal
Heat by Bill Buford
Spicy Thai BBQ
La Super Rica
Guerillas Tacos

 
People mentioned on today's show:

Les Moonves
James L. Brooks
Alan Kirschenbaum
Bill Murray
Larry David
Julia Child
Jeff Smith
Tom Hanks
Ray Romano
Kevin James
Steve Martin
Jake Kasdan
Anthony Bourdain
J.R. Havlan
Mario Batali
Bill Esparza

 
This episode of The Moment is brought to you by Open Account, a podcast series created by SuChin Pak and Umpqua Bank. Open Account explores, through honest and sometimes comical interviews, our uncomfortable silence around money. Open Account is available now on iTunes.
 
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Salman Rushdie, the distinguished author of books such as Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses, and Joseph Anton: A Memoir, joins Brian this week to discuss his latest novel Two Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights, the themes of alienation and truth that often lie beneath the surface in his work, and why, in a world gone mad, fiction matters. Plus, Salman talks about his rocky start as a writer, an unforgettable night at Madison Square Garden, and how religious fascists are waging a war on pleasure.
 
Topics mentioned on today’s show include:

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie
The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie
Candide by Voltaire
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
The Arabian Knights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights
The animal fables of The Panchatantra
The Hamzanama
Ocean of the Streams of Stories
Grimus by Salman Rushdie
Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie slams critics of PEN’s Charlie Hebdo tribute
Tenth of December by George Saunders
The Illusionist
Eisenheim the Illusionist by Steven Millhauser
Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
“One” by U2
ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape by Rukmini Callimachi

 
People mentioned on today's show:

Christopher Hitchens
Joyce Carol Oates
Joan Didion
Ibn Rushd
Kierkegaard
Gustave Flaubert
Thorstein Veblen
Ian McEwan
Martin Amis
Julian Barnes
Kazuo Ishiguro
Jane Austen
Walt Whitman
Penn Jillette
Jonathan Franzen
Steven Milhauser
William Kennedy
James Salter
H.L. Mencken

 
This episode of The Moment is brought to you by Open Account, a podcast series created by SuChin Pak and Umpqua Bank. Open Account explores, through honest and sometimes comical interviews, our uncomfortable silence around money.  Open Account is available now on iTunes.
 
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Neil LaBute, the writer and director of movies such as In The Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors, joins Brian this week to discuss his latest show, Billy & Billie, and his process as a director by taking a closer look at his 2013 film, Some Velvet Morning. Also, LaBute talks about his work as a writer and why critics and audiences often confuse his personal sense of morality with that of his characters. Plus, Brian and Neil meditate on the social utility in truth-telling and to what lengths writers and audiences are willing to go in order to feel connected in a world that’s ever-changing.

Topics discussed on today’s show include:

“Neil LaBute Has a Thing About Beauty” a New York Times article
Your Friends and Neighbors
In The Company of Men
Billy & Billie
Some Velvet Morning
Full Frontal
Irreversible
This Is How It Goes a play by Neil LaBute
The Magic Christian by Terry Southern
Bash a play by Neil LaBute
Fritzl Case
I Smile Back by Amy Koppelman
A Mouthful of Air by Amy Koppelman
The Clown by Heinrich Boll

People discussed on today's show:

Neil LaBute
Alice Eve
Gaspar Noe
Ben Stiller
Amanda Peet
Jeffrey Wright
Euripides
Shakespeare
Nick Drake
William Golding
William Goldman
Heinrich Boll

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James Foley, the newly announced director of Fifty Shades Darker, joins Brian this week to discuss how James thinks about directing, the years he spent in movie jail, and how decades of Freudian analysis helped break him out. Also, Foley talks about his time on House of Cards and how David Fincher’s trust gave him a 2nd shot in Hollywood. Plus, James tells a few stories from the set of Glengarry Glen Ross and takes a look ahead at his new project, Fifty Shades Darker.
 
Topics discussed on today’s show include: 

Glengarry Glen Ross
Fifty Shades Darker (Sequel)
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
Billions
At Close Range
After Dark, My Sweet
“Papa Don't Preach” by Madonna
Reckless
House of Cards
The Intern
The Martian
Gladiator
Perfect Stranger
Solitary Man
USC Film School 

 
People discussed on today's show: 

James Foley
Beau Willimon
David Fincher
Paul Giamatti
Sigmund Freud
Nikki Toscano
Nancy Meyers
Woody Allen
Ridley Scott
Halle Berry
Bruce Willis
Tom Cruise
Josh Donen
David Mamet
Alec Baldwin
Jack Lemmon
Ed Harris
Billy Wilder
E.L. James
Dakota Johnson
Jamie Dornan

 
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And by Open Account, a podcast series created by SuChin Pak and Umpqua Bank. Open Account explores, through honest and sometimes comical interviews, our uncomfortable silence around money.  Open Account is coming soon on iTunes.
 
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Mary Karr, the award-winning poet and best-selling author, joins Brian this week to discuss her latest book, The Art of Memoir, and reflect on her past work including The Liars’ Club and a poem she wrote about David Foster Wallace, “Suicide’s Note: An Annual.” Also, Karr talks about being critical of David and why she couldn’t read Infinite Jest until after his death. Plus, Brian and Mary talk about some of their favorite memoirs and how Mary believes that with the right tools and mindset, anyone can tell their own story.
 
Topics discussed on today’s show include:

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
The Liars' Club by Mary Karr
Cherry by Mary Karr
Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr
The Rock Bottom Remainders
Short Sharp Shocked by Michelle Shocked
Texas Campfire Tapes by Michelle Shocked
“Michelle Shocked enrages fans with onstage anti-gay rant.”
Memoirs by Pablo Neruda
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Dispatches by Michael Herr
Stop-Time by Frank Conroy
Body and Soul by Frank Conroy
Black Boy by Richard Wright
Native Son by Richard Wright
Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Leviathan by Paul Auster
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Kiss: A Memoir by Kathryn Harrison
The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Night by Elie Wiesel
Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski
The Moment with Jerome Charyn: 8/24/15
Sizzling Chops and Devilish Spins by Jerome Charyn
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Forever Overhead by David Foster Wallace
On Writing by Stephen King
The Shining by Stephen King
The Stand by Stephen King
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
Bullet in the Brain - A Short Film
The Night in Question by Tobias Wolff
"Suicide's Note: An Annual" by Mary Karr

 
People discussed on today's show:

Mary Karr
Stephen King
George Saunders
Allen Grossman
Michelle Shocked
Tobias Wolff
Marie Howe
Geoffrey Wolff
Raymond Carver
Quentin Tarantino
Ian McEwan
Marina Abramovic
Knausgaard
Isaac Babel
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Don DeLillo
Tom Noonan
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Patti Smith
Pam Houston

 
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Peter Zizzo, the award winning songwriter and producer, grew up as a renowned guitar player and on today’s show Brian and Peter talk about the effects of being viewed as a prodigy, the decisions he has made as an artist, and the lessons he learned along the way. Plus, Peter talks about writing songs for Celine Dion and Vanessa Carlton, how he felt being nominated for an award that was purely his own work, and wanting the success to be real this time around.
 
Topics discussed on today’s show include:

“Whispers” by Corina
The Moment with David Levien: 3/24/15
Dante’s Inferno by Dante Alighieri
Women and Children First by Van Halen
Spring Has Sprung on Peter Rabbit
“Hello” by Lionel Richie
“Suddenly” by Billy Ocean
Solitary Man
Rounders
“Ordinary Day” demo by Vanessa Carlton
“Only One Road” by Celine Dion

 
People discussed on today’s show include:

Peter Zizzo
Vanessa Carlton
Avril Lavigne
Billy Cobham
Adam Schlesinger
Steve Winwood
Taylor Swift
Tony Robbins
Charles Koppelman
Robert Randolph
Tim Herilhy
David Koepp
Max Martin
Imani Coppola
Hailey Knox
Ron Fair

 
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Jerome Charyn, the highly regarded author of books such as I Am Abraham and Sizzling Chops and Devilish Spins, joins Brian this week to discuss his love of language, ping-pong, and his latest book of stories, Bitter Bronx. Also, Brian draws a parallel between Charyn and Haruki Murakami’s work, asks about Jerome’s struggles with depression, and rekindles an old idea about a Marty Reisman movie. Plus, Jerome shares his touching story about finding love in his 70s and the cat that stole his heart.
 
Topics discussed on today’s show include:

Bitter Bronx by Jerome Charyn
Sizzling Chops and Devilish Spins by Jerome Charyn
I Am Abraham by Jerome Charyn
The American University of Paris
Jerome Charyn’s interview with Frederic Tuten
The Power Broker by Robert Caro
I Smile Back by Amy Koppelman
Why Are We In Vietnam by Norman Mailer
Dubliners by James Joyce

 
People discussed on today’s show include:

Jerome Charyn
Tom Bissell
Jonathan Lethem
Michael Chabon
Don DeLillo
Charles Dickens
Shakespeare
Lawrence Block
Abraham Lincoln
Marty Reisman
Van Gogh
Harold Brodkey
Robert Moses
Ethan Canin
John Malkovich
Paul Auster
Haruki Murakami
Dashiell Hammett
Jean-Pierre Melville
Jerzy Kosinki
James Salter

 
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Aimee Mann, one of the best songwriters of our generation, joins Brian this week to discuss the evolution of her music, the time she spent with ‘Til Tuesday, and the way Aimee thinks about creating songs. Also, Brian and Aimee discuss an event prior to the “Whatever” album that impacted the both of them professionally and creatively. Plus, Aimee falls in love with a lyric from Jason Isbell’s new album, talks about the importance of form and self-awareness as an artist, and how lately she’s simply trying to be a more mature person.
 
Topic Mentioned:

Chronicles by Bob Dylan
Paul Giamatti's interview on The Moment: 7/20/15
Coming Up Close: Retrospective by ’Til Tuesday
Whatever by Aimee Mann
Charmer by Aimee Mann
The Both by Aimee Mann and Ted Leo
I’m With Stupid by Aimee Mann
Something More Than Free by Jason Isbell
"24 Frames" by Jason Isbell
The Forgotten Arm by Aimee Mann
@#%&*! Smilers by Aimee Mann
Solitary Man
The Big Lebowski
Magnolia: Music from the Motion Picture by Aimee Mann

 
People Mentioned:

Aimee Mann
David Lee Roth
Billy Collins
Ted Leo
Michael Penn
Jon Brion
Tony Berg
Michael Hausman
Epic Records
Heart
Tracy Chapman
10,000 Maniacs
Desmond Child
Taylor Swift
Jenny Lewis
Neko Case
Thelonious Monk
Kevin Seccia

 
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Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder, the two comedians that host The Bonfire on Sirius XM’s Comedy Central Radio, talk about the long road to finally landing their deal on satellite radio and everything that has transpired in their relationship since Mr. Oakerson’s last emotional appearance on the show. Plus, Brian talks with Big Jay about the actions he took during an altercation at New York City’s Comic Strip, how the comedian chooses his words, and honoring the comic’s code.
Spoiler alert: Big Jay did finally get those A/C’s for his apartment.
People Mentioned: 

Big Jay Oakerson
Dan Soder
Rob Zombie
Joe List
Amy Schumer
Richie Tienken
William Stephenson
Steve Byrne
Keith Van Horn
Ari Shaffir
Kurt Metzger
Gary Gulman
Joe Vecsey
Todd Lynn
Lenny Marcus
Ardie Fuqua
Dustin Chafin
Mike Vecchione
Dave Attell
Michael Che
Sam Morril
Domenic DeNucci

Topics Mentioned: 

Sirius XM's "The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder"
The Moment with Big Jay Oakerson: (2/24/15)
The Moment with Dan Soder: (5/27/14)
MTV's Guy Code
Legion of Skanks
Comedy Cellar
Casino
Goodfellas
The Devil's Rejects
Billions
Patrice O'Neal on WTF with Marc Maron
Patrice O'Neal on Mohr Stories with Jay Mohr
The Bridge on the River Kwai
CSI: Miami
First Blood
Rocky
Comic Strip
Catch a Rising Star
Larry Zbyszko turns on Bruno Sammartino
Howard Stern on podcasts
Dan Soder on Conan
Dana Gould at Just for Laughs
The Hardcore Diaries by Mick Foley
Forrest Gump

 
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David Lipsky, the author of Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, the book which has been adapted into a feature film, The End Of The Tour, joins Brian to talk about the accuracy of the late David Foster Wallace’s portrayal in the movie, the lasting personal effects those five days have had on his life, and whether or not meeting Mr. Wallace is the reason he hasn’t published a book of fiction ever since.
Plus, Brian and David discuss Jonathan Franzen’s response to Mr. Wallace’s death, the calculated trajectories of great artists such as Quentin Tarantino, and how the real goal of David Foster Wallace’s work was to make people come alive.
Please stick around after the show for a bonus segment from Brian’s conversation with David Lipsky.
The End of the Tour is now playing in select cities and will open in more theaters across the country on August 7th.
 
People mentioned:

David Lipsky
Glenn Kenny
James Ponsoldt
John Barth
John Updike
Quentin Tarantino
Bonnie Nadell
Mary Karr
Jonathan Franzen
Sam Snead
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Mark Costello
Paul Thomas Anderson
Wes Anderson
Martin Scorsese
Nicole Holofcener
Walter Kirn
Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)
Philip Roth
Walt Whitman
Sheryl Crow
Jesse Eisenberg

 
Topics mentioned:

The End of the Tour
Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself by David Lipsky
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Best American Short Stories, 1986 by Raymond Carver
The Little Red Book by Harvey Penick
Robert Rodriguez interviews Quentin Tarantino
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
The Simpsons
Absolutely American by David Lipsky
Best American Magazine Writing, 2009 by The American Society of Magazine Editors
Bryan Garner's interview on The Moment: 5/18/15
Noma
Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) on Sgt. Peppers
Reservoir Dogs
Pulp Fiction
Inglourious Basterds
Annie Hall
Manhattan
The Anxiety of Influence by Harold Blume
Me & QT: What's Behind Tarantino Ditching His Leaked 'Hateful Eight' Script? by Brian Koppelman
Rounders
Knockaround Guys
Diner
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
People Like That Are The Only People Here by Lorrie Moore
10:04 by Ben Lerner
Amadeus
A.O. Scott reviews The End of the Tour
Letters to Vera by Vladamir Nabakov
An Author Asks That You 'Consider the Lobster' by David Lipsky
David Lipsky on The Late David Foster Wallace on WNYC's The Takeaway
Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football by Rich Cohen
The Art Fair by David Lipsky
Three Thousand Dollars: Stories by David Lipsky
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
The Deer Park by Norman Mailer
Quack This Way by Bryan Garner
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
Girl With Curious Hair by David Foster Wallace
"Blood on the Tracks" by Bob Dylan
David Foster Wallace reads on Audible
Idiocracy 

 
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After being embroiled in a lawsuit with Mark Zuckerberg over the origins of Facebook, Divya Narendra, the founder and CEO of the investor community SumZero, joins Brian this week to discuss Narendra’s early success creating Harvard Connection, the reason he became an entrepreneur, and the lessons he took away from the Facebook lawsuit. Also, Brian and Divya talk about startups, Divya’s portrayal in The Social Network, and what can and cannot be taught in schools. Plus, the tech exec explains how he cultivated his mind and never lost a minute of sleep throughout the case against Facebook.
 
People discussed on today’s show include:

Divya Narendra
Cameron Winklevoss
Tyler Winklevoss
Mark Zuckerberg
Max Minghella
Armie Hammer
Elon Musk
Warren Buffett
Carl Icahn
Alec Berg
Aaron Sorkin
David Fincher
Jesse Eisenberg

 
Topics discussed on today’s show include:
 

SumZero
Facebook
The Social Network
Harvard Connection (ConnectU)
Hot or Not website created by Mark Zuckerberg
Harvard University
Northwestern University
Snapchat
Silicon Valley
"Chris Sacca On Being Different and Making Billions" – The Tim Ferriss Show (5/30/15)
David and Goliath a book by Malcolm Gladwell

 
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Paul Giamatti, the well respected, award-winning actor who stars along side Damian Lewis in Showtime's latest series, Billions, joins Brian this week to discuss working together on the set of the show (Brian is a co-creator and executive producer of Billions). Also, Paul talks about his complicated relationship with acting, revisits his roles in Donnie Brasco, Sideways, John Adams, and Cinderella Man. And Paul reflects on his time as a young actor and how, after more than 20 years, he keeps the work fresh and alive for himself.
 
Topics this week:

Billions
Yale School of Drama
Donnie Brasco
Safe Men
Cinderella Man
John Adams
Choate Rosemary Hall
Peer Gynt a play by Henrik Ibsen
Glengarry Glen Ross a play by David Mamet
Speed-The-Plow a play by David Mamet
Man on the Moon
Sideways
American Splendor
Election
“Hurt So Good” – John Cougar Mellencamp

 
People this week:

Paul Giamatti
Sophia Loren
Johnny Depp
Russell Crowe
Maggie Siff
Marcus Giamatti
Kenny Aronoff
Alexander Payne
Thomas Haden Church

 
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This week on the Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Starlee Kine, the host of the podcast Mystery Show. With the first five episodes of Kine’s show complete, Brian caught up with her to ask about the response she has received and how that differs from the way she thinks about creating it. Also, the two compare and contrast the character Kine plays on Mystery Show to her everyday self, how she is a lot less like the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew and more like Charles Dickens and Marina Abramovic, and whether earnest is the correct word to ascribe to the stories on the podcast. Plus, Kine discusses the origins of Mystery Show and how close she was to leaving the radio world altogether. 
Topics this week:

Mystery Show – Episodes 1-5
The Sopranos
Mad Men
Breaking Bad
Y Tu Mama Tambien a film by Alfonso Cuaron
Law and Order
The Killing
True Detective
Nancy Drew
Hardy Boys
This American Life– Episode 208: Office Politics
Serial
The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults
The Moth: Waiting for Marina Abramovic
Magnolia
On The High Wire a book by Philippe Petit (Translation by Paul Auster)
Reply All

 
People this week:

Starlee Kine
DB Cooper
Charles Dickens
Hans Jordi
Jake Gyllenhaal
Mary Tyler Moore
Lawrence Block
Raymond Chandler
Dashiell Hammett
Geraldo Rivera
Marina Abramovich
Alex Goldman
Alex Blumberg

 
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Back for his 2nd appearance on the show - New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur, Seth Godin, joins us this week to talk about his latest project, altMBA, and the process of searching for his next piece of work. Also, Brian and Seth discuss the comfort people find in gatekeepers, the importance of increasing tension to keep your work on the cutting edge, and how big expectations can lead to big differences. Plus, Seth introduces his concept of buzzer management and how we need to press the buzzer before we know the answer to jump ahead in business and in life.
 
Topics this week:

The altMBA
Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course at Udemy
Seth Godin Blog
Harvard Business School
The Moment with Seth Godin: 10/7/14
The Dip by Seth Godin
Do Over by Jon Acuff
Brian Koppelman Blog
Slack
Here’s to the Dreamers a video by The Academy
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Activision
Seth Godin action figure
What to Do When It’s Your Turn (And It’s Always Your Turn) by Seth Godin
Leap First by Seth Godin
The Tragedy of Small Expectations (And the Trap of False Dreams) a blog post by Seth Godin

 
People this week:

Seth Godin
Norm Macdonald
Jon Acuff
Amy Koppelman
Jill Soloway
Amanda Palmer
Steven Pressfield
Bill Gross
David Sedaris
Tom Rath
Bruce Springsteen

 
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Debbie Gibson, the pop music icon known for songs such as “Only In My Dreams” and “Lost in Your Eyes” joins us this week to talk about the highs and lows of her career and walking the line between being a product and an artist. Debbie also shares stories from her youth including the dirty limerick that almost made its way into her single “Shock Your Mama,” and what it felt like to be a young woman in the music industry during the late 80’s and 90’s. Plus, Debbie talks about growing into some of her old songs, the importance of not doing things that feel even “remotely dishonest,” and gives us a taste of what’s to come.
 
Topics this week:

"Lost in Your Eyes" by Debbie Gibson
"Only in My Dreams" by Debbie Gibson
Out of the Blue, Electric Youth, Anything is Possible, and Think With Your Heart albums by Debbie Gibson
New Music Seminar in New York City
"Papa Don’t Preach" by Madonna
Annie
Les Miserables, Greece, Funny Girl, Gypsy, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, and Cabaret
"Foolish Beat" by Debbie Gibson
Atlantic Records
"Losin' Myself" by Debbie Gibson Live in Chile
"Shock Your Mama" by Debbie Gibson
Long Island Music Hall of Fame
Eat Move Sleep a book by Tom Rath

 
People this week:

Debbie Gibson
Carole King
Tiffany
Usher
Brandy
Anita Baker
Taylor Swift
Billy Joel
Phil Ramone
Wilson Phillips
Belinda Carlisle
Doug Morris
Katy Perry
Matt Goss
Prince
Avril Lavigne
Dee Snider
Najee
Sturken and Rogers
Rihanna
Liberace

 
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James Le Gros, the longtime actor known for his roles in movies such as Drugstore Cowboy and Living in Obilvion joins us this week to talk about the freedom of not knowing what’s next and why it’s important, even after being credited on over 100 TV shows and films, that he still gets nervous. The two also share some of their best stories, including Brian’s first meeting with Pat Riley and the night James attended a dinner party with Werner Herzog. Plus, we run James’ name through the ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ generator, discuss why bitterness is the enemy as an artist, and why it’s important to never face the facts.
 
Topics this week: 

Drugstore Cowboy
Living in Oblivion
Justified
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
The People vs. Larry Flynt
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Amadeus
Citizen Kane
The Seventh Seal
Diner
The Last Winter
Harold and Maude
WNYC’s Here’s the Thing with Julianne Moore
Barry Lyndon
Leather Jackets
The Winter of Frankie Machine a novel by Don Winslow
She Needed Me a novel by Walter Kirn
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade by Walter Kirn
Eyes Wide Shut
Grizzly Man
The White Diamond
The Street Lawyer
South Coast Repertory
A Beautiful Mind
Frost/Nixon
Ally McBeal
Safe
Mildred Pierce
Girls
Tiny Furniture
Where the Day Takes You
Gun Crazy
Johnny Suede
The People Garden
Scotland, PA.

 
People this week: 

Milos Forman
Ruth Gordon
Ralph Moratz
Mario van Peebles
Cary Elwes
Gus Van Sant
Brad Pitt
Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro
Timothy Treadwell
Russell Crowe
Kerry Bishe
George Clooney
Pat Riley
Tony Robbins
Ron Perlman
Todd Haynes
Kathryn Bigelow
Lena Dunham
Will Smith
Drew Barrymore
Catherine Keener

 
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Lewis Black, the comedian, author, and playwright, joins us on the podcast this week to talk about his long road to living a creative life. The two discuss the night Brian saw Lewis at the Beacon Theatre and watched him perform a bit about Vince Gill and Amy Grant. They also touch on Lewis’s future with The Daily Show, beginning his career as a playwright, and how Lewis comes up with material. And to top it all off, Lewis gives us a few thoughts on religion and the time he once had faith.
 
Topics this week:

Inside Out
The Moment's interview with Big Jay Oakerson (2/24/15)
Todd -N- Tyler Radio Empire
The Bob and Tom Show
Lewis Black performs a bit about Vince Gill and Amy Grant
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation
WTF's interview with Lewis Black
The Nerdist interview with Lewis Black
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
WTF’s interview with Jim Breuer
My Transcendent Podcast Guest: Jim Breuer Redeems Himself on Marc Maron's WTF
Atlantic Theatre Company
Samuel French
UNC Chapel Hill
I Never Sang for My Father a play by Robert Anderson
One Slight Hitch a play by Lewis Black
The West Bank Cafe
Yale School of Drama

 
People this week:

Lewis Black
Willie Reale
Jim Gaffigan
John Oliver
Kathleen Madigan
Kevin Meaney
David Letterman
Richard L. Coe
Jill Soloway

 
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Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and moderator of Meet the Press, talks about the political landscape and his role in it. Brian and Chuck also discuss the line between journalism and show business, the value of long-form interviews, and Chuck's waning enthusiasm for the political game. Plus, Chuck dives into his vision for Meet the Press, the burden of hosting the longest running television show in history, and the real story behind Advise and Consent.
 
Topics this week:

NBC's Meet the Press
The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House by Chuck Todd
The Julliard School
Profiles In Courage by John F. Kennedy
Up, Simba! an essay by David Foster Wallace
Bulworth
Network
Advise and Consent
Preston Brooks and Charles Sumner Fight
Cowboys Are My Weakness by Pam Houston

 
People this week:

Former Senator Rick Santorum
Governor John Kasich
Senator Rand Paul
Former Vice President Dick Cheney
Senator Bernie Sanders
Former Governor Jeb Bush
Former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
President Barack Obama
Former Senator Lester Hunt
Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
Former President Bill Clinton
Senator John McCain
Ross Perot
Mayor Bill de Blasio
Bill Thompson 

 
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Taylor Goldsmith, lead singer-songwriter for the band Dawes, joins us this week to talk about the group's new album, All Your Favorite Bands. The album is out today and Taylor can be heard playing an acoustic version of the title track at the end of this episode. In addition, Taylor looks back at his time working on The New Basement Tapes alongside Elvis Costello, Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens, and Marcus Mumford. He also meditates on songwriting, influences, and how art is criticized and consumed in today’s culture. Brian and Taylor also discuss the life and works of Bob Dylan, how turning 30 is a pivotal moment in an artist’s life, and the hope Taylor still holds on to in his music.
 
Topics this week:

All Your Favorite Bands by Dawes
U2’s Pride in the Name of Love
Kid Rock’s Bawitdaba
Dawes’ Time Spent in Los Angeles
Nothing is Wrong by Dawes
Otis the Drunk on The Andy Griffith Show
Lost on the River by The New Basement Tapes
“Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
The New Basement Tapes - Kansas City
The New Basement Tapes – When I Get My Hands on You
Johnny Fritz’s When a Ford Man Turns to Chevy
Johnny Fritz’s Suck in Your Gut
Bill Callahan’s Faith/Void
Somewhere Under Wonderland by Counting Crows
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger
North Hills by Dawes
Dawes – When My Time Comes
Miles of Aisles by Joni Mitchell
Still Crazy All These Years by Paul Simon
Graceland by Paul Simon
Rhythm of the Saints by Paul Simon
Infidels by Bob Dylan & Mark Knopfler
Automatic for the People by REM
The New Basement Tapes – Florida Key
The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan’s Hurricane
Bob Dylan’s Joey
Bob Dylan’s Highlands
Bob Dylan’s It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Iconoclast with Maya Angelou & Dave Chappelle
Southeastern by Jason Isbell
Wilder Mind by Mumford & Sons

 
People this week:

Dawes
Middle Brother
Deer Tick
T Bone Burnett
Elvis Costello
Mumford and Sons
Jim James
Rhiannon Giddens
Jonathan Prince
Bob Dylan
Hank Williams
Jackson Browne
Tom Petty
Sam Koppelman
Bruce Springsteen
Peter Mensch
Cliff Burnstein
My Morning Jacket
Alabama Shakes

 
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Note: This bonus episode was produced and aired by Grantland in December 2014.

This week on The Moment we revisit Brian’s conversation with Killer Mike which took place in November 2014. Killer Mike is one half of the Run the Jewels duo along side El-P. Coming off an emotional night in Ferguson, where he played to a crowd after the verdict was announced in the Michael Brown case, Brian talked with Mike about his duties as an artist and being an ambassador for his community. Since this conversation, Killer Mike has appeared on numerous shows including a recent appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Topics this week:

“R.A.P. Music” album
“Run the Jewels” album
“Run the Jewels 2” album
“PL3DGE” album
Stage 48 - New York City
Morehouse College
Adrian Peterson child abuse case
“I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind” album
“I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind Vol. 2” album
Killer Mike in Ferguson
Avatar
“A.D.I.D.A.S.” – Killer Mike
Brooke Baldwin Interview with Killer Mike
L.A. Confidential
Sound Opinions from WBEZ
“AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” album
One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future a book by Ben Carson
Pimp: The Story of My Life a book by Iceberg Slim
Man’s Search for Meaning a book by Viktor Frankl
Guns, Germs, and Steel a book by Jared Diamond


People this week:

Killer Mike
Run the Jewels
El-P
Outkast
Alice Johnson
Blowfly
Quentin Tarantino
Lloyd Banks
Jay-Z
Dave Chappelle
MC Hammer
Big Boi
Dick Gregory
Chuck D
Eric Holder
George Wallace
Clarence Thomas


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PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, the hosts of Reply All, discuss their creative partnership and their meteoric rise from WNYC to Gimlet. They also discuss their own worries for the show, the collective work it takes to put out an episode, and finding the sweet spot to maintain their outsider status as they become a part of the mainstream podcasting culture. And just how much hand holding in storytelling is too much hand holding? Brian talks about what it feels like to get De Blasio’d on an episode of Reply All.
 
Topics this week:

Reply All
Gimlet
The Hold Steady – Lord I’m Discouraged
Siskel & Ebert uncensored
Life Itself - A film based on Roger Ebert’s memoir
Favor Atender – Reply All episode
This American Life
TLDR
This Proves Everything – Reply All episode
Ask Leah – TLDR episode
On The Media
The Moment’s interview with Jessi Klein (12/30/14)
99% Invisible
Late Show with David Letterman
The Moment’s interview with Alex Blumberg(10/14/14)
Death Sex and Money
Radiotopia
Maximum Fun
Exit & Return Part I – Reply All episode
Exit & Return Part II – Reply All episode
Of Birds and Boundaries – Love and Radio episode

 
People this week: 

PJ Vogt
Alex Goldman
Craig Finn
Tad Kubler
Mayor Bill De Blasio (The 109th Mayor of New York City)
Alex Blumberg
Adam Carolla
Anna Sale

 
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Bryan Garner, author, lexicographer, and subject of David Foster Wallace’s essay Authority and American Usage, joins Brian to talk about their mutual love of language. Bryan also explains the fight between descriptivists and prescriptivists, how his life changed after Mr. Wallace’s essay ran in Harper’s Magazine and Consider the Lobster, and the story of how he brought Justice Scalia and David Foster Wallace together. In addition, Bryan discusses why he thinks Steven Pinker’s new book on language “isn’t very good,” the definition of the term SNOOT, and how prescriptivists may have literally lost the fight on the definition of literally.
Topics this week:

Modern American Usage by Bryan Garner
LawProse.org provider of CLE training in legal writing, editing, and drafting
Tense Present: Democracy, English, and the Wars over Usage by David Foster Wallace
Authority and American Usage by David Foster Wallace
Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
Millers Crossing a film by the Coen brothers
Gideon’s Trumpet by Anthony Lewis
The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
Quack This Way by Bryan Garner and David Foster Wallace
The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker
“Sorry. Dr. Gove ain’t in.” New Yorker Cartoon by Alan Dunn
Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself by David Lipsky
The Originalist a play by John Strand
The Palace Thief by Ethan Canin
WBUR interview with Bryan Garner and David Foster Wallace
The Financier – Theodore Dreiser
Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger
Fearing’s Restaurant in Dallas, TX with Chef Dean Fearing
David Brinkley: A Memoir by David Brinkley
 

People this week:

@BryanAGarner
@SAPinker
@PomonaCollege
@DeanFearing
Former President George W. Bush
Jay-Z
Brian Williams
Justice Antonin Scalia
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The Claremont Colleges

 
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Noah Emmerich, otherwise known as Stan Beeman on The Americans, joins Brian to talk about the subtleties in his craft, how he went from being a musician and travel writer to an actor, and how Brian broke Noah the news that he couldn’t land a role in the Kevin Costner film, For Love of the Game. Noah also dives into the backstory of how he landed his role as Marlon, Truman’s best friend, on The Truman Show and the lessons we can all learn from chasing your fears.
Mentioned this week:

The Truman Show, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli, and Witness – Peter Weir films
Pride & Glory, Warrior, and Miracle – Gavin O’Connor films
The Americans
Beautiful Girls and Monument Avenue – Ted “Teddy” Demme films
Rounders
Floyd Abrams
@DanAbrams
Paul Giamatti
Ron Livingston
@JoshMalina
@WhitfordBradley
@DuleHill
A Few Good Men
Atlantic Theater Company
Things I Have Learned Playing Poker on the Hill an essay by David Mamet
Harold Evans
Lincoln Center Library
True West a play by Sam Shepard
Burn This a play by Lanford Wilson
The Qualms a play by Bruce Norris
Ron Stetson – Neighborhood Playhouse teacher
Ed Harris
Lee Krasner
Kurt Russell
Coach K
Andrew Niccol writer of Gattaca and The Truman Show
Susan Smith – Talent Agent
@JimCarrey
Bulworth a Warren Beatty film
Cop Land a James Mangold film
Harvey Keitel
@RayLiotta
Arthur Nascarella
For Love of the Game a film starring Kevin Costner
Scott Rosenberg writer of Beautiful Girls
@JoeWeisberg
Making Movies a book by Sidney Lumet

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Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author, talks about the pleasures of writing a book he believes in and the struggles of promoting one his heart wasn’t fully into. Also, Jon reflects on his time with the Dave Ramsey team, the years he spent as a blocked writer, and the process of getting unstuck in his new book, Do Over.
Mentioned this week:

Jon Acuff’s Books - including Stuff Christians Like, Quitter, Start, and Do Over
The Moment with Seth Godin (10/7/14)
John Sarno’s Healing Back Pain
Philippe Petit’s On The High Wire
John Waitzkin’s The Art of Learning
@DaveRamsey
Scott Walker: “I Don’t Know” if Obama Is Christian
Michael Jordan’s dunk on Patrick Ewing
@billburr
@iamcolinquinn
Louis CK on cell phones
Dusty Springfield’s - Son of a Preacher Man
Mad Men
The Moment with Adam Duritz (9/2/14)

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David Chang, chef and founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, discusses love and hate and how he has used each to fuel his success. Plus, the early days of Momofuku Noodle Bar, when the fear of financial ruin forced David to find a way to find a way forward.
Topics discussed in this episode:

Momofuku Restaurants, including Noodle Bar, Ssam, Ko, Ma Pache, and Milk Bar
The first season of the PBS series Mind of a Chef, hosted by David Chang
Lucky Peach magazine
Armageddon-era Aerosmith vs. Toys in the Attic-era Aerosmith
Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX
Restaurante Elkano
Etxebarri

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Legendary actor, playwright, and author Eric Bogosian on what keeps him inspired, the experience of becoming other people, and his new book, 'Operation Nemesis.'

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David Levien, Brian's filmmaking partner and author of 'Signature Kill,' on how grit beats talent in fighting and writing.

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Edward Burns, writer and filmmaker, on finding his creative voice, making compromises as an artist, and handling rejection like Kobe Bryant.

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James Altucher, entrepreneur, author, and host of 'The James Altucher Show,' on striking it rich, going bust, and the daily practices he integrates into his life to do what he loves.

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Keith Robinson, a linchpin in the New York comedy scene, on taking young comics under his wing and his first hour-long special on Comedy Central.

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Big Jay Oakerson on the comedy high-wire act he does every night and the dark days that sometimes follow.

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Ivan Orkin, owner and founder of Ivan Ramen, talks about the formative experiences in his journey to being one of the top chefs in the world.

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Brian Koppelman and Seth Meyers discuss Seth's departure from 'SNL,' how he feels about his rep as the nicest guy in Hollywood, and the debut of 'Late Night With Seth Meyers.' 

(Originally ran 02-04-14)

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Jason Isbell, award-winning singer/songwriter, ex-member of Drive-By Truckers, on finally living up to his potential.

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Rob Morrow, star of 'Quiz Show,' 'Numb3rs,' and 'Northern Exposure,' on how deep he needs to go for his art.

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WTF host Marc Maron joins Brian Koppelman to talk about the joy of telling intentionally unfunny jokes, last chances, and why Marc still hasn't had coffee with Jon Stewart. 

(Originally ran 02-18-14)

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Former 'SNL' star Bill Hader on what his real dream is, why movies matter, and how anxiety drives his creativity.

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Amy Schumer, groundbreaking comedian, on what she loves and hates about her life right now.

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Russell Peters, world-renowned comedian, on what it feels like to be on the outside looking in despite all of his success.

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Danny Strong, Emmy award-winning screenwriter and actor, talks about redefining himself by chasing his creative curiosity.

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Jessi Klein, executive producer and writer of 'Inside Amy Schumer,' discusses the long road to comedy success.

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Dave Ramsey, one of the most successful radio hosts on earth, on how he turned his life around. And how we all can.

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Lydia Loveless, country-music rebel and songwriter extraordinaire, on why she writes 'em so close to the bone.

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Vanessa Selbst, the winningest female poker player in history, on reading people, making good decisions at the table, and why poker matters.

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Killer Mike, one half of Run The Jewels, on his duty as an artist to take risks, creatively and as a leader.

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Tony Robbins on why he wrote his new no. 1 best-selling book, 'Money: Master the Game,' and how we can prime ourselves to win.

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Cary Elwes, star of 'The Princess Bride' on what it feels like to be a part of cinema history.
 

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Phil Hellmuth, the most famous poker player in the world, on why winning all those WSOP bracelets is still important to him and why he has become a people person.

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Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC hit show 'The Profit,' on his secrets to making good decisions and why it's easier for him to give than to receive.

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Tony Gilroy, writer/director of 'Michael Clayton' and the 'Bourne' movies, on why and how he does his thing.

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Michael Rapaport, actor and filmmaker, on confidence, insecurity, getting expelled, and his ESPN 30 for 30, 'When the Garden Was Eden.'

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Alex Blumberg, "Planet Money" cofounder, former producer at "This American Life," and current host of the podcast StartUp, on managing the fear of chasing your dreams.

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Seth Godin - thought leader, Internet guru, best-selling author - on how he found his mission.

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Eddie Trunk, host of 'That Metal Show,' on why rock and roll still matters so much to him, and the pros and cons of living out your high school dream life.

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Lawrence Block, author of 'A Walk Among The Tombstones' and other classic crime novels, talks about the grit required to succeed at writing, running, and distance walking.

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Gilbert Gottfried, the Miles Davis of comedy, on what's funny and what's not. Plus an update from Gary Gulman.

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Ray Liotta, legendary star of 'Goodfellas,' talks openly about acting, his movies, and why he does what he does.

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Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz on their new album, songwriting, and the meaning of California.

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Jon Lovett was a White House speechwriter while in his mid-twenties. Now 30, he creates TV shows. He talks about that ride, proximity to power, and why he does what he does.

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'SNL' star Taran Killam and Brian Koppelman talk about life on the show, how to get a sketch on the air, and how to stay sane in showbiz.

Aired originally 5/6/14

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Comedian/storyteller/filmmaker Mike Birbiglia on finding his creative groove, the importance of being on time, and why he loves movies.

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Craig Mazin, who wrote 'The Hangover Part II' and 'Identity Thief' and hosts Scriptnotes, on dealing with success and failure in Hollywood.

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Hank Steinberg tells how he went from a guy who wanted to make indie films to one of the biggest names in TV.

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Tim Ferriss, life hacker and author of 'The 4-Hour Body,' shares his expertise and thought process with Brian.

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Filmmaker Jake Kasdan ('Sex Tape,' 'Bad Teacher') on directing 'Freaks and Geeks,' his love of comedy, and connecting to the legacy of his legendary father, Lawrence Kasdan. 

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Academy Award nominee Richard LaGravenese on why he writes, how he writes, and why he still doesn't feel like a real writer.

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Legndary actress Ellen Barkin tells Brian how she prepared to deal with the cruelty of show business, why she sabotaged part of her career, and what matters to her now.

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Best selling journalist John Heilemann walks Brian through writing 'Game Change' and why he and his partner Mark Halperin have gone into business with Mike Bloomberg.

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'Divergent' and 'Limitless' director, Neil Burger, talks about what it felt like to wait over 10 years to make his first feature film.

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SiriusXM's Jenny Hutt (Brian's sister) talks about how she finally decided to live her dream of becoming a radio star after years of trying to live a quiet suburban life. 

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Matt Damon's character in 'Rounders' took his name from today's guest, great singer-songwriter Michael McDermott, who's had a long road back from darkness.

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Allan Havey, who plays the hated Lou Avery on 'Mad Men,' on why he loves playing him, what being the hottest stand-up in NYC in the '80s felt like, and true joy.

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Comedian Dan Soder tells Brian Koppelman about dinner with Amy Schumer, writing Bill Simmons a mailbag question, and how telling jokes saved him.

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John Hamburg, writer/director of 'I Love You, Man,' talks about fitting in, being funny, and his rules for writing good scenes.

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MacArthur "genius grant" recipient and award-winning author Colson Whitehead tells Brian why he put it all on the line in Las Vegas at the 2011 World Series of Poker.

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'SNL' star Taran Killam and Brian Koppelman talk about life on the show, how to get a sketch on the air, and how to stay sane in showbiz.

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Two-time NBA All-Star Baron Davis grew up in South L.A., went to school with Kate Hudson, played for Donald Sterling, and tells Brian all about it.

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'Entourage' creator Doug Ellin and Brian Koppelman explore the value of lifelong friendships and why Long Island still matters to both of them.

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Comedy legend David Steinberg tells Brian Koppelman about how his jokes got a network show canceled, what it's like to direct Larry David, and why comedy still matters.

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Tim Herlihy - 'Billy Madison,' 'Happy Gilmore,' and 'SNL' writer - tells Brian how he went from being Adam Sandler's college roommate to his creative partner.

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Former 'SNL' star Colin Quinn and Brian trade tragic Motley Crue stories, talk about the surrealism of early Adam Sandler, and why colin digs being the Yoda of comedians.

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'College GameDay' host Chris Fowler joins Brian Koppelman to talk about loyalty, the awesome reality of living your dream, the value of hardwork, and the talent question.

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Comedian Gary Gulman tells Brian Koppelman why obsession is the key to writing good jokes, and why being called a 'craftsman' feels like an insult.
 

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'Law & Order' executive producer Warren Leight explains how to kick rejection in the teeth, why working fast is a gift, and how much grit it takes to get a play to Broadway.
 

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Craig Finn and Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady talk to Brian Koppelman about the band's mission, its new album, and the long tradition of singers and guitarists feuding.

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Chuck Klosterman and Brian Koppelman discuss how Chuck deals with the consequences of being 'The Ethicist', how he handles negative reaction to his work, and the nature of cool.

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WTF host Marc Maron joins Brian Koppelman to talk about the joy of telling intentionally unfunny jokes, last chances, and why Marc still hasn't had coffee with Jon Stewart.

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Brian Koppelman sits down with Mario Batali, who discusses his brain trauma, being brave enough to sing in front of Bono, and keeping a dinner party as tight as an NFL huddle.

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Brian Koppelman and Seth Meyers discuss Seth's departure from 'SNL,' how he feels about his rep as the nicest guy in Hollywood, and the debut of 'Late Night With Seth Meyers.'

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