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Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso
Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso
iHeartPodcasts and Pushkin Industries

Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso is a weekly series of intimate conversations with artists, activists, and politicians. Where people sound like people.... more

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Episodes

A Father’s Day Special (with Ethan Hawke)

This Father's Day, we're revisiting our special talk with actor Ethan Hawke. After a phone call with Dad Fragoso (2:00), we... more

16 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Director Richard Linklater’s Moments in Time

Director Richard Linklater has made a career out of telling personal stories with universal appeal. Dazed and Confused, Waking Life,... more

09 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Maya Hawke (‘Stranger Things’) Writes through Chaos

On the heels of her breakout role in Stranger Things, Maya Hawke has gone her own way as an artist—... more

02 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Comedian Ilana Glazer (‘Broad City’) is Mothering

This week we’re joined by comedian and actor Ilana Glazer.  At the top, Glazer reflects on her recent tour across the... more

26 May 2024 · 1 hour,
A Love Letter to Comedy with Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello (‘Hacks’)

Hacks co-creators Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello, who are also husband and wife, have been performing and writing together... more

19 May 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
A Mother’s Day Special with Pamela Adlon (‘Better Things’)

This Mother’s Day, our very special episode with actor, writer, and director Pamela Adlon. We discuss her new movie Babes (7:27),... more

12 May 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s Self-Portrait

In just under a decade, comedian, writer, and actor Jerrod Carmichael has had a remarkably varied career. On the heels... more

05 May 2024 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
Nick Offerman (‘Civil War’) Brings a Message of Hope

Today, actor and author Nick Offerman returns to the show! We call him up to unpack his latest role as... more

28 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Poet Rupi Kaur: 10 Years of 'Milk and Honey'

Today, in honor of National Poetry Month, we’re returning to our conversation with Rupi Kaur. Her debut collection, milk and... more

21 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Stories of Actor Jeff Daniels

Actor Jeff Daniels is always writing. Plays, songs, a script or two. Even in interviews you get the sense the... more

14 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Actor and Director Dev Patel is a Leading Man

Actor Dev Patel has pursued interesting, complex roles in Hollywood since his arrival in Slumdog Millionaire fifteen years ago. He... more

07 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Director M. Night Shyamalan: A Talk from 'Development Hell'

Today we're sharing two special conversations, featuring our friends at Revisionist History. First, Malcolm Gladwell joins Sam to discuss "Development Hell,"... more

31 Mar 2024 · 58 minutes
Comedian Ramy Youssef Returns with ‘More Feelings’

This weekend, comedian Ramy Youssef released a powerful and personal new HBO special, More Feelings. To commemorate the one-year anniversary of... more

24 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Pushkin Hosts Celebrate World Happiness Day

The Happiness Lab’s Dr. Laurie Santos brings together other Pushkin hosts to mark the International Day of Happiness. Revisionist History’s... more

20 Mar 2024 · 48 minutes
How Do We Think About the 2024 Election?

Writer Evan Osnos (The New Yorker, CNN) has been interviewing Joe Biden on and off for the past decade. He... more

17 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Oscar Sunday with Composer Ludwig Göransson (‘Oppenheimer’)

To celebrate Oscar Sunday, we're returning to our talk with Oppenheimer composer Ludwig Göransson! To begin, Göransson describes the collaborative process... more

10 Mar 2024 · 59 minutes
From the Oscar Archives: Cate Blanchett

For over twenty-five years, Cate Blanchett has been as vital as any performer we have. In the lead-up to this... more

06 Mar 2024 · 54 minutes
Dispatches from a Gaza Hospital (with Dr. Seema Jilani)

As we enter month six of the Israel-Hamas war, a dispatch from Dr. Seema Jilani. She’s provided critical aid in... more

03 Mar 2024 · 56 minutes
A Cup of Coffee with Actor Kyle MacLachlan (‘Twin Peaks’)

In celebration of Dune’s 40th anniversary, we have a damn fine cup of coffee with actor (and now podcaster) Kyle... more

25 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Lily Gladstone (‘Killers of the Flower Moon’) is Making History

Actor Lily Gladstone made history last month when she netted a Best Actress nomination for her work in Martin Scorsese’s... more

18 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Quinta Brunson: ‘Abbott Elementary’ is Back in Session

Today, we return to our conversation with “Abbott Elementary” creator and star, Quinta Brunson! On the heels of her historic Emmy... more

11 Feb 2024 · 55 minutes
Filmmaker Lulu Wang Creates In Between Two Worlds

Following the success of her autobiographical 2019 film, The Farewell, Lulu Wang has emerged as one of the most exciting... more

04 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Oscar Nominations with Wesley Morris (The New York Times)

Wesley Morris has served as critic at large at The New York Times since 2015, covering film, politics, and pop... more

28 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Dan Levy (‘Schitt’s Creek’) Goes His Own Way

Over the past decade, writer and actor Dan Levy rose to prominence for his work on Schitt’s Creek. After co-creating... more

21 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s New Hollywood Framework

Over the past 15 years, filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma, Queen Sugar) has become something of an institution in Hollywood. As... more

14 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Actor Michelle Williams Works from a ‘Place of Peace’

As we begin the new year, we're returning to our conversation with brilliant actor Michelle Williams. We walk through the making... more

07 Jan 2024 · 53 minutes
Talk Easy’s 2023 Mixtape

As we say goodbye to 2023, a collection of passages from some of our favorite episodes of the year. Featuring... more

31 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Bradley Cooper as ‘Maestro’ from The New Yorker Radio Hour

This holiday weekend, we're presenting a special conversation between actor and director Bradley Cooper and David Remnick of The New... more

24 Dec 2023 · 50 minutes
The New Yorker Editor David Remnick: 'There's No Time to Despair'

David Remnick has been the editor of The New Yorker since 1998 and a staff writer since 1992. He joins... more

17 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
The Transformations of Actor Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe has built a career out of shapeshifting. His latest role in Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things demonstrates exactly that. Today, he joins... more

10 Dec 2023 · 1 hour,
Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa Fights for the Protection of Journalists

Nobel Peace Prize-winner Maria Ressa has spent the past decade advocating for the protection of journalists. Today, we return to... more

03 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Actor and Director Benny Safdie Does It All

Throughout his fifteen-year moviemaking career, director and actor Benny Safdie has been drawn to naturalism and first-time performers. Fittingly, his... more

26 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Futurist Vision of Actor and Filmmaker Brit Marling

For more than a decade, actor and writer Brit Marling has made futuristic work that reveals truths about our disquieting... more

19 Nov 2023 · 58 minutes
The Ziwe Interview

Writer and comedian Ziwe has made a career out of conducting charged and satirical interviews. She joins us this week... more

12 Nov 2023 · 59 minutes
Marina Abramović Creates Art from Pain

Marina Abramović is a pioneer in the field of performance art, using her body as both the subject and the... more

05 Nov 2023 · 53 minutes
The Rise and Fall of Crypto Billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried (with Writer Michael Lewis)

Upon taking a walk with crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, writer Michael Lewis had a sense that there might be a... more

29 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Singer-Songwriter Weyes Blood Gives Us ‘Something to Believe’

Singer-songwriter Weyes Blood is one of the most inventive musicians working today. One year ago, she released her prescient album... more

22 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
A Human Conversation with Writer George Saunders

Last fall, George Saunders published Liberation Day, his first short-story collection in nine years. This week, we return to our... more

15 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
Author and Critic Hua Hsu (The New Yorker) ‘Stays True’

One year ago, The New Yorker staff writer and critic Hua Hsu published his singular memoir entitled Stay True. Earlier... more

08 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Transformations of Novelist Zadie Smith

Novelist Zadie Smith is one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of her generation. Editor David Remnick has called... more

01 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Writer Sandra Cisneros Finds the Poetry of the World

Writer Sandra Cisneros has been making sense of the world on the page since 1984’s The House on Mango Street.... more

27 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Legend David Byrne (‘Stop Making Sense’) is Still Burning Down the House

For the better part of a decade, David Byrne was the front-man of Talking Heads. To celebrate the revival of... more

24 Sep 2023 · 50 minutes
The State of Hollywood with Matt Belloni (‘The Town’)

For nearly two decades, Matt Belloni (The Town) has been observing and writing about Hollywood. He joins us today to... more

17 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Jazz Singer Laufey is Bringing the Past to the Present

Jazz singer Laufey wants to bridge the gap between the past and the present. Today, she joins us upon the debut... more

10 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
The Summer in Review (with Culture Critic Sam Sanders)

Sam Sanders is the host of Into It, a twice-weekly podcast surveying all things pop culture. Today: he joins us... more

03 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Tracing 'The Steps' of Musician Alana Haim

Today, we return to our conversation with musician and actor Alana Haim! We first sat with Alana around her on-screen debut... more

30 Aug 2023 · 44 minutes
The Era(s) of Musician Este Haim

Musician and composer Este Haim has had quite the year. Today, she reflects on HAIM’s eventful summer as part of Taylor... more

27 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Abbi Jacobson is in a League of Her Own

Today, our conversation with actor and writer Abbi Jacobson! We sat with Abbi last summer around the release of her... more

23 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Composer Ludwig Göransson (‘Oppenheimer’) Can Hear the Music

For over a decade, composer and record producer Ludwig Göransson has created some of the defining music of our time.... more

20 Aug 2023 · 58 minutes
Beto O'Rourke and the Border

As a fourth generation border resident in El Paso, politician Beto O’Rourke has long been making the case for immigration... more

13 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
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Sam Sanders is the host of Into It, a twice-weekly podcast surveying all things pop culture. Today: he joins us for a... more