Jeffrey Blitz is the director of the film “Rocket Science,” which follows the story of a New Jersey teenager with a stuttering problem who joins his high school's debate team. His last film, 2002’s “Spellbound,” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. He has also directed several episodes of NBC’s “The Office.” Discuss this episode on the forum! Download This Show (MP3)
Jerry Williams recorded several hit records in the 1950s and 60s, before re-christening himself Swamp Dogg at the end of the latter decade. His albums, starting with 1969's "Total Destruction to Your Mind" merged social concerns, humor and the psychadelic spirit of the times into a beloved chapter in soul music history. When Swamp wasn't recording himself, he wrote hit records for artists like Betty Wright and even country star Johnny Paycheck. His new album, "Resurrection," has received rave reviews in The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. Discuss this episode on the forum! Download This Show (MP3)
Syd Butler and Tim Harrington are founding members of the rock band Les Savy Fav; Harrington is the singer, Butler the bassist and record label head. The band is known for it's angular, exciting art-punk, as well as for Harrington's on-stage antics. They talk about forming the band with what amounted to a manifesto, and why they consider the band a second career despite their success. Their new album is called "Let's Stay Friends." Discuss this episode on the forum! Download This Show (MP3)
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Jesse interviews Eric Lax. Lax is the author of "Woody Allen: A Biography," "On Being Funny" and most recently "Conversations with Woody Allen." Since being assigned to profile Allen for the New York Times magazine almost forty years ago, Lax has followed the comedian and filmmaker's career, interviewing him regularly. We talk about Allen's life and enormous ouvre, from the great to, well... The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Discuss this episode on the forum! Download This Show (MP3)
Jesse is joined by Wendell Pierce ("Bunk," above) and Andre Royo ("Bubbles") from HBO's brilliant crime drama The Wire. The Wire isn't just another cop show -- it's an investigation of contemporary urban America that uses the drug trade as a lens to get at even larger issues. Royo and Pierce discuss what its like to authentically portray urban life, and whether a white writer can capture the largely black experience of inner-city urban life in Baltimore. Discuss this episode on the forum! Download This Show (MP3)
This week, we talk with Brendan Canty. He's best known as the drummer for the punk rock band Fugazi, but he's also made his name as a record and film producer. We talk about his high concept music DVD series "Burn to Shine." Each DVD features a group of bands representing a regional rock scene, each of which play a song in a house that's slated to be burned down by the fire department. Brendan says he hopes each DVD captures a moment in the music scene of a certain place.
We also talk about how Brendan feels about making a new career after 17 years with Fugazi, and about being a rock & roll dad.
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