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Amy Schumer/carol Burnett20200227More in depth interviews from WNYC Radio in New York hosted by Alec Baldwin.

Alec Baldwin gives the listener a unique insight into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers, sidestepping the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices.

Specially curated for BBC Radio 4 Extra, the series continues with Alec talking with two female stars with comedy at the heart of what they do so well.

In 2015 Alec talked to Amy Schumer, as her meteoric rise in comedy gathered pace, with hits that year including the hilarious and transgressive Comedy Central television show "Inside Amy Schumer;" and the feature film "Trainwreck" (written by Schumer); Amy talks to Alec about growing up on Long Island, playing the worst person ever, and the Pilates class they shared a decade ago.

In the same year Alec met another trailblazing comedy star. Carol Burnett's stage and screen career is one of the great showbiz success stories. From her early days on Broadway, to the 11-season run of The Carol Burnett Show, to her luminous big-screen turn as Miss Hannigan in Annie, Burnett's numerous Emmy and Golden Globe awards and nominations speak to her plasticity, her genius - and her hilarity. Carol talks to Alec about her life in the limelight.

Produced by WNYC in the USA.

Acquired for BBC Radio 4 Extra. First heard on the Here’s The Thing podcast in 2016.

Alec Baldwin explores the comedy lives of Amy Schumer and Carol Burnett

Life stories of the famous.

The second series of in depth interviews from WNYC Radio in New York hosted by Alec Baldwin continues on Radio 4 Extra.

In the fourth programme of a series specially curated for BBC Radio 4 Extra, Alec talks with two female stars that have comedy at the heart of what they do so well.

David Letterman/michael Douglas20200220More in depth interviews from WNYC Radio in New York hosted by Alec Baldwin.

Alec gives the listener a unique insight into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers, sidestepping the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices.

Specially curated for BBC Radio 4 Extra, the series continues with Alec talking to a legendary US TV interviewer, and a member of a Hollywood dynasty.

David Letterman began his Late Night gig as a self-described “gap-toothed, unknown smart ass. ? He began his television career as a weatherman, but moved rapidly up to anchorman and talk show host. He left for L.A. and, after only three years on the comedy scene there, he found himself guest-hosting the Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. He got his own show in 1982, where he developed his off the cuff comedy style, often featuring ludicrous live challenges to the studio audience and members of the public, his “10 Ten Lists ?, as well as interviewing the famous and not so famous. In 2012 he spoke to Alec about how a quintuple by-pass and the birth of a child have dramatically shifted his priorities.

David Letterman retired from his TV show in 2015.

In 2011 Alec spoke with a Hollywood star who’d lived in the same apartment overlooking New York’s Central Park for decades. Michael Douglas talks about what makes a great director and why playing the villain is so wonderful. Douglas reveals how competition with his father, legendary actor Kirk Douglas (103 in December 2019), shaped both his career and his life as a parent. He talks about his marriage to another acting star, Catherine Zeta Jones, and being much more honest with his young daughter than he ever thought he’d be. Douglas explains how his father’s early brush with death, and his own cancer diagnosis affected them each in different ways.

Produced by WNYC in the USA

Acquired for BBC Radio 4 Extra. First heard on the Here’s The Thing podcast in 2013.

Alec Baldwin explores the lives of David Letterman and Michael Douglas.

Life stories of the famous.

David Letterman began his Late Night gig as a self-described “gap-toothed, unknown smart ass.” He began his television career as a weatherman, but moved rapidly up to anchorman and talk show host. He left for L.A. and, after only three years on the comedy scene there, he found himself guest-hosting the Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. He got his own show in 1982, where he developed his off the cuff comedy style, often featuring ludicrous live challenges to the studio audience and members of the public, his “10 Ten Lists”, as well as interviewing the famous and not so famous. In 2012 he spoke to Alec about how a quintuple by-pass and the birth of a child have dramatically shifted his priorities.

Debbie Reynolds And Robert Osborne20200213Alec Baldwin explores “The Golden Age of Hollywood ? with the Hollywood star, Debbie Reynolds and Hollywood film historian, Robert Osborne.

Alec talks with Debbie Reynolds about “Singin’ in the Rain ? – her co-stars, the rehearsal process, the whirlwind of excitement the movie generated. Debbie describes the slow death of the studio system. “Everything was done for us, the makeup, the hair. They'd send cars for us. We were very spoiled. We didn't know what to do when they dropped everybody when television came. ? Debbie talks frankly about her relationships with men and money.

Alec also visits film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, Robert Osborne. Osborne details the unlikely adventure in Hollywood that led him to his current profession as the ambassador of a bygone film era. Lucille Ball, Bette Davis, and Olivia de Havilland all play supporting roles in the story of his life.

Here's the Thing has its roots in public radio. In 2009, Alec joined with producers Lu Olkowski, Trey Kay, Kathie Russo, and Emily Botein to find fresh ways to engage in conversation on the radio. The group developed the idea of a new show that at its heart would look at what makes interesting people tick and create a platform for new and emerging ideas to be presented.

From WNYC Studios, New York. First heard in the USA in 2014.

Debbie Reynolds died in 2016, aged 84. Robert Osborne died in 2017, also aged 84.

Alec Baldwin talks to Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds and film historian Robert Osborne.

Life stories of the famous.

Alec Baldwin explores “The Golden Age of Hollywood” with the Hollywood star, Debbie Reynolds and Hollywood film historian, Robert Osborne.

Alec talks with Debbie Reynolds about “Singin’ in the Rain” – her co-stars, the rehearsal process, the whirlwind of excitement the movie generated. Debbie describes the slow death of the studio system. “Everything was done for us, the makeup, the hair. They'd send cars for us. We were very spoiled. We didn't know what to do when they dropped everybody when television came.” Debbie talks frankly about her relationships with men and money.

Alec also visits film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, Robert Osborne. Osborne details the unlikely adventure in Hollywood that led him to his current profession as the ambassador of a bygone film era. Lucille Ball, Bette Davis, and Olivia de Havilland all play supporting roles in the story of his life.

Jerry Seinfeld20200206Alec Baldwin sits down with comedian Jerry Seinfeld who debuted on HBO in 1981, going on to star in the global comedy hit series, Seinfeld.

Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin gives the listener unique entrée into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Alec sidesteps the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices.

Jerry Seinfeld was just 27 when he first appeared on Johnny Carson in 1981. And he stood out. His material wasn't about his upbringing or personal relationships. It was about our universal experience of small things. His unique comedy style eventually led him to create his namesake show with Larry David. After Seinfeld ran for nine seasons, he decided to go back to stand-up, and to his audience. As he explains to Alec, Seinfeld feels uniquely connected to his fans: “You have this relationship with the audience that is private between you and them. ?

Here's the Thing has its roots in public radio. In 2009, Alec joined with producers Lu Olkowski, Trey Kay, Kathie Russo, and Emily Botein to find fresh ways to engage in conversation on the radio. The group developed the idea of a new show that at its heart would look at what makes interesting people tick and create a platform for new and emerging ideas to be presented.

From WNYC Studios, New York. First heard in the USA in 2014.

Alec Baldwin talks to the comedian, Jerry Seinfeld.

Life stories of the famous.

Jerry Seinfeld was just 27 when he first appeared on Johnny Carson in 1981. And he stood out. His material wasn't about his upbringing or personal relationships. It was about our universal experience of small things. His unique comedy style eventually led him to create his namesake show with Larry David. After Seinfeld ran for nine seasons, he decided to go back to stand-up, and to his audience. As he explains to Alec, Seinfeld feels uniquely connected to his fans: “You have this relationship with the audience that is private between you and them.”

Lena Dunham/elaine Stritch20200305More in depth interviews from WNYC Radio in New York hosted by Alec Baldwin.

Alec Baldwin offers a unique insight into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers, sidestepping the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices.

Concluding the series specially curated for BBC Radio 4 Extra, Alec talks with two female stars that have comedy at the heart of what they do so well.

In 2013, Alec talked to Lena Dunham, the creator of HBO’s Girls. Says when she was younger, she thought she’d be a "Gender and Women’s Studies teacher who showed movies at the occasional film festival." Instead she's trying to figure out what to wear to shoot the cover of Rolling Stone. Dunham talks with Alec about getting a dog and her first date with her boyfriend Jack Antonoff. She’s not ready for children—yet—but they are on her mind: “I was raised to think that the two most important things you could do in your life were to have a passionate, generous relationship to your work and to raise children. ?

Also in 2013, Alec sat down with the late stage and screen veteran Elaine Stritch, who, among many famous roles, played his mother Colleen Donaghy on 30 Rock. Stritch spoke to Alec about her transition from the Sacred Heart Convent and finishing school to finding herself in the New York theater classes sitting between Walter Matthau and Marlon Brando. She performed for nearly 70 years and throughout her career, Stritch comments, "I was the funny kind of offbeat girl. I was never the romantic lead. ?

Produced by WNYC in the USA.

Acquired for BBC Radio 4 Extra. First heard on the Here’s The Thing podcast in 2014.

Alec Baldwin talks with TV writer and star, Lena Dunham and stage legend, Elaine Stritch.

Life stories of the famous.

In 2013, Alec talked to Lena Dunham, the creator of HBO’s Girls. Says when she was younger, she thought she’d be a "Gender and Women’s Studies teacher who showed movies at the occasional film festival." Instead she's trying to figure out what to wear to shoot the cover of Rolling Stone. Dunham talks with Alec about getting a dog and her first date with her boyfriend Jack Antonoff. She’s not ready for children—yet—but they are on her mind: “I was raised to think that the two most important things you could do in your life were to have a passionate, generous relationship to your work and to raise children.”

Also in 2013, Alec sat down with the late stage and screen veteran Elaine Stritch, who, among many famous roles, played his mother Colleen Donaghy on 30 Rock. Stritch spoke to Alec about her transition from the Sacred Heart Convent and finishing school to finding herself in the New York theater classes sitting between Walter Matthau and Marlon Brando. She performed for nearly 70 years and throughout her career, Stritch comments, "I was the funny kind of offbeat girl. I was never the romantic lead.”

01Julie Andrews2018051220180513 (BBC7)Alec Baldwin delves into the life of Oscar-winning actress Julie Andrews, from theatre days to the legacy of "the nannies": Mary Poppins and Maria.

Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin gives the listener a unique entrée into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Alec sidesteps the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments and offices.

Here's the Thing has its roots in National Public Radio. In 2009, Alec joined with producers Lu Olkowski, Trey Kay, Kathie Russo and Emily Botein to find fresh ways to engage in conversation on the radio. The group developed the idea of a new show that at its heart would look at what makes interesting people tick and create a platform for new and emerging ideas to be presented.

From WNYC Studios, New York. First heard in the USA in 2015.

Alec Baldwin delves into the life of Oscar-winning actress Julie Andrews.

Life stories of the famous.

02Sarah Jessica Parker And Ian Schrager2018051920180520 (BBC7)Alec Baldwin explores the lives of the actress, Sarah Jessica Parker, and New York's Studio 54 nightclub founder, Ian Schrager.

Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin gives the listener unique entrée into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Alec sidesteps the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices.

After shooting the pilot for Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker told HBO she didn't want to go through with the project. But after the first day's taping, she says, she "didn't want to be anywhere else."

Ian Schrager is in the hospitality business. Hotels or nightclubs, uptown or downtown, Miami or Manhattan, Schrager defines luxury and leisure. In 1977, he co-founded Studio 54, which quickly became the epitome of the disco era.

Here's the Thing has its roots in public radio. In 2009, Alec joined with producers Lu Olkowski, Trey Kay, Kathie Russo, and Emily Botein to find fresh ways to engage in conversation on the radio. The group developed the idea of a new show that at its heart would look at what makes interesting people tick and create a platform for new and emerging ideas to be presented.

From WNYC Studios, New York. First heard in the USA in 2016.

Alec Baldwin explores the lives of the actress and the Studio 54 nightclub founder.

Life stories of the famous.

03Paul Simon2018052620180527 (BBC7)Alec Baldwin delves into the life of the singer-songwriter, Paul Simon, from middle-class Jewish roots to global megastardom.

Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin gives the listener unique entrée into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Alec sidesteps the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices.

Paul Simon is one of the great American entertainers-a mantle he's worn since he started singing harmony with grade-school friend Art Garfunkel in a duo called Tom & Jerry. In the following six decades, Simon has written dozens of classic songs. His partnership with Garfunkel produced numerous hits like "The Sound of Silence," "America," and "Bridge Over Troubled Water." And Simon's solo career has been equally fruitful, as an engine of eclectic pop music (the gospel of "Loves Me Like a Rock," or the imported reggae of "Mother and Child Reunion"), and also as an ambassador of global sounds (the 1986 album Graceland, and 1990's The Rhythm of the Saints). He talks to host Alec Baldwin about how he has-and hasn't-changed after all these years.

Here's the Thing has its roots in public radio. In 2009, Alec joined with producers Lu Olkowski, Trey Kay, Kathie Russo, and Emily Botein to find fresh ways to engage in conversation on the radio. The group developed the idea of a new show that at its heart would look at what makes interesting people tick and create a platform for new and emerging ideas to be presented.

From WNYC Studios, New York. First heard in the USA in 2015.

The life of the singer-songwriter, from middle-class Jewish roots to global megastardom.

Life stories of the famous.

04Carly Simon And Joe Jackson2018060220180603 (BBC7)Alec Baldwin explores the lives of two singer-songwriters, Carly Simon and Joe Jackson - from tough school days to stage fright.

Singer-songwriter Carly Simon talks to Alec Baldwin about meeting Bob Dylan, marrying James Taylor, overcoming stage fright -- and other stories from her memoir, Boys in The Trees.

The English singer-songwriter talks to Alec Baldwin about the evolution of his singing voice, the reason he won't watch the Grammys, and the British pop bands he actually likes.

Here's the Thing has its roots in public radio. In 2009, Alec joined with producers Lu Olkowski, Trey Kay, Kathie Russo, and Emily Botein to find fresh ways to engage in conversation on the radio. The group developed the idea of a new show that at its heart would look at what makes interesting people tick and create a platform for new and emerging ideas to be presented.

From WYNC Studios, New York. First heard in the USA in 2017.

The lives of the two singer-songwriters, from tough school days to stage fright.

Life stories of the famous.

05Mickey Rourke, John Turturro And Viggo Mortensen2018060920180610 (BBC7)Alec Baldwin delves into the lives of three celebrated actors, Mickey Rourke, John Turturro and Viggo Mortensen.

Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin gives the listener unique entrée into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Alec sidesteps the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices.

Mickey Rourke talks about how he was trying to make it as a boxer when he decided that acting might let him make a buck without getting beat up

Child of an Italian father and a second-generation Sicilian in Queens, John Turturro was expected to achieve middle-class success, but fell deep in love with acting as both a craft and a field of study.

Viggo Mortensen had a highly eccentric childhood, moving as a young boy with his Danish father to South America where his father managed chicken farms. After his parents divorced, he moved with his mother to upstate New York, and after college drove a truck and sold flowers on the street, before trying acting. It was just one more odd job, at first.

Here's the Thing has its roots in public radio. In 2009, Alec joined with producers Lu Olkowski, Trey Kay, Kathie Russo, and Emily Botein to find fresh ways to engage in conversation on the radio. The group developed the idea of a new show that at its heart would look at what makes interesting people tick and create a platform for new and emerging ideas to be presented.

From WNYC Studios, New York.

Alec Baldwin delves into the lives of three celebrated actors.

Life stories of the famous.