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Episode 60 - Keith Lowell Jensen

Click for other ways to listen: Spotify iTunes (or search "Jamie Berger 15 Minutes" on Google Play, Stitcher, you know, all the places.) Hello All! Getting back in the groove after our first live recording (episodes to come in August) and the big ole 2nd-anniversary David Sedaris episode! Episode 60 is a conversation with comedian Keith Lowell Jensen, whom I started following on twitter last year, because of tweets like this that make me feel better and worse about life in...


Episode 59 - David Sedaris (returns!)

Episode 59 - David Sedaris This is the podcast where David Sedaris gets to (okay, is strongly encouraged to) tell the dirty jokes he can’t tell Terry Gross! (This both a warning and an invitation.) But we talk about serious stuff too. This episode marks the 2-year anniversary of 15 Minutes, and I was so happy to have our guest from right around our first anniversary return. (Episode 38 is where you can find our first conversation) David Sedaris is a multiple NYT-bestselling...


Episode 58 - Annie Duke (returns!)

Annie Duke (annieduke.com) was the first person I recorded for this show, back in 2014, nearly two years before I got done deliberating/procrastinating and launched this thing. Here's what I wrote about my friend of 30+ years for Episode 5, where you can find that first conversation. "Annie Duke is a poker legend - winner of a WSOP bracelet, the WSOP Tournament of Champions, and of the NBC National Heads’-up Poker Championship in 2010, among other accolades. She was also runner-up to Joan...


Episode 57 - Whitney Reynolds

Whitney Reynolds is a writer, podcaster (“I Haven’t Seen That” with Mark Popham) and, most important, in terms of this episode, inveterate tweeter. A recent tweet of hers, which was a response to not only a previous tweet, but a response to a response to said tweet, Whitney's "new twitter challenge" to "describe yourself like a male author would" led to thousands of responses and retweets, which led to press coverage ranging from a Huffpo article to a New Yorker piece and a BBC radio...


Episode 56 - Christopher Napolitano, pt. 1

Christopher Napolitano is an old college friend. When we graduated, I headed off to work for tiny literary presses Grove Press and New Directions, while Chris started working at Playboy, where he eventually rose to be Editorial Director for many years. We talked about editing in general, editing one's heroes (Norman Mailer and John Updike, among them), and a bunch of other stuff. Part one is the more literary of the two. Part 2, coming soon, touches on the other stuff - visits to the...


Episode 55 - Laurie Kilmartin

Episode 55 - Laurie Kilmartin Laurie Kilmartin has been a Staff Writer for “Conan” since 2010 and a stand-up comedian for three decades. Her new book, “Dead People Suck,” (which she’s calling her second, and last, book) is a simultaneously heartwarming and biting comedic memoir about her father’s death and a tongue-in-cheek how-to about dealing with the death of a loved one. She also co-hosts “The Jackie and Laurie Show” podcast with fellow comic Jackie Kashian. *** Laurie and I talked...


Episode 54 - Beth Lisick, Part 2

Here's part two of my conversation with writer/performer, old San Francisco friend Beth Lisick. (And here's Part One) Before the conversation, I read a shortened version of an essay of mine called "Peep Show", that Beth was instrumental in getting me to write, a pretty long time ago., when she asked me to perform at her (And Arine Klatt's) legendary San Francisco storytelling series, Porch Light. If you want more of a bio of Beth, go take a look at Episode 52, where you can find the...


Episode 53 - Daniel Oppenheimer (returns, unexpectedly, serendipitously!)

Daniel Oppenheimer 2 Hello All, Part 2 of my conversation with Beth Lisick will be next up. For now, here's a timely interruption. You may recall, in the last episode, I mentioned that (to quote, well, me) : "This week I took a huge, manic, obsessive dive down the Aziz Ansari/#metoo rabbit hole, and like to think I have takes that haven't yet been took. But after writing about 18 (single space) pages of notes and compiling dozens of articles and audio and video (google Samantha Bee and...


Episode 52 - Beth Lisick, Part 1

Happy 2018 All! This week I took a huge, manic, obsessive dive down the Aziz Ansari/#metoo rabbit hole, and like to think I have takes that haven't yet been took. But after writing about 18 (single space) pages of notes and compiling dozens of articles and audio and video (google Samantha Bee and Aziz for one of the most recent, and best, responses), when I went to record ... well, I'm just not skilled enough yet to say what I need to say as concisely as would make me feel comfortable to...


Episode 51.9, aka Episode 14, Sara Jaffee

Back next week to start off 2018 with Beth Lisick, but here's one more favorite from back in 2016, with fiction writer/rocker (Erase Errata, etc.) Sara Jaffee.


Episode 51.8, aka Episode 33 - Matt and Kate Lorenz

Wrapping up the year with a replay of one more fave from earlier this year - a couple of local-becoming-more-than-local heroes, sibling musicmakers Matt "The Suitcase Junket" and Kate Lorenz, who made beautiful both together and separately this past year. *** Find us on iTunes and a bunch of other podplaces, and on twitter and insta @15minsjamieb and on Facebook. *** Better times to all in 2018! - we'll be back in a couple weeks with #52, author/performer, old friend, Beth Lisick, and then...


Episode 51.7 aka Episode 21 - Nora Murphy

Since Episode 21 aired about a year ago, Bulldog's first album has dropped. Find it here! http://www.getembulldog.com/music Find us here! Since Episode 21 aired about a year ago, Bulldog's first album has dropped. Find us and the original episode notes here! http://www.15minutesjamieberger.com/news/2016/12/5/episode-21-nora-murphy-of-bulldog Find us here! http://www.15minutesjamieberger.com Happier 2018 all!


Episode 51.5 aka Episode 35 - Brooke Gladstone

Brooke Gladstone... is co-host of the most essential radio show/podcast in my weekly listening, On The Media. She also has an incisive, insightful, and oddly comforting (you'll hear that word a lot in the episode) new book, The Trouble with Reality, A Rumination on Moral Panic in our Time.


Episode 51 - MIchael Ian Black, pt. 2

Here’s part two of Jamie's conversation with Michael Ian Black, with a bonus clip from Episode 48 guest Elna Baker, and an intro regarding famous and unfamous men's power, and how we need to reckon with it. It gets a lot funner and funnier after that. Topics include toe fungus, tacos, and Marc Maron. For more on Michael and to find any of those previous 50 episodes: http://15minutesjamieberger.com You can find us on Soundcloud, iTunes and lots of other places where pods are cast....


Episode 50 - MIchael Ian Black, pt. 1

Episode 50 - Michael Ian Black, pt. 1 Hello and goddam we made it to FIFTY! After this year and a half of letting politics and social commentary exist on this show only as it came up within the conversations, for the first time, I’ve decided to talk for a few minutes all by myself at the top of the show, pretty much completely off topic, pretty much about my working through how to be a 53-year-old white straight male ally in these days of Trump and Weinstein and C.K. If you can make it...


Episode 49.5, aka Ep. 15 - Eugene Mirman

Almost at 50, re=airing some faves. Here's Bob's Burgers "Gene" and stand-up comedian and stand-up human being, Eugene Mirman!


Episode 49.25 aka Episode 26 - Neal Pollack

On our way to Episode 50, revisiting some hits - here' s author/podcaster/Jeopardy Champ and Greatest American Living Writer Neal Pollack. Find the greatness here! https://www.nealpollack.com/ Find all of our episodes here! http://15minutesjamieberger.com (or on itunes or stitcher or soundcloud or ...)


Episode 49 - Mira Bartok

Mira Bartok is a dear old grad school and Pioneer Valley friend. We had a conversation about the Cinderella-story-40-plus-years-in-the making that is the last whirlwind two years of her career as a writer and an artist, during which, among other wonders, her debut middle-grade novel was snatched up by Hollywood before it was even sold as a novel or even finished! Here’s her official Bio: Mira Bartók is the author and illustrator of numerous books for children and adults, including The Memory...


Episode 48.75 aka Episode 10.5 aka Episode 1 - John Hodgman

As we approach episode 50, and also because he's on Fresh Air today talking about his new book, "Vacationland," and we know you'll be itchin' for more John Kellogg Hodgman both before and after, that, here he is, John Hodgman, our very first guest back in May 2016, and the only episode that's even close to being actually 15-minutes long. Next up is Mira Bartok. http://15minutesjamieberger.com @15minsjamieb on the twitters


Episode 48.5, aka Episode 37 - Lois Parkison, Podcast Therapy Session II

As we approach 50 episodes (49 coming Monday 10/30, with writer/artist Mira Bartok), revisiting a few. This one, well, it's a lot of Lois asking me (Jamie) stuff about the show, looking back on year one and why I'm making this thing. Been wondering why, myself, lately, so I'm glad we made this "session."