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Dan Oppenheimer 2 1st Mix -23

Dan Oppenheimer 2 1st Mix -23 by Jamie Berger


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 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 - 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...


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."


Episode 48 - Elna Baker

Elna Baker - writer, storyteller, performer, comedian and author of the 2010 memoir, “The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance.” You may have heard her tell stories on the Moth, TAL, among other places. On top of telling and producing stories for This American Life for six years, she’s also on the staff of the show. I’m not sure exactly what her title is, but it’s along the lines of producer, consultant, comedian. We talk about that a bit. We’ve met a few times through NYC...


Episode 37.75, aka Episode 27 - George Saunders

(reposting some faves as we near Episode 50!) George Saunders is as famous as contemporary literary fiction (let alone short-story) writers get, to the extent of being named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2013. His first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” comes out February 14th, 2017 and is receiving glowing reviews. The audio version of the novel is read by an unarguably star-studded cast of 166, including Susan Sarandon, Jeff Tweedy, David Sedaris, Ben...


Episode 47.5, aka Episode 38 - David Sedaris

Because it's a fave, and because he's back on the road and headed to our neck of the woods . . . . David Sedaris is a bestselling writer, humorist, trash collector. Here's what we *didn’t* talk about: - sex - drugs - alcohol - suicide - trash collecting Some of what we *did* talk about: - moms - embarrassment at success - a dirty joke about pizza - dread of going on TV - the graciousness of Whoopi Goldberg ENJOY!!!


Episode 47 - Matthew Silverstein

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT NOTE: Somehow in three edits, I didn’t catch the fact that I said the word “Ocbober” when I meant the word “Boy.” U2 fans will understand, if not forgive. A "Meet Your Heroes" episode Matthew Silverstein is a Professor of Philosophy at NYU Abu Dabi. But to me (Jamie, here), He's Mattie, a friend who 20-years ago was a callow youth wandering Dublin hoping to run into his idols, the members of the band U2. Click play to find out what happened! He is interested in the...


Episode 46 - Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud is a comics-maker and philosopher and theoretician - he’s perhaps best known for Zot! (1984-90), Understanding Comics (1993), and most recently, his first graphic novel, The Sculptor (2015). When I contacted him recently after reading The Sculptor and finding it chock-full of stuff to talk about on here, Scott was, surprisingly, the first guest to bring up obscurity as perhaps an equally familiar and fascinating topic as fame. We talked about everything from “legacy” and the...


Episode 45 - Bobby Tisdale

Bobby Tisdale is a comedian, former writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and actor/voice actor. He's currently the voice of Zeke on Bob’s Burgers. For many years, he co-produced the weekly stand-up/variety show Invite Them Up with Bobby Tisdale and Holly Schlesinger, which won a Nightlife Award. We pop down the Trump-dismay-and-rage rabbit hole a few times, but we also pop our heads up for some fun from time to time. *** Find out more about Bobby Tisdale at, of all the nutty places,...


Episode 44 - Josh Johnson

Comedian Josh Johnson has had a big couple of years. He arrived in NY (after a few years in Chicago doing stand-up) just a couple of years ago, but has already written for and appeared on the Tonight Show, his first solo album, “I Like You,” on Comedy Central Records, came out in July, debuting at number 4 on iTunes and 11 on Billboard, and his first half hour special will appear on Comedy Central network this fall. A solid start, huh? We talk about that stuff, and his favorite high school...


Episode 43 - Jonathan Katz

Our guest this week is Jonathan Katz whose animated Comedy Central Series from the 90s has been re-launched as "Dr. Katz: The Audio Files" on Audible. In the show, Katz plays a psychotherapist whose clients are comedians, playing themselves who come to him for therapy. Joining Katz on the Audible series are original and amazing cast members Jon Benjamin and Laura Silverman, as his son and receptionist, respectively. Guests on the audio reboot so far have included Ray Romano, Sarah...


Episode 42 - Julie Klam

Julie Klam is the author of five books whose previous two memoirs have focused on seeing her life through the lens of dogs and dog rescue. Her latest, “The Stars in Our Eyes: The Famous, the Infamous, and Why we care Way Too Much about Them,” is something of a departure, and clearly something 15-Minutes-worthy, to say the least. About the book, Us Weekly writes, “In her eye-opening and humorous collection of essays, Julie Klam explores the fascination with the rich and powerful, while also...


Episode 41 - Matthew Latkiewicz

Episode 9's guest returns. When first we spoke, Matthew Latkiewicz, formerly a writer, was reluctantly (to say the least) headed into the life of a television host, of Tru TV's "You Can Do Better." A year and 26 episodes later, he's still reluctant, but has moved permanently to LA . . .so not *that* reluctant. We discuss his year, and while we do go into the troubling aspects of fame, we also touch on perks such as the ego boost of it and flying on private jets now and then and MEETING...


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