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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...

Duration: 00:59:32

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...

Duration: 00:59:10

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!!!

Duration: 00:39:48

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...

Duration: 00:51:47

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...

Duration: 00:55:42

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,...

Duration: 00:53:49

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...

Duration: 00:50:50

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...

Duration: 00:46:21

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...

Duration: 00:50:03

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...

Duration: 00:58:59

Episode 40 - Kurt Braunohler and Lauren Cook

Kurt Braunohler and Lauren Cook are married, and as such, host the "Wedlock" Audio Series on Audible, in which they address all things wedlocky in fun and fascinating ways. Kurt Just had his first Comedy Central hour-long stand-up special this spring, and he's currently in (and helped write) Kumail Nanjiani's new movie, "The Big Sick." We talk about all of the above, and babies and dogs and, oh, yeah, FAME.

Duration: 00:38:49

Episode 39 - David Harshfield and Sofia Assab

A retired teacher and a recent high-school graduate muse about fame, from J. D. Salinger and Youtube stars and Instagram celebrity, to self-publishing a John Cougar Mellencamp bio and being famous among co-workers. Perhaps you can guess which one tells us about which.

Duration: 00:32:33

Episode 38 - David Sedaris

Because we're thinking we may have a few new listeners this week, and because our year anniversary just passed, here's an intro to the podcast, and pitch, but *not* for money! The name of this show pretty much says it, except that episodes aren't 15-minutes long - they range from five minutes to over an hour - from “Mini” anecdotes to in-depth conversations with everyone from a recent high-school grad in Western Massachusetts, to an arborist in the Bay Area, to the likes of the famous,...

Duration: 00:39:48

Episode 37 - Podcast Therapy, Session 2, with Dr. Lois Parkison

Our guest from Episode 6, 15 Minutes Resident Psychiatrist Lois Parkison, grills me on our first year - Why podcast? Why fame? Why now? Why does this topic make people uneasy? Just why?!?! Enjoy, or if you find you don't want to hear me undergoing an hour of podcast therapy, tune in next week for David Sedaris! Thanks! -Jamie

Duration: 00:38:12

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. For more than that, give a listen! -Jamie

Duration: 00:33:41

Episode 34 - George Saunders Coda & Voices from our First Year

Hello All! Today, May 14, is our one-year anniversary! Thanks for listening, donating, offering those ratings and reviews on iTunes, following us on the social mediae! (@15minutesjamieb on insta and twitter) . . . . Thanks! This episode is a two-parter. Part One - A George Saunders Coda Back in February, a few weeks after recording Episode 27 with George Saunders, in I drove to Cambridge to see him read from his then brand-new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, amid a month-long span in which he...

Duration: 00:28:34

Episode 33 - Kate Lorenz and Matt "The Suitcase Junket" Lorenz

Kate Lorenz and Matt "The Suitcase Junket" Lorenz APR 19 Kate Lorenz and Matt "The Suitcase Junket" Lorenz Matt and Kate Lorenz ... ... are siblings and artists who’ve taken divergent paths since Rusty Belle, the now legendary band they formed with friends in Amherst, MA, in 2006, more or less stopped playing together in 2014. Now, Matt, who makes music as “The Suitcase Junket” is releasing his fourth solo album. The Suitcase Junket is often called a “one-man band” but that old chestnut...

Duration: 01:11:19

Episode 32 - Hearty White (Conversation 2, Part 2)

Episode 32 - Hearty White (see also episodes 8 and 31!) Here are the pretty much the same notes as our last episode (part 1 of this conversation), with one addition - here's a link to "super cenetnarian" Lillian Cox, who comes up. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lillian_Cox *** Here’s the second of ***two*** new episodes with WFMU radio talker Hearty White (one longish conversation split in two. If you haven't listened to our first conversation back in Episode 8, DO! It might not be for you,...

Duration: 00:43:34

Episode 31 - Hearty White

Episode 31 - Hearty White (see also episode 8!) Here’s the first ***two*** new episodes with WFMU radio talker Hearty White (one longish conversation split in two) coming up this week and next. If you haven't listened to our first conversation back in Episode 8, DO! It might not be for you, but it is, it will be VERY much for you - I wish I could be right there with you to see how excited you'll be to meet him! Every week, (Thursdays at 7pm on WFMU or on the internet any time like the rest...

Duration: 00:46:08

Episode 30 - Abbi Crutchfield

Abbi Crutchfield is the co-host of Tru TV’s You can Do Better. She’s a comedian, currently touring as one of four funnywomen on the CAKE comedy tour (cakecomedy.com) and former host of People Magazine’s Now. She has been featured on MTV, VH1, CollegeHumor and in national commercials. She is a contributor to Someecards, and her jokes are listed among the Best Tweets of the Year by Huffington Post Comedy. She’s been living in L.A., to shoot the second season of You Can Do Better, but later...

Duration: 01:01:20

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