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How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black

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Your handy-dandy guidebook for that thing you do, only better.

Your handy-dandy guidebook for that thing you do, only better.
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Your handy-dandy guidebook for that thing you do, only better.

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English


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# 79 David Frum

2/21/2018
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The pundit, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and author of several books, including the new bestseller Trumpocracy, discusses how he came to be a prominent voice for the conservative movement after growing up the son of a famous Canadian liberal. And while he is still firmly a conservative Republican, he explains why Trump is so dangerous, how his views have evolved over time and acknowledges mistakes made.

Duration:01:05:21

#78 Tig Notaro

2/7/2018
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In 2012, comedian Tig Notaro’s stand-up set, in which she boldly began with the line “Hello. Good evening. I have Cancer,” catapulted her into the national spotlight and led to numerous late show appearances, book and film deals. In this hilarious and candid interview, she explains why her belief in her own voice has never wavered, her unusual family, and how she tackled tough subjects such as sexual assault, loss, and love on her semi-autobiographical television show *One Mississippi. *

Duration:01:16:00

#77 Chris Thile

1/24/2018
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Widely recognized as one of the greatest mandolinists of all-time (which he amply demonstrated when he offered to play in studio), Chris Thile joins Michael for a fascinating conversation about how he blurs musical genres to create his unique style of music. The Live From Here host also shares stories from his early days as a child prodigy, growing up in a conservative family and the challenges and controversy surrounding his takeover of the iconic radio show, A Prairie Home Companion.

Duration:00:52:51

#76 Reza Aslan

1/10/2018
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What is God? What is faith? In this thought-provoking episode, Michael and one of today’s most renown religious thinkers and authors tackle some of the big questions and make us look hard at our own beliefs. Reza Aslan is the author of several best-selling books on faith and religion including his most recent, God: A Human History, and is considered to be an author in possession of that rare gift of distilling complex material into a compulsively readable narrative. Sponsored...

Duration:00:55:11

#75 The Lumineers: Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites

12/27/2017
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Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, the two founding members of the band The Lumineers, talk about their years hustling to make it as a band and what happened after their song, “Ho Hey,” blew up making them international stars. They also discuss how much crafting goes into every song they write (it’s a lot) and how they deal with life on extended tour.

Duration:01:02:21

#74 Margaret Cho

12/13/2017
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The outspoken comedian, activist, and actress sits down with Michael for an honest and thought-provoking episode, which dives into topics ranging from her history with addiction, sexual abuse and racism to lighter topics like working together in the New York alternative comedy scene early in their careers, tattoos and her upcoming television show, Highland. **

Duration:01:08:48

#73 Malcolm Nance

11/29/2017
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In a conversation Michael said he could have continued all day, he talks to the delightful American author and media commentator on terrorism, intelligence, insurgency and torture about his years in service, how he learned to speak multiple languages including Russian and Arabic, being a spy, and his fears about the current state of our country.

Duration:01:02:04

#72 Alyssa Milano

11/15/2017
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In her podcast debut, the Charmed actress, philanthropist and entrepreneur opens up about the up and downs of navigating Hollywood after growing up on the hit TV show, Who’s The Boss. The two Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later co-stars talk everything from using social media for to help educate her fans to baseball, parenting, and politics.

Duration:01:07:52

#71 Eileen Myles

11/1/2017
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*The effortlessly cool author/poet and Michael have a candid, fascinating, emotionally raw discussion ranging from Eileen’s life growing up in a religious home in Cambridge, MA, Myles’ approach to gender (including eschewing the pronoun “she” for “they”), and, of course, they’s work including the new book, *Afterglow, *a real and fantastic account of Eileen’s beloved pit bull Rosie’s life and death. *

Duration:01:12:55

#70 Taran Killam

10/18/2017
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The former Saturday Night Live cast member talks family life, creating celebrity impressions, and the day he learned his contract wasn’t being renewed. Killamopens up about his life after leaving the iconic sketch show from his delightful turn as King George in the smash musical Hamilton to his challenging new role as writer and director of the feature film, Killing Gunther starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Duration:01:00:59

#69 DeRay Mckesson

10/4/2017
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Michael talks social justice and activism with the former teacher and current civil rights activist and organizer who has become among the best-known faces and voices and vests of the Black Lives Matter movement. He’s one of the architects of Campaign Zero, a policy prescriptive designed to greatly reduce police violence and is also the host of the popular podcast “Pod Save the People." Recorded live at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Duration:01:07:12

#68 Laurie Metcalf

9/20/2017
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Widely recognized as one of America’s best actresses, the Emmy Award-winning star of Rosanne delves into a fascinating conversation about her genuine passion for the stage, creating characters and bringing a script to life. In this engaging episode, the Steppenwolf alum talks about her celebrated career as a leading lady--from the first time she made an audience laugh to her mesmerizing performances in Horace and Pete and *A Doll’s House Part 2, *for which she recently won a Tony Award for...

Duration:00:52:52

#66 Doug Stanhope

8/24/2017
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Doug Stanhope is considered the comedian’s comedian for his precise writing and insightful, often cynical, and controversial social and political comedy.

Duration:01:07:06

#64 Pamela Paul

7/26/2017
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The editor of The New York Times Book Review is talking with Michael about writing, criticism and most of all, reading.

Duration:00:50:50

#63 Andy Borowitz

7/12/2017
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The political satirist traces his route from failed sitcom writer to creating and writing the popular New Yorker column, The Borowitz Report, where his made-up musings on politics often go viral, and sometimes, even get taken seriously.

Duration:01:04:06

#62 Katy Perry

6/28/2017
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One of pop music’s biggest stars sits down with Michael to discuss growing up the daughter of ultra conservative Christian ministers, navigating her relationship with fame, and the struggle to be taken seriously.

Duration:00:43:03

#61 Dean Karnazes

6/14/2017
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The man who ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days, among many other incredible feats, Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits.

Duration:00:45:59

#60 Al Franken

5/31/2017
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The Senator from the great state of Minnesota discusses his new memoir, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, which traces his unlikely path from a 30 year career as a comedian, writing and starring at Saturday Night Live, to diving into politics after being a passionate follower on the sidelines.

Duration:01:01:58

#59 W. Kamau Bell

5/24/2017
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The comedian, writer and host of the hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America has an often hilarious, frequently serious conversation with Michael about his years determined to break into comedy.

Duration:00:57:54

#58 Charles Limb

5/10/2017
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Dr. Charles Limb has married his passion for music with his day job as a surgeon and neuroscientist and is studying the science of creativity.

Duration:01:04:30

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