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Candid conversations with entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, visionaries of all kinds—about their successes, and their failures, and what they learned from both. Hosted by Alex Blumberg, from Gimlet Media.

Latest Episodes

The Secret Early Lives of Sam Esmail (Rebroadcast)

Director and screenwriter Sam Esmail’s TV series Mr. Robot was an immediate hit when it premiered in 2015, turning him into one of the most in-demand showrunners in Hollywood. But he didn’t have an easy path to that point. Sam was 38 by the time Mr. Robot launched. He’d worked all kinds of jobs -- including a stint as a startup founder -- and seen all kinds of setbacks. Sam tells Alex about the stuff that came before, and about why he couldn’t quit trying to make movies, even when success was a long way off.

42 MIN6 h ago
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The Secret Early Lives of Sam Esmail (Rebroadcast)

The Woman Who Took On Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics

For years, Larry Nassar, the team doctor for USA Women’s Gymnastics, sexually assaulted his patients under the guise of medical treatment. And that abuse might have continued had it not been for one woman: Rachael Denhollander.

55 MIN2019 DEC 16
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The Woman Who Took On Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics

Michelle Phan: The Original Internet Influencer

Michelle Phan became a viral sensation when she began posting beauty tutorial videos in the early days of YouTube. As YouTube's popularity grew, Michelle kept pace, racking up millions of views — and millions of dollars. But then, at the peak of her fame and fortune, she disappeared without a word.

42 MIN2019 DEC 9
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Michelle Phan: The Original Internet Influencer

How Earlonne Woods Podcasted His Way to Freedom

When Earlonne Woods was sent to prison in the late 1990s, there was a good chance he’d never walk free again. But then he made a visit to the media center at San Quentin State Prison. And that changed everything.

42 MIN2019 DEC 2
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How Earlonne Woods Podcasted His Way to Freedom

The 32 Seconds that Changed This Mayor’s Life

Normally, being the mayor of Dayton, Ohio, means paying attention to everyday issues, from garbage pickups to municipal budgets. But in the early morning hours of August 4, 2019, a gunman opened fire at a downtown bar in the city, and Nan Whaley’s role as mayor immediately shifted. She found herself thrust into the national spotlight as all eyes turned to Dayton. And it wasn't long before she was face-to-face with President Donald Trump.

38 MIN2019 NOV 18
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The 32 Seconds that Changed This Mayor’s Life

Introducing How’s Work? with Esther Perel

This week, we’re sharingthe first episode of Esther Perel’s new show How’s Work? In it, the couples therapist behind the beloved show Where Should We Begin? sits down with coworkers, cofounders and colleagues, and brings her inimitable perspective to workplace relationships and conflicts.

57 MIN2019 NOV 11
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Introducing How’s Work? with Esther Perel

The Man Who Changed the Future of Florida Elections

When Desmond Meade got out of prison after serving time for a nonviolent felony, he was homeless and wrestling with addiction. A decade later, he started a campaign that very few people thought was winnable: amending the Florida constitution to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions. His unusual path to success on this politicized issue? Avoid politics, and appeal to principles.

39 MIN2019 NOV 5
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The Man Who Changed the Future of Florida Elections

Ira Glass: The Man Who Launched a Thousand Podcasts (Rebroadcast)

In November 1995, Ira Glass quietly launched the first episode of This American Life. The rest, as they say, is history. Today his show is a colossal success and Ira Glass is a household name. But in the intervening two decades, Ira has left an indelible mark on the industry by helping to shape hundreds of podcasts as well as hundreds of podcasters — including Alex. On this episode, Alex sits down with his mentor and former boss to talk about the early days at This American Life, what Ira taught Alex, and how being a good boss means learning to set people free.

54 MIN2019 OCT 21
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Ira Glass: The Man Who Launched a Thousand Podcasts (Rebroadcast)

Nick Kroll Gets Out of Character

Comedian Nick Kroll became a star by playing a cast of over-the-top characters like Bobby Bottleservice and Gil Faizon. But for years he was careful to keep his own story out of his comedy. Now, with his hit show Big Mouth, Nick is taking on his most challenging material yet: his adolescence.

49 MIN2019 OCT 14
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Nick Kroll Gets Out of Character

The Cyclist Who Blew the Whistle on Doping

Jonathan Vaughters was a member of the famed USPS pro cycling team when his teammate Lance Armstrong won the first of a record-breaking seven straight Tours de France. While fans were awed and inspired by the victories, Jonathan knew there was something else fueling those wins: performance enhancing drugs — something the entire team was using, including himself. The deception weighed heavy on his conscience, and Jonathan found himself at a crossroads: live with the lie or come clean and become a traitor to his friends, colleagues, and the most powerful man in cycling, Lance Armstrong.

56 MIN2019 OCT 7
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The Cyclist Who Blew the Whistle on Doping

Latest Episodes

The Secret Early Lives of Sam Esmail (Rebroadcast)

Director and screenwriter Sam Esmail’s TV series Mr. Robot was an immediate hit when it premiered in 2015, turning him into one of the most in-demand showrunners in Hollywood. But he didn’t have an easy path to that point. Sam was 38 by the time Mr. Robot launched. He’d worked all kinds of jobs -- including a stint as a startup founder -- and seen all kinds of setbacks. Sam tells Alex about the stuff that came before, and about why he couldn’t quit trying to make movies, even when success was a long way off.

42 MIN6 h ago
Comments
The Secret Early Lives of Sam Esmail (Rebroadcast)

The Woman Who Took On Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics

For years, Larry Nassar, the team doctor for USA Women’s Gymnastics, sexually assaulted his patients under the guise of medical treatment. And that abuse might have continued had it not been for one woman: Rachael Denhollander.

55 MIN2019 DEC 16
Comments
The Woman Who Took On Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics

Michelle Phan: The Original Internet Influencer

Michelle Phan became a viral sensation when she began posting beauty tutorial videos in the early days of YouTube. As YouTube's popularity grew, Michelle kept pace, racking up millions of views — and millions of dollars. But then, at the peak of her fame and fortune, she disappeared without a word.

42 MIN2019 DEC 9
Comments
Michelle Phan: The Original Internet Influencer

How Earlonne Woods Podcasted His Way to Freedom

When Earlonne Woods was sent to prison in the late 1990s, there was a good chance he’d never walk free again. But then he made a visit to the media center at San Quentin State Prison. And that changed everything.

42 MIN2019 DEC 2
Comments
How Earlonne Woods Podcasted His Way to Freedom

The 32 Seconds that Changed This Mayor’s Life

Normally, being the mayor of Dayton, Ohio, means paying attention to everyday issues, from garbage pickups to municipal budgets. But in the early morning hours of August 4, 2019, a gunman opened fire at a downtown bar in the city, and Nan Whaley’s role as mayor immediately shifted. She found herself thrust into the national spotlight as all eyes turned to Dayton. And it wasn't long before she was face-to-face with President Donald Trump.

38 MIN2019 NOV 18
Comments
The 32 Seconds that Changed This Mayor’s Life

Introducing How’s Work? with Esther Perel

This week, we’re sharingthe first episode of Esther Perel’s new show How’s Work? In it, the couples therapist behind the beloved show Where Should We Begin? sits down with coworkers, cofounders and colleagues, and brings her inimitable perspective to workplace relationships and conflicts.

57 MIN2019 NOV 11
Comments
Introducing How’s Work? with Esther Perel

The Man Who Changed the Future of Florida Elections

When Desmond Meade got out of prison after serving time for a nonviolent felony, he was homeless and wrestling with addiction. A decade later, he started a campaign that very few people thought was winnable: amending the Florida constitution to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions. His unusual path to success on this politicized issue? Avoid politics, and appeal to principles.

39 MIN2019 NOV 5
Comments
The Man Who Changed the Future of Florida Elections

Ira Glass: The Man Who Launched a Thousand Podcasts (Rebroadcast)

In November 1995, Ira Glass quietly launched the first episode of This American Life. The rest, as they say, is history. Today his show is a colossal success and Ira Glass is a household name. But in the intervening two decades, Ira has left an indelible mark on the industry by helping to shape hundreds of podcasts as well as hundreds of podcasters — including Alex. On this episode, Alex sits down with his mentor and former boss to talk about the early days at This American Life, what Ira taught Alex, and how being a good boss means learning to set people free.

54 MIN2019 OCT 21
Comments
Ira Glass: The Man Who Launched a Thousand Podcasts (Rebroadcast)

Nick Kroll Gets Out of Character

Comedian Nick Kroll became a star by playing a cast of over-the-top characters like Bobby Bottleservice and Gil Faizon. But for years he was careful to keep his own story out of his comedy. Now, with his hit show Big Mouth, Nick is taking on his most challenging material yet: his adolescence.

49 MIN2019 OCT 14
Comments
Nick Kroll Gets Out of Character

The Cyclist Who Blew the Whistle on Doping

Jonathan Vaughters was a member of the famed USPS pro cycling team when his teammate Lance Armstrong won the first of a record-breaking seven straight Tours de France. While fans were awed and inspired by the victories, Jonathan knew there was something else fueling those wins: performance enhancing drugs — something the entire team was using, including himself. The deception weighed heavy on his conscience, and Jonathan found himself at a crossroads: live with the lie or come clean and become a traitor to his friends, colleagues, and the most powerful man in cycling, Lance Armstrong.

56 MIN2019 OCT 7
Comments
The Cyclist Who Blew the Whistle on Doping
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