David Lipsky’s interviews with the author David Foster Wallace are the basis of the film "The End Of The Tour." He …
Let’s Make Mistakes
November 17, 2014
The Ballad of Brian Nawu
with guest Brianna Wu
Guest and gamer Brianna Wu explains what the hell has been happening in #gamergate.
14: The Tyranny of the Urgent
Recorded on 4 September 2014
“If I were to let my life be taken over by what is urgent, I might very well never get around to what is essential.” — Henri Nouwen
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Intro to the power of a focused life
Recorded on 28 July 2014
An introduction to the next book I am working on, starting today.
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"Make it work," the fashion guru tells designers on Project Runway. But life hasn’t always "worked" for Gunn. Originally broadcast on Feb. 5, 2014.
This week I am joined by Jonathan Poritsky to talk about media. We touch on Hollywood being out of touch with technological reality, the ins and outs of streaming with Hulu, Netflix and everyone else.
How three archbishops hid the truth | Betrayed by Silence: A Minnesota Public Radio News investigation
When clergy sex abuse threatened to become a scandal in the Twin Cities, the archbishop in charge covered it up. So did the next archbishop, and the next.
When you need someone to perfectly embody a Russian military officer, there’s only one man to think of. And that man, of course, is Connery. Sean Connery.
This week, Dan invites Lex to see a movie for the first time—a movie where Connery gets precisely such a role: 1990’s The Hunt for Red October. Lex had been in the theater for this film once, years ago, but he fell asleep after just a few minutes.
That doesn’t happen this time. Or does it?!
Hot topics include unsubtle language transitions, submarine lingo, and whatever the word is for that narrative device where you know more, and also less, than the other characters do. (It’s probably German.)
Support Not Playing by streaming The Hunt For Red October from Amazon or iTunes. And while you’re there, go ahead and leave us a review, won’t you, tovarisch?
This week, Alec sits down with Rosie O’Donnell who says she “never wanted to be a talk show host … I wanted to be on Broadway…I wanted to be a Bette Midler backup singer, one of the Harlettes.”
And for over three decades, Rosie has done a lot of things – she’s been a standup comic, a Star Search contestant, an actress, a talk show host, a philanthropist, an activist, a magazine editor, a blogger, a Broadway and television producer, and above all, a mom to five. The latest child, Rosie tells Alec, "rebirthed" her.
On changes in the acceptance of gay actors during the arc of her long career now, she says, "To think that in my lifetime, in my career, that you can be an out performer/actor playing against type – Neil Patrick Harris playing a womanizer on that show, being out and married with twin boys – and it doesn’t hurt your career. It doesn’t do anything. So in a way it’s the most beautifully astounding, inspirational thing that I can think about in my 51 years of living."
Dan is joined by Myke Hurley to talk about his next new adventure and independence.
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