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Molly Ringwald: 'These Films No Longer Belong to Me'


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For movie fans who came of age in the 1980s, Molly Ringwald is the definitive "it" girl. As the creative inspiration for director John Hughes, Ringwald was the de facto center of generationally-significant films like 'The Breakfast Club,' 'Sixteen Candles,' and 'Pretty in Pink' (written by Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch). Her red hair and sardonic wit became cultural icons all their own, and made Ringwald one of the greatest teen stars in film history. But she tells host Alec Baldwin that these films, as important as they are to a whole generation of movie fans, are passing moments in her growth as an artist and an actor: she's written two books, acted in numerous films and television shows, and released a jazz record, 'Except Sometimes,' in 2013.  

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Lawrence Wright on Religion, ISIS, and Scientology

April 14th, 2015


Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright, and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2006 book

Alec Baldwin and David Blaine Do Magic

March 31st, 2015


David Blaine begins his visit to Here's The Thing by pushing an ice pick through his hand. He tells host Alec Baldwin that he began training his brain to overcome pain at a young age. Blaine grew up in Brooklyn, an only …

Roz Chast Draws—and Talks to—Alec Baldwin

March 17th, 2015


Roz Chast's cartoons exude warmth and whimsy, but often share more in common with the dark humor of cartoonists like Charles Addams or Gahan Wilson …

George Stephanopoulos

March 3rd, 2015


George Stephanopoulos was only 35 when he left his post as a senior advisor to President Clinton, his rolodex full of contacts and his head full of …

Bryan Stevenson Wants 'Equal Justice'

February 16th, 2015


From 1877 to 1950, nearly 4,000 black people were lynched in the United States. Bryan Stevenson says these stories aren't part of the collective …

Sarah Jessica Parker

February 2nd, 2015


After shooting the pilot for Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker told HBO she didn't want to go through with the project. But after the first …

John Eterno and David Kennedy on Nuanced Policing

January 19th, 2015


The massive protests after the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City strained relationships among police …

Julie Andrews

January 5th, 2015


We often think of Julie Andrews as the prim nanny from Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, but her personal path may have the greatest resemblance …

John McEnroe

December 22nd, 2014


John McEnroe is one of the most accomplished tennis players of all time, but he lives just as vividly in the public imagination for his volcanic …

Julianne Moore

December 8th, 2014


Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore are members of a select club.  For them, names like "Edge," "Search," "Days," and "World Turns" mean something. They …

Ira Glass

November 24th, 2014


Alec Baldwin sits down with Ira Glass to compare notes on interviewing, the afterlife, and how to find one’s voice – with a microphone or a camera lens. Now the veritable kingmaker of public radio, Glass has …

Jerry Seinfeld

June 2nd, 2014


Jerry Seinfeld was just 27 when he first appeared on Johnny Carson in 1981. And he stood out. His material wasn't about his upbringing or personal relationships.  It was about our universal experience of small things. …

Debbie Reynolds and Robert Osborne

May 19th, 2014


Debbie Reynolds has been in show business for over six decades. She talks to Alec about her big break in Singin' in the Rain. “I slept in my dressing …

Fred Armisen and Paula Pell

May 5th, 2014


Fred Armisen’s career has followed an unpredictable trajectory. Armisen spent nearly a decade drumming with Trenchmouth, a punk rock band remembered …

Chris Columbus and Stephen Daldry

April 14th, 2014


Chris Columbus has brought to the screen some of the biggest American family films in the last 20 years: Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, and 

Judd Apatow and Eric Fischl

April 7th, 2014


Judd Apatow’s films—The 40 Year Old VirginKnocked Up, and Funny People—feature emotionally immature men forced to grow up after confronting sex, responsibility, and death. Of all Apatow’s movies, This is 40 may be his …

Robert Lustig and Martin Horn

March 17th, 2014


Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UC San Francisco, studied brain tumors in children and began to see a connection between sugar and …

Rosie O'Donnell

March 3rd, 2014


Rosie’s childhood dream of performing on Broadway alongside Bette Midler never materialized. Instead, at 16 she delivered her first stand-up routine …

Andrew Luck and Dwight Gooden

February 17th, 2014


In 2012, Andrew Luck was in his final year at Stanford University when he learned he was the top NFL draft pick. Luck, a self-proclaimed nerd, talks …

Patti LuPone and Jon Robin Baitz and Stacy Keach

February 3rd, 2014


Patti LuPone was only four years old when she realized she belonged on stage, and she started by entertaining family members in her Long Island …

Peter Frampton and Thom Yorke

January 20th, 2014


Grammy-winning guitarist Peter Frampton says, “Sound is very inspirational to me." And it always has been—Frampton started playing guitar before he …

Lena Dunham and Elaine Stritch

January 6th, 2014


Dunham, the creator of HBO’s GIRLS, says when she was younger, she thought she’d be a "Gender and Women’s Studies teacher who showed movies at the occasional film festival." Instead she's trying to figure out what to …

David Letterman and Michael Douglas

December 23rd, 2013


David Letterman began his Late Night gig as a self-described “gap-toothed, unknown smart ass.” But thirty highly successful years later, Letterman’s …

Lorne Michaels and Erica and Molly Jong

December 9th, 2013


Lorne Michaels had nothing to lose on October 11, 1975, when Saturday Night Live first aired. He doesn't pull all-nighters any more in preparation …

Chris Rock and Herb Alpert

November 25th, 2013


Chris Rock is one of the greatest comic talents in the world, but when he arrived on Broadway to perform his first play, The Motherf***ker in The Hat, he did not yet know how to properly cross a Broadway stage. Rock …

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