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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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August 18th, 2015

45:47

At 6'6" tall, Penn Jillette is a huge character. He's got a huge frame, a huge personality, and huge appetites. It's a trait that has occasionally gotten him into trouble; he weighed, until a recent diet change, more …

Paul Simon

August 4th, 2015

49:02

Paul Simon is one of the great American entertainers—a mantle he's worn since he started singing harmony with grade-school friend Art Garfunkel in a …

David Remnick on Liebling, Dylan, and Glasnost

July 21st, 2015

48:34

David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker magazine. It's a title he's held since 1998, and one that requires a tireless attention to detail, and an endless awareness of current news, trends, and ideas. In short, he …

Alec Baldwin Dives to the Gulf Floor with Antonia Juhasz

July 7th, 2015

37:33

Journalist Antonia Juhasz details the ongoing environmental disaster of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

John Guare and Lisa Dwan Talk Theater with Alec Baldwin

June 23rd, 2015

1:02:59

A prestigious agent signed playwright John Guare before he had even graduated from Yale School of Drama, saying he showed promise. In …

What Dustin Hoffman Learned from Bob Fosse, Gene Hackman, and Kobe Bryant

June 9th, 2015

39:01

The Graduate. Midnight Cowboy. Lenny. That's just the beginning of Dustin Hoffman's legendary Hollywood career. Over the last five decades, he's …

Gay Talese Tells Alec Baldwin About Sinatra's Cold

May 26th, 2015

35:37

When Gay Talese couldn't land an interview with Frank Sinatra, he wrote the profile instead by talking to Sinatra's tailor, stylist, valet, and other …

For Ian Schrager, Studio 54 Was Just the Start

May 12th, 2015

37:31

Ian Schrager is in the hospitality business. Hotels or nightclubs, uptown or downtown, Miami or Manhattan, Schrager defines luxury and leisure. When he and his late business partner Steve Rubell opened Studio 54 in …

Edie Falco: Don't Hold the Door for Me

April 28th, 2015

38:24

Edie Falco says she is nothing like Carmela Soprano. Nor does she have much in common with Nurse Jackie. But Falco made these characters two of the most identifiable and human women in television history. She has an …

Lawrence Wright on Religion, ISIS, and Scientology

April 14th, 2015

46:46

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

34:28

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

49:35

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

38:00

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

38:05

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

43:58

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

56:57

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

49:59

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

44:24

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

52:00

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

41:35

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

56:34

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

57:02

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

57:03

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

57:03

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

57:03

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

57:05

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

57:05

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

57:04

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

57:03

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

57:02

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

57:02

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

57:03

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

57:03

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

57:01

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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