Edge of Fame

12 EpisodesProduced by WBUR & The Washington Post

An exploration of the life that happens before, behind, and beyond the spotlight. Host Geoff Edgers paints intimate, sound-rich, and surprising portraits of some of the most creative people in the world. The first season includes: Norm Macdonald, Ava Duvernay, Ms. Pat, Hanson and David Letterman. A … read more

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Bonus Live Episode: #MeToo And The Music Industry

June 26th, 2018


A special live episode.

Is it really only about drugs, sex and rock n roll? The #MeToo movement has brought about a reckoning across fields—movies, …

R. Kelly Vs. The Savages

May 4th, 2018


Special Report: Tim and JonJelyn Savage say their now-22-year-old daughter, Joycelyn, is being held captive by music superstar R. Kelly. Geoff …

David Letterman Is Properly Medicated

April 4th, 2018


Season Finale. David Letterman reflects on the "late night wars" with Jay Leno, the new beard, and his comedy heroes. But Letterman's favorite thing? Being a dad to his son, Harry.

Issa Rae is not Issa Dee

March 28th, 2018


“Fame is dead,” says the creator and star of HBO’s “Insecure.” A look at her rise from internet star to Hollywood icon. She takes nothing for …

Hanson Beat The System

March 21st, 2018


Famous kids who survived the fame. Hanson not just survived, but prospered. How did they do it? Geoff Edgers goes to Tulsa, Oklahoma to talks to …

Billy Joe Shaver Isn’t Dead Yet

March 14th, 2018


Billy Joe Shaver is the greatest country music songwriter alive. But you don’t know his name. His songs have been covered by Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan and, most famously, Waylon Jennings. …

Ms. Pat Is The American Dream

March 7th, 2018


By the time she was fifteen years old, Patricia Williams had two kids with a married man. A few years later, she was selling crack. She was shot …

Jimmy Kimmel Hates Crying

February 28th, 2018


Jimmy Kimmel, late night funnyman, lets Geoff Edgers shadow his creative process for one day, taking the listener into the writer's room and deep …

Weird Al Is A Walking Party

February 21st, 2018


It’s easy to dismiss Weird Al as a novelty act. But the reality is that he has remained relevant – and immensely popular – for decades. How did he …

Ava DuVernay Can’t Stop, Won’t stop

February 14th, 2018


Ava DuVernay on "A Wrinkle In Time", Hollywood, #MeToo and Oprah.

PREVIEW: Norm Macdonald Doesn’t Like Endings

January 24th, 2018


Preview episode: Geoff Edgers follows comedian and former SNL star Norm Macdonald on his road to reinvention. Join them as they hang out backstage, …


September 26th, 2017


Geoff Edgers paints intimate, surprising audio portraits of actors, musicians and comedians, from beloved performers you think you already know to up-and-comers bursting onto the scene. Other podcasts might cover …

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