December 16, 2019
For years, Larry Nassar, the team doctor for USA Women’s Gymnastics, sexually assaulted hundreds of his patients under the guise of medical treatment. This abuse might have continued had it not been for one woman: Rachael Denhollander.
March 16, 2020
The Secret to Writing a Children’s Book
Everyone thinks they can write a children’s book, but very few people actually can. Abby Hanlon, the author and illustrator of the beloved Dory Fantasmagory series, describes her unusual creative process—it involves eavesdropping and bribery.
February 17, 2020
The Church of John Green
John Green didn’t aspire to become a celebrated author and YouTube host. When he graduated from college, he planned to become an Episcopalian Minister because he wanted to share ideas with a captive audience. Years later, he published the book The Fault in Our Stars and he found himself in front of a massive audience. John tells Alex about his struggle with the unexpected fame and the challenge of ...
January 20, 2020
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 stu...
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