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The Room Where It's Happening: A Hamilton Fan Podcast

Earwolf and Travon Free, Mike Drucker

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If you're obsessed with the musical Hamilton, have the soundtrack on repeat non-stop and feel helpless without your fix, we have good news for you: you are not alone. Join hosts Travon Free (Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons) and Mike Drucker (Th...Show More
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53:12 | Apr 10th, 2017

Writer and actress Mara Wilson (Matilda, Where Am I Now?) joins Travon and Mike onstage at the New York City Podcast Festival to talk about meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda backstage at Hamilton and how acting in films as a child shaped her writing as an a...Show More
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45:53 | Apr 3rd, 2017

A self-described theater nerd, Rachel Sklar (TheLi.st) joins Travon to talk about seeing the original cast of Rent on Broadway, writing jokes for the White House Correspondents' dinner and why she connects so strongly to the song "That Would Be Enoug...Show More
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57:44 | Mar 27th, 2017

Writer Ashley Ford (Refinery29) joins Travon to talk about her creative process, how growing up with a huge family shaped her writing, and the importance of seeing young girls of color in books and theatre. Plus, Ashley explains why she gave her ex-b...Show More
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47:11 | Mar 6th, 2017

Comedian Riley Silverman joins Travon to revisit "Your Obedient Servant" and explain how her journey with gender has reinforced her belief that, at heart, she's more of a Burr than a Hamilton. She also confesses the unorthodox way she watched Hamilto...Show More
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50:57 | Feb 27th, 2017

Comedian and writer Eliza Skinner (The Late Late Show with James Corden) started her career in New York City’s improv scene where she hosted a rap improv battle for comedians. She often shared the bill (and basement venue) with Lin-Manuel Miranda and...Show More
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41:07 | Feb 20th, 2017

Comedian and writer Barbara Gray (Lady to Lady) was so determined to see Hamilton that she stood outside the theater in Chicago with a sign that said "Need A Ticket."  Her makeshift plan worked and she managed to score a free ticket to the show— in t...Show More
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52:57 | Feb 13th, 2017

Jamie Denbo (Ronna & Beverly) and John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory) aren't the only Hamilheads in their household: their 9-year-old daughter, Nola, loves Hamilton, too. This enthusiastic Ham fam joins Travon and Mike to talk about "A Winter's Bal...Show More
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49:27 | Feb 6th, 2017

Mike Still (Hard Nation) joins Travon to discuss The Election of 1800 and they end up diving deep into modern politics, too. Mike also reflects on his high school musical roles and what it was like having his dad serve in the Delaware State Senate in...Show More
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53:38 | Jan 30th, 2017

Before Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) can begin discussing her love of Hamilton, the superfan tables are turned: Travon gushes about his favorite songs from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the musical TV series that Bloom created and stars in. Next, they di...Show More
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1:02:44 | Jan 23rd, 2017

Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect, The Mindy Project) considers Lin-Manuel Miranda to be family. They grew close doing freestyle hip-hop shows together. Utkarsh was also the first person to play Aaron Burr when Hamilton the musical was still being deve...Show More
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47:27 | Jan 16th, 2017

Comedian Chris Gethard (Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People) was introduced to musical theatre when, as he puts it, he played Conrad Birdie as a "prepubescent, feminine eighth-grader." Flash forward two decades and Chris met Lin-Manuel Miranda in...Show More
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55:34 | Jan 9th, 2017

Gabourey Sidibe (Empire, Precious) and Travon met recently over a very long, fun brunch with friends. Now she's in the Room and ready to discuss growing up with hip hop, her theory about Alexander Hamilton's character (hint: there's a curse word invo...Show More
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49:54 | Jan 2nd, 2017

Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny) wouldn't dream of entering the Room Where It's Happening without the foremost Hamilton expert in his life: his 9-year-old son, Oliver. The father son-duo discusses getting hooked on Hamilton together, how they manage the...Show More
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53:56 | Dec 26th, 2016

Travon and Mike head to Chicago to interview Ari Afsar, who plays Eliza in the Chicago production of Hamilton. She opens up about being an American Idol alumna, what Hamilton songs are most cathartic to perform, and why she's definitely a Hamilton, n...Show More
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57:20 | Dec 19th, 2016

Franklin Leonard (The Black List) is no stranger to great stories. He founded The Black List, which has helped hundreds of Hollywood's most popular unproduced screenplays get made into films. Franklin joins Travon to talk about becoming obsessed with...Show More
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47:02 | Dec 12th, 2016

David Del Rio (In the Heights) knows what it's like to bring a Lin-Manuel Miranda production to life. After all, he was cast in Miranda's first musical, In the Heights. Del Rio joins Travon and Mike to talk about his Broadway experience, his Hamilton...Show More
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46:58 | Dec 5th, 2016

Award-winning musician and radio host John Tesh has certainly earned the title of Hamilton superfan. At last count, he'd seen the show nine times. He joins Travon and Mike to geek out about the soundtrack and talk about the time Lin-Manuel Miranda sh...Show More
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58:32 | Nov 28th, 2016

Matt Belknap (Never Not Funny) grew up listening to hip hop artists like Run-D.M.C. and Public Enemy, but he wasn't initially convinced that he would like a hip hop musical. Then he listened to the Hamilton cast album from start to finish on a family...Show More
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54:41 | Nov 21st, 2016

As Hamilton's set designer, David Korins had the daunting task of devising what the hit show should look like. He joins Travon to discuss the process behind telling the visual story of Hamilton, including the famed turntable stage. As he explains it,...Show More
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1:15:30 | Nov 14th, 2016

Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton, Wicked) is Hamilton's music supervisor, orchestrator and arranger. "Anything that has to do with the way the music sounds in the show and the way it's performed, that all goes through me," he explains. Until recently, he con...Show More
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54:19 | Nov 7th, 2016

Comedian and actor Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show, Homecoming King) is here to remind you that America itself is an immigrant story. He and Travon discuss why dissonance is patriotic and ponder how to make Hamilton tickets more accessible to black and ...Show More
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38:41 | Oct 31st, 2016

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) has had his share of Hamilton adventures, including going backstage with Michelle Obama and singing carpool karaoke with Lin-Manuel Miranda. He tells Travon and Mike about getting from Albuquerque to New York City...Show More
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41:06 | Oct 24th, 2016

Journalist David Gregory (The David Gregory Show, CNN) joins Travon and Mike to talk about his favorite 1980s hip hop artists, listening to the Hamilton soundtrack with his 10-year-old son, and why he'd like to see President Obama and Ted Cruz in a r...Show More
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50:05 | Oct 18th, 2016

About four years ago, director Alex Horwitz began bugging his friend Lin-Manuel Miranda to film him as he worked on his latest project: a set of songs about Alexander Hamilton. Miranda wasn't sure yet if they would become a show or a concept album."I...Show More
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46:05 | Oct 10th, 2016

Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple, Community) has been friends with Leslie Odom Jr. for over a decade. If that's not enough to make you jealous, how about the fact that she was in the audience for Hamilton's opening night on Broadway? She tells Tra...Show More
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35:54 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Actor Kevin Daniels (Modern Family, Sirens) thinks Hamilton is the most inspiring piece of theatre he's ever seen. He's particularly amazed by the sheer amount of story that the Hamilton cast members pack into every performance. He tells Travon and M...Show More
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42:25 | Sep 26th, 2016

Anthony Ramos has Hamilton in his bones. He's performed the show on Broadway hundreds of times in his dual role as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton— but he still gets pumped when "Wait for It" comes on. Before being cast in Hamilton, Anthony was wait...Show More
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1:00:18 | Sep 19th, 2016

Podcast maven Tracy Clayton (Another Round) is here and she's ready to confess the number of times she's gone to see Hamilton (both the musical and that one statue in Boston). Of the many things Tracy loves about the show, she particularly adores how...Show More
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57:27 | Sep 12th, 2016

Comedian and writer John Hodgman caught the Hamilton bug at the gym, where he first listened to the soundtrack on Travon's recommendation. He was immediately smitten. "I've never experienced art that has taken hold so quickly," he says. He tells us h...Show More
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50:25 | Sep 5th, 2016

You may know Jasmine Cephas Jones as Maria Reynolds or Peggy Schuyler. Jasmine describes what it was like to audition for Hamilton and go on to make her Broadway debut in the show. She tells us why she so admires her fellow Schuyler sisters and dishe...Show More
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58:57 | Aug 29th, 2016

Without historian Ron Chernow, Hamilton the musical probably wouldn't exist.  It was Chernow's critically-acclaimed biography of Alexander Hamilton that first inspired Lin-Manual Miranda to put Hamilton's story to music. These days Chernow is still p...Show More
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53:33 | Aug 22nd, 2016

Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked) does not throw away her shot in life and career, and definitely not in this episode. She talks about the timelessness of some of the show's themes, shares what it's like, on a personal level, when originating cast members p...Show More
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47:23 | Aug 15th, 2016

Adam Savage (Mythbusters) has listened to the Hamilton soundtrack hundreds of times, and still finds things new things to learn and love. He also busts some myths about the musical's stage design. His favorite song (and he’s ready to sing it) is Hurr...Show More
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04:38 | Jul 28th, 2016

A sneak peek of Hamilton fan podcast “The Room Where It's Happening,” coming to Earwolf on August 15th! Join hosts Travon Free and Mike Drucker on a song-by-song journey through the biggest musical of all time. Superfan guests include Kristin Chenowe...Show More

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