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Introducing Switched on Pop

14:21 | Mar 21st

I’m hard at work on a new podcast about the intersection of television and culture! You’ll hear much more about that soon. In the meantime, I’m excited to introduce you to Switched on Pop. It's a podcast that digs into the cultural context and musica...Show More
Mahershala Ali, from Moonlight to True Detective

57:29 | Dec 20th, 2018

Few actors have had as surprising a past few years as Mahershala Ali. Known for his parts on TV shows like The 4400 and House of Cards and in movies like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and the Hunger Games films, Ali went from steadily working a...Show More
What do The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Parks and Rec have in common? Michael Schur.

1:07:42 | Dec 13th, 2018

Michael Schur is one of the most adept minds in TV comedy. From his early days producing the Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon-era Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, to his work as one of the key writers on The Office, he charted a career that touched so...Show More
Christmas music you won't get sick of, with R&B star PJ Morton

55:04 | Dec 6th, 2018

If you've talked to Todd at all, you know how much he enjoys Christmas music. And, sure, he enjoys the stuff that gets overplayed year after year, but he gets why you're sick of it. Finding good music often means going a little off the beaten path. T...Show More
Losing is hard. But comedian Chris Gethard says it’s necessary.

1:11:30 | Nov 29th, 2018

The Chris Gethard Show might have been Todd’s favorite talk show of the decade, a weird, tossed-off calamity that emerged every week like an odd magic trick. It made the trip from New York public access TV to more traditional networks. And then earli...Show More
How to not screw up Thanksgiving dinner, with Salt Fat Acid Heat's Samin Nosrat

1:04:49 | Nov 22nd, 2018

This episode originally ran in November of 2017. It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means home chefs all around the United States (Todd among them) are trying to find a way to hew to tradition without turning their plates into a giant pile of indistingu...Show More
Hollywood’s past can help us understand its present. Karina Longworth shows us how.

49:44 | Nov 15th, 2018

Karina Longworth’s Hollywood history podcast, You Must Remember This, is one of the most essential shows out there for movie fans. Each week, Longworth dives into a story from the film industry’s past, revealing the truth behind legends, the hidden s...Show More
Writer Diablo Cody, on Jennifer's Body, Juno, and Jagged Little Pill (the musical)

59:13 | Nov 8th, 2018

Diablo Cody's career took off into the stratosphere when her very first produced script — 2007's quirky comedy Juno — led to a massive box office hit that also won her the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Since Juno, she's written numerous...Show More
How to build a civilization from scratch

1:19:23 | Nov 1st, 2018

Imagine you're a time traveler whose time machine has functioned somewhere in Earth's past — after humans have evolved but before they've, say, invented language or agriculture or any of the other pillars civilization was built upon. How might you tr...Show More
What great horror looks and sounds like, with the makers of The Terror and A Quiet Place

58:13 | Oct 25th, 2018

With Halloween right around the corner, we felt it's as timely as ever to revisit this episode from earlier this year. Sometimes, the scariest thing is what you don’t see onscreen. It’s a lesson taken to heart by the folks behind two of the best ho...Show More
Why Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, launched a true crime podcast

1:00:05 | Oct 18th, 2018

Yeardley Smith is one of the most famous women on Earth — though you might not know it if you just bumped into her somewhere, at least until she said something. See, Smith is the voice of Lisa Simpson, the precocious 8-year-old middle child of the Si...Show More
Better Call Saul's showrunner tells us everything about the show's amazing finale

1:05:22 | Oct 11th, 2018

Few TV shows are better than AMC's Better Call Saul. But if you told that to someone in 2015, when the show debuted, they might look at you askance. Yes, the show was a spinoff from Breaking Bad, one of the most acclaimed TV shows ever made, but it ...Show More
The history of the American circus, with the people who worked there

37:11 | Oct 4th, 2018

The circus! At one time, it was one of the country’s most reliable forms of mass entertainment, crisscrossing American backroads to perform for people all over the nation. Everything from the circus train to the people who put up the big tent made it...Show More
BoJack Horseman's sly, funny brilliance, explained by the people who make it

1:11:16 | Sep 27th, 2018

This episode is a rebroadcast of an episode from 2017, but with BoJack Horseman's fifth season recently debuting, we thought it was a great time to revisit it. Todd loves few TV shows more than BoJack Horseman, Netflix's weird animated comedy about ...Show More
Jon Batiste, Stephen Colbert’s bandleader, on making music in New Orleans, on the subway, and on late night TV

51:56 | Sep 20th, 2018

Jon Batiste makes some of TV’s best music, night in and night out. As bandleader of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the multi-instrumentalist comes up with perfect tunes to introduce guests, to complement Colbert’s jokes, and to keep the audience...Show More
Janet from The Good Place and Kelli from Insecure on making TV's funniest shows even funnier

1:12:36 | Sep 13th, 2018

We're focusing on TV scene stealers this week, as we head into a new fall season. These two performers take some of the best shows on TV and make them even better, sidling into any given scene and swiping it right out from under everybody else with a...Show More
TV ratings, explained

56:38 | Sep 6th, 2018

The Nielsen ratings might not have as much power as they once held, but they still can decide the fate of your favorite TV show. If nobody's watching, it could be canceled. That's always been true. But what's also always been true is that the Nielsen...Show More
One of the best TV shows of the year is a documentary about racial inequities in education

35:22 | Aug 30th, 2018

Steve James is one of the best documentary filmmakers to ever have lived. His movies examine the fault lines that underlie American society, often (but not always) those of race and class, and how those who have power often attempt to maximize the am...Show More
How to make a movie starring the internet, with Eighth Grade director Bo Burnham

54:56 | Aug 23rd, 2018

The new coming-of-age comedy Eighth Grade is one of the surprise success stories of the summer, turning a tiny story of a 13-year-old girl’s last week in the titular grade into a much larger tale of the universally awkward and cringeworthy experience...Show More
The incredible true story behind Spike Lee's new movie BlacKkKlansman

1:03:08 | Aug 16th, 2018

The new movie BlacKkKlansman is careful to let you know very early on that, yes, its story is a true one, with a few embellishments for film. And it likely does so because said story — a black man goes undercover and becomes a trusted confidant of pe...Show More
Why the binge model doesn’t always make the best TV

50:32 | Aug 9th, 2018

There’s a reason TV critics and reporters call FX Networks president and CEO John Landgraf the “mayor of television” — and it’s not just because that’s kind of a funny title to give to somebody. Of all the executives in the TV game right now, Landgra...Show More
Sharp Objects’ Patricia Clarkson on finding the mom roles worth playing

1:01:33 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Adora Crellin is a difficult woman to love. The monstrously suffocating mother of Camille, the protagonist of HBO's terrific murder mystery miniseries Sharp Objects, Adora keeps finding ways to undercut her damaged daughters and to visit the deep-sea...Show More
Sorry to Bother You director Boots Riley on labor unions, capitalism, and his hit movie

1:02:58 | Jul 26th, 2018

The riotously funny, incredibly inventive new movie Sorry to Bother You has become one of the summer’s most acclaimed films, as well as an unlikely hit in arthouses. The movie’s tale of a young man named Cassius Green (played by Lakeith Stanfield), w...Show More
How Neko Case writes her beautiful, brilliant songs

44:13 | Jul 19th, 2018

Neko Case’s nearly 20-year career has been marked by some of the best songs of that time frame, chronicles of a country and world that often seem to be plunging into chaos but always manage to just avoid doing so. Her solo albums, including the brand...Show More
The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 and the summer’s biggest movies, discussed and explained

1:01:00 | Jul 12th, 2018

Believe it or not, the summer entertainment season is half over. Fall TV will be firing up in just a few short weeks, and the summer movies of 2018 have just about run out. (Mission: Impossible — Fallout is the only big release still coming.) That ma...Show More
Inside the world’s best true-crime podcast

39:55 | Jul 5th, 2018

Call the APM Reports production In the Dark a “true crime" podcast, and everybody involved in it will bristle, just a bit. Yes, it starts from the place of exploring crimes that really happened. But it’s not interested in exploring the crimes so much...Show More
You may not immediately recognize Bob Balaban’s name. But you know his voice

44:22 | Jun 28th, 2018

Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Gosford Park. Moonrise Kingdom. The original cast of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. These might seem like wildly different projects, but they have one man in common: actor Bob Balaban. Balaban is one of the con...Show More
Stand-up Hari Kondabolu is so much more than The Problem with Apu

53:50 | Jun 21st, 2018

Hari Kondabolu identified a problem. His self-hosted, self-produced 2017 documentary, The Problem With Apu, which aired on TruTV, discusses how The Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon created a caricature of South Asians and perpetuated a stere...Show More
Aisha Tyler on Archer, standup comedy, and being Aisha Tyler

58:36 | Jun 14th, 2018

Does Aisha Tyler sleep? That’s a question you might reasonably ask after looking at her IMDb page for a moment or two. She’s a regular on two TV shows — FXX’s Archer and CBS’s Criminal Minds — while also hosting Unapologetic, a new talk show for AMC....Show More
How to make great TV, according to the showrunners of Black Lightning, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Vida

1:03:55 | Jun 7th, 2018

Another TV season is over. You might not have noticed its end, thanks to the way TV never goes away any more, but technically, the TV season wraps at the end of May. So it seemed like a good time to get some of the best TV showrunners together and a...Show More
The Americans' showrunners and star bid farewell to TV's best show

54:33 | May 31st, 2018

If you've listened to this show ever, or read anything Todd has ever written, then you know The Americans is one of his favorite shows of the past several years. Last night, it ended. For this special episode of the show, Todd is joined by star Matt...Show More
What great horror looks and sounds like, with the makers of The Terror and A Quiet Place

55:54 | May 24th, 2018

Sometimes, the scariest thing is what you don’t see onscreen. It’s a lesson taken to heart by the folks behind two of the best horror projects of the first half of 2018 — the AMC miniseries The Terror and the gigantic hit movie A Quiet Place. In thi...Show More
Veteran comedy writer Nell Scovell on 30 years of being "the only woman in the room"

51:51 | May 17th, 2018

Writer Nell Scovell has worked for some of the best, most popular TV shows of the past 30 years. She wrote for David Letterman. She wrote for The Simpsons. She created the '90s show Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She wrote on NCIS. And at too many of tho...Show More
The Magicians' Sera Gamble on making great fantasy TV without Game of Thrones money

37:23 | May 9th, 2018

“This shit should not be cheesy,” Sera Gamble says. She’s talking about the visual effects and production design on the terrific Syfy fantasy series The Magicians, which just completed its third season, a cinch to make Todd’s top 10 of the year. Whil...Show More
Thanos and Roseanne: how two mad titans took over pop culture

49:21 | May 2nd, 2018

This week on I Think You’re Interesting, we’re trying something different, by dissecting two of the biggest pop culture stories of the spring. First, Vox culture writer Alex Abad-Santos joins Todd to talk about the fallout from Avengers: Infinity Wa...Show More
Why 2001: A Space Odyssey is still one of the greatest films ever made, 50 years later

1:05:44 | Apr 25th, 2018

Even if you haven’t seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick’s mind-melting 1968 science fiction epic, you probably know at least something about it. It’s one of those movies, like Star Wars or Citizen Kane, that has become so thoroughly dissolved...Show More
How Jean Smart beat Hollywood's age biases to build a nearly 40-year career

46:08 | Apr 18th, 2018

Designing Women, Frasier, 24, Fargo, Legion, some of the best TV shows of the past 30-plus years have one terrific actress in common: Jean Smart. Tall, striking, and bold, Smart has carved out a path in Hollywood that involves never doing the same th...Show More
Wonderful Midwestern moms, explained by comedian Louie Anderson (who plays his own mom on TV)

47:07 | Apr 11th, 2018

One of the most sympathetic, compelling portraits of motherhood on television centers on a performance by a man. On FX's Baskets, which recently completed its third season, comedian Louie Anderson plays Christine Baskets, mother of twins Chip and Dal...Show More
The 5 best coming-of-age movies about teen girls

41:20 | Apr 4th, 2018

Lady Bird was one of the surprise hits of 2017, with its bittersweet, deeply funny depiction of teen girl adolescence. And that got Todd to thinking: Why is it so rare to see good movies about teen girls coming of age? To answer that question, he br...Show More
Jason Katims, showrunner of Friday Night Lights and Rise, on why teens make great TV

44:22 | Mar 28th, 2018

Few TV heavyweights have done as much to tell thoughtful, moving stories about teenagers as Jason Katims. While he was a young playwright, Katims broke into the television industry as a staff writer for My So-Called Life — ground zero for realistic d...Show More
How to write a joke for President Obama

57:34 | Mar 21st, 2018

How do you write a joke for the president of the United States? How do you come up with something that will seem perfectly cutting but not too cruel, silly but not stupid? How do you not denigrate the highest office in the land with — sniff — comedy?...Show More
Bill Nye, on becoming the Science Guy and Saving the World

47:59 | Mar 14th, 2018

If you don't hear the words "Bill Nye" and automatically fill in, mentally, "the Science Guy" (ideally with the exact right tune and rhythm from his old theme song), then you probably weren't alive during the 1990s, when Nye's series (Bill Nye the Sc...Show More
Designing the worst workplace in the world. (Only for a TV show. Don’t worry.)

57:47 | Mar 7th, 2018

Comedy Central’s Corporate is a deep, dark dive into American corporate life that is one of the most promising new comedies to debut in years. Set in the nondescript but completely soulless corporation Hampton DeVille, Corporate finds dark yet incred...Show More
The "I Think You’re Interesting" Oscars Spectacular

1:11:42 | Feb 28th, 2018

Todd loves the Oscars, so this week's episode features not just one but two Oscar nominees from this year's crop. First, Todd talks with Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson about the year's biggest prizes.   Then he's joined by Julian Slater, the Oscar...Show More
Bonus: Today, Explained. "Black Panther Is the Most Important Movie of 2018"

17:23 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Our Bonus episode today is a new show from Vox.com called Today Explained, which comes out Monday through Friday. It's going to tell you all about what happened in the news that maybe you didn't know about. It's got a great team of people working on ...Show More
Love the look of Black Panther's Wakanda? Meet the woman who designed its costumes.

1:01:01 | Feb 21st, 2018

If you've seen Marvel's new movie Black Panther, you know that one of the best things about it is its use of costumes and sets not just to create the fictional world of Wakanda, but also to tell little stories about its history and culture in every s...Show More
Finding work — or just creating your own — as a deaf actor in Hollywood

1:00:23 | Feb 14th, 2018

Though 20 percent of the American population has some form of disability, just 2 percent of working actors represent that population on screen and stage. Is it any wonder so many roles for those with disabilities are played by actors without them? An...Show More
Bonus: The Podium, from the Vox Media Podcast Network and NBC Sports

24:56 | Feb 9th, 2018

Opening Ceremony co-host Katie Couric discusses what to expect from the broadcast (8:30 ET, NBC), the unified team of North and South Korea, and her interview with figure skating star Nathan Chen. We'll also take a look back at some pivotal moments i...Show More
"Narnia was not up to code": The Magicians' Lev Grossman on building fantastical worlds

1:01:13 | Feb 7th, 2018

Few fantasy series of the past 10 years have had the reach of Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy, beginning with The Magicians in 2009, continuing with The Magician King in 2011, and concluding with The Magician's Land in 2014. The books, which attempt...Show More
Justina Machado is giving one of TV's best performances. Here's her acting advice.

1:05:29 | Jan 31st, 2018

"I have people that are not Latino arguing with me about what we’re like," Justina Machado says about two-thirds of the way through her chat with Todd. The actress, who joins ITYI to talk about the latest season of her Netflix sitcom One Day at a Tim...Show More
How Hans Zimmer found the music of the ocean

1:04:37 | Jan 24th, 2018

Blue Planet II is one of the most stunning visual achievements of the year. The new BBC America nature documentary takes viewers deep beneath the waves to observe strange creatures and the delicate balance that keeps the world's largest habitat in ha...Show More
The best film and TV performances of 2017, according to our critics panel

1:01:50 | Jan 17th, 2018

Awards season is once again upon us. We’ll soon know which films and performances have been nominated for the Oscars, and the Golden Globes are receding into the past. But let’s talk about what’s really important: Which performances from 2017 did ou...Show More
Phil Rosenthal created Everybody Loves Raymond. Now he hosts a food and travel show. Can we have his life?

1:13:18 | Jan 10th, 2018

Phil Rosenthal is one of Todd’s favorite people within the TV industry to talk to, because he loves making television — whether he’s writing it or starring in it. He's probably best known for creating the Emmy-winning series Everybody Loves Raymond,...Show More
Ask Todd Anything, with guest host Caroline Framke

57:28 | Jan 3rd, 2018

It's a very special episode of I Think You're Interesting, as guest host and Vox culture writer Caroline Framke asks Todd all the questions you asked about criticism, great TV, and life itself. Along the way, they'll discuss whether Todd can possibly...Show More
Is the secret to battling climate change a better promotional strategy?

58:30 | Dec 27th, 2017

The ways climate change is altering our planet can be hard to see, since they happen so incrementally, and often far away. That’s what’s made the documentaries Chasing Ice and Chasing Coral (a finalist for Best Documentary Feature at the 2018 Oscars)...Show More
What happened in Hollywood in 2017 — and where it might go in 2018

1:10:07 | Dec 20th, 2017

From the Oscars mixup to the Disney-Fox deal, and from Netflix’s continuing inability to launch major movie hits to the seemingly endless stream of sexual misconduct revelations, 2017 was a big year for entertainment news, arguably the biggest in dec...Show More
Bonus: The writing life of Pulitzer Prize-nominated novelist Chang Rae Lee

57:00 | Dec 14th, 2017

Chang Rae Lee’s books include “Native Speaker,” “Aloft,” and “The Surrender,” for which he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. His most recent book is “On Such A Full Sea,” a cool, sci-fi dystopia. It was published in 2014. His novels tac...Show More
How 2017's best animated film came to be

1:00:56 | Dec 13th, 2017

Director Nora Twomey and her colleagues at Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon have made a habit of turning out some of Todd’s favorite animated films. From 2009’s The Secret of Kells to 2014’s Song of the Sea, the mini-studio makes beautiful, evocative films a...Show More
John Ridley, Oscar-winning screenwriter, on how Los Angeles has and hasn’t changed since Rodney King

1:06:24 | Dec 6th, 2017

John Ridley has been active in Hollywood since the early ’90s, to the degree that he wrote for one of the best obscure sitcoms of that era, The John Laroquette Show. But his career hit turbo speed when he wrote the script for the 2013 Best Picture wi...Show More
Exploring the role of religion in the Trump era with Matt Carter, co-host of the Bad Christian podcast

1:10:13 | Nov 29th, 2017

Few religion podcasts have proved as vital to understanding evangelical Christian America in the Donald Trump era as Bad Christian, a podcast hosted by three friends, who all used to be in a band together. (Two of them still are in that band.)  Host...Show More
Holly Hunter, Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Romano, and Emily V. Gordon talk about their movie The Big Sick

1:05:51 | Nov 22nd, 2017

The Big Sick is a little slice of romantic comedy perfection and one of 2017's best movies. Based on a very real story from the life of very real couple Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the movie boasts a script by the two, with Holly Hunter and ...Show More
How to not screw up Thanksgiving dinner, with chef Samin Nosrat

1:06:36 | Nov 15th, 2017

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means home chefs all around the United States (Todd among them) are trying to find a way to hew to tradition without turning their plates into a giant pile of indistinguishable starches. And for our first annual I Thin...Show More
The man who wrote the West Wing theme tells us how TV music is made

1:05:12 | Nov 8th, 2017

W.G. "Snuffy" Walden doesn't read or write music. That didn't stop him from writing the theme for The West Wing. Or Friday Night Lights. Or My So-Called Life. Or Thirtysomething. Or, really, many of your favorite TV shows. Walden's career began as a ...Show More
Glenn Gordon Caron reinvented TV in the ’80s. Now he’s reviving the case-of-the-week show.

1:06:35 | Nov 1st, 2017

You may not know the name Glenn Gordon Caron, but if you’re a TV fan, you’ve heard of one of the shows he’s worked on, especially his groundbreaking ’80s detective dramedy Moonlighting, which popularized the will-they/won’t-they relationship, introdu...Show More
Russell Brand on life, addiction, and the pursuit of happiness

1:04:38 | Oct 25th, 2017

Comedian Russell Brand would probably bristle at being described as a comedian. It’s not that he’s not funny, or doesn’t occasionally perform stand-up. It’s more that in the years since he’s achieved fame, he’s become just as notable for his wonderfu...Show More
BoJack Horseman's sly, funny brilliance, explained by the people who make it

1:08:12 | Oct 18th, 2017

Todd loves few TV shows more than BoJack Horseman, Netflix's weird animated comedy about a sad horse. Its recently completed fourth season, which delved into the histories of many of the characters and talked about the roots of trauma and depression,...Show More
The 5 best superhero performances of all time, according to The Tick’s Griffin Newman

54:49 | Oct 11th, 2017

One of Todd’s favorite actors for elucidating, perfectly, what makes one performance work where another doesn’t is Griffin Newman, who plays Arthur, the moth-man sidekick on Amazon’s The Tick. Newman also co-hosts the podcast Blank Check With Griffin...Show More
Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet on making it as a heavyset actor in Hollywood

1:06:02 | Oct 4th, 2017

Fans of ABC’s Modern Family, which just entered its ninth season, know Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, the role for which he’s won two Emmys. The neurotic but good-natured Cam was half of one of TV’s first major married gay couples, and over the ...Show More
Novelist Tom Perrotta on white privilege, gender identity, and Tracy Flick 20 years later

58:38 | Sep 27th, 2017

Tom Perrotta’s books have become one of our most consistently enjoyable dissections of a very specific sort of America — upper-class, wryly comic, and white. Even when his books dig into a world where something very much like the Rapture has happened...Show More
Ken Burns’s name is synonymous with American history. His new film is eerily prescient.

1:07:21 | Sep 20th, 2017

For a large number of people, just seeing the name "Ken Burns" is mark enough of quality. Whether Burns is producing or directing, his long, multi-part documentaries have been PBS mainstays since the 1980s. His breakthrough film, The Civil War, rele...Show More
Nancy Cartwright is a grandmother — who plays the world’s most famous 10-year-old cartoon boy

1:05:04 | Sep 13th, 2017

Even if you're the least pop culture–aware person in the world, you know who Nancy Cartwright is. You just might not know why you know. In the late '80s, Cartwright, a voice actor, went on an audition for the role of an 8-year-old girl in a serie...Show More
Actress Kellie Martin has been working since she was 7. Listen to this, and you'll love her as much as we do.

1:04:37 | Sep 6th, 2017

If you have been watching TV — like, at all — since the 1990s, you've probably seen (and loved) Kellie Martin in something. After beginning her career as a child in the '80s, she landed the role of Becca on the critically acclaimed family drama Life ...Show More
How The Handmaid’s Tale traveled from page to screen, explained by showrunner Bruce Miller

1:13:26 | Aug 30th, 2017

Few of 2017's new TV shows have hit with the impact of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, which went from "they're making a TV show out of _that_" territory to 13 Emmy nominations (including Drama Series) in what seemed like record time. Taken from the book...Show More
Actress Ann Dowd on how she builds her twisted, darkly iconic characters on The Handmaid's Tale and The Leftovers.

1:00:49 | Aug 23rd, 2017

After more than 20 years building her stage and screen resume, Ann Dowd has become a star thanks to her roles as Patti Levin on The Leftovers and the menacing yet maternal Aunt Lydia on The Handmaid’s Tale. Her characters are a product of the fractur...Show More
How beloved book The Glass Castle became a movie.

1:02:38 | Aug 16th, 2017

Director Destin Daniel Cretton made 2013's Short Term 12, one of Todd's favorite movies of the 2010s. For his follow-up film, he reteamed with that film's star, Brie Larson, and adapted the beloved memoir The Glass Castle. The film follows the story...Show More
How PBS is navigating an especially hostile political era.

1:01:44 | Aug 9th, 2017

By many standards, PBS has had a pretty great 2010s. Downton Abbey was its biggest hit since The Civil War (which aired way back in 1990), Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election (and thus could never follow through on his threats against the broadcaster)...Show More
How one small town recovered from being gutted by the Great Recession — and how it didn’t.

55:22 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Janesville, Wisconsin, was one of the towns hardest hit by the economic collapse of the late 2000s. When the local GM plant closed, thousands of jobs that supported the entire city evaporated, leaving residents struggling to stay above water. That’s ...Show More
Michaela Watkins on audition rituals, her worst college party, and playing a “coastal elite”

1:05:07 | Jul 26th, 2017

What Michaela Watkins does in Casual, Hulu's dramedy about self-involved Los Angelenos, is low-key remarkable. Her character, Valerie, is outwardly pulled together and the smartest woman in the room. But inwardly, she's falling apart, constantly drag...Show More
How did a sheet with eyeholes come to be the symbol for a ghost? Director David Lowery explains.

51:03 | Jul 19th, 2017

A Ghost Story is that most unusual thing -- a tiny movie that seems to encompass the entire universe. Made for a modest budget, the movie shows what happens to a young couple when the husband dies. It starts as a standard romance -- then somehow come...Show More
Errol Morris, one of the best interviewers ever, on true crime and the art of the documentary.

47:39 | Jul 12th, 2017

Academy-Award winning documentarian Errol Morris is one of Todd's favorite filmmakers ever, not to mention a world-class investigator and interviewer who's managed everything from getting Robert McNamara to admit he could have easily been branded a w...Show More
Tired of boring blockbusters? Our critics pick the best summer movies of the 2000s.

1:03:08 | Jul 5th, 2017

It's a special edition of I Think You're Interesting as Todd is joined by David Sims of The Atlantic and Alison Willmore of Buzzfeed to pick the top summer movies of the 2000s. Each critic picks their five favorites, and then the arguing begins.
Comedian Maz Jobrani on making people laugh in a deeply divided America

1:04:49 | Jun 28th, 2017

Maz Jobrani comes by his love of political humor honestly. He studied political science in graduate school, before deciding to pursue his dreams of comedy instead. This week, Maz joins Todd to talk about figuring out how to make Trump supporters laug...Show More
Alan Sepinwall, on why he doesn’t like the Netflix model of full-season stories

46:27 | Jun 21st, 2017

Alan Sepinwall's blog What's Alan Watching launched in 2005, when he was working as a TV critic at Newark newspaper The Star-Ledger. The site would take the TV episode recap, something popularized on sites like Television Without Pity, and turn it in...Show More
Fear the Walking Dead's cast on shooting in Mexico in the era of Trump

56:09 | Jun 14th, 2017

No matter your thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead, the zombie show spinoff now entering its third season on AMC, it's hard to argue with the show's cast, which is filled with great actors from top to bottom. Recently, three of those actors -- Kim Dick...Show More
Damon Lindelof

1:18:54 | Jun 7th, 2017

The first TV show Damon Lindelof co-created was Lost, ABC's seismic, game-changing series about mysterious islands and the plane crash survivors who love them. Hence, his 2014 follow-up series, HBO's The Leftovers, was hotly anticipated. What TV fans...Show More
The Americans showrunners

1:05:12 | May 31st, 2017

Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields have spent five years at the helm of The Americans, the '80s-set spy series which many (Todd included) would call TV's best drama. And somewhat fittingly for a show about an arranged marriage made for business purposes, t...Show More
Alan Yang

1:14:30 | May 24th, 2017

Alan Yang's series, Master of None, might be the best TV show of 2017. Yang, who co-created the series with its star, Aziz Ansari, also worked on all seven seasons of the beloved NBC sitcom Parks & Recreation, as well as the first season of The Good ...Show More
Ane Crabtree

1:03:03 | May 17th, 2017

Ane Crabtree has worked on so many of TV's best shows -- Rectify, Masters of Sex, Westworld, and Hulu's new The Handmaid's Tale to name just a few. And though you've seen her work every week on those shows, you might not have known it. She's the cost...Show More
Chris Parnell

59:51 | May 10th, 2017

Chris Parnell's long comedy career has taken him through a surprising number of venerable comedy institutions. He started out in the improv troupe The Groundlings. He was a major player on Saturday Night Live for years, appearing in some of the show'...Show More
Ezra Klein

1:06:33 | May 3rd, 2017

Ezra Klein isn't just the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Vox (the site that produces this podcast, in case you were unaware). He's a major fan of superhero comics and the films based on them. For this week's episode, Todd sat down with his boss to...Show More
Full Frontal

44:31 | Apr 26th, 2017

Since it debuted in early 2016, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee has become one of the most vital voices in late-night television. The show's trenchant but hilarious dissection of an America merrily flying off the rails has proved to be a proud heir to...Show More
Richard Kelly

58:02 | Apr 19th, 2017

Richard Kelly's first feature film, Donnie Darko, was nearly lost to the ages when it debuted in October 2001. The Patriot Act had just been passed, and it was not a time when the American moviegoing public was ready to watch a film that featured pla...Show More
Phil LaMarr

1:01:43 | Apr 12th, 2017

Phil LaMarr is one of the entertainment industry's premier voice actors, having worked on an intimidatingly large number of projects over his career. But he's perhaps best known for two roles: Hermes on Futurama and Jack on Samurai Jack. After a leng...Show More
Rhea Seehorn

1:06:22 | Apr 5th, 2017

When it debuted, Better Call Saul, AMC's Breaking Bad prequel about the early years of unscrupulous lawyer Saul Goodman, drew most of its attention for its ties to its parent series, one of the greatest TV dramas of all time. But over its first two y...Show More
Ceyda Torun

58:06 | Mar 29th, 2017

Ceyda Torun's film Kedi is Todd's favorite of 2017 so far. It's a charming but surprisingly weighty documentary following the lives of several Istanbul cats -- some from the streets and others with more comfortable lives. (One even lives near a fish ...Show More
Dave Malloy

57:09 | Mar 22nd, 2017

The career of Broadway composer Dave Malloy can sometimes seem like a series of escalating dares. His works take on everything from the life of Rasputin to the pieces of classical musician Franz Schubert. But by far his biggest hit has been Natasha, ...Show More
Laura Zak and Kate Fisher

53:52 | Mar 15th, 2017

How do you make a great web series, if you don't have the backing of a major corporation? That's a question the creators and producers of Her Story, a YouTube-based series about the lives of a diverse community of trans and queer women in Los Angeles...Show More
Desmin Borges

41:03 | Mar 8th, 2017

Desmin Borges is a vital part of what makes "You're the Worst," one of TV's most exciting comedies, so very good. The FXX series deals with serious topics in darkly amusing ways, and that includes Borges's character, Edgar, a veteran who suffers from...Show More
Ryan Murphy

46:23 | Mar 1st, 2017

Ryan Murphy is one of the most influential TV producers in the history of the medium. He's won Emmys for series like Glee and The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and with American Horror Story, he invented the now ubiquitous anthological...Show More