Origins with James Andrew Miller


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Pardon the Interruption: Flaunt All Rules

1:42:08 | Jan 3rd, 2018

If you think Pardon the Interruption was a Kornheiser/Wilbon idea, think again. Episode 2 explains how the show was created, and why it's still successful after more than a decade and a half on the air.

C1/E2: Curb Your Enthusiasm/Go Further

46:47 | Sep 6th, 2017

Ted Danson, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman and others come clean about their arrivals on Planet Curb.

Sex and the City: 1, 2, & Out

56:55 | Nov 19th, 2018

The series ends, the movies call, but the third is hardly the charm.

Sex and the City: Brighter Lights, Bigger City

1:27:35 | Nov 16th, 2018

Come along for the complex climb of Sex and the City to cultural high status, and hear about the impact it had on those who made it: the trek and the series. Plus, we’ll discuss with cast and others how the show’s sexual freedom contributed to its po...Show More

Sex and the City: Tutu’s, Tete-a-Tete’s, and Taxi’s

1:52:35 | Nov 14th, 2018

How did the creation of Sex and the City lead to a revolution about what could be said and done on television, and what was going on behind the camera that made it all possible? Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Willie G...Show More

Sex and the City: Present at Creation - TRAILER

01:51 | Nov 12th, 2018

The next Origins chapter has arrived. As it celebrates its 20th anniversary, James Andrew Miller throws a spotlight on the early days of the groundbreaking series "Sex and the City". Come along on this spectacular ride as Miller tells the story of ...Show More

Origins Originals - Steve Higgins (Full Interview)

30:07 | Oct 25th, 2018

You may know him as Jimmy Fallon’s sidekick on “The Tonight Show,” but Steve Higgins has been one of the most important forces behind the scenes at SNL for more than two decades. Hear what it’s like for those on the show when Higgins shares his insig...Show More

Origins Originals - Aidy Bryant (Full interview)

11:20 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Aidy Bryant joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2012, has been nominated for an Emmy, and, despite series and feature work elsewhere, is in no hurry to leave SNL anytime soon. It turns out, Aidy is as funny and humble as you would hope she’d be...Show More

Origins Originals - Lindsay Shookus (Full interview)

24:39 | Oct 22nd, 2018

If you’re one of those people who’ve thought about working in television but don’t know which job you’d like, or love, the most, listen to SNL producer Lindsay Shookus in this “Origins Originals” interview, and chances are you’ll say, “I want to do w...Show More

Origins Originals - Chris Redd (Full interview)

31:06 | Oct 17th, 2018

Doesn’t everybody win two Emmys after their first year on SNL? Well, Chris Redd did — a primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, and an Emmy (along with the entire show) for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. Get used to Chris ...Show More

Origins Originals - Heidi Gardner (Full interview)

24:41 | Oct 15th, 2018

As Heidi Gardner begins her sophomore season at SNL, she shares her journey to the show, and what is it like when fans stop her in the street.

Origins Originals - Kenan Thompson (Full interview)

22:58 | Oct 12th, 2018

Kenan Thompson is SNL’s longest serving cast member, and in this Originals interview with Jim, he ponders what else there is for him to do on the show and what may lie beyond life at 30 Rock.

Origins Originals - Colin Jost (Full interview)

37:03 | Oct 10th, 2018

Colin Jost talks anxieties, sleep deprivation, and other hurdles that go along with being a head writer on SNL in his sitdown with Jim.

Origins Originals - Michael Che (Full interview)

29:46 | Oct 10th, 2018

Michael Che has a calm and rational approach to SNL’s role in the age of Trump and it probably will surprise you. He shares it and other reflections on the new season here...

Origins Originals - Melissa Villaseñor (Full interview)

24:09 | Oct 8th, 2018

Jim sits down with the incredible Melissa Villaseñor and peels back the onion a bit to take an in-depth look at her life on and off the SNL stage.

Origins Originals - Lorne Michaels (Full interview)

22:35 | Oct 5th, 2018

Lorne Michaels sat down to reflect on SNL’s past season and what lies ahead for Season 44. Note to file: Jim’s been interviewing Michaels for more than 20 years, and has never walked away disappointed.

Origins Originals - Alec Baldwin (Full interview)

15:07 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Jim sits down for an atomic interview with the one and only Alec Baldwin to discuss his portrayal of President Trump and what we can expect from him in season #44 of Saturday Night Live.

What Really Happened with Andrew Jenks - Available Now!

00:52 | Sep 29th, 2018

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? chronicles documentarian Andrew Jenks as he examines and contextualizes famous figures and historical events, while discovering untold stories and unraveling newfound narratives. With today’s technology, access to information, t...Show More

Saturday Night Live / An SNL Week

56:45 | Sep 27th, 2018

What does a typical week look like at SNL? Hear from the producers, writers and cast to see how the show comes together from the first brainstorming sessions in the writer’s room on Monday, to the after party in the wee hours of Sunday Morning. Plus,...Show More

Saturday Night Live / Goodbye Vacation; Hello Studio 8H

44:14 | Sep 25th, 2018

How did SNL producers, writers, and cast recover after the end of last season, and how did they get themselves ready for Season 44? Cast members Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, and Melissa Villasenor –...Show More

SNL / To Trump or Not To Trump

46:21 | Sep 21st, 2018

Since its beginning, Saturday Night Live has tweaked and taunted presidents from both parties and of all shapes and sizes. It’s fair to say, however, that Donald Trump is a more challenging figure for the show than any of the presidents who preceded ...Show More

Origins Originals - Tom Rinaldi (Full Interview)

22:38 | Aug 31st, 2018

Tom Rinaldi covers sports and studies individuals who make it all happen. One of his favorite subjects in Nick Saban, and it shows.

Origins Originals - Joe Girardi (Full Interview)

23:55 | Aug 29th, 2018

Joe Girardi regards Nick Saban as a major force in his own development as a coach and manager. In this Origins Original, Jim asks Girardi how that came to be.

Origins Originals - Terry Saban (Full Interview)

21:34 | Aug 27th, 2018

Jim’s interview with Terry Saban is Exhibit A for getting to know an extraordinary woman, while understanding just how much value Nick Saban’s wife brings to his life, and Alabama football.

Origins Originals - Greg McElroy (Full Interview)

24:30 | Aug 24th, 2018

Only one man has quarterbacked a Nick Saban coached team to an undefeated season and a national championship. Greg McElroy explains how he came to be that man, and what life was like playing for Saban … and beyond.

Origins Originals - Barrett Jones (Full Interview)

29:29 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Why can’t our politicians be as believable and compelling as former All-American Barrett Jones? And no, Jones wasn’t privy to any questions in advance. He’s just that good.

Origins Originals - Lane Kiffin (Full Interview)

28:37 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Welcome to Kiffinland, a place like no other in college football. There’s a powerful duality to much of what former Alabama Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin shares in this interview — somehow throwing respect and shade at Head Coach Nick Saban at th...Show More

Origins Originals - Scott Cochran (Full Interview)

29:22 | Aug 21st, 2018

In this high octane interview, James Andrew Miller sits down with the "muscle behind the machine", the Crimson Tide's mercurial strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran.

Origins Originals - Nick Saban (Full Interview)

21:31 | Aug 20th, 2018

In this exclusive interview recorded in his office in Tuscaloosa, James Andrew Miller sits down with the one and only Nick Saban, pulling the curtain back for an in-depth look at the man behind the Crimson Tide machine.

When Failure Contributes to Success

41:53 | Aug 13th, 2018

Why does Coach Nick Saban continually evolve a program already at its pinnacle? The answer is more complex than you may think.

Mind First; Body Second

43:43 | Aug 10th, 2018

How much of Alabama’s success on the field is a product of their efforts off of it? Hear Coach Nick Saban go deep on “The Process” and why Alabama’s psychological game may just be the most important one on the schedule.

House of Saban

46:50 | Aug 8th, 2018

What makes a champion? Who makes a champion? Welcome to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and a front row seat looking at how Nick Saban keeps his Crimson Tide hungry for more…and more…National Championships.

Origins of a Champion - Nick Saban TRAILER

02:27 | Aug 1st, 2018

Origins Chapter 3: “Origins of a Champion: Nick Saban & Alabama’s Crimson Tide” goes inside the mind of Nick Saban, one of the greatest college coaches ever, and reveals how the National Champions are preparing to defend their title in the upcoming s...Show More

Origins Originals/Michael Wilbon Interview

44:41 | Jul 27th, 2018

Michael Wilbon gets raw in a back and forth on PTI, former president Barack Obama, and the good and evil surrounding social media.

Origins Originals/Jemele Hill

31:33 | Jul 27th, 2018

In the fall of ’17 — before she left SportsCenter — Jemele Hill shared her thoughts on her wild ride with social media and trying to make the best of being a co-anchor on a show that wasn’t a great fit. There’s a lot of candor here about life inside ...Show More

Origins Originals/Michael Smith Interview

43:06 | Jul 27th, 2018

This interview with Michael Smith took place after Jemele Hill left his side as co-anchor of SC6, and offers insight into why Smith’s time alone at the desk lasted only about a month.

Origins Originals/Tony Kornheiser Interview

46:02 | Jul 27th, 2018

Tony Kornheiser may have been the last person convinced that using him and his Washington Post colleague Michael Wilbon as anchors of Pardon the Interruption was a good idea.


00:36 | Mar 24th, 2018

Now you can hear all of your favorite 'Origins' stars in one place! Keep it here for the full chapter episodes, but be sure to check out and subscribe to our new "Origins Originals" feed to hear the raw uncut interviews! Apple Podcasts https:/...Show More

ESPN / SportsCenter: Stars Over Bristol

1:46:31 | Feb 7th, 2018

It started on ESPN’s first night on the air, and remains a vital artery today, but in between there’s been a whole lot of action going on behind the scenes. Many of SportsCenter’s most notable anchors share their stories — and opinions — about ESPN’s...Show More

C2E5 30for30: Dreams…Nightmares…Dreams. PART 2

1:05:56 | Jan 18th, 2018

The continuation of 30for30: Dreams...Nightmares...Dreams. In today’s crowded content universe, how does a new idea break out to become a celebrated brand? What do filmmakers covet most? (Hint: It’s not money). Discover the story behind all the stor...Show More

C2E4 30for30: Dreams…Nightmares…Dreams. PART 1

1:30:59 | Jan 17th, 2018

In today’s crowded content universe, how does a new idea break out to become a celebrated brand? What do filmmakers covet most? (Hint: It’s not money). Discover the story behind all the stories care of Barry Levinson, John Skipper, Bill Simmons, and ...Show More

C2E3 College Game Day: Two Audiences As One

1:24:55 | Jan 10th, 2018

More than 30 years after its launch, College Game Day continues to draw big crowds on screen and campus — begging the question: What is its secret?

Origins Originals / John Skipper & Social Media interview

27:21 | Dec 21st, 2017

Over the course of two interviews, Jim Miller spoke with former ESPN president about managing social media at the network. Skipper was raw and revealing.

ESPN & Social Media: A Troubled Marriage

1:39:28 | Dec 18th, 2017

“ESPN & Social Media: A Troubled Marriage” examines key events, and reveals candid, personal reflections on the past decade of social media life at ESPN. More than 20 current and former ESPNers tackle topics including President Trump, Barstool, suspe...Show More


02:49 | Dec 7th, 2017

Origins Chapter Two: ESPN is the second installment of an all-new podcast series by James Andrew Miller, award-winning journalist and best-selling author of the NYT best selling books on ESPN, Saturday Night Live and CAA, the Creative Artist Agency, ...Show More

Origins Originals/Cheryl Hines interview

24:50 | Sep 27th, 2017

Cheryl Hines was perfectly cast....nothing phases her.

Origins Originals/Susie Essman interview

28:31 | Sep 27th, 2017

Admit it: you have nightmares about living with Susie Green, but deep down inside you love her.

Origins Originals/JB Smoove interview

39:36 | Sep 27th, 2017

Best not to listen to on speakers in a church.

Origins Originals/Richard Lewis interview

47:16 | Sep 27th, 2017

Welcome to my therapy session with Richard. I just have one question: Which one of us was the patient here?

Origins Originals/Bob Einstein interview

37:05 | Sep 27th, 2017

Guarantee you will repeat his Redd Foxx story

Origins Originals/Larry Charles interview

23:57 | Sep 27th, 2017

You'll understand why he did such a great job directing Borat.

Origins Originals/David Steinberg interview

20:20 | Sep 27th, 2017

Great comedy pedigree; Great friend of Larry.

Origins Originals/Chris Albrecht interview

29:04 | Sep 27th, 2017

Inside the mind of the HBO exec who brought you "Curb", "The Sopranos", "Sex and the City" and more.

Origins Originals/Alan Zweibel interview

49:35 | Sep 27th, 2017

Alan and Larry met in the mid 70's right before Alan became one of the original writers on SNL. All he's done since is...Succeed.

Origins Originals/Bob Weide interview

1:25:49 | Sep 27th, 2017

One of the most thoughtful and talented show biz documentarians, and a critical player in Curb's formative years.

Origins Originals/Gavin Polone interview

31:43 | Sep 27th, 2017

What was it like to be Larry David's agent and manager?

C1/E1: Curb Your Enthusiasm/The Lesser Muffin

47:34 | Sep 6th, 2017

Host James Andrew Miller traces Larry David’s comedic roots, and routes, with help from Larry and several of his long time friends.

C1/E3: Curb Your Enthusiasm/Dooze It!

38:25 | Sep 6th, 2017

Hide the Kiddies: JB Smoove, Bob Einstein, et al. share stories Curb-wise and otherwise.

C1/E4: Curb Your Enthusiasm/So Wrong

41:27 | Sep 6th, 2017

Curb isn’t your typical sitcom. Here’s Why.

C1/E5: Curb Your Enthusiasm/God’s Sense of Humor

45:45 | Sep 6th, 2017

After six years away, what brought Larry back to Curb? How has the show change the casts' lives? And what is the Curb legacy?

Introduction to Origins, with James Andrew Miller

02:48 | Aug 4th, 2017

Origins Chapter One: Curb Your Enthusiasm is the first installment of an all-new podcast series by James Andrew Miller, award-winning and best-selling author of the oral history books on ESPN, Saturday Night Live and CAA, the Creative Artist Agency, ...Show More