Edge of Fame

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...Show More

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Bonus Live Episode: #MeToo And The Music Industry

34:36 | Jun 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, television, media, tech, academia, finance, even the restaurant industry. Why is the music [...]

R. Kelly Vs. The Savages

29:43 | 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 Edgers spent five months investigating how such a talented, successful artist could go so wrong, dogged [.....Show More

David Letterman Is Properly Medicated

33:00 | Apr 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

25:08 | Mar 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 granted and still feels like the same “awkward black girl” as always. Featuring Ava [...]

Hanson Beat The System

37:31 | Mar 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 Zac, Isaac and Taylor Hanson about everything from the music business to religion and family.

Billy Joe Shaver Isn’t Dead Yet

28:02 | Mar 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. Geoff Edgers talks to Shaver [...]

Ms. Pat Is The American Dream

26:44 | Mar 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 twice and spent a year in jail for dealing. And then, when she had nothing left, she found comedy.

Jimmy Kimmel Hates Crying

31:56 | Feb 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 into conversation about getting political, making pancakes, and Barney the dinosaur's new career.

Weird Al Is A Walking Party

30:25 | Feb 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 do it?

Ava DuVernay Can’t Stop, Won’t stop

31:43 | Feb 14th, 2018

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

PREVIEW: Norm Macdonald Doesn’t Like Endings

28:03 | Jan 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, talk about the original “fake news,” and lose a few grand on the Portland Trailblazers.


05:32 | Sep 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 artists; this podcast uncovers them.