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Eliza Harvey is an Australian journalist who moved to Indonesia from Australia in 2015. Each week she phones her Mum -- ABC broadcaster Geraldine Doogue -- back home in Sydney. Both women are news junkies and mothers and avid Netflix fans. But Eliza is a Millennial and Geraldine's a baby boomer, which leads to a different take on life. Tune in for half an hour of laughs and conversation.
 
Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin takes listeners into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Alec sidesteps the predictable by going inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people we want to understand better: Ira Glass, Lena Dunham, David Letterman, Barbara Streisand, Tom Yorke, Chris Rock and others. Hear what happens when an inveterate guest becomes a host.
 
This podcast was published at The Sign of Jonas Blog. Dr. Susan Easton Black lectures on the life of Mormon Founder Joseph Smith. Dr. Susan Easton Black joined the faculty of Brigham Young University in 1978, where she is currently a professor of Church history and doctrine. She is a past Eliza R. Snow Fellow, Associate Dean of General Education and Honors, and Director of Church History in the BYU Religious Studies Center. The recipient of numerous academic awards, she received the Karl G. ...
 
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Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean offers a long-view take on what’s needed in this pivotal moment as Joe Biden takes office. Dean talks about vaccines, prioritizing the important while attending to the urgent, and what unity might look like for our deeply divided country. Dean has studied democracies around the world, yet much of his adult life h…
 
Actor Kristen Bell (The Good Place, Frozen, Veronica Mars) has a happy marriage that requires a lot of work, and she’s good with that. She considered a life in the theater as a student at NYU, even making it to Broadway before graduation. However, on a whim, she moved to Los Angeles and has been starring in movies and TV ever since. Like her most m…
 
Join award-winning actor Alec Baldwin in conversation with some of the most dynamic artists, policymakers, and performers working today. This season, Alec will talk with Kristen Bell about marriage and why generosity always wins, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean on the difference between the important and the urgent, and music legend Mick Fleetw…
 
It's almost Christmas! COVID-19 remains a great challenge. But despite all the tests of this year, Eliza and Geraldine both feel there's lots to celebrate. Here's their pick of 2020: Olive, Again – Elizabeth Strouthttps://www.penguin.com.au/books/olive-again-9780241985540 Rodham – Curtis Sittenfeldhttps://www.penguin.com.au/books/rodham-97808575261…
 
Eliza and Geraldine catch up at the tail end of a busy week. Eliza is feeling overwhelmed by housework and not ashamed to admit that she's putting TV before tidying up. Geraldine believes that 'putting your feet up' is the best way to maintain physical and mental wellbeing. Geraldine's been working hard too. She filled in on ABC RN Breakfast on Fri…
 
Season 4 of "The Crown" has been met with mixed reviews. But Geraldine is gripped, and so is Eliza, despite only being one episode in. Geraldine met Charles and Diana on their trip to Australia in the 80s. She found the prince intelligent and charming, while Diana was painfully shy and very beautiful. Also this week, Geraldine reflects on her inter…
 
President-elect Joe Biden gives his first press conference and the world (well, outside America) breathes a collective sigh of relief. Eliza remembers the time before Trump when Rudy Guiliani and Mike Pompeo were respected public figures. Geraldine is shifting her focus from America to the UK, where conservative advisor Dominic Cummings has been ba…
 
Here’s The Thing is moving from WNYC to iHeartRadio. Over the past several years, Alec has talked with some of the greatest artists, musicians, actors, writers, thinkers, public policy makers, and sports figures of our time. The final two programs on WNYC highlight a compilation of some of Alec’s favorite interviews from the past several years. Thi…
 
Today, Alec announces that Here’s The Thing is moving from WNYC to iHeartRadio. For nearly a decade, Alec has spoken with some of the greatest artists, musicians, actors, writers, thinkers, public policy makers, and sports figures of our time. The final two programs on WNYC highlight a compilation of some of Alec’s favorite interviews. This penulti…
 
In this special episode Geraldine and Eliza look back at the Trump era and discuss how it's changed America. In the Financial Times newspaper, the venerable commentator Martin Wolf articulates why this election matters to those outside the United States: America is the repository of western values. Thus democracy must thrive in the US in order for …
 
Today, Alec plunges into the politics of real estate with two guests. The first is David Schleicher of Yale Law School, whose expertise is Land Use. He gets to the heart of gentrification and continuously surprises Alec with one idea after another through their riveting conversation. Later in the show, Alec talks with Elizabeth Kim, Gothamist Senio…
 
As a singer, guitarist, producer, and manager, Peter Asher has been at the center of some of the most important music - and moments - of the rock era. In 1964, he was just 19 when his London-based duo Peter and Gordon released its first single, “A World Without Love.” It reached number 1 on the charts on both sides of the Atlantic -- and was writte…
 
Two months ago a massive explosion tore through Beirut and wrecked Eliza's old home. On Monday 5th October, Adam's documentary on the blast went to air on the ABC's 4 Corners program. Eliza watched the program and cried for everyone affected by the catastrophe. It's so hard to make sense of the ineptitude and corruption that lead to this point. Als…
 
Few actors are as deeply associated with a character as Davis Gaines is with the Phantom of the Opera. When the Kennedy Center honored Hal Prince, Phantom’s original director, they turned to Gaines to perform the musical’s signature song, “Music of the Night.” Gaines’ spine-tingling vibrato shook the risers more than two thousand times in Los Angel…
 
Eliza is setting up her new house in Sydney. She was in a hurry to get it done as quickly as possible, until a friend of hers introduced her to the phrase “buy once, buy well.” Eliza’s been trying to follow that mantra and take a bit more time to consider the various items she really needs in her home. Geraldine's been thinking about trading in her…
 
Jordan Klepper is a very funny person, and Comedy Central took notice, making him one of their go-to stars: he's hosted his own late-night talk show and two excellent documentary series for the network. But with about 90 million views on YouTube and Facebook, Klepper's work as the Daily Show's Trump-rally correspondent is what turned him into a pol…
 
Eliza lived a relatively nomadic lifestyle in Australia before moving overseas. She moved from Sydney to Hobart as a cadet journalist and then onto Karratha – Perth – and then back to Sydney again. She travelled with the basics and never invested in much furniture because it was expensive to move. This week, she decided it was time to grow up and b…
 
Alec looks at the art world from two angles -- from someone in it, and from someone who has observed the world from a distance. First, writer Michael Shnayerson -- his latest book, Boom, gives an exhaustive history of how today’s art market came to be. Shnayerson writes for magazines -- including Time and Vanity Fair -- and has written seven books.…
 
Marc Kudisch is a Broadway staple. With three Tony nominations, he has played such roles as The Proprietor in Assassins, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and the sexist blowhard boss in Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5. On screen, Kudisch has carved out a niche for himself working for some of the greatest directors in TV, including David Fincher in Mindhunter …
 
Today, Alec speaks with two colleagues he’s known for a long time, Brian Delate and Dick Hughes -- both actors whose lives were touched by the Vietnam War. Delate, Alec’s first guest, served in Vietnam after high school. He has performed on stage, in movies and on TV, and he’s also a playwright. His play, Memorial Day, tells the story of a Vietnam …
 
The Lebanese Government has resigned in the wake of last week's deadly port explosion. Ministers will limp on in caretaker mode but it will likely take months to form a new Government. Geraldine and Eliza discuss what comes next for Lebanon? Geraldine wonders if the French can install an administrator to funnel aid money to rebuild Beirut. Eliza th…
 
Writers Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Fetters may be the country’s most astute observers of modern romance. Fetters even wrote the definitive history of Tinder. Alec discovered their jointly written article, The ‘Dating Market’ Is Getting Worse, published in February, 2020, and knew he had to talk to them. The writers talked to historians and sociolog…
 
Geraldine and Eliza are feeling Victoria's distress keenly this week. The situation is so serious that it's become hard to concentrate on anything else. Geraldine has been reflecting on the manic pace of life before Covid-19. She wonders if people will revert back to old habits once a vaccine is (hopefully) found. Eliza has been thinking about tech…
 
Filipino-American filmmaker Ramona Diaz says each of her films is a “yearning for the motherland.” She’s in a unique position, as she says, able to “decode” the Philippines for the rest of the world. Her most recent film, A Thousand Cuts, tells the story of Filipino-American journalist Maria Ressa and the struggle for a free press and the crackdown…
 
Eliza is ripping through "Rodham" which is the fictionalised version of Hillary Clinton's life if she didn't marry Bill. Eliza was initially put off my the premise of the book. Why dwell on alternative histories? It seemed like a waste of time. But she pushed on regardless and is now totally captivated. Meanwhile Geraldine is planning to watch the …
 
Geraldine's taking a well-deserved break. She's loaded the audio book "Middlemarch" on her smart phone and packed her suitcase with winter woolies. Eliza has just finished "Olive Kitteridge" and is watching "Normal People" on Stan. Thanks for listening! Join the conversation at the Facebook page "Long Distance Callers" or email ldcpodcast1@gmail.co…
 
Alec and Stanley Tucci have only been on set together a couple of times, but they established a rapport deep enough to carry over into a Zoom interview more than a decade later. The two share stories from their families, discuss what they love about working with certain fellow actors, and the difference between working in Hollywood and the UK. Tucc…
 
Geraldine's learning to live with ambiguity. As the COVID-19 situation in Australia worsens, the next six to twelve months remain unclear. We're all being asked to delay our plans and live in limbo. That's taking some getting used to. It's making Geraldine realise that our lives aren't quite as settled as they may seem. Meanwhile, Eliza's re-traini…
 
Ingrid Newkirk is the co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA. It may be America’s best-known animal rights organization thanks to legal sophistication, scientific seriousness, and off-the-wall publicity stunts like throwing fake blood on models wearing fur, or infiltrating a KFC chicken-supplier to publicize alleged crue…
 
Geraldine's working too hard and she's trying to understand why. Partly it's because there's just so much to read at the moment. She's running to keep up. Eliza wonders if her Mum's work patterns are linked to Australia's emergence from the COVID-19 lockdown? But Geraldine thinks it's a result of "normal life" returning to the northern hemisphere. …
 
Micky Dolenz was a successful child-actor, but he became a full-fledged star at 20 in 1966 as the exuberant singer and drummer of The Monkees -- or rather, as the actor playing that character. At first, the band was a creation of NBC and only existed on the show The Monkees. For the first season, much of the backing music was played by a studio ban…
 
2020 is so challenging that Eliza is looking for advice from unconventional sources. This week, she rewatched the adventures of Olive & Mabel the labradors. In episode 3, the dogs emerge from a fetid pond and "let the unpleasantness sink in". It seems like a good mantra for life. Also this week, how should white people respond to the Black Lives Ma…
 
Retired General Jim Mattis has launched a scathing criticism of his old boss, labelling Donald Trump a divisive President and a threat to the Constitution. Geraldine and Eliza wonder if General Mattis' letter will act as a call to arms amongst Republicans who have been privately wary of the President's behaviour, but until now unwilling to criticis…
 
Woody Allen's new book, Apropos of Nothing, starts with a portrait of his father, a tough-guy World War One Navy veteran and onetime gunman in a firing squad. It's the first of a series of surprising, fascinating stories from a life that went from working-class Jewish Brooklyn in the 1940s to movie sets in Rome and Paris. The book also addresses th…
 
Eliza is missing her home in Beirut while loving life in Australia. It's a strange case of geographical scizophrenia. Meanwhile, Geraldine wonders how much adventure and pressure we should inject back into life as we emerge from lockdown. Eliza's engrossed in the new 'Wind of Change' podcast and Geraldine has finished the 'Sergio' documentary on Ne…
 
As we emerge from lockdown, are we facing a pandemic of anxiety? The COVID-19 crisis has forced us into new patterns of social interaction. We've been told that the best way to protect ourselves from coronavirus is staying indoors and away from people. Journalist and author Judith Hoare argues that social distancing feeds off fear. She conducted ex…
 
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