The Moment with Brian Koppelman

The Moment with Brian Koppelman

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Interviews about the pivotal moments that fueled fascinating creative careers. Hosted by Brian Koppelman.

Episodes

El-P 6/13/17  

Brian Koppelman is joined by El-P to discuss his musical development and growing up in New York City. Best known as one half of Run The Jewels, El-P has been producing and rapping for decades, first as part of Company Flow and then as a solo artist and producer on albums like Cannibal Ox’s The Cold Vein, Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music, and his solo albums Fantastic Damage and Cancer 4 Cure. They discuss how El-P got into hip-hop, high school delinquency, achieving massive success, and finding his place in music.







Slaid Cleaves 5/30/17  

Brian Koppelman sits down with singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves to discuss his origins, influences, and where his music comes from. Slaid performs two songs, "Cry" from the albums Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away and Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge and the new song "Already Gone" from Ghost On the Car Radio.

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Christine Vachon: 5/16/17  

Long-time independent film producer Christine Vachon of Killer Films sits down with Brian Koppelman to discuss her career as a producer in the industry. They talk about what it was like getting started in the early years of her career, about some of her early work, about what it looks like for women in the industry now and about how she stays engaged and inspired. 

Hank Azaria: 5/2/17  

Brian Koppelman is joined by Hank Azaria to talk about Hank's TV series Brockmire, in which Hank plays baseball announcer Jim Brockmire who has a very public meltdown when he learns of his wife's infidelity. They talk about Hank's early career as a an actor, his gift of mimicry and how he's been able to cope with being a perfectionist. Plus, they clear up a little beef about a poker game. 

Mike Murphy: 4/18/17  

Republican strategist and host of the podcast Radio Free GOP Mike Murphy sat down with Brian Koppelman for a conversation about how some from both sides of the political spectrum are behaving during a time in which traditional democratic norms are threatened. They touch on the fundamental differences between Democrats and Republicans, the extremes of both parties and how Murphy established his Republican ideals in college. 

Beth Schacter: 4/4/17  

Beth Schacter is a writer and producer on the show Quantico. Beth and Brian talk about her early career as a filmmaker and about how she developed her exceptional taste. 

Best of Seth Godin: 3/21/2017  

In this special episode, hear excerpts from three conversations between Brian Koppelman and New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur, Seth Godin. The first conversations between Brian and Seth aired in October 2014. They've since maintained a friendship and rapport which carries throughout each episode.

To find these full conversations, visit The Moment's podcast feed wherever you get your podcasts. 

Hooman Majd: 3/7/17  

Hooman Majd grew up the son of an Iranian diplomat. He talks with Brian about his experience as Iranian-American and muslim, how he began to write about Iran after a long career in the music industry and his identity under the Trump administration.

Production note: this podcast was recorded in January soon after Trump's executive action banning immigrants and refugees from seven majority muslim countries entry into the U.S.

Tony Gilroy: 2/28/17  

In this re-run episode produced by the former Grantland Media, Brian sits down with Tony Gilroy, write and director of 'Michael Clayton' and the 'Bourne' movies to discuss why and how he continues to pursue his work. 

Marcus Samuelsson:  2/21/17  

Marcus Samuelsson is the chef and co-owner of Red Rooster in Harlem, an American cuisine restaurant that celebrates the tastes and different cultures of Harlem.  Samuelsson recently authored The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem. They talk about Marcus’s journey as an immigrant making his way as a New York City chef, how he began learning about Harlem to create food there, and about the role food plays at different moments in culture. 

Patterson Hood: 2/14/17  

Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers stopped by to talk to Brian about how the group's latest album American Band came to be just before the election. They talk about Patterson's writing process, his influences, including Bruce Springsteen, and about the moment when Jason Isbell stood in for a set at a house show. Plus, Patterson plays one of Brian's favorite songs from the new album-- 'Ever South.'

Evan McMullin: 2/7/17  

This conversation really began in December of last year when Brian posed a question to Evan McMullin on Twitter. Now Brian and Evan sit down to continue it. Evan McMullin, who ran as an independent in the 2016 presidential election and secured 21% of the vote in Utah, shares why he ran for president, about how his time as a CIA operative and his years of mission work inform his political views, and lays out what Americans can really do under this new administration. McMullin actively speaks out against President Trump and he recently co-founded Stand Up Republic, an organization aimed at preserving traditional American principles.

Josh Ritter: 1/31/17  

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter sits down with Brian to talk about his new album Sermon on the Rocks, his influences including Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, and his early life teaching himself music. You can check out Ritter's Sermon on the Rocks here

Mike Lupica: 1/18/17  

Mike Lupica talks about Donald Trump, how he thinks about his writing, and how he started writing in the first place. Come for the podcast, stay for Brian's incredible Dunkin' Donuts story.

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Adam Carolla: 1/10/17  

In this previously unaired episode, Brian joins Adam Carolla in his Carolla Digital studios for a chat about what he thinks people get wrong about him (5:00), why he always answers the question that's asked of him and the problems associated with that (16:00), and the two ponder the question of a "level-playing field" (22:00). Plus, the two discuss racial representation in careers and institutions (32:00), how Adam thought about himself when he was young (43:00), and to wrap things up, Adam gives us an example of a time he admits he was wrong (54:00).

This conversation was taped in April 2016 and is being aired for the first time today.

James Altucher: 1/3/17  

Back for his 2nd appearance on The Moment, James Altucher joins Brian to hammer out why this show (yes, this one — The Moment) went on a hiatus after the election. Here, James tries to convince Brian as to why these conversations are of importance in a world where Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States (2:00). Also, Brian and James discuss a moving piece written by James about why he believes he wasn’t a good parent and how James goes about checking in with himself in times of stress (14:00). Later on the two talk about how to best use their time and their resources once the new President enters office to make real tangible changes in the world (26:00) and address their concerns with the incoming administration (30:00). And finally, James talks about his new book, Reinvent Yourself (48:00).

James’ new book can be purchased by clicking here.

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Shownotes: Slate.com/TheMoment
Twitter: @BrianKoppelman
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John Grisham: 11/1/16  

John Grisham is the internationally known best selling author of some of the best legal thrillers of our time (A Time To Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief). In his first longform podcast interview, John joins Brian to talk about whether or not he has a mission in his writing (1:30), when he first started thinking of himself as a writer (14:30), and how he structures his stories (23:45). Plus, John tells us why he didn't take it personally when he received numerous rejection letters for his first novel (36:00), what keeps him up at night and wanting to write the next book (41:30), and finally whether or not he sees the appeal for Donald Trump (48:00).

John's new book The Whistler can be purchased by clicking here.

Shownotes: Slate.com/TheMoment
Twitter: @BrianKoppelman
Leave a Review: itunes.com/themoment

Daniel Negreanu: 10/18/16  

Daniel Negreanu is one of (if not the best) poker player in the world today. He has set all kinds of records in the poker community, but today he tells us how he did it. To kick things off, Brian and Daniel discuss their old spat from Tilt and how their relationship has changed since then (5:00), when Daniel decided to become a professional poker player (17:00), and how he observes people to pick up information (27:00). Also, the two talk about how Daniel's definition of success has changed over the years (32:00), what he's interested in outside the poker table (45:00), and how the Rocky movies help get him ready to make a run at the WSOP Final Table every year (54:00).

Shownotes: Slate.com/TheMoment
Twitter: @BrianKoppelman
Leave a Review: itunes.com/themoment

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Richard Shindell: 10/4/16  

Richard Shindell is a singer-songwriter who is best known for telling deeply human stories with his songs. His latest album, which you can purchase by clicking here, is Careless. We kick off today's show with Richard playing a song off the new album titled "All Wide Open." Then, Brian and Richard talk about the themes which Richard keeps revisiting in his songs (10:30), the time he spent in the seminary (20:30), and why this new album is a kind of departure for him creatively (34:00). The two round out the conversation talking about Richard's writing process (44:00) and why the dispossessed are so often featured in his music (54:00). Richard ends the podcast by playing one of Brian's favorite songs "Kentworth of My Dreams."

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Will Toledo (Car Seat Headrest): 9/27/16  

At 24, Will Toledo is the lead singer-songwriter for one of this summer's hottest bands, Car Seat Headrest. He's also the youngest guest to ever be on The Moment. Today, Will talks about how he thinks about structuring an album (6:00), trying not to repeat the narrative of his predecessors (14:00), and how he receives feedback for his songs (28:30). Plus, Will and Brian discuss the wide audience Car Seat Headrest is reaching with its new album (37:00) and why it's important for artists to shape their own work rather than be shaped by their audience (41:30). And on a final note, Will is already working on the next album and he's thinking it may be a little different (55:00).

You can check out Car Seat Headrest's latest release, Teens of Denial, by clicking here.

Shownotes: Slate.com/TheMoment
Twitter: @BrianKoppelman
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