Episode 226: Terry Gross  

Terry Gross is the host and co-executive producer of Fresh Air.

“Part of my philosophy of life is that you have to live with a certain amount of delusion. And part of the delusion I live with is that maybe, from experience, I’m getting a little bit better. But then the other part of me, the more overpowering part of me, is the pessimistic part that says, ‘It’s going to be downhill from here.’ I try not to judge myself too much because I’m so self-judgmental that I don’t want to over-judge and get into too much of ‘Am I better than I was yesterday, or not?’”

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Gross on Longform Fresh Air [26:30] "Hillary Clinton: The Fresh Air Interview" (Fresh Air • Jun 2014) [29:30] "Among the Hillary Haters" (Hanna Rosin • The Atlantic • Mar 2015) [43:53] "Our Mission and Vision" (NPR • 1971) [52:45] "Fresh Air 2: 2 Fresh 2 Furious" (YouTube) [56:16] All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists (Hachette Books • 2005) [58:30] "’Fresh Air’ Host Terry Gross: I Always Think Listeners Are Disappointed When They Meet Me" (Jim Romenesko • Jim Romenesko Blog • May 2015) [59:15] "Terry Gross and the Art of Opening Up" (Susan Burton • New York Times Magazine • Oct 2015) [1:03:45] Morning Edition [1:04:00] WTF with Marc Maron [1:04:00] The Longest Shortest Time [1:04:15] "Episode #1: Peter Sagal Opens Up" (The Hilarious World of Depression • Dec 2016) [1:04:45] The Pub [1:05:00] This American Life [1:05:00] On the Media [1:05:00] How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black [1:13:00] "Maurice Sendak: On Life, Death and Children’s Lit" (Fresh Air • Sep 2011)

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2540: Ron Winckler Says Hello  

with Ron Winckler – Marc Maron’s KATG shout-outs and old studio reminiscing; Keith’s wife and Forbes’ 30 Under 30; 2016 deaths; Keith visits Australia and Spooky; Chemda’s father-in-law’s views on Hennessy’s transitioning

Best Podcasts of 2016  

Our staff selects their faves of the year: The Truth, Undone, Missing and Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams?, Us & Them, Death, Sex and Money, WTF with Marc Maron.

Laura Kightlinger  

Laura Kightlinger (The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman, 2 Broke Girls, Will & Grace, SNL) stops by to talk about not being the person Alison thought she knew from years ago, her recent engagement, being a control freak and its effects on romantic gestures, Marc Maron, expecting rejection (check out the book she wrote on the topic: Quick Shots of False Hope: A Rejection Collection), greatest achievements, growing up illegitimate and her relationship with her family, discovering a boyfriend was cheating on her, being fired, working on Loveline and so much more. We also took your questions and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Episode 770 - Derek Trucks  

A lot of former child stars have been in the garage, but Derek Trucks wasn't so much a child star as he was a prodigy. At the age of nine, Derek was a guitar wizard. He talks with Marc about avoiding the pitfall of becoming a novelty act and evolving into a versatile practitioner and appreciator of music, with help from several notable mentors along the way. This episode is sponsored by Squatty Potty, Sonos, Blue Apron, and Audible

2016 iFanboy All-Media Year End Round-Up  

It’s the eleventh (tenth?) annual iFanboy All-Media Year End Round-Up! Conor Kilpatrick, Josh Flanagan, and Ron Richards discuss some of what they enjoyed in media in 2016. Movies, television, podcasts, books, music, games, and comics–it’s all here! Running Time: 02:51:57 Movies: 00:02:30 – Manchester By The Sea 00:08:25 – Arrival 00:14:09 – Green Room 00:17:51 – Hell or High Water 00:19:36 – The Nice Guys 00:24:30 – Everybody Wants Some!! 00:28:01 – 10 Cloverfield Lane 00:30:11 – Weiner 00:33:30 – Where To Invade Next 00:37:48 – Moonlight 00:40:58 – The Finest Hours 00:44:28 – American Honey 00:47:58 – The Edge of Seventeen 00:50:00 – Oasis: Supersonic 00:54:39 – Midnight Special Television: 00:56:54 – The Crown 01:01:20 – The Night Of 01:04:01 – Westworld 01:06:13 – black-ish 01:08:25 – Veep 01:10:57 – Horace and Pete’s 01:14:04 – Atlanta 01:15:50 – 11.22.63 01:19:02 – Timeless 01:22:45 – Ballers 01:25:55 – Catastrophe 01:28:10 – Pitch 01:31:50 – Stranger Things 01:34:36 – The Get Down 01:38:39 – Soundbreaking Games: 01:44:06 – Sid Meier’s Civilization VI 01:45:54 – Heroes of the Storm 01:46:59 – Disney’s Magic Kingdoms 01:48:24 – Clash Royale 01:49:53 – Red Flags 01:50:56 – Ghostbusters Pinball 01:52:02 – The Big Lebowski Pinball 01:52:58 – LEGO Jurassic World Music: 01:54:01 – Hamilton: An American Musical 01:56:22 – Beach Slang 01:57:15 – Dinosaur Jr. 02:00:10 – Vanishing Life 02:02:15 – Nothing 02:03:01 – A Tribe Called Quest 02:05:07 – The John Bunch Tribute Show 02:07:42 – Old men talk about music on YouTube Books: 02:08:55 – “The Secret History of Twin Peaks: A Novel” by Mark Frost 02:10:25 – “Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life” by Steve Hyden 02:11:26 – “Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson” by Peter Ames Carlin 02:14:49 – “The Goldfinch: A Novel” by Donna Tratt 02:16:37 – “The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old New York: An Unconventional Exploration of Manhattan’s Historic Neighborhoods, Secret Spots and Colorful Characters” by Greg Young and Tom Meyers 02:17:57 – “Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency” by James Andrew Miller 02:19:28 – “The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests” by Chris Smith Podcasts: 02:22:17 – “WTF” with Marc Maron 02:25:37 – “I Was There Too” with Matt Gourley 02:27:22 – “Backstory” with the American History Guys 02:28:27 – “You Must Remember with This” with Karina Longworth 02:30:05 – “Revisionist History” with Malcolm Gladwell 02:31:52 – “The First” with Greg Young 02:33:12 – “The West Wing Weekly” with Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway Comics: 02:34:27 – The Fade Out 02:35:13 – Star Wars 02:35:55 – Darth Vader 02:36:24 – Nightwing 02:36:49 – The Flintstones 02:37:43 – Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 02:38:17 – Power Man and Iron Fist 02:39:18 – I Hate Fairyland 02:39:54 – Spider-Woman 02:40:56 – Astro City 02:42:38 – Kill or Be Killed 02:43:26 – The Sheriff of Babylon 02:44:19 – Superman: American Alien 02:45:11 – Seven To Eternity 02:45:41 – The Vision Brought To You By: Amazon – Get all your comics, DVDs, video games, electronics and more and help iFanboy out in the process! iFanboy Patrons – Become one today for as little as $3/month! Or make a one time donation of any amount! Music: “Auld Lang Syne” The Beach Boys

BEST SHOW BESTS #50 - A Call from Marc Maron  

New to the Best Show? Check out Best Show Bests, the greatest hits of The Best Show! In this episode, we hear a call from Marc Maron!

Almost Famous with Marc Maron: Live from Now Hear This  

Live from the Now Hear This Festival, actor, author, cat lover, and vanguard podcaster Marc Maron joins Matt to talk about his role as the Angry Promoter in the 2000 Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous. Marc tells us all about the pants his character wears, how his scene has now since established a catchprhase in the intro of his popular podcast “WTF with Marc Maron,” and why this role fits just right in his personal range as an actor. He also talks about his cats Monkey & LaFonda, what it’s like to prepare for an interview with Neil Young, and the now infamous Gallagher mid-interview walk out. Plus, Matt’s old college buddy and author Tyler Dilts joins Matt to talk about how WTF and I Was There Too are big influences in his detective novels. This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon ( code: WASTHERE).

#436 - Ashley Barnhill  

Ashley Barnhill, comedian, seen on "Maron" and "Drunk History," joins Joey Diaz and Lee Syatt in studio.

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WTF Uncovered #2 - Maria Bamford  

We go back into the WTF Shoebox Vault to find another unaired pilot for The Marc Maron Show in Los Angeles from 2006. This time the guest was comedian Maria Bamford, the sidekick was still Jim Earl, and the investigative reporter was Eddie Pepitone. The only people who ever heard this were the people who made it, plus one angry program director who didn't want to put it on the air. This special presentation is sponsored by Squatty Potty. Use code WTF for 25% off and free shipping.


#434 - Dean Delray  

Dean Delray, Comedian, seen on IFC's "Maron", and the Host of the "Let There Be Talk" podcast, and seen on Maron, joins Joey Diaz and Lee Syatt in studio.

This podcast is brought to you by:   ZipRecruiter - post your job for free at    MVMT Watches - Go to to get 15% off of their high quality watches at revolutionary prices. for 15% off, with free shipping and free returns.    Seeso: Seeso is the new ad free streaming service. Bingeable comedy. Anytime. Anywhere. Use code JOEY to get 2 months for free. Use Promo code CHURCH for a discount at checkout.    Recorded live on 11/27/2016.
Episode 763 - Joe Matarese  

Comedian Joe Matarese has struggled with bouts of rage, anxiety and paralyzing indecisiveness. As he tells Marc, Joe is correcting these problems through medication, therapy, help from his wife, and inspiration from one particular episode of WTF. Joe also explains why his big idea of being the comic who snaps on the audience didn't have a lot of running room. This episode is sponsored by Joule from ChefSteps, Sonos, Blue Apron, and

WTF Uncovered #1 - Patton Oswalt  

This limited series dives deep into the WTF Vault (aka a shoebox under producer Brendan McDonald's bed) to present lost Marc Maron material that has never been heard by anyone else. In this episode, hear an unaired test show Marc and Brendan created ten years ago for a nighttime variety program on Los Angeles radio, featuring Patton Oswalt as the guest and Jim Earl as Marc's sidekick. This special presentation is sponsored by Zappos and Blue Apron

Lorne Stories - A WTF Special Presentation  

Marc Maron presents a definitive collection of stories about Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels, as told by past WTF guests. Hear Lorne Stories from Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poelher, Rob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis, Norm Macdonald, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, Molly Shannon, Jim Breuer, Will Ferrell, Andy Samberg, Will Forte, Dan Vitale, Mike Myers, Chris Parnell, John Mulaney, Jenny Slate, Harry Shearer, Kenan Thompson, Penelope Spheeris, and Michaela Watkins. This episode is sponsored by Sting's 57th and 9th, the new documentary Gimme Danger, and Seeso.

Episode 758 - Shep Gordon  

Talent manager Shep Gordon had no real interest in pop music. He was a young hippie making money dealing drugs to rock stars. Shep tells Marc how he transitioned into a life of management and production with an eclectic group of clients including Alice Cooper, Ann Murray, Teddy Pendergrass, Raquel Welch, and a bunch of celebrity chefs. Also, Marc reflects on the 2016 Presidential Election. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Sonos, Warby Parker and Blue Apron.

Episode 754 - Ron Howard  

Ron Howard knows the key to longevity in show business. He should, considering his evolution from child actor to sitcom star to award-winning director to highly respected producer. Ron divulges that key to Marc, and also talks about his experiences with John Wayne, Henry Fonda, George Lucas, Robin Williams, Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe, and Tom Hanks, who he just directed for a fifth time in the new movie Inferno. This episode is sponsored by Sonos, Dollar Shave Club, and Blue Apron.

Episode 55: Joe Swanberg, creator of ‘Easy’ on Netflix  

This week host Christina Jeurling Birro is joined by Joe Swanberg – maybe one of the hardest working filmmakers in the indie world with 29 director credits to his name at the age of 35. His work has been at the center of the mumblecore film movement that has also included the Duplass brothers, Lena Dunham and many more. Often low budget, featuring naturalistic dialogue and relationship focused, his films like Digging for Fire, Happy Christmas and Drinking Buddies have attracted talent like Orlando Bloom, Anna Kendrick, Jack Johnson and Olivia Wilde. Swanberg has been called an American auteur and critics have compared him to Lars von Trier and even Ingmar Bergman. His latest project Easy, Netflix for which he is the creator, writer and director, is probably more mainstream than his previous work, but does not stray away from his usual themes. Each episode focuses on a different relationship and stars Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Malin Akerman, Orlando Bloom, Hannibal Buress, and many more. Don’t miss this portrait interview with Swanberg where he shares his work process, how he includes his own life and family into his films, what it’s like to punch a critic, why he hates movie awards - and much more!

Episode 751 - David Crosby  

David Crosby readily admits that he probably shouldn't be alive. Drug addiction, alcoholism and health issues have taken their toll but have not knocked David out. He's still making music and going out on tour, but he had a little time to talk with Marc about The Byrds, CSN, Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock, Altamont, Melissa Etheridge, and much more. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies, Seeso,, and ZipRecruiter.

The 2nd Annual Cracked Podcast Halloween Spooktacular  

Last Halloween ( ) we spooked you with  a melange of real-life horror stories that had little explanation. There was the dead girl who was found in a water tower above the hotel where she went missing. Security tapes were inconclusive, except for one minor detail: it appeared as if she was hiding and running away from...absolutely nothing. Was it a ghost? An inter-dimensional monster? A coked-up Harry Potter in his invisibility cloak? We have no idea. Scary.There was also the story of Major Henry Rathbone, the unfortunate fellow who took the invitation of Abraham Lincoln to see a play at Ford's Theater. Rathbone was so wracked by guilt over Lincoln's death that he straight-up turned into Jack Nicholson in 'The Shining' and slaughtered his whole family. Horrifying.So in anticipation of All Hallow's Eve, Jack O'Brien is joined by first time co-host Nick Mundy as well as Cracked's Carmen Angelica and Josh Sargent and comedians Eric Lampaert, Ryan Singer and Anna Seregina to share more macabre and strange stories that actually happened. They'll discuss the thousands of missing people in our national parks and why the government may be covering it up, the French impostor who killed his entire family, the scary clowns that are tormenting America right now, the French Jack the Ripper and the famous serial killer H.H. Holmes, who may be the actual Jack the Ripper.Also, you can see us on Saturday, October 29th at the Now Hear This podcast festival in Anaheim, California. We're on an amazing lineup with other podcasts like WTF with Marc Maron, Doug Loves Movies, I Was There Too and Superego. Use promo code CRACKED to get 25% off 3-day GA passes. Tickets and information available here: Footnotes :Ryan Singer on Twitter: Josh Sargent on Twitter: Carmen Angelica on Twitter: Eric Lampaert on Twitter: Anna Seregina on Twitter: HuffPo: Missing Person Cases at National Parks: ' The Adversary' on Google Books: NBC News: Creepy Clown Sightings Across the US: Headstuff: Joseph Vacher, the French Ripper: HH Holmes: Cracked: Real People Who Turned Their Homes Into Death Traps: Cracked: The True, Drunken Story Behind ‘The Amityville Horror’ (See Entry #1): This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron and Adam and Eve.

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