I Think You're Interesting
I Think You're Interesting
I Think You're Interesting
CATEGORY: Society & Culture
The entertainment industry is brimming with interesting people who are responsible for your favorite movies, TV shows, and more. Join Vox’s critic-at-large Emily VanDerWerff every Thursday as she speaks with the very well known, up-and-coming and need to know folks responsible for the most exciting projects in art, entertainment, and pop culture – diving deep into their influences, inspirations, and careers in a frank, uncensored fashion. The series finale aired in December 2018.
  1. March 21, 2019
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    Introducing Switched on Pop
    I’m hard at work on a new podcast about the intersection of television and culture! You’ll hear much more about that soon. In the meantime, I’m excited to introduce you to Switched on Pop. It's a podcast that d…
  2. December 20, 2018
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    Mahershala Ali, from Moonlight to True Detective
    Few actors have had as surprising a past few years as Mahershala Ali. Known for his parts on TV shows like The 4400 and House of Cards and in movies like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and the Hunger Games…
  3. December 13, 2018
    8EE48DA9-968C-4949-BB39-54C13F5E9E68 Created with sketchtool. 1 hr 9 min
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    What do The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Park…
    Michael Schur is one of the most adept minds in TV comedy. From his early days producing the Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon-era Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, to his work as one of the key writers on The Off…
  4. December 06, 2018
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    Christmas music you won't get sick of, with R&B star…
    If you've talked to Todd at all, you know how much he enjoys Christmas music. And, sure, he enjoys the stuff that gets overplayed year after year, but he gets why you're sick of it. Finding good music often mea…
  5. November 29, 2018
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    Losing is hard. But comedian Chris Gethard says it’s…
    The Chris Gethard Show might have been Todd’s favorite talk show of the decade, a weird, tossed-off calamity that emerged every week like an odd magic trick. It made the trip from New York public access TV to m…
  6. November 22, 2018
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    How to not screw up Thanksgiving dinner, with Salt F…
    This episode originally ran in November of 2017. It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means home chefs all around the United States (Todd among them) are trying to find a way to hew to tradition without turning thei…
  7. November 15, 2018
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    Hollywood’s past can help us understand its present.…
    Karina Longworth’s Hollywood history podcast, You Must Remember This, is one of the most essential shows out there for movie fans. Each week, Longworth dives into a story from the film industry’s past, revealin…
  8. November 08, 2018
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    Writer Diablo Cody, on Jennifer's Body, Juno, and Ja…
    Diablo Cody's career took off into the stratosphere when her very first produced script — 2007's quirky comedy Juno — led to a massive box office hit that also won her the Academy Award for Best Original Screen…
  9. November 01, 2018
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    How to build a civilization from scratch
    Imagine you're a time traveler whose time machine has functioned somewhere in Earth's past — after humans have evolved but before they've, say, invented language or agriculture or any of the other pillars civil…
  10. October 25, 2018
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    What great horror looks and sounds like, with the ma…
    With Halloween right around the corner, we felt it's as timely as ever to revisit this episode from earlier this year. Sometimes, the scariest thing is what you don’t see onscreen. It’s a lesson taken to heart…
  11. October 18, 2018
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    Why Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, launc…
    Yeardley Smith is one of the most famous women on Earth — though you might not know it if you just bumped into her somewhere, at least until she said something. See, Smith is the voice of Lisa Simpson, the prec…
  12. October 11, 2018
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    Better Call Saul's showrunner tells us everything ab…
    Few TV shows are better than AMC's Better Call Saul.But if you told that to someone in 2015, when the show debuted, they might look at you askance. Yes, the show was a spinoff from Breaking Bad, one of the most…
  13. October 04, 2018
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    The history of the American circus, with the people…
    The circus! At one time, it was one of the country’s most reliable forms of mass entertainment, crisscrossing American backroads to perform for people all over the nation. Everything from the circus train to th…
  14. September 27, 2018
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    BoJack Horseman's sly, funny brilliance, explained b…
    This episode is a rebroadcast of an episode from 2017, but with BoJack Horseman's fifth season recently debuting, we thought it was a great time to revisit it.Todd loves few TV shows more than BoJack Horseman,…
  15. September 20, 2018
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    Jon Batiste, Stephen Colbert’s bandleader, on making…
    Jon Batiste makes some of TV’s best music, night in and night out. As bandleader of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the multi-instrumentalist comes up with perfect tunes to introduce guests, to complement C…
  16. September 13, 2018
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    Janet from The Good Place and Kelli from Insecure on…
    We're focusing on TV scene stealers this week, as we head into a new fall season. These two performers take some of the best shows on TV and make them even better, sidling into any given scene and swiping it ri…
  17. September 06, 2018
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    TV ratings, explained
    The Nielsen ratings might not have as much power as they once held, but they still can decide the fate of your favorite TV show. If nobody's watching, it could be canceled. That's always been true. But what's a…
  18. August 30, 2018
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    One of the best TV shows of the year is a documentar…
    Steve James is one of the best documentary filmmakers to ever have lived. His movies examine the fault lines that underlie American society, often (but not always) those of race and class, and how those who hav…
  19. August 23, 2018
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    How to make a movie starring the internet, with Eigh…
    The new coming-of-age comedy Eighth Grade is one of the surprise success stories of the summer, turning a tiny story of a 13-year-old girl’s last week in the titular grade into a much larger tale of the univers…
  20. August 16, 2018
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    The incredible true story behind Spike Lee's new mov…
    The new movie BlacKkKlansman is careful to let you know very early on that, yes, its story is a true one, with a few embellishments for film. And it likely does so because said story — a black man goes undercov…

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