15 Minutes: a podcast about fame, with Jamie Berger
Episode 34 - George Saunders Coda & Voices from our First Year
Hello All! Today, May 14, is our one-year anniversary! Thanks for listening, donating, offering those ratings and reviews on iTunes, following us on the social mediae! (@15minutesjamieb on insta and twitter) . . . . Thanks! This episode is a two-parter. Part One - A George Saunders Coda Back in February, a few weeks after recording Episode 27 with George Saunders, in I drove to Cambridge to see him read from his then brand-new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, amid a month-long span in which he and the book were receiving the kind of attention and praise I don't remember ever seeing from a literary author: the novel debuted at #1 on the Times Bestseller list, he appeared on Colbert and Charlie Rose and other late-night shows, got rave reviews everywhere, was publishing terrific short pieces seemingly every other day, and seemed to be being anointed the White Male conscience of an unimaginably conscience-free Trump Presidency. As I drove, I listened to the end of the audiobook of the novel, and thought of a few questions I'd love to ask about the extreme onslaught of love he was receiving. So I did - well, I asked him a couple quick ones, anyway. Part Two - Voices A look back at the year, through the voices of our guests. A more in-depth year-in-review with our resident psychiatrist Lois Parkison will be coming up in a couple of weeks. Thanks for listening. Drop us a line about Year One and what you'd want to hear in year two email@example.com - Ed and I would really love to hear from you! -Jamie http://15minutesjamieberger.com
Michael Ian Black - re-edit/reboot of episodes 50 & 51
Back in 2017, I spoke to actor/writer/comedian Michael Ian Black for this show. At the time, I broke our conversation up into two episodes, each preceded by a long rant by me about the political and social injustices of the day. Well, it's the end of the year, and I'm exhausted by injustice, and decided to re-edit the conversation into a single, more entertaining whole. I think you'll enjoy it. We talk about fame of course, and about our mothers, about toe fungus, his feud with Marc Maron, the list goes on. Listening back, I found this, on how what's better than being a lead, the famous one, on a TV series, is being somewhere around 5-7 on the call list:"“If I knew that I would have an acting job for the next five years on a network show, where I didn’t even really have to think, it was just showing up, doing some scenes, having a free lunch and collecting a fat paycheck, I would like to do that for the next five years with the full knowledge that at the end of the five years I’d have enough money in the bank to write a novel, devote myself to the podcast, five years of being number 5-7 on the call sheet. There’s a sweet spot there that’s just ideal. I don’t want to be in every scene, I don’t want to solve the crime.”***I wish us all better times, and a free and fair election, in 2020.-Jamie B.
Episode 2 - Tim Lockfeld
My dear friend and former San Francisco Public Library colleague, skater, certified arborist, actor, adventure traveller, and raconteur, on how he brought punk and skateboarding together; the splendors and hazards of trimming Sharon Stone's trees; and other gems. A perfect example of the hardest-to-lure guest: the decidedly non-famous person who wants to come on a podcast and dig into the topic.It's still one of my favorites, back from when I didn't know what I was doing at all but sometimes it worked.Enjoy!-Jamie
That First Hodgman Episode from back in aught-16
If you listened to Episode 72, with John Hodgman, or even if you didn't (you should), here's Episode 1, as promised, with same. Warning: there's a lot of ambient, though not unpleasant, noise (of a busy bar) in the interview, and then rather low sound quality for the Judge John Hodgman meetup, which ostensibly wasn't being recorded for the podcast, but which I wanted to include here for the true JJH Stans out there jonesin' for a deep cut. Image is a pic from the poster for the event at the Rendezvous in Turners Falls, MA, back in 2015 (yes I dithered an entire nother year before launching the show - don't do that!), designed by Anja Schutz.