15 Minutes: a podcast about fame, with Jamie Berger
Episode 8 - Hearty White
This is going up a bit later than we'd like, so, here, more or less verbatim, are the intro and outro for the episode: Hearty White is someone who’s incredibly famous . . . to the people to know and love his work. His radio show, Miracle Nutrition, blesses the faithful on Thursday nights at 7pm on WFMU, the eclectic, extremely independent, and unquestionably legendary radio station based in New Jersey but available anywhere. Go to WFMU.org for more on the station often called the best radio station in America. This is our first hour-long 15 Minutes. By now many of you realize that while 15 Minutes is the name of the show, it is NOT the length of the episodes, but a reference to the Andy Warhol’s now ubiquitous statement about fame. We recorded our conversation right after Hearty’s June 9th episode aired, and during our conversations, I make a couple of references to the that aren’t self-explanatory: I refer to a time Hearty mentions in the show when he and friends spotted Mel Brooks one night when they were out watching the ponies at Calder Race Course in South Florida. I also mention times when Hearty goes up to New Jersey for FMU fund drives and other events, when he experiences his odd fame, is welcomed by more fans than sees at one time anywhere else. That’s about all you need to know for now. I hope you enjoy the episode even a fraction as much as I enjoyed making it. Outro: Just in case it’s not clear to someone out there, I had an incredible talking to Hearty. I have a whole bunch of thoughts about this episode, which was our first 15 Minutes with someone I’d never met before, especially the risks of what I’ll call “fanzone-ing” myself when talking to someone whose work I so highly esteem. Hearty turned out to be a perfect first guest in this risk group because he’s just so gracious and generous. If you’re new to Hearty White, his June 9th Episode would be a great place to start after listening to this. You can find it on iTunes or, again, through WFMU.org. Okay, I’m going save the rest of my thoughts for episode 10, when I’ll indulge in a little reflection of these first few months. For now though, if you’re new 'round these parts, please go to 15minutesjamieberger.com for what you’d expect to find, including info on the first seven episodes you’ve missed (with John Hodgman, Tim Lockfeld, Case Hudson, Mark Berger, Lois Parkison, Annie Duke, and Monte Belmonte) and how you can participate in this exploration of fame. I’ve also posted links on our 15minutesjamieberger.com to just a few of the cultural giants that came up in our conversation. AND, because some people have asked, I’ve also posted just how one can go about rating and reviewing podcasts on iTunes from a phone or tablet. That is, if one wanted to do that. Rate and review a podcast from their tablet or phone. Ed Patenaude, thank you infinity for making this sound as pretty as it can possibly sound. Thank YOU for listening. -Jamie
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.