Today marks the fifth annual Talk Easy holiday special, and we’re partnering with Covenant House to celebrate.
Covenant House International is a non-profit working to provide refuge and resources to homeless youth throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Since 1972, they’ve helped transform the lives of more than a million homeless, runaway, and trafficked young people.
Through December 31st, we’re donating 100% of the proceeds from our shop to their services, including emergency shelter and crisis care, transitional housing programs, access to comprehensive medical and mental health care, employment training, and educational enhancement.
In the episode:
After an introduction from Sam (0:36), we hear from performer Ts Madison (4:20), CNN anchor Jake Tapper (7:25), and actor Vicky Krieps (8:25). Then, a phone call with actor and director Julie Delpy (9:55), followed by voicemails from visual artist Toyin Ojih Odutola (25:30), host of Death, Sex & Money Anna Sale (28:13), and actor Glynn Turman (30:20).
On the back-half, Sam calls up writer George Saunders (33:20) and we hear from actor Nick Offerman (52:30), Zola editor Joi McMillon (54:51) and writer/director Janicza Bravo (56:30). To end the year, we sit with Ugandan activist and UNAIDS executive director Winnie Byanyima (1:00:25).
- 5:00 — The TS Madison Experience on WE tv
- 8:28 — Bergman Island, Mia Hansen-Løve
- 13:48 — C’mon C’mon, Mike Mills
- 13:56 — The Hand of God, dir. Paolo Sorrentino
- 14:02 — Compartment No. Six, Juho Kuosmanen
- 14:14 — Prayers for the Stolen, Tatiana Huezo
- 14:20 — When Pomegranates Howl, Granaz Moussavi
- 15:02 — Quo Vadis, Aida?, Jasmila Žbanić
- 26:40 — Drive My Car, Ryusuke Hamaguchi
- 28:27 — Reservation Dogs on Hulu
- 1:02:05 — A film: The Striking Parallels between HIV and Covid-19
- 30:30 — Black Cowboys of Rodeo: The Unsung Heroes from Harlem to Hollywood
- 34:40 — George Saunders’ Substack newsletter: Story Club
- 40:00 — Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
- 40:07 — On Freedom, Maggie Nelson
- 40:12 — Wayward, Dana Spiotta
- 40:27 — A Calling for Charlie Barnes, Joshua Ferris
- 40:48 — South to America, Imani Perry
- 53:26 — Galloway, Patrick Laurie
Listening & Looking
- 7:26 — Dave Matthews Band performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion
- 52:30 — Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out
- 25:39 — Jennifer Packer: The Eye is Not Satisfied with Seeing
- 55:16 — Social Works at The Gagosian, curated by Antwaun Sargent
- 55:28 — Installation: A Song for Frankie
- 58:34 — Tate Modern in London
- 56:38 — Blackalachia, Moses Sumney
- 58:40 — Emma Corrin in Anna X
- 1:14:15 — Also Known as Africa, an art fair in Paris.