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Kim Dickens' Path to 'Fear the Walking Dead'

WSJ Speakeasy

Actress Kim Dickens sits down with Speakeasy's Mike Ayers for a conversation about her road to "Fear the Walking Dead" and "House of Cards" and what's behind the super-fandom of today's new golden age of television.

28 Min

Sep 6, 2016

Jeff Bridges on Sleeper Hit 'Hell Or High Water'

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Actor Jeff Bridges joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation about the sleeper hit 'Hell Or High Water,' and how it became one of the most acclaimed films of the summer.

16 Min

Sep 1, 2016

'Southside' Director, Star on Obamas' First Date

WSJ Speakeasy

Director Richard Tanne and star Parker Sawyers discuss the new film "Southside With You," which recounts Barack Obama's first date with a young lawyer named Michelle Robinson.

26 Min

Aug 24, 2016

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25 min
Aug 10, 2016
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Author Colson Whitehead joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation about his new novel 'The Underground Railroad,' which tackles the topic of slavery by posing the question, "What if the Underground Railroad were an actual railroad?"

31 min
Aug 2, 2016
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Bestselling author Ben Winters talks to Christopher John Farley about his provocative new book, "Underground Airlines," which blends current events and an alternate history where slavery still exists.

34 min
Jul 20, 2016
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Christopher John Farley talks about the current issues and controversies impacting the police world with Edward Conlon, author of the celebrated memoir "Blue Blood," and Colin Channer, whose book of poems, "Providential," examines the key themes facing police today.

14 min
Jul 18, 2016
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Actress Shiri Appleby joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation about the success of Lifetime's hit drama "UnREAL," offering an inside look at how reality shows are really produced, and what it was like directing her co-stars this season.

11 min
Jul 14, 2016
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Actress Kristen Stewart joins Christopher John Farley to talk about auditioning for Woody Allen in her new film, 'Cafe Society,' and what she really thinks about playing a female James Bond.

21 min
Jul 12, 2016
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Actor Viggo Mortensen joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation about going off the grid in his new film, "Captain Fantastic," which explores how pop culture consumption has led us astray from our elemental roots.

22 min
Jul 12, 2016
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Author Bob Proehl sits down with WSJ Speakeasy's Michael Calia to discuss his new book, "A Hundred Thousand Worlds," the Comic-Con age's definitive novel about a road trip through geek culture.

27 min
Jul 11, 2016
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Author Nicole Dennis-Benn discusses 'Here Comes the Sun: A Novel,' which takes a look at the other side of the Jamaican tourism industry through a woman's fight for independence within her community.

27 min
Jul 7, 2016
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Actress Elaine Hendrix discusses the road that led to FX's "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll," how rock continues to captivate audiences, and why the new season will thrive with a woman's touch.

24 min
Jun 27, 2016
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Years after launching the fan site, Westeros.org, Elio M. Garcia Jr. and Linda Antonsson, superfans turned bestselling authors, discuss HBO's sixth season finale, and remind us why they're the foremost experts on all things "Game of Thrones."

35 min
Jun 27, 2016
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It's a Speakeasy round table on the explosive season finale of "Game of Thrones," as Mike Ayers, Mike Calia and Sarene Leeds break down all things season six of the ever-popular HBO series.

36 min
Jun 27, 2016
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Acclaimed dark fiction writers Laird Barron, Victor LaValle and Paul Tremblay sit down with Speakeasy's Michael Calia to discuss the key to good horror fiction, the state of the genre, and the new realms of fear in today's world.

38 min
Jun 20, 2016
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Actor Timothy Simons sits down with Speakeasy's Mike Ayers to discuss his road from a small town in Maine to playing "the most hateable twerp" on TV in HBO's acclaimed comedy "Veep."

36 min
Jun 16, 2016
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Actress Danielle Brooks sits down with Speakeasy's Mike Ayers to discuss her journey to starring in Broadway's "The Color Purple" revival, and why people still connect with "Orange Is the New Black" in the wake of it's fourth season premiere.

24 min
Jun 15, 2016
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Author Nancy Isenberg joins Christopher John Farley to discuss her new book, "White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America," which takes on the myths told about the class system and equality throughout U.S. history.

38 min
Jun 14, 2016
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Director Ezra Edelman sits down with Speakeasy's Mike Ayers to discuss the making "O.J.: Made in America," his new ESPN documentary that takes an in-depth look at O.J. Simpson's downfall.

27 min
Jun 9, 2016
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Speakeasy host Sarene Leeds talks with Holly Taylor, who stars in the cold-war spy drama, "The Americans," which just wrapped its fourth season on FX.

14 min
Jun 8, 2016
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Speakeasy's Christopher John Farley talks with Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. Morello's got a new supergroup called Prophets of Rage, featuring Chuck D of Public Enemy. They're hitting the road this summer in what's billed as the "Make America Rage Again" tour.

36 min
Jun 3, 2016
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Speakeasy host Paul Vigna talks with "The Walking Dead" executive producer David Alpert. Alpert is executive producer of the brand new show "Outcast," premiering June 3rd on Cinemax.

24 min
May 30, 2016
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Christopher John Farley speaks with executive producer LeVar Burton, and cast members Regé-Jean Page and Malachi Kirby about the new "Roots" miniseries.

10 min
May 27, 2016
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In part two of a sit-down conversation with Speakeasy's Michael Calia, "X-Men: Apocalypse" star Evan Peters discusses the latest crop of superhero movies and his upcoming projects.

22 min
May 26, 2016
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"X-Men: Apocalypse" star Alexandra Shipp sits down with Speakeasy's Michael Calia to discuss mastering the role Storm in the new film, what it takes to make a superhero spectacular, and what she would choose as her own super power.

10 min
May 26, 2016
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In part one of a sit-down conversation with Speakeasy's Michael Calia, actor Evan Peters discusses his role as Quicksilver in the highly anticipated new film, "X-Men: Apocalypse."

15 min
May 24, 2016
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Author Sherman Alexie joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation about his first picture book, "Thunder Boy Jr."

18 min
May 18, 2016
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Author Moira Weigel joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation about her new book, "Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating."

14 min
May 13, 2016
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Actress Kate Beckinsale joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation about her new role in the film "Love & Friendship," based on a novella by Jane Austen.

49 min
May 12, 2016
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Actor Aldis Hodge, star of the television series "Underground," discusses the show's season finale, the fate of his character, and what we can expect in season two.

23 min
May 11, 2016
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Speakeasy's Mike Ayers is joined by Wall Street Journal music writer Neil Shah for an in-depth look at Radiohead's highly anticipated new album, "A Moon Shaped Pool."

27 min
May 5, 2016
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Wall Street Journal reporters Ellen Gamerman, Jennifer Maloney, Lucy Feldman, and Alexandra Wolfe join Mike Ayers for a round table discussion about real women making a run in Hollywood. The panel takes a closer look at the the new female protagonist and how women are currently being portrayed in books, film, and television.

18 min
May 4, 2016
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Chris Anderson, curator of TED, the nonprofit devoted to sharing valuable ideas through the medium of 'TED Talks,' discusses his new book, "TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking."

12 min
May 3, 2016
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Fresh from making history for 16 Tony nominations, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the hip-hop Broadway phenomenon "Hamilton," reflects on the show's success with Christopher John Farley.

7 min
Apr 29, 2016
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Three-time World Cup Champion, FIFA Player of the Century and Brazilian soccer icon Pelé discusses FIFA, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, his highly anticipated sports auction Julien's Auctions, and the new film about his life, "Pelé: Birth of a Legend."

30 min
Apr 28, 2016
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Actor Eric Bana sits down with Michael Calia to discuss the state of television, his background in comedy, and his new Netflix original comedy film, "Special Correspondents" with Ricky Gervais.

25 min
Apr 25, 2016
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Actor Tony Hale sits down with Speakeasy's Mike Ayers for a conversation about the new climate of television comedy, his comedic influences, and what viewers can expect from the fifth season of HBO's "Veep."

19 min
Apr 21, 2016
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Ayesha Curry joins Christopher John Farley for a discussion about her newly announced Food Network cooking show, and the feasts she prepares for her NBA superstar husband, Stephen Curry.

25 min
Apr 15, 2016
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Wyatt Russell and Tyler Hoechlin sit down with Speakeasy's Michael Calia to discuss the new film, "Everybody Wants Some!!" -- Richard Linklater's self-described sequel to the 1993 coming-of-age classic, "Dazed and Confused."

26 min
Apr 14, 2016
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Actress Alison Wright discusses the challenges of playing FBI secretary Martha Hanson in the FX spy series "The Americans," her latest role in HBO's "Confirmation" and working with Ben Affleck in the upcoming film, "The Accountant."

23 min
Apr 13, 2016
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Pulitzer Prize winning critic Margo Jefferson joins Christopher John Farley for an in-depth discussion about race, representation, and her new memoir "Negroland," for which she received the National Book Critics Circle Award.

28 min
Apr 11, 2016
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Actress Juno Temple sits down with Speakeasy's Mike Ayers to talk her love of '70s rock 'n' roll, working with Martin Scorsese, and all things "Vinyl," HBO's new series about the music industry in 1970s.

17 min
Apr 5, 2016
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Director Karyn Kusama joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation about today's film culture, the importance of diversity in cinema, and her much buzzed-about new thriller, "The Invitation."

20 min
Mar 29, 2016
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Editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, Axel Alonso, joins the Wall Street Journal's Christopher John Farley for a first look at Ta-Nehisi Coates' much anticipated new "Black Panther" series.

30 min
Mar 29, 2016
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The Wall Street Journal's Mike Ayers, Ellen Gamerman, and Rachel Bachman dissect the latest season of "House of Cards" with a deep dive into latest installment of the Underwood legacy and the many new plot developments of season 4.

22 min
Mar 1, 2016
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Actor Michael K. Williams discusses his new SundanceTV series, "Hap and Leonard," his memorable role on "The Wire," and what we can expect from the highly anticipated new "Ghostbusters" film.

31 min
Feb 10, 2016
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Actor Ed Skrein sits down with Michael Calia to discuss his villainous role of Ajax in Marvel's 'Deadpool,' the highly anticipated new film from Twentieth Century Fox.

21 min
Feb 8, 2016
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Actress Maggie Siff talks all about her supporting role as psychiatrist-to-the hedge fund stars, Wendy Rhoades, on Showtime's popular new drama series, 'Billions.'

35 min
Jan 15, 2016
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Author and journalist Sarah Vowell joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation about her latest book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.

28 min
Jan 8, 2016
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Christopher John Farley speaks with spoken-word poet Staceyann Chin about her one woman show MotherStruck!, produced by Rosie O'Donnell, about a lesbian immigrant's profound journey to motherhood.

18 min
Dec 28, 2015
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Backstage at the Golden Theatre in New York, Barbara Chai sits down with the legendary James Earl Jones who discusses his new role in D.L Coburn's Pulitzer Prize winning play, The Gin Game.

24 min
Dec 16, 2015
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Director Tom Hooper joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation about The Danish Girl, his latest film which profiles Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery in the 1930s.

22 min
Dec 14, 2015
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Walton Goggins and Tim Roth, stars of The Hateful Eight, sit down with Michael Calia for an in-depth discussion about the highly anticipated new film from Quentin Tarantino.

24 min
Dec 7, 2015
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Classics professor Mary Beard, author of SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation about her new book, as well as a look at how Roman times speak to today.

14 min
Dec 4, 2015
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Director Todd Haynes joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation about his critically acclaimed new film, Carol.

23 min
Nov 19, 2015
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Emmy award winner Uzo Aduba talks her upcoming gig as Glinda the Good Witch in the highly anticipated The Wiz Live!, making history for her role on Orange is the New Black, and what's in store for Crazy Eyes next season.

21 min
Nov 17, 2015
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Michael Calia sits down with actor David Tennant to talk comic book characters, playing a villain, and his upcoming role of Zebediah Kilgrave, a.k.a. the Purple Man, in Marvel's new Netflix series, Jessica Jones.

16 min
Nov 16, 2015
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Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett joins Christopher John Farley for a discussion about her role in the new film Carol, based on the book by Patricia Highsmith about a 1950s forbidden love affair.

24 min
Nov 11, 2015
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Alanis Morissette joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation about her landmark album, Jagged Little Pill, and its legacy as one of the most culturally iconic records of the '90s.

25 min
Nov 4, 2015
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Kevin Powell joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation about his brand new memoir, The Education Of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey Into Manhood. Kevin discusses the road that led him from breakout star of the very first season of MTV's The Real World to making his mark in hip hop as the original senior writer of Vibe magazine.

20 min
Oct 29, 2015
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Sara Bareilles joins Christopher John Farley for a conversation on her latest album, What's Inside: Songs From Waitress, her brand new book, and her highly anticipated 2016 Broadway musical, Waitress.

21 min
Oct 22, 2015
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Marni Nixon has dubbed the singing voices for some of the most celebrated musicals in movie history including The King and I, West Side Story, and My Fair Lady. She joins Christopher John Farley with stories about the classic film era, and what Natalie Wood, Deborah Kerr and Audrey Hepburn thought about her singing over them.

21 min
Oct 16, 2015
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Andy Mientus sits down with Barbara Chai for a conversation about starring the Broadway show Spring Awakening, as well as playing the first gay villain on television in The Flash.

20 min
Oct 15, 2015
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Tori Amos and playwright Samuel Adamson sit down with Christopher John Farley for a conversation about the new cast album from their musical, The Light Princess.

19 min
Oct 8, 2015
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The Wall Street Journal's senior editorial director Christopher John Farley chats with actress Tovah Feldshuh about the upcoming season of "The Walking Dead," and what we can expect from her new one woman show, "Aging is Optional."

21 min
Oct 7, 2015
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Senior Wall Street Journal editor Christopher John Farley has an in-depth chat with comic Margaret Cho about the current state of comedy, her Showtime special and tour, "psyCHO" and the new ABC comedy "Dr. Ken."

0 min
Oct 2, 2015
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