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The Moment with Brian Koppelman

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Podcast Overview

Interviews about the pivotal moments that fueled fascinating creative careers. Hosted by Brian Koppelman.

Podcast Episodes

Alton Brown 7/11/17

Brian sits down with Alton Brown of Good Eats, Iron Chef America, and more, to discuss his history with the band R.E.M., the origins of Good Eats, and Alton's love of Gaines-Burgers dog food. 

Don Winslow 6/27/17

Brian Koppelman sits down with Author Don Winslow to talk about his new book The Force, which Stephen King calls "The Godfather, only with cops". Plus, honor and loyalty, cops, and how to write a first novel.

El-P 6/13/17

Brian Koppelman is joined by El-P to discuss his musical development and growing up in New York City. Best known as one half of Run The Jewels, El-P has been producing and rapping for decades, first as part of Company Flow and then as a solo artist and producer on albums like Cannibal Ox’s The Cold Vein, Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music, and his solo albums Fantastic Damage and Cancer 4 Cure. They discuss how El-P got into hip-hop, high school delinquency, achieving massive success, and finding his place in music.







Slaid Cleaves 5/30/17

Brian Koppelman sits down with singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves to discuss his origins, influences, and where his music comes from. Slaid performs two songs, "Cry" from the albums Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away and Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge and the new song "Already Gone" from Ghost On the Car Radio.

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Christine Vachon: 5/16/17

Long-time independent film producer Christine Vachon of Killer Films sits down with Brian Koppelman to discuss her career as a producer in the industry. They talk about what it was like getting started in the early years of her career, about some of her early work, about what it looks like for women in the industry now and about how she stays engaged and inspired. 

Hank Azaria: 5/2/17

Brian Koppelman is joined by Hank Azaria to talk about Hank's TV series Brockmire, in which Hank plays baseball announcer Jim Brockmire who has a very public meltdown when he learns of his wife's infidelity. They talk about Hank's early career as a an actor, his gift of mimicry and how he's been able to cope with being a perfectionist. Plus, they clear up a little beef about a poker game. 

Mike Murphy: 4/18/17

Republican strategist and host of the podcast Radio Free GOP Mike Murphy sat down with Brian Koppelman for a conversation about how some from both sides of the political spectrum are behaving during a time in which traditional democratic norms are threatened. They touch on the fundamental differences between Democrats and Republicans, the extremes of both parties and how Murphy established his Republican ideals in college. 

Beth Schacter: 4/4/17

Beth Schacter is a writer and producer on the show Quantico. Beth and Brian talk about her early career as a filmmaker and about how she developed her exceptional taste. 

Best of Seth Godin: 3/21/2017

In this special episode, hear excerpts from three conversations between Brian Koppelman and New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur, Seth Godin. The first conversations between Brian and Seth aired in October 2014. They've since maintained a friendship and rapport which carries throughout each episode.

To find these full conversations, visit The Moment's podcast feed wherever you get your podcasts. 

Hooman Majd: 3/7/17

Hooman Majd grew up the son of an Iranian diplomat. He talks with Brian about his experience as Iranian-American and muslim, how he began to write about Iran after a long career in the music industry and his identity under the Trump administration.

Production note: this podcast was recorded in January soon after Trump's executive action banning immigrants and refugees from seven majority muslim countries entry into the U.S.

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