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Best Morris Shapiro podcasts we could find (updated April 2020)
Best Morris Shapiro podcasts we could find
Updated April 2020
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What does it take to be a professional artist? Park West Gallery’s Morris Shapiro wants to know, so he’s interviewing some of today’s most popular visual artists. “Behind the Artist” shares candid conversations in which artists tell real stories about their upbringings, their careers, and the creative inspiration behind their work. Art lovers and collectors alike will love this authentic look at what it takes to create and thrive in the contemporary art world. You can also watch Park West's ...
 
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Anjelica Huston has lived many lives, all with grace and charisma. As the daughter of John Huston (director of The African Queen, The Maltese Falcon, and more) she was movie royalty from birth. But she grew up in rural Ireland and went to high school in Swinging-Sixties London. That meant she developed a set of values far removed from Hollywood hig…
 
Butch Walker is one of rock and roll's biggest talents, and on May 8th, he'll be releasing his new album -- a rock opera called American Love Story. You can preview one of the songs on today's episode of Here's the Thing, taped live last month (just before coronavirus made such gatherings impossible) at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. In the 1…
 
New York Times reporter Eliza Shapiro ranks high on the list of the most powerful people in education because "no one on the education beat is a sharper – or more effective – thorn in the side of city officials." Over the course of a lively conversation with Alec taped before the pandemic, she broke down all the major issues in education policy, fr…
 
Barry Sonnenfeld was among Hollywood's most in-demand cinematographers (Big, When Harry Met Sally, Misery) when he decided to make the switch to directing in 1991. The producers were nervous, but the proof was in the pudding: Sonnenfeld's directorial debut was The Addams Family, one of the year's most successful comedies. From there, Sonnenfeld wen…
 
Growing up as a military child who lived all over the world, Kevin Vigil, known as Kre8, found it difficult to blend in.His life experiences have formed the foundation for the artist he is today, and collectors from all over the world are drawn to his dramatic, interesting paintings. In this episode of the "Behind the Artist" podcast, Kre8 discusse…
 
For more than a decade, Kelli O'Hara has been at the very top of the Broadway heap. She gets called "luminous" so often that it must get really very, very tiring. It's been a remarkable journey for a kid who grew up on a farm in western Oklahoma and cut her teeth doing repertory theater in Wichita. She tells Alec her story, with a fascinating, surp…
 
Growing up as the daughter of the renowned advertising executive art director Les Hopkins, artist Leslie Lew became steeped in the American ad culture in the 1960s.We are thrilled to have Lew as our featured artist this week on the "Behind the Artist" podcast! She discusses her childhood and how her experiences helped form the base of what she does…
 
Russ Tamblyn was born in Los Angeles in the middle of the Depression to a chorus girl and a Broadway "song and dance man." His father had moved his growing family west to press his luck in the talkies. Russ was a showbiz kid and found his talent young: Cecil B DeMille cast him as the young King Saul in Samson and Delilah when he was just 13 years o…
 
This week, in honor of the upcoming Academy Awards, Here's the Thing brings you a collection of conversations with Oscar-winners -- and, today, with a pair of 2020 nominees. They are Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts, the co-directors of For Sama, which is up for Best Documentary Feature. It's a movie pieced together from more than 500 hours of foota…
 
This week, in honor of the upcoming Academy Awards, Here's the Thing brings you a collection of conversations with Oscar-winners -- including one new interview, coming tomorrow, with the creative team of 2020 Best Documentary-nominee For Sama. Today, on Day 4 of our Oscars series, it's our live event with Spike Lee at the TriBeCa Film Festival. The…
 
This week, in honor of the upcoming Academy awards, Here's the Thing brings you a collection of conversations with Oscar-winners -- including one new interview with the creative team of 2020 Best Documentary-nominee For Sama, coming Friday. For Day 3 of our series, we bring you our Julianne Moore episode, in which she and Alec bond over their share…
 
This week, in honor of the upcoming Academy awards, Here's the Thing brings you a collection of conversations with Oscar-winners -- including one new interview with the creative team of 2020 Best Documentary-nominee For Sama. For our second installment, we bring you the Here's the Thing episode that may have generated our most enthusiastic listener…
 
Enjoy part 2 of this split episode on the “Behind the Artist” podcast with artist Csaba Markus. In this episode, Markus and Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro continue their conversation discussing Markus' escape to America, where he lived in his car in California while trying to earn money to bring his family to join him. They then get into…
 
This week, in honor of the upcoming Academy awards, Here's the Thing brings you a collection of conversations with Oscar-winners -- including one new interview coming Friday with the creative team of 2020 Best Documentary-nominee For Sama. We begin, however, with a reprise of one of the HTT team's all-time favorite episodes, in which Alec enjoys a …
 
Enjoy part 1 of 2 of this split episode on the “Behind the Artist” podcast with artist Csaba Markus. Markus has a larger-than-life personality, and shares with us in this episode his unique story as to why he is who he is. In this discussion with Morris Shapiro, we hear the details of Markus' childhood growing up in Communist Hungary and he reveals…
 
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey are the New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein story. For five months -- perpetually in danger of losing the scoop -- they cultivated and cajoled sources ranging from the Weinsteins’ accountant to Ashley Judd. The article that emerged on October 5th, 2017, was a level-headed and impeccably sourced expos…
 
Wynton Marsalis was on the cover of Time as the avatar of the "New Jazz Age." His central role in reviving the genre is thanks partly to his gorgeous, virtuosic trumpet-playing, and partly to his founding of Jazz at Lincoln Center. JALC established jazz at the heart of American high culture. That "officialness" turned off some jazz musicians: wasn'…
 
Enjoy part 2 of this split episode on the “Behind the Artist” podcast with artist Dominic Pangborn. In this episode, Pangborn and Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro continue their conversation discussing Pangborn's schooling and how his unique tie designs became an overnight success. They then get into talking about his creative process, and…
 
We often think of Julie Andrews as the prim nanny from Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, but her personal path may have the greatest resemblance to one of her Broadway roles: Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Andrews grew up in a family strapped for cash during the Second World War, and her initial training as an actor was in the less-than-presti…
 
Enjoy part 1 of 2 of this split episode on the “Behind the Artist” podcast with artist Dominic Pangborn. In this episode, Pangborn describes his life growing up in South Korea and his solitary trip to the United States at just 10 years old, where he was adopted into the Pangborn family and became one of 12 children! He then dives into his path that…
 
Director Noah Baumbach is known for messy and realistic family dramas. The Squid and The Whale chronicles divorce within a family; Margot at the Wedding explores the relationship between two sisters; The Meyerowitz Stories tells the story of 3 adult siblings – different mothers, same father – negotiating resentment and love. And there have been ple…
 
Artist Duaiv is our amazing guest on the "Behind the Artist" podcast this week. In this episode, Duaiv shares some revealing insights into his youth, discusses his path as a classical musician and overall decision to become a painter, talks about meeting Salvador Dali, and much more!You can also watch Park West's artists in action at https://m.yout…
 
The last Democrat elected to the Senate seat Cristina Tzintzun has her sights on was Lyndon Johnson. Republican takeovers are just a fact of life in the South. And yet in some places, there's light at the end of the tunnel for beleaguered Dems. It's in the Lone Star State that they hope to reverse the trend. Texas is urbanizing, and it's getting mo…
 
With more than 45 years of experience, Francois "Fanch" Ledan is an amazing self-taught artist who embraces his imagination to create unbelievable interiorscapes and exotic destinations. We’re thrilled to have Fanch as a guest on the “Behind the Artist” podcast to talk about the fascinating road he has traveled to become the artistic star he is tod…
 
Errol Morris’s documentaries are visually unmistakable, whether they’re about pet cemeteries or the morally bankrupt "great men" of American history. Thanks to his optical invention, the "Interrotron," Morris's subjects’ are looking straight at those of us in the movie theater and, sometimes, lying. He’s one of cinema’s most distinctive storyteller…
 
Traveling the world capturing the beauty of historical and cultural landmarks, artist Alexander Chen's paintings depict immense detail that transports his audience into the exciting settings of his paintings. We are thrilled to have Chen as a guest on the "Behind the Artist" podcast. In this episode, Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro catche…
 
Edward Norton gets into every aspect of filmmaking, even when he comes to the set as an actor. He's helped rewrite scripts, and sometimes gets intimately involved in editing, as was the case with American History X. That has led to tension with directors, but Norton tells Alec that the Hollywood press has grossly mischaracterized many of those rela…
 
Judith Light has an unequaled emotional and tonal range as an actor. She also has a shape-shifting physicality that made her entirely convincing both as the shuffling yenta Shelly Pfefferman in Transparent and as the lithe, aristocratic Hedda Gabler. But she only got to exercise those talents by saying "yes" to a lot of less intricate roles -- most…
 
Enjoy part 2 of this split episode on the “Behind the Artist” podcast with artist Peter Nixon and Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro. Nixon and Shapiro carry on their conversation from the previous podcast episode by discussing the thought process and details behind developing Nixon’s book. They then get into talking about the art of our con…
 
Peter Bergman is the dean of soap opera actors. His portrayal of Dr. Cliff Warner on All My Children from 1979 to 1989 overlapped precisely with the era when soap operas were America's great guilty pleasure. Liz Taylor made cameos alongside Bergman, mainstream publications covered Dr. Warner's many marriages, and the soaps sometimes rivaled prime t…
 
Enjoy part 1 of 2 of this split episode on the "Behind the Artist" podcast with artist Peter Nixon. In this episode, Nixon sat down with Morris Shapiro to discuss when he first realized he was going to be an artist, the evolution of his artistic style, his new series of paintings called Postcards, and more!You can also watch Park West's artists in …
 
Dubbed “the hottest artist on the classical music planet” by The New York Times, pianist Lang Lang has reached a level of stardom rare for classical musicians. But his prominence is hard-won. Alec, who adores Lang Lang's charisma and talent, elicits from his guest stories of hardship during his childhood in northeastern China, and of his slow climb…
 
For over 20 years, artist Eric Dowdle has been exploring and creating–capturing rural landscapes, cityscapes, local people, food and customs from everywhere he travels, and much more. From being crowned "Puzzle King" to developing his hit TV art show, there is not much Eric Dowdle hasn't done! We're thrilled to have him as our guest on this week's …
 
At the end of the 1950s, James Caan, son of a German-Jewish butcher, had been kicked out of ROTC and was too poor to finish college on his own. He started a job for his godfather unpacking meat along the docks of the Hudson River. Less than a decade later, he was starring alongside John Wayne and Robert Mitchum in El Dorado, just a few years from C…
 
Enjoy part 2 of 2 of this split episode on the “Behind the Artist” podcast with artist Scott Jacobs. In this episode, Jacobs candidly discusses his near fatal motorcycle accident in 2016 and the difficult road to recovery, his current views about his life and art, and how he came to become one of the most successful fine artist of our time.You can …
 
Since 2004, 1300 towns across America have lost local newspaper coverage. 2004 was also the first full year David Rattray, the third generation of his family to own the East Hampton Star, served as the paper's editor. It's a job for which Rattray gave up a very different life and career in New York City. That was a good choice: thanks in part to hi…
 
The Reverend Donna Schaper of New York's Judson Memorial Church leads her flock of 300 through life's sacraments like any pastor. But she has a national profile, too, appearing in print and on television to reject the idea that Christian values necessarily lead to conservative politics. She tells Alec her story of spiritual awakening, from an abusi…
 
Enjoy part 1 of 2 of this split episode on the "Behind the Artist" podcast with artist Scott Jacobs. In this episode, we take a look into his astonishing life as he shares some remarkable personal experiences, talks to Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro about his unparalleled success over the last 40 years, and discusses how he was the first…
 
Alec Baldwin and Matthew Landfield crossed paths one time before their Here's the Thing interview. In early 2001, Alec was shooting a movie in front of 31 Desbrosses Street in New York's Tribeca neighborhood. Matthew had grown up in the building in the 1980s, raised by a performance-artist mom and modernist-painter father. Matthew and Alec said hel…
 
Six years ago the Board of the Manhattan School of Music faced a daunting decision: who would guide the school into its second century? They turned to someone with a long history with the school, James Gandre. Gandre joined MSM as an administrative assistant in the mid-1980s and rose through the ranks. But before then, he'd been auditioning for gig…
 
Guy Harvey is a unique marine wildlife artist, scientist, and conservationist who shares his passion for ocean life through his authentic artwork and merchandise. In this episode of the "Behind the Artist" podcast, we take a dive with Guy Harvey into his vibrant childhood, love of the sea and marine life, and how he continues to blend his passions–…
 
Brian Lehrer is a unique figure in the public life of New York City. Beyond hosting the city's defining daily talk show, he's our conscience and our conciliator. When New Yorkers want a fair mayoral debate, they often call Brian. When WNYC needed someone to help us process our own #metoo moment, we called Brian. The Peabody Awards honored The Brian…
 
Artist Matt Beyrer is known for transforming simple planks of wood into amazing creations that ripple with color, detail, and emotion. This unique technique has helped propel him to international success. Let’s dive into the fascinating life of Matt Beyrer on this episode of the “Behind the Artist” podcast as we discuss how he got started painting,…
 
Alexander Acosta has resigned from his position as Secretary of Labor in the Trump administration. That's because of the sweetheart deal he cut politically connected financier Jeffrey Epstein back in 2008, when Acosta was a federal prosecutor. In the swirl of news following Epstein's re-arrest, but before the Acosta resignation, Julie Brown stepped…
 
Corey Johnson wants to be the next mayor of New York, and the press seems to think he will be. His plan to fix transit is the centerpiece of his platform. Tom Wright is the CEO of the powerful Regional Plan Association. That organization imagines the future and comes up with ideas for infrastructure and bureaucracy that could meet its needs. Nicole…
 
A contemporary artist known for his “Absurdist” paintings, drawings, and portraits, Michael Cheval joins us as this week’s guest on the “Behind the Artist” podcast. Cheval sat down with Morris Shapiro to discuss his youth in the former Soviet Union, his father’s pressure upon him to excel as a painter, his first museum show at the young age of 24, …
 
California Congressman Adam Schiff weighs both sides of the impeachment debate and speaks out forcefully on Iran. Plus why his childhood in Massachusetts had an influence on his future career, why his his mother was so disappointed that he went to law school instead of medical school, and whether President Trump has done more to encourage or discou…
 
Pop artist Romero Britto is one of the biggest names in art today. He’s held over 300 exhibitions, has over 60 public art installations worldwide, and has his work licensed by everyone from Disney to Absolut. His creations have been used for the Super Bowl, Olympics, the World Cup, and other massive global events.We’re incredibly excited to have Br…
 
Julie Brown of the Miami Herald conceived, reported, and wrote one of the most explosive criminal justice stories in recent memory. She revealed the shutting down of an FBI investigation that may have been on the verge of discovering the full extent of a child-sex-trafficking operation run by politically-connected billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. The p…
 
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