A series of open, thoughtful and engaging conversations with notable writers, scientists, comedians, politicians, chefs and more in which their unique perspectives are creatively animated.
Episode 1 – Sarah Jones: Guided by Voices
Where does Tony Award-winning actress and writer Sarah Jones find her characters? In this installment of Monologue, Jones gives us insight into her myriad talents, which include, among other things, leaving voicemail messages for the rapper Q-Tip.
Episode 2 – Todd Solondz: ‘My Movies Aren’t for Everyone’
Love it or hate it, chances are you will remember seeing one of Todd Solondz’s films - such as Happiness (1998) and Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995). In this month’s Monologue, we learn about Solondz’s approach to his controversial characters.
Episode 3 – Lynsey Addario: ‘The Camera Does Act As A Sort Of Shield’
What does the world look like to an award-winning photojournalist? It turns out that getting behind the camera can be even more nerve-wracking as a veteran image-maker than a neophyte.
Episode 4 – Marcus Samuelsson: How Cooking Is Like Conducting
The impresario of the Harlem restaurant Red Rooster explains his very musical approach to cooking and creativity.
Episode 5 – Masha Gessen: What Words Mean
The Russian-born journalist articulates the ways in which truth and language are under assault, by everyone from Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump.
Episode 6 – Roxane Gay: 'I’m Really Bad At Saying No.'
Saying no to people, whether personally and professionally, can be difficult. Author and cultural critic Roxane Gay ruminates on the challenges of navigating others’ wants and needs while also staying true to herself and her many gifts.
Episode 7 – Cory Doctorow: How Writing Fiction Can Influence the Future
The future is never far from Cory Doctorow’s mind. Here, the novelist and activist explains how a deep interrogation of computers and computing in fiction writing might help humanity sidestep the worst that technological progress has to offer.
Episode 8 – Shantell Martin
Who gets to call themselves an artist? The term didn’t come naturally to East London native Shantell Martin, who says the idea of living life as an artist was not something she could totally comprehend while growing up.
Episode 9 – Mo’ne Davis: Surviving the Sting of a Bad Loss
You may remember Mo’ne Davis from her star turn on the cover of Sports Illustrated, after she became the first girl to pitch her team to a win in the history of the Little League World Series. In this episode, she reflects on one of her worst losses.
Episode 10 – Sasha Grey: ‘I’m Still Developing As a Sexual Being’
Musician, writer, and former adult film actress Sasha Grey discusses female sexual fantasies and dismisses the possibility of easily defining “what women want.”