Episodes

Jan. 9, 2023

Three Interviews: Cronin, Basquiat and Barris

Hear the 1984 interview tape with this random trio: REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin, painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Gong Show host Chuck Barris

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Dec. 28, 2022

Surprising Immigrants: The Untold Family History

A 45-year-old tape recording leads to revelations about Michael's family, including a kidnapped rabbi, a Johnstown drowning, and Joe Biden's junior high baseball team

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Dec. 17, 2022

Kiefer Sutherland's Very First Interview

In 1983, 16-year-old Kiefer Sutherland met me in Nova Scotia to discuss his first big movie role. Hear how he felt about actor dad Donald -- and how I messed up my People Magazine article.

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Nov. 26, 2022

Perfect Match, Part 1: A Kidney Transplant Tale

Inspired by saved cards and letters, Michael and his wife Cindy share the tale of her survival – and their daily lives – as lupus led to kidney failure and her first two transplants.

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Nov. 26, 2022

Perfect Match, Part 2: A Kidney Transplant Tale

The tale of Michael's 30-year error – and Cindy's miraculous third kidney transplant – leads to their latest challenge: Can they toss what they saved from a life-changing event?

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Nov. 5, 2022

Gangsta rapper Eazy-E and Me – Part I [Explicit]

Compton's rap mogul and NWA founder Eazy-E hanging out with Michael? Unlikely. But it happened in 1991. Hear Dr. Dre (former Yo! MTV Raps co-host) explain Eazy's huge cultural impact, then hear Eazy's candid interview.

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Nov. 5, 2022

Gangsta rapper Eazy-E and me – Part II [Explicit]

Rap mogul Eazy-E's death from AIDS complications in 1995 was a shock. Hear reactions at the time from Wu-Tang's Method Man and others. Plus, hear Michael's 1992 talk with Eazy while driving in Compton during the L.A. riots.

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Sept. 30, 2022

Joseph Kanon and the Sneaky Assistant

When bestselling spy novelist Joseph Kanon was a book editor, his assistant Michael secretly pretended to be the boss. Until the Brooke Shields incident. Listen as Joe learns what really happened in 1979.

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Sept. 3, 2022

Our High School Mag: Donna Murphy Gets Lit

Broadway? Movies? TV? That's nuthin'. Donna Murphy first found fame on the high school literary mag staff with Michael and Sally. Listen as they read poems by Donna and others 50 years later -- and get a big surprise.

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Aug. 13, 2022

Flashdance's Jennifer Beals: My 1983 Interview Tape

After 19-year-old Flashdance star Jennifer Beals enrolled at Yale, Michael thought he'd get a better interview by trying to impress her with his own academic credentials. Listen in on this ridiculous mistake.

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May 30, 2022

Joni Mitchell: Part 2 - My 1985 Interview Tapes

You heard the short stuff in Part 1. Now hear Joni Mitchell's longer tales, including how she met Jimi Hendrix, why Jack Nicholson missed his musical cameo, and hear Joni's 7th grade poem, from Michael Small's 1985 interview tapes.

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May 28, 2022

Joni Mitchell: Part 1 - My 1985 Interview Tapes

In 1985, Joni Mitchell gave Michael a multi-hour interview about flunking high school, Woodstock, Bob Dylan, her Chelsea apartment, poetry, painting, and much more. Oh, c'mon. Do not ask him to toss those tapes.

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May 28, 2022

Podcast Intro: Why Throw It Out?

Michael justifies why he -- and many others -- feel the urge to save things. But after telling Sally about treasures from his days as a PEOPLE magazine reporter, there's no escape. Something gets shredded.

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May 28, 2022

Podcast Trailer: I Couldn't Throw It Out

It ain't gonna be easy to throw out never-shared interviews with Joni Mitchell, Kiefer Sutherland and Eazy-E. Can Michael toss these tapes in season one? Get a preview.

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