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The Year in Ringer Podcast Interviews

We’ve interviewed dozens of your favorite athletes, actors, directors, and public figures over the last 12 months

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Over the past 12 months, we’ve interviewed dozens of athletes, actors, comedians, directors, authors, and public figures on a number of shows on the Ringer Podcast Network. Below, we’ve compiled every interview recorded on The Bill Simmons Podcast, Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air, The Watch, and The Big Picture. Whether you want to relisten to one of your favorites or catch up on some conversations you might have missed, we’ve got you covered.

The Bill Simmons Podcast

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January 9: Joe Buck, Fox broadcaster

January 12: Jeff Ross, comedian and roast master

January 16: Peter Berg, director and producer

January 18: Sarah Tiana, comedian

January 20: Seth Meyers and Michael Schur, host of Late Night and creator of The Good Place

Kevin Durant
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January 23: Wesley Morris, New York Times critic-at-large

January 25: Bill Burr, comedian

January 27: Rembert Browne, writer

February 8: Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors head coach

February 9: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors forward

February 13: Brian Koppelman, Billions creator

February 14: Sean Grande, voice of the Boston Celtics

February 17: Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker staff writer

February 21: J.J. Redick, Philadelphia 76ers guard

February 22: Ben Thompson, Stratechery founder

March 1: Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

March 3: Luke Walton, Los Angeles Lakers head coach

March 6: Isaiah Thomas, Cleveland Cavaliers guard

Steve Kerr
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March 14: Zach Lowe, ESPN basketball writer

March 17: Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO and owner of the Los Angeles Clippers

March 22: Larry Wilmore, comedian

March 27: Chuck Klosterman, author

March 29: Steve Nash, two-time NBA MVP

March 31: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors forward

April 11: Neal Moritz, film producer

April 13: Kurt Russell, actor

April 20: Desus Nice and the Kid Mero, Hosts of Desus & Mero

April 21: Charlamagne tha God, cohost of The Breakfast Club

April 24: Haralabos Voulgaris, professional gambler

April 26: Andre Ward, two-weight world champion boxer

May 2: Matt Stone and Trey Parker, cocreators of South Park

Judd Apatow
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May 5: Michael Rapaport, actor

May 9: Adam Carolla, comedian and host of The Adam Carolla Show

May 11: Aziz Ansari, comedian and creator and star of Master of None

May 22: Hasan Minhaj, The Daily Show senior correspondent

May 24: Bill Burr, comedian

May 25: Chuck Klosterman, author

May 31: Ice Cube, rapper and actor

June 5: James Corden, host of The Late Late Show

June 14: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors forward

June 16: Will Ferrell, actor and comedian

June 20: Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker staff writer

Charlize Theron
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June 27: Judd Apatow, producer and director

July 3: Daryl Morey and Jimmy Iovine, Houston Rockets GM and legendary music producer

July 7: John McEnroe, seven-time Grand Slam champion

July 17: Jimmy Butler, Minnesota Timberwolves guard

July 20: Nathan Hubbard, former Ticketmaster CEO

July 26: Charlize Theron, Oscar-winning actress

August 1: Eric Garcetti and Casey Wasserman, mayor of Los Angeles and chairman of LA 2028

August 3: Jason Stein, CEO of Cycle

August 17: Dave Roberts, manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers

August 24: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors forward

August 27: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors forward

August 30: Willie McGinest, former Patriots linebacker

September 6: Younghoe Koo, former kicker for the San Diego Chargers

September 13: David Chang, Momofuku founder

September 15: Richard Jefferson, Denver Nuggets forward

September 20: Nathan Fielder, host of Nathan for You

September 22: Andy Samberg, former SNL cast member and star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine

September 27: Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar-nominated actor

September 29: Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker staff writer

October 6: Marc Maron, comedian and host of WTF With Marc Maron

October 11: Jason Blum, CEO of Blumhouse Productions

October 13: Bob Costas, NBC Sports broadcaster

October 18: Jeff Bridges, Oscar-winning actor

Jimmy Butler
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October 20: Graydon Carter, former editor of Vanity Fair

October 25: Masai Ujiri, Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations

October 27: Miles Teller, Actor from Whiplash

November 1: Janice Min, former editor of The Hollywood Reporter

November 8: Dan Patrick and Carl Lentz, host of The Dan Patrick Show and Hillsong founder

November 15: Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic national correspondent

November 21: Chuck Klosterman, author

November 29: Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors head coach

December 1: Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors head coach

December 6: Bryan Cranston, actor from Breaking Bad

Larry Wilmore: Black on The Air

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May 11: Norman Lear, producer of All in the Family and Sanford and Son

May 18: Bernie Sanders, Democratic senator from Vermont

May 24: Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist

Michael Bennett
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June 8: Charlamagne tha God, host of The Breakfast Club

June 15: Cari Champion, ESPN reporter

June 22: Kumail Nanjiani, Comedian and star of The Big Sick

July 6: Bassem Youssef, Egyptian television pundit

July 13: Al Franken, Democratic Senator from Minnesota

July 20: Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker staff writer

August 3: Issa Rae, Star of Insecure

August 10: Bill Maher, Host of Real Time With Bill Maher

August 16: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA Hall of Famer

August 31: Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, cohosts of The Young Turks

September 7: Jon Lovett and Jon Favreau, founders of Crooked Media

September 11: Robin Thede, host of The Rundown

September 25: Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood

Neil deGrasse Tyson
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October 7: Michael Bennett, Seattle Seahawks defensive end

October 19: Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic national correspondent

October 26: Gretchen Carlson, former Fox News anchor

November 9: Carl Reiner, comedian, actor and director

November 22: Daveed Diggs, star of Hamilton

November 30: Judd Apatow, producer and director

December 7: Dan Rather, journalist and former CBS news anchor

December 21: Ezra Klein, Vox cofounder and editor-at-large

The Watch

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February 9: Chuck Klosterman, author

February 16: Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, showrunners of One Day at a Time

February 27: Lena Dunham, creator of Girls

March 8: Gareth David, member of Los Campesinos!

March 16: Noah Hawley, showrunner of Legion and Fargo

March 30: Jason Mantzoukas, comedian and actor

Mike Schur
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April 3: Mark Levin, television writer

April 23: Damon Lindelof, cocreator of The Leftovers

April 27: Justin Simien, creator of Dear White People

May 1: Timothy Simons, actor from Veep

May 4: Greg Dulli, frontman of the Afghan Whigs

May 11: David Mandel, showrunner of Veep

May 25: Lizzy Goodman, author of Meet Me In The Bathroom

May 29: Jeff VanderMeer, author

July 3: Don Winslow, author

July 6: Jason Mantzoukas and Andy Samberg, comedian and star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine

July 24: Matthew Lillard, actor

July 31: Katie Crutchfield, singer-songwriter from Waxahatchee

Elisabeth Moss
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August 3: Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, creators of GLOW

August 7: Mark Duplass, actor and creator of Room 104

August 15: Adam Granduciel, frontman from the War on Drugs

August 18: David Wain, director and cocreator of Wet Hot American Summer

August 24: David Nevins, CEO of Showtime

August 31: George Pelecanos, cocreator of The Deuce

September 4: Aya Cash, star of You’re the Worst

September 7: Elisabeth Moss, star of The Handmaid’s Tale

September 14: Britt Daniel, singer from Spoon

September 18: Michael Schur, creator of The Good Place

September 21: Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci Jr., members of the Killers

September 28: Jason Mantzoukas and Nick Kroll, star and cocreator of Big Mouth

September 30: Amy Landecker, actress in Transparent

October 2: Jeff Garlin, star of Curb Your Enthusiasm

October 5: Rob Huebel, comedian

Senator Bernie Sanders
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October 12: Sam Esmail, creator of Mr. Robot

October 23: Jonathan Groff, star of Mindhunter

October 30: Megan Abbott, author and writer for The Deuce

November 9: Frankie Shaw, creator and star of Smilf

November 16: Joe Hagan, author of Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

November 20: Scott Frank, writer and director of Godless

November 27: Rachel Brosnahan, star of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

November 30: Brian K. Vaughan, Josh Schwartz and and Stephanie Savage, creator and showrunners of Runaways

December 7: Laurie Metcalf, actress from Lady Bird

December 11: Sam Esmail, creator of Mr. Robot

December 14: Megan Abbott, author and writer for The Deuce

December 21: Jason Mantzoukas, comedian and actor

The Big Picture

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January 13: Ted Melfi, director of Hidden Figures

January 19: Mike Mills, director of 20th Century Women

February 3: Ezra Edelman, director of O.J.: Made in America

February 9: Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight

February 17: Gore Verbinski, director of A Cure for Wellness

March 9: Jordan Peele, director of Get Out

March 31: Charlie McDowell, director of The Discovery

April 7: Jake Johnson and Joe Swanberg, actor and director of Win It All

April 13: James Gray, director of The Lost City of Z

April 21: Ben Wheatley, director of Free Fire

April 28: J.D. Dillard, director of Sleight

Jordan Peele
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May 11: Guy Ritchie, director of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

May 15: Doug Liman, director of The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow

June 1: Jonathan Levine, director of Snatched

June 8: Trey Edward Shults, director of It Comes at Night

June 16: Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, writers of Rough Night

July 6: David Lowery, director of A Ghost Story

July 13: Matt Reeves, director of War for the Planet of the Apes

July 21: Gillian Robespierre, Jenny Slate, and Elisabeth Holm, director, star, and writer of Obvious Child

August 4: Taylor Sheridan, director of Wind River

August 11: Josh and Benny Safdie, directors of Good Time

August 19: Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman, writers of Lemon

August 25: Adam Wingard, director of Death Note

September 1: Jay Baruchel, director of Goon: Last of the Enforcers

September 8: Andy Muschietti, director of It

September 15: Danny Strong, director of Rebel in the Rye

September 29: Stephen Frears, director of Victoria and Abdul

October 11: Darren Aronofsky, director of Mother!

October 16: Noah Baumbach, director of The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

October 20: Todd Haynes, director of Wonderstruck

October 27: Ruben Östlund, director of The Square

November 3: Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Ragnarok

November 10: Richard Linklater, director of Last Flag Flying

November 13: Greta Gerwig, director of Lady Bird

November 22: Joe Wright, director of Darkest Hour

December 1: Errol Morris, director of Wormwood

December 8: Sean Baker, director of The Florida Project

December 18: Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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