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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 past 12 months

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Over the past 12 months, we’ve interviewed dozens of athletes, actors, authors, comedians, directors, 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, The Dave Chang Show, The JJ Redick Podcast, The Big Picture, and Winging It. 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 4: Pete Holmes, comedian and star of Crashing

January 12: Kathy Carter, president of Soccer United Marketing

January 17: Zach Lowe, ESPN basketball writer

January 19: Greta Gerwig, writer-director of Lady Bird, and Saoirse Ronan, its star

January 22: Tony Romo, CBS commentator and former Cowboys quarterback

January 25: Jalen Rose, ESPN analyst and former NBA player

January 29: J.K. Simmons, actor

February 2: Vince Staples, rapper

February 12: Scooter Braun, talent manager

February 16: Richard Jefferson, former NBA player

February 19: Daryl Morey, Rockets GM

March 5: Charlie Warzel, BuzzFeed senior writer

March 6: Jimmy Kimmel, comedian and TV host

March 8 and March 9: Chris Bosh, former NBA player

March 12: Bill Hader, comedian and actor

March 16: Chuck Klosterman, author

March 21: Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, and Martellus Bennett, former NFL player

March 23: Brian Koppelman, Billions creator

March 26: Al Pacino, actor, and Barry Levinson, director

Toronto Raptors v Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant
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March 28 and March 29: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors forward

April 4: Jeff Goldblum, actor

April 9: Jason Hehir, Andre the Giant director

April 20: Chuck Klosterman, author

April 23: Desus Nice and the Kid Mero, hosts of Desus & Mero

April 25: Jerrod Carmichael, comedian

May 4: Nathan Hubbard, CEO of Rival

May 11: Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics co-owner

Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke
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May 14: Ethan Hawke, actor

May 18: Lou Adler, record producer

May 21: Zach Lowe, ESPN basketball writer

May 25: Johnny Knoxville, actor and comedian

May 31: Rich Kleiman, Kevin Durant’s business manager

June 6: Jalen Rose, ESPN analyst and former NBA player

June 8: Charles Oakley, former NBA player

June 13: Nick Kroll, comedian

June 15: Kyrie Irving, Celtics point guard

June 29: Haralabos Voulgaris, Mavericks director of quantitative research and development

July 11: Chuck Klosterman, author

July 13: Bo Burnham, comedian, actor, and director

July 16: Denzel Washington, actor

July 20: Jay Williams, college basketball analyst

August 8: Matthew Berry, ESPN fantasy football analyst

August 10: Eddie Huang, chef, author, and TV producer; and Jim Miller, author

August 14: Ice Cube, rapper and actor, and John David Washington, actor

August 16: Steph Curry, three-time NBA champion

August 22: Jason Bateman, actor

August 31: Laura Wasser, celebrity divorce attorney

September 6: Kyle Brandt, Good Morning Football cohost, and Bill Burr, comedian

September 7: Wesley Morris, New York Times critic-at-large

September 12: Katie Nolan, ESPN host

September 14: Keegan-Michael Key, actor

September 18: Steve Nash, former NBA player

September 21: Mike Schur and Dan Fogelman, TV showrunners

Tiffany Haddish smiling
Tiffany Haddish
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September 26: Tiffany Haddish, actress and comedian

September 28: Tony Kornheiser, sportswriter

October 3: Matt Damon, actor

October 10: John C. Reilly, actor

October 17: Damien Chazelle, director

October 19: Jonah Hill, actor and director

October 23: Quavo, musician

October 24: Hasan Minhaj, comedian

October 26: Brian Windhorst, ESPN sportswriter

October 30: Charlamagne tha God, radio presenter and author

November 1: Rembert Browne, writer

November 6: Greg Kinnear, actor

November 9: Howard Beck, Bleacher Report writer

November 13: Malcolm Gladwell, journalist

November 15: Conan O’Brien, comedian and TV host

November 22: Michael B. Jordan, actor

December 5: Marc Stein, New York Times sports reporter

December 7: Jason Reitman, director

December 12: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors forward

December 14: Kathryn Hahn, actress

December 19: Chuck Klosterman, author

Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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January 18: Bradley Whitford, actor

February 2: David Frum, journalist

February 8: Michael Lewis, author

February 15: Travon Free, comedy writer, and Tessa Thompson, actress

February 22: Katie Couric, journalist

March 8: Forest Whitaker, actor

March 15: Phil Rosenthal, producer

The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards - Roaming Show
Courtney B. Vance
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April 4: Courtney B. Vance, actor

April 12: Roy Hibbert, former NBA player

April 19: Joanna Coles, chief content officer at Hearst Magazines

April 26: Jay Inslee, governor of Washington

May 10: Jake Tapper, chief Washington correspondent at CNN

May 17: Gabrielle Union, actress and author

May 31: Joel Fields, executive producer

June 7: Nell Scovell, comedy writer and producer

June 21: Tim Kaine, Virginia senator

July 2: Roy Hibbert, former NBA player

July 12: Travon Free, comedy writer

Fencing - Olympics: Day 8
Ibtihaj Muhammad
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July 19: Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic fencer

August 16: Jason Kander, Kansas City politician

August 23: Rick Wilson, GOP strategist

September 13: Eric Holder, former U.S. attorney general

October 1: Nancy Pelosi, Democratic speaker-designate of the House of Representatives

October 11: Jill Soloway, director and writer

October 26: Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian

November 8: Tracee Ellis Ross, actress

The Watch

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January 18: Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, comedians

February 8: David Bruckner, director of The Ritual

February 12: Alex Kapranos and Bob Hardy, musicians from Franz Ferdinand

February 22: Mac McCaughan and Jon Wurster, musicians from Superchunk

March 8: Maia and Alex Shibutani, Olympic ice dancers

March 22: Lucy Dacus, musician

March 26: David Costabile, actor

April 5: Alexa Fogel, casting director

‘Win It All’ Premiere - 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals
Jake Johnson
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April 9: Jake Johnson, actor

April 19: Elwood Reid, executive producer of The Chi

April 23: Bill Hader and Henry Winkler, actors

April 26: Chvrches, musicians

May 3: Deon Taylor, director

May 7: Elias Rønnenfelt, musician from Iceage

May 10: Stephen Malkmus, musician from Pavement

May 14: Paul Scheer, actor and comedian

June 7: Rolling Blackouts C.F., musicians

June 14: Patrick Hoffman, author

June 21: Joe Pokaski, showrunner of Cloak and Dagger

June 28: Jason Mantzoukas, actor and comedian

July 19: Stephen Susco, director, and Couper Samuelson, producer

July 23: Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, showrunners of GLOW

August 6: Jesse Armstrong, showrunner of Succession

September 13: Graham Roland, showrunner of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan; and Tony Yacenda (cocreator and director), Dan Perrault (cocreator), and Dan Lagana (showrunner) of American Vandal

September 20: Zach Baron, GQ staff writer, and the Altons, musicians

October 11: Patrick Somerville, creator of Maniac

Netflix’s ‘The Haunting Of Hill House’ Season 1 Premiere - Red Carpet
Carla Gugino
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October 15: Carla Gugino, costar of The Haunting of Hill House

October 18: Gareth Evans, director

October 26: Matthew Macfadyen, actor

November 13: Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz, creators of Homecoming

November 15: Eric Newman, executive producer of Narcos: Mexico

November 19: Ben Stiller, actor, director, and producer

December 10: Jason Mantzoukas, actor and comedian

December 13: Sam Esmail, writer and director

The Dave Chang Show

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May 17: Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Karina Longworth, host of You Must Remember This

May 31: Helen Rosner, food correspondent for The New Yorker

Dew Tour Breckenridge 2018 - Day 4
Chloe Kim
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June 7: Chloe Kim, Olympic gold-medalist snowboarder

June 28 and July 12: Alan Yang, cocreator of Master of None

July 19: Lena Waithe, screenwriter, producer, and actress

July 26: Shaun King, executive chef of Momofuku Las Vegas, and Matt Rudofker, Momofuku global director of culinary operations

August 2: Diep Tran, Good Girl Dinette owner and chef

August 9 and 16: Nick Kroll, actor and comedian

August 23: JJ Redick, NBA player and podcast host

August 30: David Choe, artist

September 6: David Schlosser, Shibumi chef

September 13: Vivek Garipalli, cofounder and CEO of Clover Health

September 20 and 21: Christina Tosi, Milk Bar founder

September 27: Jessica Largey, Simone chef

October 4: Dan Giusti, Brigaid chef

October 11: John Heilemann, journalist

October 18: Ike Barinholtz, comedian and filmmaker

October 25: Evan Kleiman, host of Good Food

56th New York Film Festival - ‘Burning’
Steven Yeun
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November 8: Steven Yeun, actor from Burning

November 15: Joshua Skenes, Saison chef

November 29: Jon M. Chu, director of Crazy Rich Asians

December 6: Jeremy Fox, chef

The JJ Redick Podcast

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January 12: Kyrie Irving, NBA All-Star

January 18: Thierry Henry, former French soccer player and World Cup winner

February 1: T.J. McConnell, 76ers point guard

February 15: M. Night Shyamalan, director

February 22: Jason Sudeikis, actor and comedian

March 8: Grant Achatz, chef

March 29: Ray Allen, retired NBA All-Star

April 13: Brian Koppelman, creator of Billions

May 25: Omar Raja, creator of House of Highlights

June 1: Michele Roberts, National Basketball Players Association executive director

June 14: Seth Meyers, host of Late Night

Philadelphia 76ers v Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell

June 21: Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz point guard

July 19: Missy Robbins, chef

August 15: Mo Bamba, Orlando Magic center

August 23: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets point guard

September 13: Hasan Minhaj, comedian

October 11: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks center

October 23: Elton Brand, 76ers general manager

November 1: Chrissy Houlahan, U.S. Representative-elect for Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District

December 11: Jimmy Butler, NBA All-Star

The Big Picture

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January 12: Jaume Collet-Serra, director of The Commuter

February 2: Erin Lee Carr, documentarian

February 9: Bryan Fogel, director of Icarus

February 12: Alex Ross Perry, filmmaker

February 16: Nick Park, Wallace and Gromit creator

February 19: Yance Ford, director of Strong Island

‘Annihilation’ - TIFF Special Screening
Alex Garland
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February 23: Alex Garland, writer and director of Annihilation

March 2: Francis Lawrence, director of Red Sparrow

March 9: Cory Finley, director of Thoroughbreds

March 27: Maclain Way and Chapman Way, directors of Wild Wild Country, and Mark Duplass, producer of Wild Wild Country

April 6: Kay Cannon, screenwriter

April 13: Andrew Haigh, director of Lean on Pete

April 20: Jay Chandrasekhar, director of Super Troopers

April 23: William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist

May 10: Jason Reitman, producer

May 14: Ben Falcone, director of Life of the Party

May 21: Paul Schrader, director of First Reformed

June 1: Bart Layton, writer and director

June 8: Ari Aster, director of Hereditary

June 12: Morgan Neville, director of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

June 15: Brad Bird, director of Incredibles 2

June 22: J.A. Bayona, director of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

June 29: Stefano Sollima, director of Sicario: Day of the Soldado

July 6: Peyton Reed, director of Ant-Man and the Wasp

July 9: Boots Riley, director of Sorry to Bother You

July 13: Gus Van Sant, director

Girl Up #GirlHero Awards Luncheon
Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher
Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Girl Up

July 20: Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher, director and star of Eighth Grade

July 27: Christopher McQuarrie, director of Mission: Impossible — Fallout

August 17: Jon M. Chu, director of Crazy Rich Asians

August 31: Aneesh Chaganty, director of Searching

September 7: Michel Gondry, filmmaker

September 14: Nicole Holofcener, filmmaker

September 21: Ethan Hawke, actor and director

September 28: David Lowery, director of The Old Man and the Gun

October 12: Ike Barinholtz, comedian and director

October 25: Paul Dano, actor and director

November 1: Luca Guadagnino, director of Suspiria

November 9: Julius Avery, director of Overlord

‘Widows’ European Premiere & Opening Night Gala - 62nd BFI London Film Festival
Steve McQueen
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November 19: Steve McQueen, director of Widows

November 21: Steven Caple Jr., director of Creed II

November 29: John Krasinski, actor and director

December 13: Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk

Winging It

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December 10: Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala, two-time NBA MVP and 2015 NBA Finals MVP

December 17: Jeremy Lin, Atlanta Hawks point guard

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