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The Year in Ringer Podcast Interviews

In 2019, we interviewed dozens of your favorite athletes, actors, comedians, and public figures, from Matt Damon to Spike Lee to Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Kevin Garnett. Here are all of those conversations.

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Over the past 12 months, we’ve interviewed dozens of athletes, actors, authors, comedians, directors, and other public figures on the Ringer Podcast Network. Below, we’ve compiled every interview that was recorded on The Bill Simmons Podcast, Book of Basketball 2.0, Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air, The JJ Redick Podcast, Winging It, Bachelor Party, The Watch, The Dave Chang Show, The Big Picture, The Press Box, House of Carbs, The Road Taken, and The Ryen Russillo Podcast. Whether you want to relisten to one of your favorite episodes or catch up on some conversations that you missed, we’ve got you covered. Here is 2019 in Ringer podcast interviews.


The Bill Simmons Podcast

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January 8: Adam McKay, director and writer

January 10: Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone TV critic

January 15: Zach Lowe, ESPN basketball writer

January 17: Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter, director, and playwright

January 22: Jack Dorsey, Twitter cofounder and CEO

January 24: Wesley Morris, New York Times critic-at-large, and Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal sportswriter

January 28: Steven Soderbergh, writer and director

January 30: Chuck Klosterman, author

February 5: Spike Lee, director

February 11: Chris Bosh, former NBA player

February 15: Bob Arum, legendary boxing promoter

March 6: Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone TV critic

March 14: Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal sportswriter

March 20: David Jacoby, cohost of ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby

March 22: Ben Stiller, actor and director

March 28: Bill Hader, comedian and actor

April 2: John Skipper, executive chairman of DAZN

April 9: Marc Stein, New York Times sports reporter

April 10: Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated senior writer, and Stugotz, ESPN sports radio host

April 16: Trevor Noah, comedian and host of The Daily Show

April 18: Van Lathan, podcaster, and Rembert Browne, writer

April 23: Ralph Macchio, actor

April 25: Desus Nice and the Kid Mero, hosts of Desus & Mero

April 30: Jackie MacMullan, ESPN sportswriter

May 9: Sean Grande, Celtics play-by-play announcer, and Anthony Jeselnik, comedian

May 14: Brian Koppelman, cocreator of Showtime’s Billions

May 16: Zane Lowe, DJ and host of Beats 1 Radio

May 23: David Epstein, author

June 8: Andy Ruiz Jr., boxing heavyweight champion

June 14: Adam Scott, actor

June 18: Kevin Hench, writer

June 20: Michael McDonald, singer-songwriter

June 23: Bill Hader, comedian and actor

June 25: Marc Stein, New York Times sports reporter

July 6: Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated senior writer, and Marc Stein, New York Times sports reporter

July 11: Kumail Nanjiani, comedian and actor

July 15: Zach Lowe, ESPN basketball writer

July 22: Kevin Bacon, actor

July 24: Kevin Costner, actor

July 30: Michael Rubin, Fanatics owner and Sixers part-owner

August 1: Chuck Klosterman, author

August 5: Kara Swisher, tech journalist

August 8: Sarah Silverman, comedian and actress

August 12: Wesley Morris, New York Times critic-at-large

August 14: Brian Windhorst, ESPN basketball writer

August 15: Matthew Berry, ESPN sportswriter

August 19: Kevin Wildes, TV executive

August 21: Stephen A. Smith, ESPN host, and Wesley Morris, New York Times critic-at-large

August 22: Mina Kimes, ESPN senior writer

August 25: David Spade, comedian and actor, and Nathan Hubbard, Rival CEO

August 27: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, comedian and actress

September 4: Steve Nash, former NBA player, and Brian Koppelman and David Levien, cocreators of Showtime’s Billions

September 10: Sean Penn, actor

September 17: Malcolm Gladwell, journalist

September 19: Beto O’Rourke, 2020 presidential candidate

September 24: Billy Bob Thornton, actor

September 26: Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist

October 1: Chuck Klosterman, author

October 3: Matthew Berry, ESPN sportswriter

October 8: Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal sportswriter

October 10: Nick Kroll, Big Mouth cocreator

October 23: Edward Norton, actor and director

October 29: Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram

November 12: Matt Damon, actor

November 14: Matthew Berry, ESPN sportswriter

November 19: Chadwick Boseman, actor

November 27: Sterling K. Brown, actor

December 4: Tim Robbins, actor and director

December 6: Brian Koppelman, Billions cocreator

December 11: Chuck Klosterman, writer

December 18: Adam Sandler, actor, and Kevin Garnett, former NBA player

Book of Basketball 2.0

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November 5: Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors head coach and former NBA player

November 11: J.A. Adande, Northwestern University’s director of sports journalism

November 18: Zach Lowe, ESPN basketball writer

November 25: Daryl Morey, GM of the Houston Rockets

December 2: Marc Stein, New York Times sports reporter

December 10: Marc Stein, New York Times sports reporter

December 19: Brian Windhorst, ESPN basketball writer

Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

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January 24: Pete Holmes, comedian and actor

February 2: Jason Rezaian, former Washington Post Tehran bureau chief

February 7: Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state

February 21: Van Lathan, podcaster

April 4: Travon Free, comedian and writer

April 11: David Epstein, author

The 2019 New Yorker Festival - Desus And Mero Talk With Troy Patterson
The Kid Mero and Desus Nice
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April 25: Desus Nice and the Kid Mero, hosts of Desus & Mero

May 16: Michael Lewis, author

May 23: Rebecca Traister, New York magazine writer-at-large

May 30: Jordan Klepper, comedian

June 13: Ben Shapiro, conservative commentator

June 24: Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent

July 3: Cory Booker, 2020 president candidate and New Jersey senator

July 11: Ira Madison III, host of Keep It podcast

July 18: Jessica Yellin, former CNN chief White House correspondent

August 8: Robin Thede, comedian and creator of A Black Lady Sketch Show

August 15: Isha Sesay, journalist

August 22: Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, comedians

September 5: Brian Grazer, producer

September 13: Ken Burns, documentarian

September 19: Malcolm Gladwell, journalist

October 3: George F. Will, author

October 10: Jemele Hill, Atlantic staff writer

October 18: Susan Rice, former U.S. national security adviser

November 14: Edward Norton, actor

November 21: Malcolm Nance, author and intelligence expert

December 5: Pete Aronson, executive vice president of programming and production at AMC

The JJ Redick Podcast

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January 10: David Solomon, Goldman Sachs CEO

February 28: Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers power forward

March 8: Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard

March 22: Dermot Kennedy, singer-songwriter

June 27: Zach Lowe, ESPN basketball writer

July 4: Andre Iguodala, Memphis Grizzlies small forward

Winging It

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January 7: Dirk Nowitzki, former NBA player

January 21: Dwyane Wade, former NBA player

January 28: Chris Tucker, comedian and actor

February 4: Affion Crockett, comedian

February 18: Gary Owen, comedian and actor

March 4: Trae Young and John Collins, Atlanta Hawks point guard and forward

March 11: DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs guard

March 18: Mike Conley Jr., Utah Jazz point guard

April 1: Ludacris, rapper and actor

April 8: JJ Redick, New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard

April 12: Max Holloway, UFC fighter

April 15: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers point guard

May 6: Shaquille O’Neal, former NBA player, and Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks power forward

May 13: Andrew Young, former U.N. ambassador

November 4: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat shooting guard

November 18: Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic center

December 2: Antawn Jamison, former NBA player, and Ademola Okulaja, former international basketball player

December 9: Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets shooting guard

December 16: Coco Gauff, tennis player

Bachelor Party

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January 7: David Jacoby, cohost of ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby

January 10: David Jacoby, cohost of ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby

January 17: Jeremiah Smith, supervising producer of Vanderpump Rules

January 31: Rachel Lindsay, The Bachelorette Season 13

February 4: Rob Mills, SVP ABC Entertainment

February 21: Chris Culvenor, cocreator of Dating Around

March 7: Ben Higgins, The Bachelor Season 20

March 13: Rachel Lindsay, The Bachelorette Season 13

May 9: Sydney Lotuaco, The Bachelor contestant on Season 23

May 13: Nick Viall, The Bachelor Season 21

May 16: Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette

May 30: Ben Higgins, The Bachelor Season 20

June 6: Rob Mills, SVP ABC Entertainment

June 11: Rob Mills, SVP ABC Entertainment

July 1: Mina Kimes, ESPN senior writer

July 4: Dustin Kendrick, The Bachelorette contestant Season 15, and Michael Ratner, cocreator of Historical Roasts

July 15: Nick Viall, The Bachelor Season 21

July 22: Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette

July 25: Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette

August 26: Nick Viall, The Bachelor Season 21

August 27: Tyler Cameron, The Bachelorette contestant Season 15

September 9: Ben Higgins, The Bachelor Season 20

September 23: Hannah Brown, The Bachelorette Season 15

September 30: Tyler Cameron, The Bachelorette contestant Season 15

October 21: Sydney Lotuaco, The Bachelor contestant on Season 23

December 9: Rob Mills, SVP ABC Entertainment

December 12: Becca Kufrin, The Bachelorette Season 14

December 16: Amy Kaufman, Bachelor Nation author

The Watch

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January 24: Hugo Blick, creator of Black Earth Rising

February 11: Leslye Headland, cocreator and director of Russian Doll

February 14: Jamie Bell, actor

February 28: Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, the creators of High Maintenance

March 21: Nick Antosca, showrunner of The Act

April 9: Thomas Kail and Steven Levenson, creators of Fosse/Verdon

April 25: Brian Raftery, author, and Roxanne Benjamin, creator of Body at Brighton Rock

May 9: David Cross, actor and comedian

“John Wick: Chapter 3” World Premiere
Jason Mantzoukas
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May 23: Jason Mantzoukas, actor

June 6: Annabel Jones and Charlie Brooker, creators of Black Mirror

June 20: Britt Daniel of Spoon

July 11: Claire Saffitz, Bon Appétit staffer

July 25: Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, and Jody Hill, creators of The Righteous Gemstones

August 15: Carl Franklin, Mindhunter director

August 29: Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg reporter

September 13: Jay R. Ferguson, actor

September 23: J. Smith-Cameron, actress

October 24: Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, creators of Looking for Alaska

November 27: Ben Smith, producer of Treadstone

December 9: Damon Lindelof, Watchmen showrunner

December 12: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, actor

The Dave Chang Show

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January 17: René Redzepi, chef

January 24: Adam Grant, psychologist

January 31: Shad, musician

February 14: Lolis Elie, food critic and writer

February 21: Jessica Koslow, chef

February 28: Jerry Saltz, art critic

March 14: Eunjo Park, chef

March 21: Hasan Minhaj, comedian

March 28: Ty Haney, entrepreneur

April 4: Aaron Franklin, chef

April 11: Eric Koston, skateboarder

April 18: Steven Rinella, outdoorsman

April 25: David McMillan and Frédéric Morin, restaurateurs

May 2: Mina Kimes, ESPN senior writer

May 7: Paul Carmichael, executive chef, and Kylie Javier, general manager, Momofuku Seiobo

May 14: Chris Bianco and Chad Robertson, chefs

May 16: Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer, chefs

May 21: Roberta Smith, art critic

May 23: Rirkrit Tiravanija, artist

May 28: Jada Yuan, journalist

May 30: David Wallace-Wells, editor and writer

June 6: Gabriela Cámara, chef

June 13: Eunjo Park, chef

June 20: Preet Bharara, lawyer

ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” - Season Six
Randall Park in ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

June 27: Randall Park, actor

July 11: Joshua Skenes, chef

July 18: Adam Field, potter

July 25: Michael Schur, TV writer and producer

August 1: Jeff Gordinier, writer

August 9: Jim Yong Kim, global health leader

August 15: Iliana Regan, chef

August 22: Marguerite Mariscal, Momofuku CEO

August 29: Brian Koppelman, writer and producer, cocreater of Billions

September 5: Brooks Headley, chef

September 12: Sam Kang, chef

September 19: Wylie Dufresne, chef

September 26: Jeff Ma, blackjack player

October 3: Nick Anderson, cartoonist

October 10: Angela Duckworth, psychologist and author

October 17: Michael Novogratz, hedge fund manager

October 24: Sean Brock, chef

October 31: Mitchell Davis, James Beard Foundation CSO

November 14: Marco Canora, chef

November 21: Roy Shvartzapel, chef

November 28: Madhur Jaffrey, food writer

December 5: Mickey Drexler, Outdoor Voices chairman

December 12: Charlotte Druckman, food writer

December 19: David Epstein, author

The Big Picture

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January 4: Adam McKay, director

January 11: Karyn Kusama, director

January 18: Bing Liu, director

February 1: Dan Gilroy, director

February 5: Barry Alexander Brown, editor

February 7: Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi, directors of Free Solo

February 12: Nicholas Britell, composer

February 15: Ruth E. Carter, costume designer

February 22: Stephen Merchant, writer and director

February 28: Neil Jordan, writer and director

March 12: Sebastián Lelio, director

March 19: Jordan Peele, director

April 1: Bill Hader, actor and director, Mary Kay Place, actress, and Kent Jones, director

April 8: David F. Sandberg, director

April 11: Elisabeth Moss, actress, and Alex Ross Perry, director

April 19: Andrew Garfield, actor

May 3: Jonathan Levine, director

May 7: Joe Berlinger, director

May 10: Werner Herzog, actor

May 17: Chad Stahelski, stuntman and director

May 21: Olivia Wilde, director, and Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Katie Silverman, and Billie Lourd, actresses

June 3: Craig Mazin, writer and producer

June 11: Joe Talbot, director

June 14: Jim Jarmusch, director

June 25: Gary Dauberman, director

July 3: Ari Aster, director

July 9: Jesse Eisenberg, actor, and Riley Stearns, director

July 12: Michael Dowse, director

July 16: Lulu Wang, director

July 23: Cameron Crowe, producer, A.J. Eaton, director, and David Crosby, singer-songwriter

August 2: David Leitch, director

August 5: Avi Belkin, director

August 9: Andrea Berloff, writer and director

August 16: Gurinder Chadha, writer and director

August 20: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, and Chad Villella, of the filmmaking collective Radio Silence

August 22: Ben Berman, director

September 13: Lorene Scafaria, writer and director

September 17: Matt Tyrnauer, documentary filmmaker

September 19: James Gray, director

September 24: Michael Engler, director

September 27: Daniel Scheinert, director

October 1: Asif Kapadia, documentary filmmaker

October 3: Noah Hawley, writer and director

October 18: Ruben Fleischer, director

October 22: Robert Eggers, writer and director

October 25: Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, screenwriters

October 29: Bong Joon-ho, director

October 31: Edward Norton, actor, writer, and director

November 5: Antonio Banderas, actor

November 7: Noah Baumbach, director

November 12: Gilbert Cruz, New York Times culture editor

November 15: James Mangold, director

November 19: Scott Z. Burns, writer and director

November 21: Marielle Heller, director

November 25: Rian Johnson, writer and director

December 3: Todd Haynes, director

December 9: Alex Gibney, documentary filmmaker

December 13: Paul Walter Hauser, actor

December 17: Jay Roach, director

The Press Box

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January 15: Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal sportswriter

April 16: Ron Rapoport, journalist

June 11: Pablo Torre and Bomani Jones, journalists

House of Carbs

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January 24: Bill Addison, food critic

February 7: Hugh Acheson, chef

February 13: Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit editor-in-chief

February 27: Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit editor-in-chief

March 13: Serena Dai, Eater NY editor

April 25: Brett Martin, writer

May 15: Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, chefs

June 12: Dave Grohl, musician, and Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit editor-in-chief

July 19: Mark Rosati, Shake Shack culinary director

August 7: Mark Rosati, Shake Shack culinary director

August 16: Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit editor

September 6: Amanda Kludt, Eater editor-in-chief

September 13: Alex Delany, Bon Appétit editor

October 2: Kevin Alexander, writer

October 16: David Jacoby, ESPN cohost, Jalen & Jacoby

November 6: “You Suck at Cooking,” YouTuber

December 4: Chris Stang, cofounder and CEO of The Infatuation

December 12: Alison Roman, cookbook author

December 19: Jeff Gordinier, food writer

The Road Taken

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October 2: Patrick Carney, drummer, Black Keys

October 9: Winston Marshall, banjoist and guitarist, Mumford & Sons

October 16: Laura Marling, singer-songwriter

October 23: Havoc, rapper and producer

October 30: Ray Suen, musician

November 6: Michelle Branch, singer-songwriter

November 13: Malcolm Mooney, lead singer, Can

November 20: Albert Hammond Jr., guitarist, the Strokes

November 27: Chris Hillman, bassist, the Byrds

December 4: Chris Tomson, drummer, and Chris Baio, bassist, Vampire Weekend

The Ryen Russillo Podcast

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January 16: Drew Henson, former MLB and NFL player

January 30: Chuck Klosterman, author

February 21: Chris Long, former NFL player

March 7: Drew Henson, former NFL player

March 14: Danny Kanell, former NFL player

April 3: Jason Witten, NFL player and former Monday Night Football analyst

April 11: Trent Dilfer, former NFL player

April 19: Josh McCown, former NFL player

June 12: Eric Wilson, NFL Players Association president, and DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA executive director

October 4: Scott Van Pelt, ESPN host

October 16: Tom Wright, author and journalist

November 13: Jared Dudley, Los Angeles Lakers forward

This list was compiled by Charlotte Goddu and Jordan Ligons.

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