October 18, 2016
About four years ago, director Alex Horwitz began bugging his friend Lin-Manuel Miranda to film him as he worked on his latest project: a set of songs about Alexander Hamilton. Miranda wasn’t sure yet if they would become a show or a concept album.
“I don’t really care,” Horwitz recalls telling Miranda. “I just want to follow you telling history— whatever form that takes.”
Hamilton’s America, the resulting documentary, premieres Friday, October 21st on PBS.
Horwitz discusses meeting Miranda as freshmen at Wesleyan University, filming with President Obama at the White House and the abysmal things America’s founders said about one another.
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April 10, 2017
Writer and actress Mara Wilson (Matilda, Where Am I Now?) joins Travon and Mike onstage at the New York City Podcast Festival to talk about meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda backstage at Hamilton and how acting in films as a child shaped her writing as an adult. Plus, they belt out “What Comes Next” with the live audience and riff on ideas for a new musical starring Cookie from Empire. Travon and Mike also announce their plans to take a break. While they’re away, please call in to share your current favorite Hamilton song at 937-9MYSHOT.
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April 3, 2017
A self-described theater nerd, Rachel Sklar (TheLi.st) joins Travon to talk about seeing the original cast of Rent on Broadway, writing jokes for the White House Correspondents’ dinner and why she connects so strongly to the song “That Would Be Enough.” Plus, she explains how her love of plays ultimately resulted in her daughter.
March 27, 2017
Writer Ashley Ford (Refinery29) joins Travon to talk about her creative process, how growing up with a huge family shaped her writing, and the importance of seeing young girls of color in books and theatre. Plus, Ashley explains why she gave her ex-boyfriend a ticket to Hamilton and contributes to a knock-out version of “Guns and Ships.”
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