Origins with James Andrew Miller

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Join award-winning journalist and best-selling author James Andrew Miller as he uncovers bold beginnings of success stories in the worlds of television, movies, sports, music, and business. Experience all the unpredictable moments, pivotal junctures, and strokes of luck that turn great ideas into formidable realities -- as told by the insiders who were there from the start.

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C6: Almost Famous / Ep 5: 20 Years!
Cameron Crowe and the cast of “Almost Famous” answer big 20th anniversary questions like, “Why are we still talking about this film now?” What is the legacy of “Almost Famous?” "How did the film change your career? Your life?"
Jul 08, 2020
C6: Almost Famous / Ep 4: On Set & On Location
Come behind the camera and the scenes as the entire cast shares stories from their favorite and most difficult days during the long five month shoot of “Almost Famous.”
Jul 08, 2020
C6: Almost Famous / Ep 3: Rock School & Pre-Production
Nancy Wilson and Peter Frampton tutor Billy Crudup, Jason Lee, and others on being rock stars, including how to figure out how to play the guitar in just six weeks — while the others start rehearsals and get to know one another. 
Jul 08, 2020
C6: Almost Famous / Ep 2: Cameron Crowe Unmasked
Cameron Crowe's script for “Almost Famous” was semi-autobiographical; if you think that made it easier to write, consider its 10 year incubation. In Episode 2, we go back to Cameron’s real life upbringing, and follow him as he never gives up on bringing his most personal story to the screen.
Jul 08, 2020
C6: Almost Famous / Ep 1: Casting, Casting, Casting
“Almost Famous” was almost a very different movie. Can you imagine the film with Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, and Natalie Portman? Here’s the full story of the casting saga that took place before filming ever started. 
Jul 08, 2020
Almost Famous Turns 20! TRAILER
Origins is back! James Andrew Miller brings you behind the scenes of the Cameron Crowe classic that put us on the bus with Stillwater and taught us what life on the road with a Rock-n-Roll band was all about - not to mention adolescent love and heartbreak. Come join Jim as he he brings the band back together and sits down with the cast, starting with the writer and director himself, Cameron Crowe - plus Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Zooey Deschanel, Jimmy Fallon, rock stars Peter Frampton & Nancy Wilson, and more. It's all happening. Don't miss it.
May 13, 2020
Introducing The Next Big Idea
Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. How can you process it all? You can start with The Next Big Idea. Host Rufus Griscom and legendary thought leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Dan Pink, and Susan Cain, will be your personal “idea” curators. Open your mind and get ready for something big, because the right idea--at the right moment--has the power to transform your life. Listen now at:
Oct 15, 2019
Introducing Gangster Capitalism: The College Admissions Scandal
Season One of new series, Gangster Capitalism examines the 2019 College Admissions Scandal that is exposing Hollywood celebrities, CEOs, and more who used bribes and cheating schemes to get their kids into elite schools.  Award-winning documentarian, Andrew Jenks uncovers the origins and inner workings of this unprecedented scam, introducing you to the people involved, and exploring the larger debate around higher education in America. Listen and subscribe now to Gangster Capitalism wherever you listen to podcasts. 
May 21, 2019
C5: Sex & the City / Ep3: 1, 2, & Out
The series ends, the movies call, but the third is hardly the charm.
Nov 19, 2018
C5: Sex & the City / Ep2: Brighter Lights, Bigger City
Come along for the complex climb of Sex and the City to cultural high status, and hear about the impact it had on those who made it: the trek and the series. Plus, we’ll discuss with cast and others how the show’s sexual freedom contributed to its popularity – “Sex and the City,” with an emphasis on the former.
Nov 16, 2018
C5: Sex & the City / Ep1: Tutu’s, Tete-a-Tete’s, and Taxi’s
How did the creation of Sex and the City lead to a revolution about what could be said and done on television, and what was going on behind the camera that made it all possible? Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Willie Garson and other key figures in the show’s extraordinary success share their stories, sagas, and secrets. Sex and the City is available on HBO Go/HBO Now.
Nov 14, 2018
Sex and the City: Present at Creation - TRAILER
The next Origins chapter has arrived. As it celebrates its 20th anniversary, James Andrew Miller throws a spotlight on the early days of the groundbreaking series "Sex and the City". Come along on this spectacular ride as Miller tells the story of this seminal series only as he can, delivering exclusive interviews with Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Chris Noth, Darren Star, Candace Bushnell, Michael Patrick King, and many more. Here's a sneak preview of what's on the way.
Nov 12, 2018
C5: Sex & the City / BONUS: Sarah Jessica Parker Reveals How She's Building a Shoe Empire, Store by Store
In this Origins bonus interview, James Andrew Miller sits down with Sarah Jessica Parker for an in depth discussion on how she has turned her business ideas into gold.  Sponsored by the American Express Business Gold Card. **Don't forget to download and listen to Sarah's raw "Origins Originals" interview from the Sex and the City series podcast - coming soon!
Nov 12, 2018
What Really Happened with Andrew Jenks - Available Now!
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? chronicles documentarian Andrew Jenks as he examines and contextualizes famous figures and historical events, while discovering untold stories and unraveling newfound narratives. With today’s technology, access to information, the ability to communicate from all parts of the globe, and cross-reference historians, Jenks takes on his own rogue investigations. He does not go down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories, nor does the show purport to solve every historical mystery. Instead, Jenks often times throws a wrench in the gears of history, getting either closer to the truth or creating more questions. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED is executive produced by Seven Bucks Productions’ Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Brian Gewirtz, Andrew Jenks and Cadence13. 
Sep 29, 2018
C4: SNL / Ep3: An SNL Week
What does a typical week look like at SNL? Hear from the producers, writers and cast to see how the show comes together from the first brainstorming sessions in the writer’s room on Monday, to the after party in the wee hours of Sunday Morning. Plus, learn how the show finds new talent and where the cast and crew see themselves and the show headed, in Season 44, and beyond. 
Sep 27, 2018
C4: SNL / Ep2: Goodbye Vacation; Hello Studio 8H
How did SNL producers, writers, and cast recover after the end of last season, and how did they get themselves ready for Season 44? Cast members Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, and Melissa Villasenor – along with Executive Producer Lorne Michaels and show producers Steve Higgins and Lindsay Shookus reveal their summer strategies as they say goodbye to sleep and dig in for the new season ahead. 
Sep 25, 2018
C4: SNL / Ep1: To Trump or Not To Trump
Since its beginning, Saturday Night Live has tweaked and taunted presidents from both parties and of all shapes and sizes. It’s fair to say, however, that Donald Trump is a more challenging figure for the show than any of the presidents who preceded him. Here, SNL creator Lorne Michaels, actor Alec Baldwin, Update coanchors Michael Che and Colin Jost, and veteran SNL player Kenan Thompson all reflect on the show’s first two years of life with Trump — and what the third year just ahead may bring....
Sep 21, 2018
C3: Alabama / Ep3: When Failure Contributes to Success
Why does Coach Nick Saban continually evolve a program already at its pinnacle? The answer is more complex than you may think.
Aug 13, 2018
C3: Alabama / Ep2: Mind First; Body Second
How much of Alabama’s success on the field is a product of their efforts off of it? Hear Coach Nick Saban go deep on “The Process” and why Alabama’s psychological game may just be the most important one on the schedule.
Aug 10, 2018
C3: Alabama / Ep1: House of Saban
What makes a champion? Who makes a champion? Welcome to Tuscaloosa, Alabama and a front row seat looking at how Nick Saban keeps his Crimson Tide hungry for more…and more…National Championships. 
Aug 08, 2018
Origins of a Champion - Nick Saban TRAILER
Origins Chapter 3: “Origins of a Champion: Nick Saban & Alabama’s Crimson Tide” goes inside the mind of Nick Saban, one of the greatest college coaches ever, and reveals how the National Champions are preparing to defend their title in the upcoming season, and what it’s like to be on the field as a 'Bama player. Along with Saban himself, you’ll hear from famed Alabama strength coach Scotty Cochran, former Yankee manager and Saban observer Joe Girardi, ex Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, former players Barrett Jones and Greg McElroy, ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, and the coach’s most important teammate, his wife of more than 45 years, Terry.  
Aug 01, 2018
C2: ESPN / Ep 6: SportsCenter: Stars Over Bristol
It started on ESPN’s first night on the air, and remains a vital artery today, but in between there’s been a whole lot of action going on behind the scenes. Many of SportsCenter’s most notable anchors share their stories — and opinions — about ESPN’s legendary workhorse.
Feb 07, 2018
C2: ESPN / Ep 5: 30 for 30: Dreams…Nightmares…Dreams. PART 2
The continuation of 30for30: Dreams...Nightmares...Dreams. In today’s crowded content universe, how does a new idea break out to become a celebrated brand? What do filmmakers covet most? (Hint: It’s not money). Discover the story behind all the stories care of Barry Levinson, John Skipper, Bill Simmons, and many more. Welcome to the 30for30 on 30for30.
Jan 18, 2018
C2: ESPN / Ep 4: 30 for 30: Dreams…Nightmares…Dreams. PART 1
In today’s crowded content universe, how does a new idea break out to become a celebrated brand? What do filmmakers covet most? (Hint: It’s not money). Discover the story behind all the stories care of Barry Levinson, John Skipper, Bill Simmons, and many more. Welcome to the 30for30 on 30for30. 
Jan 17, 2018
C2: ESPN / Ep 3: College Game Day: Two Audiences As One
More than 30 years after its launch, College Game Day continues to draw big crowds on screen and campus — begging the question: What is its secret? 
Jan 10, 2018
C2: ESPN / Ep 2: Pardon the Interruption: Flaunt All Rules
If you think Pardon the Interruption was a Kornheiser/Wilbon idea, think again. Episode 2 explains how the show was created, and why it's still successful after more than a decade and a half on the air.
Jan 03, 2018
C2: ESPN / Ep 1: ESPN & Social Media: A Troubled Marriage
“ESPN & Social Media: A Troubled Marriage” examines key events, and reveals candid, personal reflections on the past decade of social media life at ESPN. More than 20 current and former ESPNers tackle topics including President Trump, Barstool, suspensions, and numerous other topics. It’s raw, surprising, and sure to be controversial.
Dec 18, 2017
Origins Chapter Two: ESPN is the second installment of an all-new podcast series by James Andrew Miller, award-winning journalist and best-selling author of the NYT best selling books on ESPN, Saturday Night Live and CAA, the Creative Artist Agency, which will be exploring epochal beginnings—whether from the fields of film, television, music, publishing, or even human relationships.  The five-part ESPN podcast chapter of Origins will feature deep dives into the histories of “Pardon the Interruption,”30for30”documentary series, “College Game Day,” “SportsCenter” and “Social Media at ESPN.” You’ll hear from all the key players, including Michelle Beadle, Chris Berman, Linda Cohn, Rich Eisen, Chris Fowler, Jemele Hill, Tony Kornheiser, Bob Ley, Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick, Bill Simmons, Sage Steele, Scott Van Pelt, Mike Wilbon and many more.  Origins Chapter Two: ESPN launches on December 18th and features conversations with Bill Simmons, Michelle Beadle, Chris Berman, Linda Cohn, Rich Eisen, Chris Fowler, Jemele Hill, Tony Kornheiser, Bob Ley, Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick, Sage Steele, Scott Van Pelt, Mike Wilbon and many more. Listeners will hear first-hand accounts of how the shows were created, how they evolved, and how they changed the lives of everyone involved.
Dec 07, 2017
C1: Curb / Ep 1: The Lesser Muffin
Host James Andrew Miller traces Larry David’s comedic roots, and routes, with help from Larry and several of his long time friends.
Sep 06, 2017
C1: Curb / Ep 2: Go Further
Ted Danson, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman and others come clean about their arrivals on Planet Curb.
Sep 06, 2017
C1: Curb / Ep 3: Dooze It!
Hide the Kiddies: JB Smoove, Bob Einstein, et al. share stories Curb-wise and otherwise. 
Sep 06, 2017
C1: Curb / Ep 4: So Wrong
Curb isn’t your typical sitcom. Here’s Why.
Sep 06, 2017
C1: Curb / Ep 5: God’s Sense of Humor
After six years away, what brought Larry back to Curb? How has the show change the casts' lives? And what is the Curb legacy?
Sep 06, 2017
Introduction to Origins, with James Andrew Miller
Origins Chapter One: Curb Your Enthusiasm is the first installment of an all-new podcast series by James Andrew Miller, award-winning and best-selling author of the oral history books on ESPN, Saturday Night Live and CAA, the Creative Artist Agency, which will be exploring epochal beginnings—whether from the fields of film, television, music, publishing, or even human relationships.  The five-part Curb Your Enthusiasm podcast chapter of Origins will launch with Episode One on September 6th and feature conversations with more than a dozen key figures in the much-lauded, Emmy-winning show – among them, Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman, Ted Danson, Richard Lewis, Bob Einstein and others. Listeners will hear first-hand accounts of how the show was created, how it evolved, and how it changed the lives of everyone involved. The smash hit series begins its eagerly awaited ninth season on HBO October 1st. “Origins” will explore how greatness starts, how new ideas take shape, and how critical innovations come to be. This is the first chapter of a four-chapter fall 2017 slate.
Aug 04, 2017