1. We’re concluding our Emmys series with another one of this year’s nominees, Jon Hamm.  He actually had two nominations this year—for outstanding lead actor in a dramatic series for his performance as Don Draper on AMC’s Mad Men, and for his work as a producer on the series.  He’s received a total 13 nominations during his career, but has yet to win.  
Hamm spoke to Fresh Air in 2010. In the interview he talks about how the loss of his parents influenced his choice to pursue acting: 

"Had both my parents been around, I probably would have done something completely different with my life. I think all performers come from a place of self-doubt and pain. Ray Romano said once, very accurately and hilariously, that if his dad had spent more time with him he would have been an accountant instead of a comedian. I think that anybody who wants to get on stage or tell jokes or sing songs has some sort of, at a fundamental level, desire to be paid attention to, and I’m no different. But my mother instilled in me an incredible desire to learn and an incredible curiosity about the world and an incredible joy in achieving things. And she also put me in creative-writing classes and acting classes when I was a little kid and encouraged me to do stuff. So that’s probably the biggest influence in what got me here."

    We’re concluding our Emmys series with another one of this year’s nominees, Jon Hamm.  He actually had two nominations this year—for outstanding lead actor in a dramatic series for his performance as Don Draper on AMC’s Mad Men, and for his work as a producer on the series.  He’s received a total 13 nominations during his career, but has yet to win.  

    Hamm spoke to Fresh Air in 2010. In the interview he talks about how the loss of his parents influenced his choice to pursue acting: 

    "Had both my parents been around, I probably would have done something completely different with my life. I think all performers come from a place of self-doubt and pain. Ray Romano said once, very accurately and hilariously, that if his dad had spent more time with him he would have been an accountant instead of a comedian. I think that anybody who wants to get on stage or tell jokes or sing songs has some sort of, at a fundamental level, desire to be paid attention to, and I’m no different. But my mother instilled in me an incredible desire to learn and an incredible curiosity about the world and an incredible joy in achieving things. And she also put me in creative-writing classes and acting classes when I was a little kid and encouraged me to do stuff. So that’s probably the biggest influence in what got me here."

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  1. Posted on 15 August, 2014

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    Monday on Fresh Air we’re going to talk about the science of booze and hangovers. So, cheers! (And have a great weekend)

    Monday on Fresh Air we’re going to talk about the science of booze and hangovers. So, cheers! (And have a great weekend)

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  1. 2014 Emmy Award Nominations are out today.

    We’ve got interviews with several of the nominees: 

    Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Matthew McConaughey, Tim Gunn, Jimmy Fallon, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Amy Poehler, Louis C.K, Fred Armisen/Carrie Brownstein, Tina Fey, Key & Peele, Amy Schumer, Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black), Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Noah Hawley (Fargo)

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  1. Jon Hamm poses with wax Don Draper at Madame Tussauds in New York.
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    Jon Hamm poses with wax Don Draper at Madame Tussauds in New York.

    Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty

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  1. Posted on 3 May, 2014

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    Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and Terry Gross discussed the memorable end to season six, when Don finally opens up and shows his kids the brothel where he grew up: 

    "Usually I start [a new season] with an image in my head [of the last shot], and that was the image. The execution of that image is a totally different thing. By the time you get there — when the camera is there, the crew is there, and the actors are there — the pressure is on to actually execute it.

    What we wanted to do was show that [his daughter] Sally [played by Kiernan Shipka] was both disgusted and illuminated and that she, like the rest of the world, was going to see Don. She had walked in on him with his mistress; and Megan is her friend, her stepmother. … The whole thing was already so damaged. But we set this thing up that she didn’t know who he was. They had the woman break into their house pretending to be her grandmother and Sally was fooled by it because she knows nothing about him.

    It really had to do with Kiernan, the actress, interacting with Jon Hamm [who plays Don] that made it work that way. I think Jon Hamm looked at her like: “Take it or leave it, baby. This is what it is. I’m being honest with you.” And she looked at it like: “That’s gross, but oh my God that’s who you are.”

    The best thing is, to me, no words: “This is where I grew up.” No words, and that’s the part that I find, as a viewer, sinks into me in any entertainment.”

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  1. Posted on 1 May, 2014

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    Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner tells Fresh Air about Jon Hamm’s audition for Don Draper. It’s hard to believe that it wasn’t that long ago Hamm was an ‘unknown person,’ isn’t it? 

"It’s become part of the legend of the show that he had to audition seven times, and that was not my doing. He was an unknown person and [the network] required some convincing to rest this multi-million dollar property on an unknown person. …
My litmus test was, at the end of the pilot you find out that he’s married and I would just sort of watch the audition and say, “Do I hate this man? Do I hate this man for cheating on his wife? Do I hate him after everything I’ve seen?” And Jon had a depth and maybe carries — even if it’s fictional — a sense of a wound, a sense of a conscience, a sense of conflict. You’re seeing it on the show all the time. He brought that to it.
Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I think, “Oh my God, what if I didn’t cast him?” You know? Well, I wouldn’t have a show.”

    Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner tells Fresh Air about Jon Hamm’s audition for Don Draper. It’s hard to believe that it wasn’t that long ago Hamm was an ‘unknown person,’ isn’t it? 

    "It’s become part of the legend of the show that he had to audition seven times, and that was not my doing. He was an unknown person and [the network] required some convincing to rest this multi-million dollar property on an unknown person. …

    My litmus test was, at the end of the pilot you find out that he’s married and I would just sort of watch the audition and say, “Do I hate this man? Do I hate this man for cheating on his wife? Do I hate him after everything I’ve seen?” And Jon had a depth and maybe carries — even if it’s fictional — a sense of a wound, a sense of a conscience, a sense of conflict. You’re seeing it on the show all the time. He brought that to it.

    Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I think, “Oh my God, what if I didn’t cast him?” You know? Well, I wouldn’t have a show.”

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  1. Tomorrow Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner joins us to talk about the seventh season and the beginning of the end. 
(And dishes about the cast’s first auditions) 
Photo by Art Streiber for Newsweek. View in High-Res

    Tomorrow Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner joins us to talk about the seventh season and the beginning of the end. 

    (And dishes about the cast’s first auditions) 

    Photo by Art Streiber for Newsweek.

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  1. Posted on 29 April, 2014

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    Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner spoke to the New York Times about books, writing, and what inspired him to create: 

    NYT: Who is your favorite novelist of all time?

    Matthew Weiner: Gabriel García Márquez. I suppose there’s no doubt that he is considered one of the greatest writers of all time, but I’m aware that this is a product of the time period in which I live. I read “One Hundred Years of Solitude” in college during a semester abroad in Spain and was on a train when I finished it, surrounded by strangers, dumbstruck that it was over and marveling that all of this came out of a human being. What was called then “magic realism” was exactly how I experienced the world. And the little poetic justices, like the character who had a withered arm because he once raised it to hit his mother, filled me with the desire to create.

     

    Matthew Weiner will be on Fresh Air on Thursday to discuss the seventh and final season of Mad Men. 

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  1. Jon Hamm explains emotions on Sesame Street. 

    (You’re welcome)

    Happy Hump Day, people! 

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  1. This review discusses the plotline of Mad Men, up through the end of Season Six: 

Our TV critic David Bianculli was given the tricky task of reviewing the Season Seven opener of Mad Men, without giving too much away: 

When we last saw Jon Hamm as Madison Avenue advertising genius Don Draper, Draper had stripped off the façade he had worn as protection throughout the series. He confessed to his true past, as a boy raised in a whorehouse — not only to his children, but to his colleagues at work, during a pitch to an advertising client. Immediately, he lost his chance to move to the West Coast office his firm was opening — and there were bound to be other consequences. This final season, it appears, will be all about those consequences.
Don always has been resourceful, and resilient, and those traits are in full display in the season seven opener. His confession last season has altered him — in his behavior as well as his demeanor, he’s a noticeably changed man. You can tell that even from one of the few scenes from Mad Men that reveals no secrets about where the series is going — just that Don is going somewhere, on a plane.



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    This review discusses the plotline of Mad Men, up through the end of Season Six: 

    Our TV critic David Bianculli was given the tricky task of reviewing the Season Seven opener of Mad Men, without giving too much away: 

    When we last saw Jon Hamm as Madison Avenue advertising genius Don Draper, Draper had stripped off the façade he had worn as protection throughout the series. He confessed to his true past, as a boy raised in a whorehouse — not only to his children, but to his colleagues at work, during a pitch to an advertising client. Immediately, he lost his chance to move to the West Coast office his firm was opening — and there were bound to be other consequences. This final season, it appears, will be all about those consequences.

    Don always has been resourceful, and resilient, and those traits are in full display in the season seven opener. His confession last season has altered him — in his behavior as well as his demeanor, he’s a noticeably changed man. You can tell that even from one of the few scenes from Mad Men that reveals no secrets about where the series is going — just that Don is going somewhere, on a plane.

    Photo by Michael Yarish/AMC

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  1. Posted on 27 March, 2014

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    timemagazine:

TIME’s new Mad Men cover on the show that made television history by making history into television, plus behind–the-scene extras from the final season. 
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    timemagazine:

    TIME’s new Mad Men cover on the show that made television history by making history into television, plus behind–the-scene extras from the final season. 

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  1. New Mad Men photos are here! Show creator Matthew Weiner hasn’t revealed what year(s) Season 7 will take place in, but the clothes can give us a clue. Work it, Joanie.

    Images via Frank Ockenfels/AMC

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  1. Happy New Year! See you in 2014.
-Fresh Air

    Happy New Year! See you in 2014.

    -Fresh Air

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  1. See you Monday, then!

Ah yes, and Fresh Air Weekend is Graham Nash and Billy Crystal. Enjoy!

    See you Monday, then!

    Ah yes, and Fresh Air Weekend is Graham Nash and Billy Crystal. Enjoy!

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  1. Posted on 9 October, 2013

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    Gonna [nonchalantly] twist through Wednesday.

    Gonna [nonchalantly] twist through Wednesday.

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