The Great Creators with Guy Raz

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Become a more inventive, imaginative you. Every week, Guy Raz (creator of How I Built This) leads a deep dive conversation with someone at the top of their game. From conquering stage fright to learning to be more present and focused, you'll learn how each guest mastered their craft and ultimately became more successful in life. The result? An arsenal of tools and techniques you can apply to your own life and work, allowing you to harness your talent and become a better version of yourself.



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Ryan Tedder: OneRepublic Frontman and Songwriter to Stars like Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and Adele
00:57:20

Ryan Tedder is the lead singer and multi-instrumentalist of the band OneRepublic. He’s also a producer and songwriter behind hits such as Adele’s Rumor Has It and Beyonce’s Halo. He joins Guy to talk about growing up in a religious family, tackling his stagefright, using personal experiences to write music, working with star musicians, and how to choose singles during the TikTok age.

Links from the show:

Ryan performing “Apologize” solo for BBC Music:

OneRepublic’s music video for “I Ain’t Worried” featured in Top Gun: Maverick 

Music video for Adele’s “Rumor Has It” co-written by Ryan

Music video for Beyonce’s “Halo” co-written by Ryan

Music video for Paul McCartney’s “Fuh You” co-written by Ryan

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Jan 31, 2023
Carrie Brownstein: The Punk Icon and "Portlandia" Co-Creator on the Myth of the Lone Genius
01:00:27

Carrie Brownstein has made iconic contributions to the worlds of music, with the indie-rock band Sleater-Kinney; and comedy, in the sketch comedy show Portlandia, which she co-created with Fred Armisen. She tells Guy about how the band found its sound, about the unlikely events that led to the birth of Portlandia, and why she had to take a break from Sleater-Kinney to finally face some childhood traumas.

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Jan 24, 2023
Macklemore: Why He Never Signed to a Label, His Struggle with Addiction, and Making Art that Means Something
01:05:00

The rapper Macklemore and his collaborator Ryan Lewis had their first two singles go straight to number one (Thrift Shop and Can't Hold Us). Even more amazing, they did it without being signed to a major label. Macklemore joins Guy to discuss why they stayed independent, his battle with addiction, why he feels indebted to the originators of hip-hop, and how to make music that means something.

Macklemore's new album BEN comes out March 3rd and can be pre-ordered here.

Links from the show:

Video for "Otherside"

Video for "Thrift Shop"

Video for "Can't Hold Us"

Video for "Glorious"

Short Doc from tour with Imagine Dragons

Video for "Maniac"

Video for "Faithful"

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Jan 17, 2023
Tom Hanks: Telling the Truth, Letting Go of Self-Consciousness, and Embracing the Fun
01:10:24

Tom Hanks has had more iconic roles than most actors have had roles. From Big, to Forrest Gump, to Saving Private Ryan, to 2022’s Elvis, Tom has played countless characters spanning across different genres and different decades. In this wide-ranging interview, Tom discusses the trajectory of his career, the importance of bringing his own ideas to the films he’s acted in, and how he has managed to stave off self-consciousness while remaining as authentic as possible.

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Jan 10, 2023
Billy Porter: The Star of "Pose" and "Kinky Boots" on Overcoming Adversity, Slaying the Red Carpet, and Staying Ready to be Ready
01:12:40

Billy Porter is an Emmy, Tony and Grammy-award winning artist known for lighting up the red carpet with his incredible ensembles. But success did not come easy for Billy. He tells Guy about his years in obscurity, why he never stopped working on his craft, and what led to his big break.

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Jan 03, 2023
Andrew Bird: How Solitude and Burnout Shaped an Acclaimed and Singular Musical Sound
00:59:15

Singer/songwriter and violinist Andrew Bird’s singular live performances -- a blend of Americana, indie folk, and jazz -- have been captivating audiences for 20 years. He tells Guy how his signature style started emerging during several seasons spent by himself in an Illinois barn, demonstrates his violin-looping technique in real time, and discusses how a moment of crisis in his family led him to rethink how he writes songs.

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Dec 27, 2022
Danny Elfman: From Avant-Garde Street Performer to Rock Star Film Composer
01:14:48

Danny Elfman is a musician best known for fronting the new wave band Oingo Boingo and for his scores on countless Tim Burton films (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman). He joins Guy to talk about his adventures in a traveling circus, his relentless battle with stage fright, his decision to leave the biggest job of his career, and how he recently did a solo set at Coachella that went viral.

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Dec 20, 2022
Bjork: The Icelandic Superstar on Being a Child Prodigy, the Power of Nature, and How to Stay Creative
00:58:50

Bjork is a singular artist whose work extends beyond her music to include acting and conceptual art. Her latest album, "Fossora," features a bass clarinet ensemble and the accompanying videos evoke mushrooms and tree roots. She talks with Guy about forming her unique vocal style, recording her first album at 11 years old, and why she uses symbols from nature to define each album.

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Dec 13, 2022
Andy Garcia: From Havana to Hollywood, an A-Lister Who Still Feels Like An Outsider
00:54:31

Andy Garcia is an actor (Ocean's 11, The Untouchables, The Godfather Part III) who is best known for playing the suave leading man alongside other Hollywood greats like Sean Connery, Diane Keaton, and Al Pacino. He talks to Guy about fleeing the Cuban Revolution, waiting tables for celebrities in Beverly Hills, and the best advice he got from Mario Puzo on how to prepare for The Godfather Part III.

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Dec 06, 2022
Jim Parsons: From Dreaming to Doing By Trusting Your Talent and Saying 'Yes'
01:00:50

Jim Parsons is an actor who became famous starring as Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory. But what you might not know about the on-screen super-nerd is that he's a classically trained stage actor. After twelve years playing the same character, now he's trying on new roles (Hollywood, Spoiler Alert, A Man of No Importance) that allow him to flex some different creative muscles. He talks to Guy about his lifelong ambition to be a star, the uncertainty of coming out, his love of New York City, and the first, scary steps taking on new roles.

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Nov 29, 2022
Zooey Deschanel: Stopping Stage Fright in Its Tracks, and How She Turned a “Disorder” Into a Superpower
00:56:13

Zooey Deschanel is an actor (New Girl, Elf, 500 Days of Summer) musician (She & Him), crafter, and entrepreneur (HelloGiggles, Lettuce Grow). She tells Guy how being diagnosed with ADHD as a child affected her life and career, how the "loneliness" of the actor's life led her to songwriting and her collaboration with M Ward, and how – right before landing her biggest role – she almost quit acting. Zooey also delivers some practical tips on how to turn fear into excitement, and makes the case that regularly pursuing new creative paths makes you better at everything else.

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Nov 22, 2022
Billy Eichner: Playing the Long Game and Breaking New Ground for LGBTQ Audiences
01:08:05

Billy Eichner is an actor, writer and comedian whose most recent film is the groundbreaking rom-com Bros. Billy talks to Guy about having to create his own path to success, how he developed the viral hit Billy on the Street, and what he hopes all audiences, straight and LGBTQ, will take away from Bros.

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Nov 15, 2022
Weird Al Yankovic: Achieving Massive Success by Leaning Into His True (Nerdy) Self
00:55:55

Alfred Matthew Yankovic, when he was six years old, was told by his parents to choose between accordion and guitar lessons. “And my parents being the visionaries that they were said, ‘Oh, young Alfred would love to play the accordion.’” Alfred, today better known as the chart-topping musician, satirist, and beloved nerd Weird Al Yankovic, tells Guy how that decision changed his life, and decades of popular music to come. They also discuss how Kurt Cobain saved Weird Al from a lifetime of spoofing Michael Jackson songs, and how intense the process of writing silly songs can be. 

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Nov 08, 2022
Graham Nash: Writing from Experience and Letting Your Heart Lead the Way
00:52:49

Graham Nash has made some of the most unforgettable music of the last century: songs like Marrakesh Express, Our House, and Just a Song Before I Go. And now, at the age of 80, he’s as creatively engaged as ever, still releasing new albums and roaming the streets of New York City in search of his next great photograph. He talks to Guy about where he continues to find inspiration, about the top-10 hit he wrote in 30 minutes, and about his famous--sometimes famously troubled--collaborations with David Crosby, Joni Mitchell, and others.

Links from the show:

  • Chapter on The Hollies from a Graham Nash documentary
  • Dispatch from a legendary 1974 Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young tour
  • Rolling Stone feature on Graham Nash’s book of photography “A Life In Focus”
  • Graham Nash’s speech at Joni Mitchell’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997
  • 2012 interview with David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash
  • Graham Nash’s Tiny Desk concert
  • Graham Nash sings “Our House” at a celebration of Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday in 2018
  • Graham Nash and Chris Stills perform “So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)” by the Everly Brothers


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Nov 01, 2022
Sigourney Weaver: Conquering Self-Doubt and How to Harness Your Instincts
00:54:19

Sigourney Weaver has appeared in more than 60 films, from her breakout role in Alien in 1979 and the blockbuster Aliens in 1986, to Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, and later Avatar, with many sequels in the works. Despite being raised by a family steeped in show business, Sigourney was reluctant to pursue acting for many years. In our conversation, Sigourney unpacks what was behind that reticence; tells Guy about her early years in avant-garde theater; talks about why, at first, she wasn’t all that interested in being in Alien; and explains why she takes issue with the idea that she tends to play “strong women.”

Links from the show:

  • The (pretty amazing) trailer for 1979's Alien
  • Ellen Ripley’s last stand in Alien
  • BBC story on Sigourney reuniting with the gorillas from Gorillas in the Mist
  • Sigourney in Working Girl
  • Sigourney plays a possessed Diana in Ghostbusters, with Bill Murray
  • Recent Boston Herald article on Sigourney’s very busy year
  • More on Sigourney’s new, 14-year-old character in the Avatar franchise


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Oct 25, 2022
Oak Felder: Making Music That Hits a Nerve and How Songwriting Can Be Like Therapy
00:47:35

Oak Felder is the producer and songwriter behind hits like Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” and Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful.” He talks to Guy about his upbringing in Turkey, why comfortable couches and blue lights help creativity, songs that bring him to tears, and how he helps artists unleash their creative potential.

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Oct 18, 2022
Nick Kroll: The Creative Breakthrough That Led to His ‘Exponential’ Growth
01:08:28

Nick Kroll is an actor and comedian (Kroll Show, Parks and Recreation) and the creator of Big Mouth and Human Resources on Netflix. He joins Guy to talk about developing outrageous characters, playing over-the-top villains, his quirky writing process, why everyone can benefit from improv classes, and his thoughts on comedy vs. “cancel culture.”

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Oct 11, 2022
The Chainsmokers: How to Craft the Perfect Artistic Partnership
00:54:50

The Chainsmokers production and DJ duo Alex Pall and Drew Taggart are behind the smash hits “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Closer.” They talk to Guy about why they stopped making remixes, how they moved past a breakthrough hit that felt like an artistic failure, and how they have managed to stay loyal to each other through the highs and lows.

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Oct 04, 2022
Audra McDonald: The Power of Taking On Work That Scares You
01:03:22

Audra McDonald (Master Class, Ragtime, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill) has won six Tony Awards--more performance wins than any other theater actor. (She's also won two Grammys and one Emmy along the way.) Still, each new role she takes scares her. Audra tells Guy why that fear is actually essential to her work, about her never-ending quest to know her characters better, and how it felt to have her friend and mentor Stephen Sondheim publicly pan one of her shows.

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Sep 27, 2022
Stephen Colbert: How “Breaking” on Stage Unlocked His Comedic Powers
00:50:31

Stephen Colbert has played many roles--an officious high school teacher in Strangers with Candy, and a bumbling blowhard on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Now, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he's facing his biggest challenge: being himself. Stephen talks to Guy about working through that challenge, about the early and enduring influence Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello had on his work, and about how Stephen Colbert the man related to Stephen Colbert the blustering pundit.

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Sep 20, 2022
Coming Soon – The Great Creators with Guy Raz
00:03:01

Trailer for The Great Creators with Guy Raz, which premieres September 20th.

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Sep 13, 2022