Conversational masters Arnett & Bateman (& Peggy) have achieved RSS-distributed greatness (sponsored by Amazon. Cos apparently recording a chat a putting out an RSS feed - which is what podcast distribution is - needs a team when you’re from Hollywoo!)
Biden was boring on his political career and interesting on young-people & grief, but always sincere.
The lads were mostly sincere, but - full credit to them - pulled the occasional wisecrack! Biden allowed himself one at the start, and credit to Arnett for letting it remain unbeaten. Contrary to Brad Cooper’s claim on his recent appearance, he let someone else be King in the room for once!
(listened today on Apple podcast)
Love the nervous energy in the lead-in to 6’, but that they still wisecrack
6’ Biden smashed it off the bat: “I know a lot of great theater: I know Trump”
10’ my man sleeps 11-8. Yes.
12’ almost falling asleep listening to him tbh
13’ “do you wanna appoint me golf tsar?” - Arnett
14’ they did fking ads? For 6 minutes. On the Pres! This is the consummation of American capitalism.. Hey, at least they rolled out big man Arnett
25’ biggest change: technology. Internet: “there’s no editors”. Gatekeepers begging for a censorious exec order.
31’ honestly such a boring story about why ran for Senate
32’ Sean Hayes on Plato/play-dough!
33’ msg for late-20s kids getting in politics: really vague, and then gets cut off by ads again!
38’ Bateman ribbing the Pres! “we blasting back and bis?”
40’ Biden broke math with suits: “more than 14 and less than 15”
42’ Biden promises hope on climate (as well as bipartisanship). Spent more on Amtrak than originally..
44’ R&D from 2 to 0.7 %. “My main goal on economy was to change the dynamic from trickle-down economy to building from the middle-out”. Wow no wonder he didn’t like Truss! Arnett quip: “trickle-down: I really wanna go find a billionarie and give him $10K, and just see if it gets down to the little guy”
47’ Biden admits why he’s on “I’m tryna talk to under-30s”. Well it’s worked: here I am!
48’ I love Bateman’s idea! The fact Arnett shies away is concerning..
50’ Covid: “1) 1m died, and affected 9m. 2) Generation of teens missed coming-of-age. Biden understands loss: “the pain never goes away, but you can do incredible things… people are genuinely empathetic if you give them a shot”. Uh oh, tears
53’ post-match: in-room: most genuinely empathetic person. “people skills, and vibe alone: wouldn’t you want someone like that represent you”. The greatest Byyeeee!!
My listen notes, in order of recommendation:
Bradley Cooper: how Arnett rescued him from addiction with honesty
Michael Lewis: real-talk about American billionaires
Jordan Peele: great industry insights. But Hosts a little coy talking on race, and felt like missed opportunity to acknowledge lack of guest diversity
Conan better as host. N.b. he interviewed Obama
Direct links to other eps I’ve just listened to:
Radiohead the real most unbelievable guest!
Sam Harris he brought his sincerity
Judd Apatow bit meh
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After completing my first pod - Flip Phone Diaries - back in 2018 while these lads still thought podcasts was an app, I look forward to returning with my next series in the next few months!