Laura Linney

Interview

Friday, March 26, 2010

Laura Linney starred in the indie film gems, "You Can Count on Me," and "The Savages," but her first love is the theater. This weekend she wraps up her Broadway appearance as an injured war photographer in Donald Margulies's "Time Stands Still." In her conversation with Alec Baldwin, she reveals the joys and heartbreaks that come with being a full-time actor. Linney also talks about her upcoming role as a woman with cancer in the new Showtime series, "The Big C."

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Laura Linney

Comments [21]

dinky from chicago

i love love love alec's voice...i think it is one of the reason's why i enjoy watching - and listening - to "the royal tennenbaums" over and over...

Apr. 05 2010 05:55 PM
MLuk from New Jersey

Let me add to the voices chiming in to praise Alec Baldwin's turn as host of Studio 360--he was sharp, engaged and funny. And it was delightful to hear his voice purring through my radio!

Apr. 05 2010 02:26 PM
Pam Bradley from San Antonio, TX

Loved Alec Baldwin as a guest host. His voice is sooo smooth, & he genuinely seems interested in his guests, Laura Linney, & Mary Karr. I thought he did a great job w/both!!

Apr. 04 2010 10:18 AM
Jenny from Studio 360

Apologies to our listeners in Canada!

We've found a YouTube version of "The Big C" preview and have posted it now.

Mar. 31 2010 12:25 PM
Eliza from Watertown, MA

At first, I was little surprised at the choice of Alec Baldwin as substitute host. After listening to his show with Ms. Linney and Ms. Karr, I could not be more delighted. His style is his own, he is funny, humble and self deprecating.

I hope you will use him as often as you can.

My one bit of criticism might be that he tends to insert himself into his interviews too much. In small doses, I enjoy the repartee.

~eliza

Mar. 31 2010 09:07 AM
John Buck, Jr. from Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Alec did a great job.... but Kurt is fascinating to listen to as well! The guests on Studio 360 are always wonderful, but to hear Alec interview another actor (Laura) was really special. I enjoyed that piece alot. With all of Kurt's troubles (teeth, kayaking, automotive difficulties - trunk) will he really be in any shape to return next week?

Mar. 30 2010 03:47 PM
JAFO

I suspect Kurt Anderson regrets having Alec Baldwin do this program for him. He should have asked Sarah Palin to sit in for him. Alec Baldwin is so smooth.

Mar. 30 2010 02:44 PM
pia

@DrBOP I couldn't agree more. Why don't you just put the video om youtube or something? For those people who live outsite the US!

Mar. 30 2010 05:54 AM
DrBOP from Canada

Why in the HELL is this video not available here in Canada???? Copyright WHAT??? Alec Baldwin's jockstrap??? Laura Linney's lipstick shade??? STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!STUPID!!!!!!!!!!STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar. 29 2010 07:55 PM
dflandro from Cambridge, MA

Move over Terry Gross, this was the best interview I have ever heard on NPR and that is saying A LOT. I was pleasantly surprised by Mr. Baldwin's mastery at interviewing both guests. I thought he was serious the first time I heard that Kurt Andersen was kayaking around the world. Hilarious! I don't regularly listen to this show, but I am now a fan.

Mar. 29 2010 08:41 AM
Kimber VanRy from Brooklyn, NY

I listened to this twice over the air. An absolutely joyous interview by two lovers of their craft and two lovers of NYC.

No slight to Kurt, but Alec owned this.

Please, please, please have Alec do this again...

Mar. 28 2010 11:03 PM
Ann Jackson from Massachusetts

Alec Baldwin? I'm confused. I thought he just a silly, angry man. Pleasantly surprised to find him gentle, smart, clever, informed.
Very nice. One question? Is Kurt Andersen really on a whale hunt for pleasure? I hope it's really a whale watch. If not, then I hope Mr. Andersen shares what he sees and does not participate. I won't be able to listen to him again.

Mar. 28 2010 05:02 PM
Hank from Los Angeles, CA

Not to dis Kurt, but the difference between the two IS interesting...

Alec interviews with his whole being, his head and his heart. Kurt mainly interviews with his head.

I've always found it strange that for a show about art, the host is so... well... emotionally distant and heady. Isn't the best art created out of real feeling? Fire. Passion. Sadness. Anger. Sometimes I think Kurt misses the point because he doesn't want to go to that place: he doesn't examine the work from an emotional point of view, he doesn't want to (or can't) be emotional.

Don't get me wrong, Kurt is a wonderful thinker, but I prefer a little more heart in my radio and my art.

Kurt, keep on thinking...

Alec, make your own show!

Mar. 28 2010 03:22 PM
Dale Hardman from Jersey City, NJ

Dear WNYC,

Alec Baldwin's guest hosting Kurt's show today was a delight. Alec's genuine engagement with Laura Linney and Ms. Carr, show why his warmth, excellent questions, intelligence, humor, voice timbre and most important, listening skills make him a preferred choice to fill in when Kurt's away, or even host his own show.

I have listened to Kurt since before he originated, wrote and produced studio360 and do not find some snide remarks posted here to be true at all. Kurt's intelligence, creativity and genuine interest in his guests is why studio360 is such a great show.

I hope that WNYC recognizes the majority of us love Kurt and the Bright Moments he brings for all our enjoyment. And I await Alec Baldwin's return soon.

Mar. 28 2010 12:17 PM
Scott from Fort Monmouth, NJ (member of WCPN in Cleveland, OH)

Nothing to say except that Alec Baldwin needs a radio show. An utterly captivating episode.

Mar. 28 2010 11:06 AM
Chris from Cleveland, OH

I am listening to the show and feel compelled to send a note during the program break. Bravo to Alec Baldwin. Terrific interviewer. More please. Love Kurt Anderson. Give Alec a radio program of his own, soon!

Mar. 28 2010 10:21 AM
Vic from !

Dear Constance,
Kurt's a big boy, and he's been around the block, I'm sure, at least, a few times around Union Square (SPY)
Anyway, I'm not suggesting that Alec Baldwin go after Studio 360, and Kurt Andersen's job.
With a little imagination, I'd like to see WNYC re-develop dramatic radio broadcasting with artistic contributions from such fine actors as Alec Baldwin.
Revive works from the Columbia Workshop, Orson Welles era.
Encourage contemporary writers and actors that there is another outlet for their artistic expression on the radio.
Use your own imagination.

Mar. 27 2010 11:42 PM
Constance Wiggins from Berkeley

Studio 360 hasn't been on here yet this week but if it makes people feel great to make Kurt feel bad about having a guest host I guess you folks have done the trick. Why does everyone have to be so snide? I love Alec Baldwin and have been looking forward to hearing him guest host tonight but that doesn't mean I want to make Kurt feel bad when he returns and reads the comments. Jeesh!

Mar. 27 2010 10:55 PM
Vic from !

Dear Kurt and WNYC,
Great choice having Alec Baldwin as your guest host this week on Studio 360. In the coming weeks, if Mr. Baldwin is found wondering around the halls at the station, please don't have him escorted out of the building again. This time, sit him down at a microphone, and let him talk on the radio. I'm sure this man with such a rich and expressive voice would love to have his own radio gig, here, in New York City.
Perhaps, Mr. Baldwin could even put together some of his actor buddies to perform a radio drama in The Greene Space at WNYC. This would be such an engaging and memorable event for the station, and for the actors, and above all, for the listeners.
Ever since, THE FALL OF THE CITY, back in May of 2009, I've been waiting for another great dramatic radio production...but I've heard of nothing on the horizon from WNYC.
Best regards

Mar. 27 2010 09:18 PM
pat from Mass.

I thought Brett was right to say that it was very enjoyable to have Alec Baldwin hosting today. He is very entertaining, but you can also tell that he's genuinely interested in his guests. What made everything fit perfectly was how delighted his guests were with him, but also how he was able to disarm them with his charm.

Still, I never felt Kurt Anderson's elitism. Actually, since I gave up so much of time listening to NPR (something that's hard to do on a casual basis) I always skipped Studio 360, until a story caught my attention and I found myself (yet again) unable to step outside my vehicle.

Of course, I will come back... I love Studio 360, but I'm even more excited to get other guest hosts on a regular basis or, better yet, offer Mr. Baldwin a job!

Many thanks!

Mar. 27 2010 08:03 PM
Brett from Wasington, DC

Sigggghhhhh. Today I listened to Alec Baldwin host Studio 360 and I felt something I haven't felt in a long long time: actual enjoyment of Studio 360. Don't get me wrong—it's a fantastic show, features great stories, and the staff should be very proud of their work. Just one humungous problem: Kurt Anderson!!! I'm sure he's a perfectly good guy, because I assume everyone in Public Radio is ; )
BUT, he comes across - whether deserved or not - as snobby, snooty, elitist, condescending, and pompous. What a pleasure to hear this show as it could be, with a different, more likable host. Ahhhhhh.... sigh... It would be nice to listen to this otherwise great show again.

Mar. 27 2010 03:53 PM

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