All of the Above with Norman Lear

All of the Above with Norman Lear takes listeners on an enlightening ride of conversation, from comedy to family, current events, music, politics, social issues and more. While topics will cover any and everything you can think of, the show will always feature the unique perspectives of celebrities, politicians and everyday folk. Celebrity guests include Julia Louis Dreyfus, Jerrod Carmichael, Amy Poehler and more. Soon to be 95, World War II veteran, writer, producer, director, and creator of such legendary sitcoms as All In The Family, Good Times, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Maude, and many others that defined and revolutionized American television, Lear brings his progressive and boundary-moving voice to the microphone with this rare and intimate weekly conversation.


Garry Marshall Theater - Modern Masters

All of the Above brings you Norman's evening at the Garry Marshall Theater as part of their "Modern Masters" series. Hosted by Christine Lakin and discussing Norman's incredible career and the changing landscape of television. Plus, he takes listener questions!
01:10:30 1/15/2018

Past Episodes

Actress Rashida Jones joins Norman and Paul to talk about her TV work and Angie Tribeca, being the child of famous parents, and the importance of having discussions about being bi-racial.
00:58:12 1/8/2018
Writer/Producer Steve Levitan joins Norman and Paul to talk about his career, the enormous success of Modern Family, how he stays healthy, and adjusting to modern ways of life.
00:57:52 1/1/2018
A re-airing of Bob Scheer's podcast, Scheer Intelligence in which he and Norman discuss the state of affairs today. Plus, Norman recaps his time at the Kennedy Center honors.
01:12:51 12/25/2017
Journalist and author Gretchen Carlson sits down with Norman and Paul to talk about her new book, "Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Back Your Power".
01:00:15 12/18/2017
A re-airing of Norman's appearance on the Tavis Smiley podcast, Tavis Talks. The legendary television producer discusses the definitive chronicle documentary of his life, work, and achievements, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.
00:52:49 12/11/2017
Funny man and fellow podcaster Adam Carolla joins Norman and Paul to talk about his myriad shows and his broadcast history.
01:03:17 12/4/2017
Actors Jermaine Fowler and Judd Hirsch join Norman and Paul to talk about their show, "Superior Donuts". Plus, their working together on the show, how they got stated in the industry, and upbringings.
01:12:58 11/27/2017
Writer, Director, Producer Judd Apatow joins Norman solo in studio to talk about his upcoming projects, producing The Big Sick, his parents divorce helping influence his comedy, his upcoming stand up special, and how his kids contribute to his humor. Plus, Norman talks about working with Frank Sinatra and Jerry Lewis.
00:58:45 11/20/2017
Former CEO of Paramount Pictures Sherry Lansing joins Norman and Paul to talk about breaking doors down for women in the industry, the films she put in motion for Paramount, her marriage to director William Friedkin, and why she never pursued an acting career.
00:57:23 11/13/2017
Director and legend Rob Reiner sits down with Norman and Paul to discuss what its like growing up around Norman and friends of his father, getting a helping hand from Cary Grant, being in High School drama class with Albert Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss, and working with Norman on getting his first films off the ground. Plus, he talks about his latest film with Woody Harrelson, LBJ.
00:57:00 11/6/2017
Actor John C. McGinley sits down with Norman and Paul to talk about his work with Oliver Stone, putting your body through physical changes for a role, how actors self-sabotage themselves during the audition process, what it feels like when you've got Elvis dust, and advocating and working for people with down syndrome.
00:57:10 10/30/2017
Producer Brian Grazer joins Norman and Paul to talk about his extensive career, how something like The Nutty Professor succeeds, his 16 Emmy nominations, how his career got started, writing Splash, his friendship/work with Ron Howard, and his maybe date with Princess Diana.
01:06:05 10/23/2017
Musician and producer T-Bone Burnett joins Norman and Paul to discuss how he got his nickname, his writing process, modern music mirroring the musical push-back of the 60's, the story of his new musical about Roy Rogers, and a little Buddy Holly jamming. Plus, he gives us a sneak peek at one of his new songs.
01:05:13 10/16/2017
Writer, speechwriter, producer, and fellow podcaster Jon Lovett joins Norman and Paul to talk about his show Lovett or Leave It, working on Pod Save America, writing speeches for Hillary Clinton and jokes for Barack Obama, and having a personal experience when Ellen DeGeneres came out of the closet on her TV show.
00:57:55 10/9/2017
Norman is joined by guests Justina Machado, Luiz Guzman, Lisa Vidal, Mariem Perez & Carlitos Ruiz, and Roselyn Sanchez to discuss recovering after hurricane Maria and how people can offer relief to those in need in Puerto Rico. They ensure the donations that Voices of Puerto Rico receives go to non-profits on the Island as opposed to the government. Plus, they discuss the fact that they need more presence from the US and the strategy of the Puerto Rican government. You can go to for more information.
00:47:49 9/28/2017
Showrunner, creator, and young legend Ryan Murphy joins Norman and Paul to talk about All in the Family's influence on him, Donald Trump and Jim Jones influencing the premise for American Horror Story Cult, embracing his sexuality and using it to promote change, and the kinds of TV he watches.
01:03:37 9/25/2017
Film and TV producer and spiritual success coach DeVon Franklin joins Norman and Paul to talk about his new book The Hollywood Commandments, starting as an intern for Will Smith, the integrity of people in Hollywood, how his faith was defined and how it has defined him, and misusing Jesus as a political tool.
00:52:48 9/18/2017
Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer join Norman and Paul to talk about how the show got started, getting Amy Poehler to say yes to their web-series, improv versus scripted tv, and have a few questions for Norman. Plus, they all run an improv scene together!
00:41:02 9/11/2017
The last madam, author, and parrot activist discusses how her prostitution ring in Los Angeles began, working with the crazy madam Alex, her clientele and their preferences, as well as her work in Las Vegas with Macaws and the madam she inherited them from.
01:07:46 9/4/2017
USC Professor Marty Kaplan joins Norman and Paul to talk about the impact of news and entertainment on culture, their founding of the Norman Lear center, the importance of Bollywood and Nollywood globally, and the sad truth about the amount of real news we actually receive.
01:04:04 8/28/2017
Musician and composer Kris Bowers to talk about he and Norman's work together as well as his work on the new Netflix show Dear White People. Plus, friend of the show and Winky aka James Fairorth talks about his work in staging for live shows and how to bring audiences into an artists performance.
01:06:19 8/21/2017
The mic is turned around on Norman as he sits down for a conversation with Charles Barkley on his new show American Race. Listen as they discuss his influence on creating monumental shows for the black community, where his inspiration for equality came from, the importance of President Obama, and racial stereotyping in entertainment and the media.
00:54:28 8/14/2017
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger joins Norman and Paul in studio to talk about her show Truth and Eliza, whats required of women in the world, her upcoming book Girl Logic, girls shaving the hairs on their big toes, millennials having the least sex of any generation, excessive capitalism taking advantage of people, and the difficulty of the human condition.
00:59:57 8/7/2017
TV producer Geovanni Brewer and Jeffrey Fischgrund discuss her career, taking risks, being in an interracial couple, and treating no one with a "less than" attitude.
00:40:13 7/31/2017
Writers and producers of the Hulu show "East Los High" Mauricio and Katie Mota join Norman and Paul with their mutual friend Dean Ernest Wilson to discuss Latino TV, that minority audiences are not niche, and the upcoming exciting movie to conclude the show.
01:03:32 7/24/2017
Producer, writer, and host Phil Rosenthal joins Norman and Paul to talk about his success on "Everybody Loves Raymond", his travel and food show "I'll Have What Phil's Having", and his exciting upcoming Netflix project.
00:51:30 7/17/2017
Comedian Jay Mohr joins Norman and Paul to discuss the modern eras lack of civility and our over dependence on technology, how bullshit cant save us, his being a sufficient narcissist, and how he got started. Plus, a very touching poem he wrote for his mother and plenty of Christopher Walken impressions.
01:08:36 7/10/2017
Actor Martin Sheen joins Norman and Paul to talk about his recent work on Grace and Frankie, Hollywood history, and the difficult realities of world history. Plus, also joining is Martin and Norman's Barber Little Joe who talks about his long and celebrity filled career.
01:00:25 7/3/2017
Showrunner, creator, and writer Kenya Barris joins Norman and Paul to talk about Black-ish, his new projects, the struggles of launching TV shows, the intricacies of the Obama Presidency, and the dangers of our political future.
01:06:46 6/26/2017
Actress Justina Machado joins Norman and fill in co-host Brent to talk about their work together on One Day at a Time, how her career got started, and all the ups and downs of being a working actor.
01:03:41 6/19/2017
Actor Stephen Tobolowsky joins Norman and Paul to talk about his career, working on the new One Day at a Time, spirituality, and his new book.
01:23:08 6/12/2017
Actress America Ferrera joins Norman and Paul to discuss her acting career, how she got started, the new season of Superstore, and why it's important for actors to use their voice to talk about the issues that matter.
01:08:26 6/5/2017
Actor Kevin Bacon talks about his new Amazon show, "I Love Dick", his historic career, some of his favorite memories, and being part of a multi talented family.
00:54:41 5/29/2017
Actresses Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda join Norman and Paul to talk about Grace and Frankie, laughter keeping you young, how social media affects activism, and the state of America's affairs today.
00:32:28 5/22/2017
Actress Julia Louis Drefus joins Norman and Paul to talk about the new season of Veep, how the show got started, Norman's shows influence on her career, and their mutual love for Northwestern.
00:46:43 5/15/2017
Norman and Paul welcome actor and stand up comic Jerrod Carmichael. He talks about his show, The Carmichael Show, his new stand up special, Donald Trump and the state of America, and the use of a particular word in our society today.
01:04:06 5/8/2017
Amy Poehler joins Norman Lear and co-host Paul Hipp on the premiere episode of All of the Above! They chat about her new movie with Will Ferrell "The House, taking religion with a dash of humor, the All in the Family theme, and raising kids.
00:47:34 5/1/2017
"All Of The Above with Norman Lear" premieres Monday, May 1, 2017.
00:00:59 4/19/2017

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