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John Waters

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Today, I’m Talking Trash with John Waters!

Raised By Ricki with Ricki Lake and Kalen Allen

He’s shocking, raunchy, and can’t ever be censored. Today, Ricki talks to her lifelong friend John Waters, whose iconic film “Hairspray” has become a theater favorite. It’s also where Ricki, playing Tracy Turnblad, made her movie debut. After working on several films together, the two have become lifelong friends. They dish on their crazy memories of working on set, John’s appearance on The Ricki Lake Show, and what it’s like to have your work labeled as “trashy.” Please note, Raised By Ricki contains mature themes and may not be appropriate for all listeners.  Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia.  Joining Lemonada Premium is a great way to support our show and get bonus content. Subscribe today at bit.ly/lemonadapremium.  Raised by Ricki is sponsored by Harklinikken, the scalp health and hair growth brand foundational to Ricki Lake’s own hair journey. Join their membership program to get up to 50% off at harklinikken.com/ricki. Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows: lemonadamedia.com/sponsorsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


13 Oct 2022

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SOS : Compilation Conversations - John Waters - 60s British Invasion

3AW Weekend Nights

John Waters joins Simon to go through his favourite compilation album "60's British Invasion" and to chat about his amazing career on stage and screen and as a singer!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


8 Oct 2022

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In John Waters' Home (But Not In His Colon)

On the Media

John Waters is the writer and director of such cult classics like Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom, and his biggest mainstream success, Hairspray. He’s been making movies since the 1960s and this year he released his debut novel, Liarmouth: A Feel Bad Romance. The novel is an incredibly dirty romp filled with the kind of taboo storytelling that John Waters revels in. In his work, he shines a light on the worst of us but rarely to ridicule, more as a reminder of how gloriously sinful we can be, as we discussed when I spoke with him in his Manhattan home. His interest in the carnal, though, has its limits. “When I got a colonoscopy, they said, do you wanna watch? No!” he told us. “Why do I wanna go on a fantastic voyage up my a–hole?”  We also talked about money management, aging, and his secret to maintaining his many long friendships. “I do stay in touch and if anything bad happens to you, I call. If you get a bad review, I call. If you go to jail, I definitely am your first visit,” he laughed. “I never don't come visit you if you're in jail.” 


28 Sep 2022

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Jude Klassen on John Waters' Hairspray

Someone Else's Movie

Actor and filmmaker Jude Klassen, whose new film Stupid for You -- about a teenager who decides to reunite her mother's old punk band to impress a girl -- hits VOD today, is here to celebrate John Waters' 1988 breakthrough Hairspray, the movie about Ricki Lake and Divine accidentally enabling a civil-rights revolution in 1962 Baltimore ... and pissing off Sonny Bono and Debbie Harry in the process. It's a movie about teenage exuberance in the face of grown-up confusion, and also about seeing what Josh Charles looked like as a kid. Your genial host Norm Wilner is just happy for the chance to do The Roach.


16 Aug 2022

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115 - John Waters

The Mixed Reviews

Happy pride, let's get filthy! This week, Louie and Gavin travel deep into the sick, artistic world of the Pope of Trash, as they take a deep dive into the films of John Waters! From the Multiple Maniacs that make up his Dreamlanders, to the every day horrors hiding behind suburban Pink Flamingos, Polyester fabrics, and gallons of Hairspray! Don't be a Cry-Baby, hit play and get into this Female Trouble! If you have any questions/comments/suggestions for the show, follow us on twitter @TheMixedReviews, like us on Facebook, e-mail us at reviewsmixed@gmail.com, visit our Instagram or TikTok for extra content, or stop by our shop and pick up some podcast merchandise! Don't forget to subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Spotify, Podchaser, Audible, or Google. 

2hr 6mins

28 Jun 2022

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John Waters, Sasha LaPointe, and Deep Sea Diver

Live Wire with Luke Burbank

Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello discuss an emotional support pig and a DoorDasher who saved a customer's life. Plus, legendary filmmaker John Waters chats about his first novel Liarmouth and why he'll never leave Baltimore; writer Sasha LaPointe (Red Paint) unpacks her nomadic upbringing in the Pacific Northwest and why Twin Peaks made an impact on her as young Native woman; and indie rock group Deep Sea Diver performs "Shattering the Hourglass" from their album Impossible Weight.


13 May 2022

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John Waters Talks About His First Novel

The Book Review

The filmmaker, artist, author and general cultural icon John Waters visits the podcast this week to talk about his first novel, “Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance.” The book features three generations of women in the Sprinkle family, and their very complicated (and antagonistic) relationships with one another. The first of them we meet is Marsha, an unrepentant thief and overall misanthrope; but Waters says he still wants us to root for her.“She’s so crazy and so terrible that you can’t believe it at first,” Waters says. “And she’s quite serious about herself, as all fanatics are. No one in this book has much of a sense of humor about themselves, which, I think, can be played funny — the same way that when I made a movie, the main thing I told every actor was, ‘Never wink at the audience. Say it like you believe every single word.’”Also on this week’s episode, Elizabeth Harris discusses the winners of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes; and Dwight Garner and Jennifer Szalai talk about books they’ve recently reviewed. John Williams is the host.Here are the books discussed by The Times’s critics this week:“Tacky” by Rax King“The Last Days of Roger Federer” by Geoff DyerWe would love to hear your thoughts about this episode, and about the Book Review’s podcast in general. You can send them to books@nytimes.com.


13 May 2022

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Beyond The Fame with Jason Fraley

WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with John Waters to mark the 50th anniversary of "Pink Flamingos" premiering at the University of Baltimore on March 17, 1972. They spoke at the grand reopening of Baltimore's Parkway Theatre in 2017. You'll also hear from "The Wire" creator David Simon, Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels, MICA President Samuel Choi, former Maryland Film Festival programmer Eric Hatch and founding Maryland Film Festival Director Jed Dietz.


17 Mar 2022

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Informed Dissent - The Cumulative Effect of Courage-Ireland's Fight - John Waters

Informed Dissent

John Waters is an Irish columnist and author. He started his career with the music and politics magazine, Hot Press. He also wrote for the Sunday Tribune newspaper. He later edited the social magazine In Dublin, and the investigative and current affairs magazine Magill. He is best known for his work with The Irish Times. John has authored numerous books with the latest being Give us Back the Bad Roads published in 2019. Few are more qualified to talk about Irelands real response to the crisis gripping our world. Find out the differences and similarities between Ireland and the United States and what you can learn from it as a citizen of the United States and the world. Listen now as Dr. Jeff Barke and Dr. Mark McDonald go international with your Informed Dissent.Find out more and/or follow John Waters:https://substack.com/profile/17363364-john-watershttps://twitter.com/watersunchained?lang=enhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2020/04/freedom-isnt-just-another-wordSupport the showFor more Informed Dissent visit our website at Informed Dissent Media


3 Mar 2022

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Ep. 19 Female Trouble directed by John Waters

The Cult Film Companion Podcast

"Where do these people come from? Where do they go when the sun goes down? Isn't there a law or something?"- Rex Reed Who else didn't get cha-cha heels for Christmas? We're now available on Acast, iHeartRadio & Google Podcast. Follow us on Twitter (@CultFilmComp) & InstagramTitle Cards by paolinoContact him at paolinoArtworks@gmail.comSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-cult-film-companion-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 36mins

11 Jan 2022