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Seth Rudetsky's Back to School

We never really graduate from high school. The crushes, the break-ups, the frenemies, the starring roles, and the chorus parts…they all make us who we are today. On Back to School, Broadway mainstay and longtime talk show host Seth Rudetsky interviews celebrities about their high school experiences—and how those experiences continue to shape them.

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We never really graduate from high school. The crushes, the break-ups, the frenemies, the starring roles, and the chorus parts…they all make us who we are today. On Back to School, Broadway mainstay and longtime talk show host Seth Rudetsky interviews celebrities about their high school experiences—and how those experiences continue to shape them.

Camryn Manheim

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If you're looking for wild high school stories, you've come to the right place. Camryn Manheim's teenage years included an arrest, suing her own father, and something called an "orgy tent." This is our last episode of the season; we'll see you in the new year! 

Dec 08 2020

48mins

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Caroline Rhea

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Comedian and actress Caroline Rhea went to a tiny, all-girls high school in Canada. Here, she describes her extremely innocent upbringing, including how she made money by sewing and selling stuffed mice in Elizabethan costumes.

Dec 01 2020

32mins

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Judy Gold

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Growing up, comedian Judy Gold was teased relentlessly for being tall. She finally found her place—and sense of humor—among the band kids. Plus, she had a secret girlfriend long before she ever came out.

Nov 24 2020

37mins

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Marilu Henner

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Marilu Henner has no problem remembering high school. She has highly superior autobiographical memory, which means that she remembers virtually every day of her life in vivid detail. On this week's episode, she talks about growing up in a house that was also a dance studio and performing in the original company of "Greece." 

Nov 17 2020

37mins

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Mario Cantone

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On this episode, Mario Cantone (AKA Anthony from "Sex and the City") talks about the teacher who made him feel comfortable coming out in the '70s and his mother's many insurance scams. 

Nov 10 2020

31mins

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Colleen Ballinger

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Colleen Ballinger, AKA Miranda Sings, was raised super-Christian. She was homeschooled through the eighth grade and had, in her words, "hair down to her butt." Then, she went to a public high school. Hear all about her rude awakening on this week's episode.

Oct 27 2020

44mins

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Dana Delany

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"Desperate Housewives" actress Dana Delany went to four different high schools in four years. On this episode, she opens up about boarding school, heartbreak, and why she always celebrates the anniversary of the day she lost her virginity. 

Oct 20 2020

36mins

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Bowen Yang

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Bowen Yang is a cast member on Saturday Night Live. But in high school, he was fighting for stage time against a drama teacher who was determined to keep him in the ensemble. Plus, he describes the fateful AOL chat window that outed him to his parents. Catch Bowen on SNL or check out his podcast, Las Culturistas.

Oct 13 2020

44mins

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BD Wong

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These days, BD Wong is a seasoned and acclaimed actor. But in high school, he once entered a scene seven minutes late because he couldn't find the prop. Plus, he talks about his adventures at San Francisco gay bars in the '70s. 

Oct 06 2020

33mins

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Patrick Wilson

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You may think someone as handsome and talented as Patrick Wilson would have an easy time in high school. And you would be *mostly* right. But he did have his fair share of heartbreak, injury, and getting in trouble. Hear all about it on this week's episode. 

Sep 29 2020

27mins

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Maureen McCormick

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Maureen McCormick, AKA Marcia Brady, was already a famous working actress when she was a teenager. But it turns out, she also went to regular public school when she wasn't filming! Here, she talks about making out at the movies and riding to prom in the back of a pickup truck. 

Sep 22 2020

34mins

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Rosie Perez

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Growing up, Rosie Perez lived in a Catholic convent home in Dutchess County. So when she finally moved in with her aunt and started attending high school in Queens, it was a major culture shock. In this episode, she talks about the kid from her block who gave her kissing lessons and defending herself when four girls attacked her in the park with a switchblade.

Sep 15 2020

45mins

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Wayne Brady

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When Wayne Brady entered high school, he joined the ROTC program, thinking he would go into the military like his dad. But now he realizes that what he really liked about it was getting to wear a costume. On this episode, he talks about being a poor kid at a rich school and how theater made him feel at home.

Sep 08 2020

41mins

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Martin Short

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On the first episode of Season 2, Seth catches up with comedy legend Martin Short. Growing up, Martin hosted an imaginary variety show in his parents' attic and was funny enough to get himself out of trouble. He also talks about losing his brother and parents at a young age and how it brought him closer to his siblings.

Sep 01 2020

35mins

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Bebe Neuwirth

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You may know Bebe Neuwirth as Lilith from “Cheers,” but she’s been performing basically her entire life. And performing was all she wanted to do—which is why she spent most of her high school years smoking weed and longing for Broadway. This is the final episode of the first season of Seth Rudetsky’s Back to School. We’ll be back soon with Season 2!

May 18 2020

33mins

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Jason Alexander

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Don’t mess with Jason Alexander. He’s been studying martial arts since he was a kid, and has had to use it a few times as an adult. Here, he also talks about the perks and pitfalls of becoming a professional actor at just 14.

May 11 2020

46mins

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Bob the Drag Queen

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The first time Bob the Drag Queen did drag, it was for Spirit Week. But it was another student’s drag that inspired him to come out. Plus, he talks about his childhood dream of becoming a wrestling announcer and tells the story of a karmic fistfight.

May 04 2020

44mins

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Allison Janney

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When Oscar winner Allison Janney was in high school, she was on her way to becoming a professional ice skater. Then, a freak accident forced her to change course. Plus, she admits to less wholesome teenage pastimes like cheating, shoplifting, and playing spin-the-bottle.

Apr 27 2020

41mins

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Rosie O'Donnell

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Rosie O’Donnell always knew she’d be famous, but she never thought she’d come out. On this episode, she talks about the difficulty of growing up without a mom and the people that helped her through it.

Apr 20 2020

39mins

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Sean Hayes

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Before Sean Hayes was winning Emmy awards, he was winning the Golden Crutch award for being the clumsiest person in his high school drama department. Hear how he earned the title, plus how he coped with getting hazed, on this week’s episode.

Apr 13 2020

29mins

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Fabulous

By CTWLA - Apr 27 2020
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Insightful, entertaining, and reflective. Seth is a wonderful, thoughtful host.

Don’t miss this!

By SantaClausIndiana - Apr 13 2020
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Seth is an American treasure! Don’t miss this fun and witty podcast.