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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.

Skylar Astin

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Skylar Astin had a lot of jobs in high school. First of all, he was already acting professionally. But he also worked as a telemarketer, which he used as an opportunity to practice his dialects, and at Hollister, where he had to ask grown men, "Do you support our flops?" This is the last episode of Season 3, so thanks for listening and don't forget to share with a celebrity-obsessed friend!

Oct 19 2021

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Noah Wyle

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Noah Wyle of "ER" fame went to a boarding school, where, in addition to his schoolwork, he had to care for a horse. But in between mucking out the stall and riding practice, he still found time to get in plenty of trouble and discover his passion for acting.

Oct 12 2021

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Megan Mullally

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Megan Mullally, AKA Karen from "Will and Grace," knew she wanted to be a performer from day one. She entered high school focused on ballet, but one fateful cabaret-style singing performance gave her the bug.

Oct 05 2021

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Ryan O'Connell

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When Ryan O'Connell, the creator of "Special," came out of the closet, he threw a sexuality reveal party that was the talk of his high school. Plus, growing up with cerebral palsy, wanting his life to be like the movie "Thirteen," and how a medical malpractice lawsuit changed his life.

Sep 28 2021

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Joel Kim Booster

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Comedian Joel Kim Booster left home at the age of 17 after his super-Christian parents learned he was gay. On this episode, he explains how he navigated that alongside the regular trials and tribulations of high school.

Sep 21 2021

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Sydnee Washington

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Comedian Sydnee Washington's high school experience was the opposite of boring. Going to prom with her godbrother? Check. Setting her house on fire? Check again. Plus, hear about the case of toxic shock syndrome so memorable it "made her who she is today." 

Sep 14 2021

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John Early

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If you're familiar with comedian and "Search Party" actor John Early, you will not be surprised to learn that, in high school, he was friends with his female teachers, tormented his male teachers, and took it upon himself to whip the drama department into shape. Don't worry though, there's plenty you will be surprised by, too.

Sep 07 2021

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Ana Gasteyer

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Before SNL's Ana Gasteyer was an actor, singer, and sketch comedian, she was a violinist. In fact, she once spent her precious summer months at a chamber music camp she describes as a "living hell." Plus, hear all about her devastating senior year musical casting and the rats that haunted her childhood home.

Aug 31 2021

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Nina West

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Drag queen Nina West went to a Catholic high school, which made coming to terms with his sexuality...interesting. But he managed to dodge the girls who had crushes on him and see his first drag show at the local gay bar.

Aug 24 2021

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.