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Beyond The Fame with Jason Fraley

WTOP Entertainment Editor Jason Fraley picks the brains of the most influential filmmakers, musicians and artists of our time in the new podcast “Beyond the Fame with Jason Fraley!” Based in the nation's capital, Jason has interviewed just about every famous figure you can imagine: Dave Chappelle, Carol Burnett, Garth Brooks, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Seinfeld, the list is endless! You’ve heard the highlights on the radio, but this is your chance to hear in-depth conversations about what makes these creative geniuses tick. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts, Google, Podcast DC or Spotify.

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Bill T. Jones

WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with legendary dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones, who is featured in the new documentary "Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters.” Jason spoke to him in 2017 about receiving the Portrait of a Nation prize by the National Portrait Gallery.

16mins

27 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Darlene Love

WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love, who celebrates her 80th birthday today! It's Christmas in July as they discuss her timeless holiday hit "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," as well as her role in the "Lethal Weapon" movies and her overdue spotlight in the Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet from Stardom."

17mins

26 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Kurt Angle

WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley celebrates the start of the Olympics with WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, who won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia. WTOP Sports Anchor Chris Cichon tag teams the interview to discuss Angle's favorite matches and moments.

22mins

23 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Parliament Funkadelic founder George Clinton, who celebrates his 80th birthday today! They spoke about his influential funk career from "Flashlight" to "Atomic Dog," as well as collaborating with the next generation from Snoop Dogg to Dr. Dre, 2Pac to Kendrick Lamar.

17mins

22 Jul 2021

Rank #4

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Chris Thile

WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Grammy-winning bluegrass artist Chris Thile, who performs at Wolf Trap this Saturday and Sunday. They discuss his bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, as well as his solo work and hosting his own version of "A Prairie Home Companion."

30mins

21 Jul 2021

Rank #5

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Stanley Jordan

WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with four-time Grammy nominated musician Stanley Jordan, who recently saluted Jimi Hendrix at Strathmore. Did you know Jordan also recorded the start-up sound for Apple computers in the 1990s?

18mins

20 Jul 2021

Rank #6

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Biz Markie

WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with late rapper Biz Markie, who died over the weekend at age 57. Markie joined us in 2015 to discuss living in Bowie, Maryland, his friendship with Doug E. Fresh and his collaborations with DJ Kool. He even beat-boxed the WTOP call letters.

9mins

19 Jul 2021

Rank #7

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Martha & The Vandellas

WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley celebrates the 80th birthday of Martha Reeves of the legendary Motown group Martha & The Vandellas! Reeves joined WTOP in 2015 for a trip down memory lane, sharing stories about the creation of "Nowhere to Run" and "Dancing in the Street."

34mins

18 Jul 2021

Rank #8

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Sugar Ray

WTOP Entertainment Reporter chats with Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath, who performs today at the Let's Go! Music Festival at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. They discuss the band's biggest hits from "Fly" to "Every Morning" to "Someday."

10mins

17 Jul 2021

Rank #9

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Paul Schrader

WTOP Entertainment Reporter Jason Fraley chats with Paul Schrader, screenwriter of Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver," which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival 45 years ago. Schrader also describes writing for Robert DeNiro in "Raging Bull" and directing Ethan Hawke in "First Reformed."

18mins

16 Jul 2021

Rank #10