The Naked American Songbook

Series produced by WQXR

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The series that asks the question: what makes the Great American Songbook so darned great?

Through intimate, candid conversations with performers, artists, musicians and public figures, host Julian Fleisher addresses (and undresses) the near-mythic power of this enduring American art form.


19 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Ira Glass, Credit: Jesse Michener
Public radio superstar host Ira Glass switches seats and becomes guest on The Naked American Songbook.

Bought by Troy Public Radio, KICI, and KUER


  • Added: Aug 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Rachel Bloom, Credit: Imprint PR
Rachel Bloom, star and co-creator of the CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, is also a Disney Princess impersonator, a student of musical comedy, and a fa...

Bought by KICI


  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Stephin Merritt, Credit: Marcelo Krasilcic
The Naked American Songbook went LIVE with singer-songwriter-producer-genius Stephin Merritt, the force behind at least one indie-cult classic grou...

Bought by KICI


  • Added: Aug 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 1
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Julian asks "How do you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume?" As usual, the solution here is music.

Bought by KICI


  • Added: Jan 20, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Darren Criss: The Song is The Song Julian sits down with his youngest guest yet, to talk Chet Baker, Cole Porter, and the perpetual importance of t...

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  • Added: Jan 20, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Old friends reunite in The Jonathan Channel studios to rehash their strong feelings for the Great American Songbook.

Bought by KICI


  • Added: Dec 16, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Join Neil deGrasse Tyson as he goes where no scientist has boldly gone before - on an intergalactic exploration of the Great American Songbook!

Bought by Troy Public Radio and KICI


  • Added: Dec 16, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:29
  • Purchases: 2
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Lea DeLaria shows Julian that she knows a thing or two about the Songbook.

Bought by KICI


  • Added: Dec 08, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Julian Fleisher explores The Great American Songbook with one of its proudest immigrants.

Bought by KICI


  • Added: Nov 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Tony Award-winning actress Tonya Pinkins is no stranger to the Great American Songbook. This week on TNAS she's talking Streisand, Sondheim, Hamilt...

Bought by KICI and WNMU-FM


  • Added: Nov 15, 2016
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 2
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You know his show, his name, and his voice. Still there's so much more to learn about this NPR Golden Boy. Listen as Julian gets the scoop on All T...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, KICI, and KUER


  • Added: Nov 15, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Actor, author, and songstress Molly Ringwald is more than an 80s icon. Join her as she show's Julian her jazzier side and the music she loves from ...

Bought by KICI


  • Added: Nov 15, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Zachary Quinto goes where no man has gone before - beaming into the first episode of The Naked American Songbook Season 2!

  • Added: Nov 15, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:30
Caption:  Edie Falco, Credit: Joe Kohen/Stinger / Getty
Nurse Jackie’s Edie Falco ditches her scrubs and joins Julian Fleisher to explore the music of her past on the Naked American Songbook.

Bought by KICI and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 02, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption:  Isaac Mizrahi, Credit: Getty/Mark Sullivan
Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi hits the Naked American runway to show his love and knowledge of the songbook.

Bought by KICI and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 02, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Rachel Dratch, Credit: Getty/Brad Barket
Comedian Rachel Dratch revisits her youth, sharing memories of theater camp, Cole Porter, and patriotic Passover Seders on this week’s episode of T...

Bought by KICI and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 02, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Mo Rocca, Credit: The Cooking Channel
Humorist, journalist, actor Mo Rocca reflects on the role the Great American Songbook played in his life from Judy Garland, trust falls, and Triple...

Bought by KICI, KUER, and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 02, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Julian Fleisher and Martha Plimpton circa 2004, Credit: Doug Budin
Martha Plimpton shares her devotion to Aretha, what it's like singing for Sondheim, and who she thinks should really get credit for the American So...

Bought by KICI, KCMJ Community Radio, and WFAE


  • Added: Feb 01, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Chris Noth, Credit: Getty/Dimitrios Kambouris
Television star, Chris Noth kicks his shoes off with host Julian Fleisher as they undresses his love for music and the legend that is Sinatra.

Bought by KICI and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 01, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2