WTF Podcast

Episode 484 - Josh Radnor

How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor first met Marc about nine years ago, fresh off landing the role of Ted Mosby. Now Josh sits down in the garage on the same day that his long-running series comes to an end. Marc and Josh talk about his personal and professional evolution over those nine years, as well as the many things that define him beyond his time on a hit sitcom. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting from Citrix and by Stamps.com.

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  • 27 Comments


D March 31, 2014 at 7:26 am


I don’t get the death fear.  It’s such a definite thing, we all know it’s going to happen.

ladyx March 31, 2014 at 7:38 am


on the death fear, i share the sentiment of having more fear of the suffering associated with dying and almost none of the fear of “non existence”

but wow what a sweet episode. i think i enjoy radnor much more than his show. go lords!

TL March 31, 2014 at 11:50 am


ABOUT YOUR INTERNET:

I had the exact same problem a couple weeks ago.  I speedtested my connection compulsively.  I turned my router on and off.  I tested every single DSL filter.  I even took the switchplate off the wall and made sure the tiny wires weren’t causing interference.

Compounding the problem, the connection would work okay periodically, giving me the false sense that what I was doing was solving something.  Then my sense of accomplishment would crash as soon as my connection slowed down to dialup speeds again.

This went on for more than a week.

Eventually I learned that my local ISP was having trouble with their Tier 1 pipeline.  More specifically the issue of peering.  (Tier 1 in this case not referring to customer service, but to the backbone from which internet emanates)

This happened to me only a couple weeks after the big net neutrality ruling.  Hard to tell if that wasn’t a coincidence.

If the neutrality thing never made sense this article explains it better than most:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/02/23/comcasts-deal-with-netflix-makes-network-neutrality-obsolete/

I’m talking out of my ass though.  I hope an honest to god telecommunications engineer listens to your show to at least explain WHY.

Lisa March 31, 2014 at 12:27 pm


Mark, I could not stop laughing while listening to your TWC bit. I was on the subway in NY and was laughing so loud, OTHER people were laughing. i literally had tears streaming down my face I was cracking up so hard. The whole thing was genius from beginning to end.  You’re just brilliant. (Incidentally, for months, I’d call TWC and when anyone answered, I would just start saying “TIER 2” until they’d transfer me. I knew TIER 2 was useless and that somewhere, some AMEX Black Card holders probably had unique rights to TIER 3, but TIER 2 was all I had.)

Good luck and you’re not alone!

Marvydoo March 31, 2014 at 12:37 pm


RIP comments section; I left some muddlingly uncomplimentary remarks on the Dunham interview.  In the following interview monologue, you stated “You know who you are”, and in that moment, I did.  I got some good out of it, and I wanted to say that before I lost the opportunity (via my own actions) to do so.  For my complicity in the death of the boards, I’d like to apologize, and for the opportunity to reckon with it, I thank you.

ES March 31, 2014 at 1:37 pm


Is it the comments mainly about the female guests that is driving the removal of the comments section?  I have to admit I did start to actively avoid the comments when a woman came on.  Especially with Lena Dunham since I already know people seem to have issues with her that I don’t comprehend.  It’s not like Marc is one of the comedians who says women aren’t funny so why do people feel welcome to come here & spew that when there are other places where that would be more welcome? 

I guess I’ll just tweet short & sweet responses to shows.

Also - agree with person above about Bill Nye.  He was great on Almost Live, pre-Joel McHale.

beaucoupbuckets March 31, 2014 at 4:38 pm


Do away with the comment section, open a user forum. This’ll allow the listeners to decide the conversation; user-chosen topics derivative of Marc’s shows = really actualizing dialogue divergent of what is said on the show.

Jackie Gleason March 31, 2014 at 5:00 pm


MAAAARRRRRCCCCC! I feel you, buddy. My comcast internet service takes a shit every evening.  And calling those assholes is only slightly less painful that poking myself in the eye with a sharp stick.

Stephen March 31, 2014 at 5:31 pm


For my last comment on here I will say that, since Josh Radnor mentioned them, I think it would be great if you had someone from the Criterion Collection on the show. As far as I’m concerned, they have one of the best jobs in the world.

Vince March 31, 2014 at 6:41 pm


Marc, before you do away with the comments -  I agree with you that it does not feel like a “community” in the comment section. But is it supposed to be? I thought it was just a place to leave feedback for the show. For you. I know you are reading some of them, and that’s a good thing. Listeners can provide honest constructive criticism. They can make your show better. They can also provide a projection of their own self-loathing, or trolling (whatever that might do for them), or just plain stupidity. And that is where reading them can be a bummer and also knowing that other people were hurt - I understand why you would not want that in your life. But what I find interesting is how many comments here are addressed directly to you - not to a “community”, but at you and you alone. People feel an inherent connection to someone who is desperately striving for honesty and authenticity, and they just want to express their appreciation, but also to let you know when you could have done better. If you cut off those voices, even the nasty ones, you may be hurting your show.

Jared March 31, 2014 at 7:37 pm


Great show. Truly enjoyed it. What I likes most is that Marc was able to talk to someone from Ohio without making a disparaging remark about the state. I’ve come to realize that there are three constants in this show:  Marc asking people with a Pentecostal background about snake handling, Marc dedcribing people from the South as very nice and accomodating but still bigoted and what not, and Marc saying he feels sorry for someone when they mention they’re from Ohio.

Not trying to be a troll or anything, just some stray observations. Love the show regardless.

Rick March 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm


I enjoyed the God discussion. Marc, I think you’d like the Tao Te Ching. If you’ve got a chance Google “tao te ching stephen mitchell cuny” for a copy some CUNY professor put on his website.

Eric April 01, 2014 at 12:09 am


@beaucoupbuckets

exactly.  there is the potential for many forum threads in the cult of marc maron but it will only happen in the context of a forum with registered account names posting and some light moderation.  we’re here, marc.  provide the forums.  we’ll check the box and accept your terms of service.

Stuart April 01, 2014 at 1:46 am


No more comments because of Lena Dunham? I think you’re overreacting a bit Marc. I don’t think for a minute that your fanbase is misogynistic. Your fanbase is older, educated, urban, artsy - not exactly a misogynistic demographic.  I think Dunham stirs up a lot of emotions in people for a variety of reasons. Just Google her name and you’ll see either love or hate. She’s a polarizing figure, but it’s not just because she’s a woman, although that is part of it. 
  Also, you make your living expressing yourself, but you’re taking away your fans’ right to express themselves on your site? I don’t get it man. The internet is a social place and comments are a big part of that. Sure people are mean on the internet, but you don’t see popular sites taking away their comments sections. They are there for a reason and you’ll find that out if you take away your fans’ ability to express themselves.

Joe Tily April 01, 2014 at 5:52 am


Back in the day maybe the show needed all the help it could get in stirring up interest . . . . perhaps its because now WTF is so successful it doesn’t need feedback from the fans anymore.
Maybe Marc is worried that occasional misogynistic comments will taint the show in the public-eye.  It seems a little overly sensitive to ban comments entirely. A little control-freaky in my opinion.  Hey Marc, some of your fans are really cool and some of them are douche-bags, i dont think you can avoid that just by stopping comments.  Surely, when you push yourself out there onto TV and the internet in such a personal and revealing manner you gotta be prepared to occasionally put up with crap from trolls and morons!

Scott April 01, 2014 at 7:21 am


I really do not believe that this comment section adds anything worthwhile to the show.  It’s not like removing it will cause a decrease in listenership.  Besides that, who cares what I think?...much less the perpetually aggrieved, mentally ill flame trolls.  SHAME on them!

This great program stands alone.  There are a million million places online to make comments and/or take a shit on anything you want.  Go there.

Emilio April 01, 2014 at 8:59 am


Man, I just loved the interview. So many interesting subjects. Both you and Josh were great. Enjoyed it as much as I did when you had Dave Grohl (my entry door to your podcast).
Though I wasn’t a huge fan of the show, also got a little sad when I watched the series finale. Nine years go by so fast and we’re getting old too! Same feeling as when Friends came to an end.

I’ll keep listening to your podcast.

Greetings from Spain…and good luck with Time Warner. Let the Tear 2 Force be with you.

Nick April 01, 2014 at 12:03 pm


Lena has 97 comments. That’s highly unusual. Its probably just a fluke. Relax everybody.

Frank April 02, 2014 at 2:12 am


I thoroughly enjoyed your talk with Mr. Radnor, especially the talks about death and God and part where the both of you were talking about movies. I could listen to the both of you talk all day. I know that you don’t usually do repeat guests but I would be happy if you brought Mr. Radnor back in the future just to catch up and talk some more about any number of subjects.

On the comments, figures. Just when I started posting here after years of just lurking, you are going to do away with it. Ah well, I don’t mind. Maybe open a forum with a moderator where the WTF community can talk to each other about all things WTF and maybe other things?

Enrique April 02, 2014 at 4:19 am


I actually like having the comments section.

josh katz April 02, 2014 at 8:48 am


long time listener first time commenter.

as a british person this interview infuriated me for one reason. SIGHT AND SOUND IS A BRITISH MAGAZINE PRODUCED BY THE BFI IN LONDON. it may have followed and documented the french new wave BUT it is NOT FRENCH. dont give the french credit when they dont deserve it.

Amador April 02, 2014 at 9:26 am


I am not surprised with your sentiment of removing the comment section.  It will be a bummer because I’m a late discoverer of your show (and podcasts in general), and I enjoyed reading insights about the interview.  However, I did think the vitriol over the Dunham interview would warrant removing the comment section.  Ultimately, this is your product, gift to the world, so you can mold it in any way that seems fit.  I enjoy your podcast with or without a comment section.

Eddie April 02, 2014 at 12:16 pm


Hi, since you’re doing away with the comments section I wanted to at least post once to say thanks. It’s been the toughest year of my life, but finding your show, listening to the great interviews, and having a host that openly confronts the chaos inside his brain has been a true gift. It has helped me understand a few things about myself a little better. Thanks.

Eddie

Michael the Marc fan April 02, 2014 at 5:02 pm


Josh, as nice as I expected. I hope to see him succeed in a role that is 180 degrees of this last one, simply because I believe he can. I agree that having a comment section seems to trigger some people into an opinion-frenzy and usually, because I always regard this show and the insights it offers as a net-positive input into my personal life, I find that anything other than a cheerful and reinforcing comment actually takes away from the total experience. If I choose to listen 90 min, by definition I like it . It honestly is one of humanity’s latest and most acidic characteristics that some other members of the species use their time (and many times their impressive intellect ) to anonymously vomit out their rage. If the comments must go, I feel the need to say thank you Marc, and thank you everyone who has been on the show, and thank you commenters who are on the same page as me, thank you josh ( I have seen your show a number of times, it usually airs right after the kids finally fall asleep). I wish that some day I may meet you Marc, we’re about the same age and although I live on the other side of the world now, i am from west USA and a lot of common ground has made itself clear during my listening to your show. Peace and may all who read this know the following: most people try hard to be good and rarely do unpleasant comments lead to anything worth digesting.

Ezrazev April 02, 2014 at 9:02 pm


I’ve created a wtfpostcast sub-reddit if anybody is interested (and assuming that the comments are shutdown).
http://www.reddit.com/r/wtfpodcast/

Tom April 03, 2014 at 8:08 am


Now I have another reason to dislike Lena Dunham.

worm April 06, 2014 at 12:49 am


Marc, you’ve honestly only seen 12 episodes of Seinfeld?