Matthew McConaughey, Donald Glover, Bob Saget, and more fascinating guests join ‘Books on Pod with Trey Elling’

Education April 19, 2022
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Lifelong reader Trey Elling realized he enjoyed conducting interviews with authors while hosting a radio show in 2018. In 2019, he segued his passion for books and interesting conversations into “Books on Pod with Trey Elling,” bringing listeners inside stories and delving into storytellers’ minds.

“Books on Pod with Trey Elling” is for listeners who like hearing conversations on a wide variety of topics. It’s also a great series for readers who want to learn more about a book before picking it up. Episodes also cater to folks who want to stay in the loop of culture and new releases, but perhaps lack the time to read the entire book.

In addition to chatting with authors, episodes provide a taste of what’s happening in pop culture in interviews with creatives about their films, TV shows, music, and more. Start the podcast’s archive of over 230 standalone episodes in any order, running less than an hour on average.

Trey’s interviews are thoughtful, organized, carefully crafted, and compelling. When interviewing authors, he asks questions he notated in margins while reading each book.

Trey recently spoke with dozens of fascinating guests during SXSW in April. At the premiere of Atlanta, he chatted with Donald Glover, additional cast, and crew on the red carpet. Trey got into blockchain philanthropy with Decentralized Pictures Foundation (DCP) co-founders Roman Coppola, Leo Matchett, and Michael Musante as they discussed discovering indie filmmakers and financing their films.

Roman shared what it was like to work with Wes Anderson and told Trey his “Bill Murray story.” Trey sat down with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and music industry savant George Howard to discuss revolutionizing how music is made with blockchain and the shared-ownership model, Song That Owns Itself (STOI).

Tony Hawk and director Sam Jones discussed HBO‘s documentary, Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off, examining Tony’s life and iconic skateboarding career. Trey had questions about Tony’s vulnerability during filming, changing his middle name, sparring with Black Twitter, and more.

Trey recently told Podsauce that he’s often reading 3 books per week for his own enjoyment and to prep for podcast episodes. Podsauce host Dax listened to the Alan Cumming episode about his book, Baggage. All questions Trey asked Alan were inspired by something he read in the book.

Cumming told Elling about his childhood traumas, turning his life around at 29 years old, starring in Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, his first impression of Stanley Kubrick in Eyes Wide Shut, and more. Cumming shared memories from his time in Cabaret on Broadway, talked about his husband, and if he learned anything about himself while writing the book.

Elling also told Podsauce about his interview with Matthew McConaughey and his book, Greenlights. He wholeheartedly recommends this book because it maintains its humor through the more melancholy moments, like when McConaughey talks about his father’s death. Elling said that McConaughey’s voice and style are so recognizable because he writes the same way he speaks.

Some of Elling’s favorite interviews were with filmmaker Oliver Stone (he’s appeared a number of times!), and on one episode, they discussed Stone’s JFK documentary on the anniversary of JFK’s assassination.

Podsauce host Alesha challenged Elling to name his all-time favorite author – such a hard choice for any avid reader – so he named Aldous Huxley. Elling also shared why chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov’s book, How Life Imitates Chess, changed his life. It stresses how critical it is to plan several steps ahead, on and off the chessboard, and stay prepared in the real game of life.

Reading this book helped Elling step out of the box, both personally and professionally after attending college. Elling worked in radio, moved to different cities, and took chances on a journey that led to podcasting.

Whether you’d like to hear from authors, filmmakers, or other creatives, “Books on Pod with Trey Elling” has you covered with hundreds of interviews to choose from. To hear more from Elling, tune into our recent Podsauce episode.

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