Now that it’s come to light that the upcoming sixth season of 30 Rock will likely be Alec Baldwin’s last, the actor has begun concentrating on new career projects. Besides his special Ben & Jerry’s Schweddy Balls ice cream and talk of getting into politics (and even running for mayor of New York City), he launched his new podcast on Monday.
Baldwin’s podcast aired on public radio station WNYC and stuck largely to an interview-based format where he opened up discussion to everything from political issues to popular culture. He will also host and interview different guests every week on his program. The first podcast’s featured guest was actor Michael Douglas, whom Baldwin interviewed at length about a multitude of topics.
After discussing Douglas’ recent films (like Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and other obligatory topics, the discussion got more weighty: The two delved into Douglas’ deeply personal matters, namely his recent battle with cancer and his son Cameron’s incarceration for heroin possession and distribution. Douglas opened up considerably, talking in great detail about the grief his son’s jail sentence has caused him and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones as well as the frustrations of his cancer treatment process, which doctors at first did not correctly diagnose and which is now in stage four.
This first edition of the podcast was filled with sympathy, but expect subsequent editions to be more controversial. Known for his staunch liberal views, Baldwin will feature Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins as a guest. Other confirmed guests for future podcasts include Chris Rock, Kris Jenner (of Keeping Up with the Kardashians) and talk show host Dick Cavett.
You can listen to Baldwin’s podcast here.