Ann Marie Baldonado Ann Marie Baldonado is an interview contributor and long-time producer at Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
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Ann Marie Baldonado

Director of Talent Development, Contributor, Fresh Air

Ann Marie Baldonado is an interview contributor and long-time producer at Fresh Air with Terry Gross. She is currently Fresh Air's Director of Talent Development. She got her start in radio in 1997 as a production assistant at WHYY and joined Fresh Air in 1998. For over 20 years, she has focused on the show's TV and film interviews. She became a contributing interviewer in 2015, talking with comedians, actors, directors and musicians like Ali Wong, Kumail Nanjiani, John Cho and Jeff Tweedy. In 2020, Baldonado hosted the limited-run podcast Parent Trapped, about the struggles of parenting during the pandemic. She talked to Julie Andrews about encouraging creativity in your kids, and comedian W. Kamau Bell about what to watch with them.

Baldonado is also a producer for television. She was Talent Producer for the late-night Comedy Central show, The Opposition w/Jordan Klepper, and for Kal Penn Approves This Message, a limited series leading up to the 2020 election.

She was senior producer of the critically acclaimed WNYC podcast Sooo Many White Guys, hosted by comedian Phoebe Robinson, and has consulted for shows at BuzzFeed News, Facebook Watch, iHeartRadio, and Gimlet.

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Monday

Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker talk Sleater-Kinney, and 30 years of making music

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Tuesday

Busy Philipps attends the Mean Girls premiere in New York City on Jan. 8, 2024. Arturo Holmes/Getty Images hide caption

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She missed out on 'Mean Girls' 20 years ago — but Busy Philipps got a second chance

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Friday

Josh Groban never gave up his dream of playing 'Sweeney Todd'

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Thursday

Greta Lee stars as a playwright caught between her American husband and her Korean childhood sweetheart in Past Lives. A24 hide caption

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As a kid, Greta Lee identified with Val Kilmer — now, she imagines 'Past Lives'

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Tuesday

Comic Aparna Nancherla uses humor to confront self doubt and anxiety

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Thursday

Sara Bareilles plays the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods. She says the first thing she did after taking the role was give her character a real name: "I named her Rebecca." Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade hide caption

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Sara Bareilles thought 'Into the Woods' would last 2 weeks — she ended up on Broadway

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Monday

Josh Groban never gave up his dream of playing 'Sweeney Todd'

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Friday

'Lord of the Flies' with teen girls? 'Yellowjackets' actor leans into the role

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Monday

Brett Goldstein plays a gruff, yet lovable retired footballer-turned-assistant coach in Ted Lasso. Apple TV hide caption

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Take it from real-life Roy Kent: Soccer is catharsis for people who won't do therapy

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Monday

Ke Huy Quan plays Waymond, the meta-verse traveling husband in Everything Everywhere All At Once. A24 hide caption

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In 'Everything Everywhere,' Ke Huy Quan found the role he'd been missing

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Tuesday

Libby (Lizzy Caplan), the narrator of Fleishman is in Trouble, is a stay-at-home mom who begins to question all of her life choices. Linda Kallerus/FX hide caption

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'Fleishman Is in Trouble' is a Trojan horse for women's stories, says Lizzy Caplan

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Tuesday

Rachel Bloom looks back on 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' and moves ahead on 'Reboot'

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Monday

Melanie Lynskey has been nominated for an Emmy for her role as Shauna in the Showtime series Yellowjackets. Kailey Schwerman/Showtime hide caption

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'Lord of the Flies' with teen girls? 'Yellowjackets' actor leans into the role

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Wednesday

In Severance, Adam Scott plays a man who gets a chip inserted in his brain in order to separate his work life from his home life. The series was recently renewed for a second season; the season finale of its first season airs April 8. Apple TV+ hide caption

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For 'Severance' star Adam Scott, there's no separation between work and home

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Monday

Kal Penn speaks at the Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park on Sept. 28, 2019. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP hide caption

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Actor Kal Penn isn't afraid to take chances, on screen or in life

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Tuesday

Renée Elise Goldsberry describes making Girls5Eva as "a labor of love, if you can even say labor." She's pictured above at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2019. Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP hide caption

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'Hamilton' Star Renée Elise Goldsberry Becomes A 1-Hit Wonder In 'Girls5Eva'

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Tuesday

John Boyega attends the EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on February 2, 2020 in London, England. NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Presenting 'Fresh Air': Actor John Boyega On Hollywood, Police And 'Star Wars'

Sam sits in the Fresh Air host chair to talk to actor John Boyega. Since finishing his star-making role in the Star Wars franchise in 2019 and after the protests that followed the murder of George Floyd last year, Boyega has been outspoken about his treatment as a Black actor in Hollywood, and in the Star Wars franchise itself. He talked to Sam about why he was ready to talk about the "elephant in the room" that is racism in Hollywood and what he's doing to change things.

Presenting 'Fresh Air': Actor John Boyega On Hollywood, Police And 'Star Wars'

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Monday

Leslie Odom Jr. Finds Sam Cooke's Voice In 'One Night In Miami'

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Wednesday

Jeff Tweedy On Performing From His Couch: 'It Felt So Intimate To Us Right Away'

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Wednesday

'Late Night' Comic Amber Ruffin On Her New Show — And Telling Jokes Seth Meyers Can't

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Thursday

John Cho's film credits include Harold in the raunchy Harold and Kumar comedies and Sulu in Star Trek Beyond. Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures hide caption

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In 'Columbus,' John Cho Reckons With His Own First-Generation Culture Clash

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Thursday

'Life Is Short': Aubrey Plaza Keeps Busy With 2 New Films And A TV Series

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Wednesday

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney play a couple making their way through parenthood, marriage and their careers in the Amazon comedy series Catastrophe. Mark Johnson/Amazon hide caption

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'Everything Is Up For Grabs': Life Inspires Art For 'Catastrophe' Co-Creator

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Thursday

Sasheer Zamata stars in the stand-up special, Pizza Mind, which is available on NBC's comedy streaming site Seeso. Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP hide caption

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To Get To 'SNL,' Comic Sasheer Zamata 'Followed The Fun'

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