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Guest DJ Project

KCRW's Guest DJ Project invites an array of cultural icons to share and discuss songs that have inspired and moved them with KCRW DJs. Actors, authors, chefs, athletes, directors, tech entrepreneurs and more share their musical passions, giving deep insight into both their lives and their creative process. Check back each week for new sessions with notable guests in this ongoing exclusive feature. KCRW's Guest DJ Project also airs on our all-music channel during Anne Litt's Saturday show at 1pm, repeating Sunday morning at 1am.

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Jeff "The Dude" Dowd
hosted by Jason Eldredge

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The Dude abides! Producer Jeff Dowd, the inspiration for the main character in the cult classic The Big Lebowski, chiseled down a massive list of favorite songs for this set...more »
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Matthew McConaughey
hosted by Chris Douridas

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Actor Matthew McConaughey’s musical inspirations range from the spiritual to the sounds of his Texas youth. He tells DJ Chris Douridas about a hard rockin’ band with...more »
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Sang Yoon
hosted by Tom Schnabel

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Nationally-acclaimed chef and entrepreneur Sang Yoon picks the playlist for both of his Father’s Office restaurants. He says the process for...more »
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Stacy Peralta
hosted by Garth Trinidad

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Stacy Peralta claims there is a sound that had such an impact on him, they would find it embedded in his system post-mortem. The skate legend and director talks to Garth Trinidad about... more »
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Margaret Cho
hosted by Chris Douridas

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Margaret Cho always wanted to be in a band and she has her sights set on joining a Canadian collective she picks as part of her Guest DJ set, hosted by DJ Chris Douridas. more »
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Mark Pellington
hosted by Liza Richardson

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Director Mark Pellington, also known as the “godfather of music videos,” explores the most intimate moments of his life from behind the mic instead of the lens with host Liza Richardson. more »
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Janeane Garofalo
hosted by Jason Eldredge

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The actress and comedian reveals her childhood "obsession" and is the first to use the Guest DJ pulpit to make a formal apology...to Mike Nesmith. Janeane tells Jason Eldredge about...more »
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Tim Sale
hosted by Eric J. Lawrence

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Heroes artist Tim Sale reveals his code song for finishing a comic and the track that served as his wake up call for inking in the early morning when he was just starting out. more »
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Nanette Burstein
hosted by Chris Douridas

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American Teen Director Nanette Burstein reflects on being part of the “John Hughes generation” and bares her heart with stories of love and loss in a chat with DJ Chris Douridas. more »
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Kevin Rose
hosted by Raul Campos

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Not surprisingly, the founder and chief architect of social media website Digg and other internet start ups works long hours behind the scenes... more »
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Jason Schwartzman
hosted by Nic Harcourt

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Jason Schwartzman starts off his set with a dedication to his dog then delves into the music that inspires him both as an actor and a musician... more »
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Padma Lakshmi
hosted by Garth Trinidad

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“Top Chef” Host and author Padma Lakshmi tells DJ Garth Trinidad about the music that inspires the creation of her culinary masterpieces. The self-described “kid of New York City”... more »
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Danny DeVito
hosted by Eric J. Lawrence

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Danny DeVito is true Hollywood royalty. He also happens to be a huge music fan. The accomplished actor, director and producer is regularly spotted at music festivals and... more »
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Neil LaBute
hosted by Gary Calamar

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Award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director Neil LaBute thrills DJ Gary Calamar with tales of songs that have influenced his controversial writing...more »
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Peter Berg
hosted by Liza Richardson

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Director/Actor Peter Berg admits to DJ Liza Richardson that he uses music to hide from pressures on set and stay focused. He talks about the... more »
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Conan O’Brien
hosted by Jason Bentley

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Talk show host Conan O’Brien admits he always wanted to be a DJ. He chats with DJ Jason Bentley about the song that psyched him up about having his own show when he wasn’t sure... more »
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John Cusack
hosted by Liza Richardson

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Actor John Cusack reminisces about growing up punk in Chicago and learning how to funnel anger into art to change the world. He also talked to DJ Liza Richardson about the “dark, savage... more »
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Garth Jennings
hosted by Jason Eldredge

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Director Garth Jennings (and his partner Nick Goldsmith, as Hammer & Tongs) is behind some of the most creative music videos of all time, including Blur’s “Coffee and TV” and... more »
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Saffron Burrows
hosted by Thomas Golubic

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Actress Saffron Burrows gets political in her music choices, choosing a rousing and catchy national anthem as well as other songs inspired by her youth in the UK. She revisits the... more »
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Jason Reitman
hosted by Jason Bentley

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Director Jason Reitman sits down with Jason Bentley to discuss a handful of songs that have inspired him throughout his life and contributed to his creative process for... more »
 
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