Ever wish you could watch a talk show where compelling subject matter -- not gossip -- is topic #1? Where defining moments in a career are explored? Where the evolution of a skill is discussed, and a look inside what makes talent tick, drives the conversation? This is SPEAKEASY. One singular talent, chatting with that talent's chosen interviewer; whether a journalist, creative partner or friend. The conversations are surprising, extremely engaging and always entertaining.

Filmed before a live audience on a 1930's-era set located in Manhattan's historic McKittrick Hotel, the atmosphere is soft and intimate. Viewers have the unique perspective of experiencing a personal, frank conversation with some of the biggest talent of our times, including CHIC's Nile Rodgers talking with longtime friend Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson; Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd with television journalist Bill Weir; John Mellencamp with Jann Wenner, co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone; Carlos Santana with Harry Belafonte; and Rush lead vocalist Geddy Lee talking with author Michael Chabon.

On behalf of WTTW Chicago, Marigold Media Group worked to bring this fun and captivating 5-part series to public television stations around the country.

  • Premiered on public television stations starting January 1, 2015 (check local listings).
  • Produced by Front and Center Entertainment, LLC. Presented by WTTW Chicago and distributed by American Public Television (APT).