The episode, celebrating the 25th anniversary of "Monster" & the band's 40 years as a group, will air on public television in the spring.
R.E.M. had an epic run with Monster, their Billboard 200 No. 1-debuting album from October 1994, which re-entered the chart last month (dated Nov. 16) thanks to its 25th-anniversary reissue. Now, frontman Michael Stipe and bandmate Mike Mills will appear on the public TV interview series Speakeasy to discuss the seminal LP with Washington Post reporter and PBS Washington Week moderator Robert Costa in spring 2020.
"It was a pleasure filming the Speakeasy episode," Stipe said in a press release announcing the episode. "Everyone was great and we're big proponents of public television and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the 25th anniversary of Monster."
In an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming episode -- which doesn't yet have an official air date -- Stipe recalls the songs on Monster as "the biggest records we had ever released. They sold more than we've ever sold before, so we were really at the top of our game as a group."