3 Things: 3rd Grade Audio, Andy Samberg, and Alessandra Cerreti by Chris Duffy

Happy Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with my upcoming shows, one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting.

Upcoming Shows

EVERYWHERE:
This week's episode of You're the Expert is all about glaciers, icicles, and frozen water on other planets. Dr. Christine McCarthy is an "ice squeezer" at Columbia University. She tells comedians Gary Richardson, Nadia Pinder, and Ashley Brooke Roberts exactly what that means. Link

NEW YORK:
TOMORROW! Sunday, July 15 at 7 p.m. at Caveat. We're doing a summer live taping of You're the Expert with an all-star lineup of panelists Josh Gondelman (Last WeekTonight), Dylan Marron (TED), and Ashley Brooke Roberts (NatGeo). Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

GREAT:
David Green's class of third graders in Winnetka, Illinois all lead double lives. By day, they are regular elementary school students. At night, they're reporters for NPR. Green's experiments in giving 9-year-olds the tools and training to create their own recordings and interviews has led to some hilarious and impressive work. Listen to this interview with Mr. Green and also hear stories about getting old, questions for MLK, and what to do if you get a magnet stuck up your nose. 3rd Grade Audio (h/t Alex Kapelman's resources for podcasting)


FUNNY:
Andy Samberg is not afraid to be shamelessly goofy. He makes big, dumb, silly, jokes and I love them. He is so funny. Andy and his wife, Joanna Newsom, recently had a baby and he came on Conan to show off the first photo of their child, which he turns into a bit that I enjoyed a lot. But since we're already talking about Andy Samberg, let's talk about some of his other masterpieces, like the greatest celebrity roast performance of all time or thevideo that the Oscars wouldn't give him money to make


INTERESTING:
Alessandra Cerreti is an Italian prosecutor who is breaking up the Mafia across her native country. In a bureaucracy reluctant to challenge deep-seated corruption and criminal ties, Cerreti has refused to back down. She uses the misogyny of organized crime against the bosses, convincing women to testify and providing them with protection. The Women Who Took on the Mafia


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Chris

3 Things: Chibundu Onuzo, Pete Lee, and Nick DiMola by Chris Duffy

Happy Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with my upcoming shows, one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting.

Upcoming Shows

EVERYWHERE:
The most recent episode of You're the Expert features Anand Varma, a NatGeo photographer and biologist whose photos have made possible scientific discoveries about bees, bats, and brain-controlled crabs. He talks to comedians Jo Firestone, Scott Adsit, and Kasha Patel about the intersection between art and science. Link

Season One of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas is wrapped, but all ten episodes are streaming online now. Link

NEW YORK:
Sunday, July 15 at 7 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting You're the Expert with comedians Josh Gondelman, Dylan Marron, and Ashley Brooke Roberts. Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

GREAT:
I'm halfway through Chibundu Onuzo's incredible novel Welcome to Lagos right now and I'm savoring every moment. She's created so many compelling characters and it's an amazing story. If you're looking for a new book to read, I definitely recommend it. It's the story of army officer Chike Ameobi, who deserts after being ordered to kill civilians and ends up traveling with a band of runaways towards Nigeria's biggest city and a new life. Here's an excerpt you can read online: Welcome to Lagos


FUNNY:
Pete Lee is a standup comedian and deeply nice person, who's able to get huge laughs onstage without even a hint of meanness. That's much harder than Pete makes it look. Watch his charming and hilarious set on Fallon, where he talks about why he loves the middle seat on airplanes, crying in public, and the best way to deal with dropping a sandwich. Pete Lee


INTERESTING:
Nick DiMola is a garbageman who loves garbage. This seven minute short film, directed by Olivier Bernier, captures a true New York character. Nick loves his job, but also finds higher meaning in discovering treasures and mementos among the junk he's paid to haul to the landfill. It's a beautiful short film and a pretty amazing look into what people leave behind. Also, it's a great way to experience Nick's passion without any of the smells. A Garbage Story  (I really recommend the short film, but if you'd prefer reading instead, the NYT profiled Nick as well: In Queens, A Man Culls Relics From the Junk)

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Chris

3 Things: Mr. Rogers, Jon Stewart, and Bianca Giaever by Chris Duffy

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Happy Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with my upcoming shows, one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting.

Upcoming Shows

EVERYWHERE:
Today, all across the country, there are "Families Belong Together" marches. While the president's executive order may have stopped active separations, there are still thousands of children who are not being reunited with their parents. And, more broadly, our immigration policy is still focused on criminalization and cruel punishments, rather than justice, love, and welcome. Today is a chance to stand for something different. Families Belong Together

This week's episode of You're the Expert features Anand Varma, a NatGeo photographer and biologist whose photos have made possible scientific discoveries about bees, bats, and brain-controlled crabs. He talks to comedians Jo Firestone, Scott Adsit, and Kasha Patel about the intersection between art and science. Link

Season One of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas is wrapped, but all ten episodes are streaming online now and we'll be back making more in the Fall. Link

NEW YORK:
Sunday, July 15 at 7 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting You're the Expert with comedians Josh Gondelman, Dylan Marron, and Ashley Brooke Roberts. Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

GREAT:
I saw the Mr. Rogers documentary last night, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, and I was blown away. I had never realized how powerful, subversive, and deeply considered Mr. Roger's Neighborhood was. Every single review of the documentary says that you will cry in the theater and, guess what? They are right. You will feel feelings during this movie. It's a reminder of the fundamental importance of kindness and love and that the world needs much more of both. Won't You Be My Neighbor?


FUNNY:
Jon Stewart made a guest appearance on Colbert this week. He's been off the air for so long that I had almost forgotten what made him famous in the first place. He's able to take overwhelming political situations and not only make them hilarious but also boil them down to the core issue. His take on cruelty and false morality is a must-watch. Jon Stewart is Ready to Negotiate with Donald Trump (Bonus! From that same episode, Colbert interviewed the inspiring political superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)


INTERESTING:
Bianca Giaever is a filmmaker and radio producer who consistently puts together stories that stick in my brain for months. You've probably seen some of her award-winning short films, or heard her voice on This American Life or Radiolab. Her latest project is called "Two Years with Franz" and it's one of the most beautiful hours I've spent in my life. Bianca tries to make sense of 546 tapes that Pulitzer Prize winning poet Franz Wright recorded before his death. It's an examination of love, of mortality, of what it means to be alive, and what we take with us when we go. My description does not do it justice, so please experience this for yourself: Two Years with Franz


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Chris