3 Things: Pickle, Adam Conover, and Gaspar Marcos / by Chris Duffy

Hi friends,

It's Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting. Feel free to spread the word and share these emails with friends. If you're checking this out for the first time, you can sign up to get these emails here.

 Upcoming shows

The first episode of The Payoff  is out now. It's a new podcast from Mic.com about personal finance. I co-host the show with Antonia Cereijido (from NPR's Latino USA). In this episode, we learn how to buy stocks (like, actually how to do it), interview the author ofFinancially Fearless, and look at how the repeal of Obamacare is going to directly affect our bank accounts (and yours too, probably). Link

Wednesday, February 1st at 8 p.m. ET Evan Kaufman and I host a standup show live on a new network, Dreams TV, that you can watch anywhere on your phone. Great comics, futuristic technology, and us two buffoons. Link

Friday, January 26th to Sunday, January 28th at Only You Hotel Atocha. I'm here in Madrid for two more nights, telling jokes and learning basic Spanish vocabulary.  Link

Sunday, February 5th at 3 p.m. at The Wild Project. Did you know the Super Bowl is on 2/5? I just found out. So we're doing You Get A Spoon earlier in the day to not conflict. Come for an afternoon of performances, prizes, and kitchenware. The Comedy Bureaucalled it "one of the 100 best things in comedy." Link

Tuesday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Science Festival. Tickets for You're the Expert in Atlanta with Chuck Bryant from Stuff You Should Know just went on sale. This show will definitely sell out. Link

My full calendar with all upcoming shows is online here.

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Pickle is a delightful short film by Amy Nicholson about her family's history of weird pets. Who knew that a story about the lives and deaths of some of the strangest animals is exactly what I needed? I love it. Cross-eyed cats, sick chickens, and a paraplegic possum. But also, a surprisingly moving tale of love, death, and nature. This film has everything. Pickle (h/t Kate)

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

I love that comedy can make people laugh but also allow them to hear ideas and arguments that they'd otherwise ignore. George Carlin said that when you laugh, your defenses are down and "if a new idea slips in at that moment, it has a chance to grow." Adam Conover's latest video about the border wall is hilarious, full of verifiable facts, and absolutely worth watching. It's a great piece of comedy and I hope it will help change at least a few minds. Adam Ruins Everything: Why A Wall Won't Stop Immigration

1 Interesting Thing:

With so much heated political rhetoric, it's worth taking a look at the stories of actual immigrants, rather than just lumping them all together in a group. Gaspar Marcos is a kid in Los Angeles. He came to the United States all on his own from Guatemala. He goes to high school during the day and works at night to pay the bills. The LA Times followed him for a day. This is exactly the kind of hardworking, kind-hearted person we should be fighting to keep in our country. I'll also add that so much of the conversation right now seems to center on "illegal" versus "legal" immigrants. But we're the people who make the laws. The only reason my ancestors arrived in the United States legally is because the law allowed them too. Closing our borders and pretending we have no choice is wrong, immoral, and illogical. Unjust laws don't justify persecuting human beings. I hope we remember that. The life of an unaccompanied minor in L.A.

Thanks for reading. Take care of yourselves,