It's 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.
A new episode of You're the Expert is out now! This week we've got astronomer and MacArthur genius Sara Seager explaining her hunt for an Earth 2.0. Featuring Aparna Nancherla, Jo Firestone, and Marina Franklin. Link
NEW YORK CITY:
Thursday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting You Get A Spoon with a presentation by Mona Chalabi, music from Anielle & Matthew, a reading by Joanna Rothkopf, and more. The New York Times said it's a comedy pick of the week and described it as "like if 'Oprah' was on public access television." Link
SOLD OUT Wednesday, December 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Annex Theater. You Get A Spoonwith music from The Westerlies, a performance by Bianca Giaever, and jokes from me. Link
My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.
This week's list
Doug Jones' win in Alabama was a bright bit of good news in the otherwise apocalyptic political landscape of 2017. One of my favorite articles about his election was the story of Perman Hardy, a black woman who makes it her mission to ensure that every person in her county votes. She's an inspiration. My 2018 goal is to be one tenth of the citizen that Ms. Hardy is and believe as much as she does in the power of each of our voices. How a Former Sharecropper in an SUV Helped Drive Doug Jones to Victory
I have always appreciated a good accent and Werner Herzog's is iconic. But it's more than just his German lilt, it's also the words that he says that makes him so epic. Herzog's declarations ride the fine line between profound and absolute insanity. I love it. Here's a clip that I can watch a hundred times and never stop laughing. Werner Herzog on Chickens
I've been thinking a lot lately about the unhealthy expectations society puts on men and women. I'm optimistic that we're seeing a big push towards respect and equality and open communication, but it's going to take a lot of work. Gender roles can be a hard thing to talk about since I don't always have the vocabulary, which is why I found Luke Humphris' comic very clarifying. What Do We Mean When We Say "Toxic Masculinity"
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