3 Things: Ann Dowd, Shannon Reid, and Zahra Hirji / 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

On the newest episode of You're the Expert, I went out into the badlands of Montana/Wyoming to dig up dinosaur bones with paleontologist Dr. Mike D'Emic. While I was there, Mike discovered four completely new species and I learned what a dinosaur bone tastes like.  Link

"No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work" written by my wife Mollie and illustrator Liz Fosslien is available for pre-order now! Link

Sunday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Caveat. It's the final You're the Expert live taping of the year! Featuring Wyatt Cenac, Maeve Higgins, Negin Farsad and Dr. Rebecca Brachman. This taping is New York Times critic's pick for this weekend, so don't miss out. Link

As always, you can find my schedule with all upcoming dates online here.

This week’s list

Ann Dowd has been acting on stage, film, and screen for decades, but only "made it" relatively recently. She gave a fantastic speech at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit about sticking with creative work even when it's difficult and what it's like to find success later in life. It's so easy to fall into competition or comparisons, especially when things don't seem to be going your way, but this is a good reminder that no matter what you're trying to accomplish, the only thing you have control over (and the only path to success) is to keep doing the work. Why Ann Dowd is Grateful She Found Success Later in Life  (h/t Chrissy Shackelford)

Despite the fact that I've been out of the classroom for years now, I still identify so strongly with teachers. It's simultaneously such a common profession (everyone knows a teacher) and such a strange and unique one. You have almost no control over when you go to the bathroom or talk to other adults, the idea of "just browsing the Internet" during the day is inconceivable, and you have exceptionally up-to-the-minute knowledge of slang that no person your age should ever know. In her very funny McSweeney's list, Shannon Reid captures some of the other strangest parts of teaching: how other adults talk to you. If People Talked to Other Professionals the Way They Talk to Teachers

Zahra Hirji is a science reporter for BuzzFeed News and has been covering climate issues for years. Before she was at BuzzFeed, she worked for the Pulitzer Prize-winningInsideClimate News and trained at MIT. She's an incredible writer and one of the smartest people I know. She's fighting an uphill battle because despite the fact that climate change reporting is among the most important journalism any of us could read, most people really, really, really don't want to hear about it. So Zahra has come up with all sorts of ways to get people to care, whether it's guest-hosting a morning talk show on Twitter (AM to DM), tracking the money behind anti-environmental lobbying, or creating an interactive website that shows how rising sea levels will affect the value of your home: Is Your Home at Risk of Flooding From Rising Seas by 2050? Check This Map 

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Have a great day,