3 Things: Karen Duffin, Seagull Disasters, and Casey Jane Ellison / by Chris Duffy


Hi friends,

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.

Upcoming Shows

On this week's episode of You're the Expert, Aparna Nancherla, Zhubin Parang, and Ashley Brooke Roberts learn about the mysterious celestial bodies known as "brown dwarves" from Dr. Jackie Faherty. Link

On last night's episode of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas, Wyatt looked at the cozy relationship between the NRA and Hollywood. Then we went to Birmingham, Alabama to see how the police department is trying to make amends for the civil rights era. I'm biased, but I think it's a fascinating look at the real world power of an apology. Check it out on HBO Go / HBO Now. If you missed episode 1, the whole thing is up on YouTube

TODAY! Saturday, April 21 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Science Festival.  I'm doing two live You're the Expert shows, both open to the public (and free for MIT community thanks to generous funding from the DeFlorez Fund for Humor). Featuring Josh Sharp, Ken Reid, Fareeha Khan, Caitlin Durante, and two incredible professors. Link

Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Space. I'm on the comedic debate showUptown Showdown. The topic is "East Coast vs West Coast." I'm going to betray my native New York by revealing the lies we tell ourselves to think it's okay to live here. Come watch the audience react in horror. Link

Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting You Get A Spoon with a performance by Dylan Marron (Conversations with People Who Hate Me), magic by Nate Dendy, and music from Friends Who Folk. Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

NPR's Planet Money always does a great job of making sense of seemingly impenetrable issues. One of their most recent episodes was about non-disclosure agreements. From tobacco lawsuits to Harvey Weinstein to Stormy Daniels, confidentiality agreements have been a part of giant news stories, but I'd never really understood how or why they work. Karen Duffin makes the story both enlightening and engaging. Definitely worth a listen.NDA Tell-All

Nick Burchill was just trying to be a good guy. He was visiting friends in the Navy and wanted to bring them some local pepperoni. But things went terribly downhill as soon as he got to his hotel. I could not stop laughing at the story of Nick's disaster and his lifetime ban from the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll let you read the details for yourself. 40 Sea Gulls Wrecked His Hotel Room.17 Years Later, A Pepperoni Pardon

Casey Jane Ellison is both a modern artist and a standup comedian. Her best work straddles the uncomfortable divide between seriously engaging with issues in the modern art world and mercilessly skewering its conventions. In the first episode of her showTouching the Art, she gets a panel of art experts to give revealing answers on everything from whether art is meant to be accessible for the general public to the nature of celebrity.Touching the Art

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