3 Things: Mr. Rogers, Jon Stewart, and Bianca Giaever / 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

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

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

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?

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)

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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