3 Things: Ira Glass, Aparna Nancherla, and Kevin Kruse / by Chris Duffy


Happy Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with my show dates and recommendations of things I think you might enjoy. This week, I've been trying to get back into a regular routine. I'm very good at procrastinating. And having boxes to unpack or an apartment to clean is a great way for me to feel like I AM DOING SOMETHING, when in reality, I have accomplished nothing. But knowing that I have to send out an email every Saturday or that I'm going to take a break for lunch rather than the next several months, helps me to fight that. So thanks for reading this email! Because of you, I accomplished at least one task that could be considered work this week. 

Upcoming Shows

Both full seasons of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas are streaming online and on HBO Go. Link

You can listen to all the episodes of my podcast You're the Expert on any podcast app. Three comedians interview a scientist about her work and why it matters. Link

Shows are already starting to sell out for my national tour with Pop-Up Magazine's Escape Issue. "A night of live storytelling, music, art, and performance devoted to escapes big and small, daring and mundane, physical and mental."

SOLD OUT San Francisco: Friday, September 20th at the Sydney Goldstein Theater
Oakland: Saturday, September 21st at the Paramount Theatre
San Diego: Monday, September 23rd at Observatory North Park
Los Angeles: Thursday, September 26th at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel
Vancouver: Saturday, September 28th at the Vogue Theatre
Washington, DC: Monday, October 7th at the Lincoln Theatre
New York: Thursday, October 10th at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall
Chicago: Saturday, October 12th at the Athenaeum Theatre

Tickets for all shows on sale here

This week’s list

I've been a fan of This American Life for as long as I can remember. One of my all time favorite pieces of comedy, a story I've listened to over and over and shared with anyone I could is their story "Squirrel Cop." Ira Glass didn't just change public radio with his show, he changed the way Americans tell stories and the narrative techniques that can apply to nonfiction. Claudia Dreifus has a fascinating conversation with him about the craft of storytelling, his life, and public radio / podcasting. To Get Things More Real: An Interview with Ira Glass

Aparna Nancherla is hilarious. She's a talented joke writer, a fantastic performer, and an incredible interview. It's so hard to be funny in a profile, but she knocks it out of the park in this NYT work diary. Inspiration Is Like The Urge To Pee  

For further proof that Aparna is a master of the published diary form, check out her Grub Street Food Diary from a few years back. Also, it was her birthday this week! Happy Birthday, Aparna!

Kevin Kruse is a professor of history at Princeton. He's the author of "White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism." His latest magazine piece is a look at how explicitly racist policy decisions around infrastructure in America's biggest cities continue to influence our daily commutes. What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot. 

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Have a great Saturday,