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Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen

Randy Cohen

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Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen

Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen

Randy Cohen

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In this new kind of interview show, Randy Cohen talks to guests about a person, a place, and a thing they find meaningful. The result: surprising stories from great talkers. Learn more at http://personplacething.org/

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For decades, he has provided astute political commentary with an admirable knack for seeing contemporary events in historic perspective. During our conversation, he prudently contextualized some of his observations, “when this nightmare is over,” referring either to the coronavirus or to the current administration, but which one? Listen.

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Merrill Markoe

The greatest gift to any humoristis a parent who is impossible to please. This writer, a co-creator ofLate Night With David Letterman,describes a note in her mother’s copy ofDavid Copperfield.“It said, ‘Not one of his best works. I was disappointed.’If she was giving Dickens a hard time, what did I think that I was going to get?” You can enjoy these delightful scenes of childhood in her graphic memoir,We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe..

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Rebecca Luker

This celebrated Broadway actor--The Secret Garden, The Music Man, Mary Poppins--much admired for her glorious voice, sees parallels between cooking and theater. Both are ephemeral. A recipe is akin to a script: neither is the thing itself; each provides instructions for creating the thing. None of this contradicts audience etiquette: no eating during the performance, and no cooking at your seat.

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David Byrne

His work with Talking Heads lofted him to the empyrean, and he just kept going, making art, music, movies, books. He’s been particularly fortunate in his collaborators – Brian Eno, Robert Wilson, Twyla Tharp. Spike Lee filmed his Broadway show, American Utopia, which streams on HBO this month. Clearly, one of the silliest things F. Scott Fitzgerald said was, “There are no second acts in American Lives.” I’m waiting for an apology letter.

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Dominique Morisseau

She is the author of The Detroit Project, a three-play cycle, and the Broadway musicalAin’t Too Proud--The Life and Times of the Temptations, another kind of Detroit story. Even at its most ferocious, her work is suffused with love. “Love is not approval or agreement or acquiescence. Love is challenge, love is provocation, agitation, and pushing us toward being better.” It’s exhausting, but it’s love.

27 minSEP 26
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Dominique Morisseau

Julie Taymor

She directed and designed costumes for the stage version of The Lion King, seen by 90 million people in 100 cities, attributing its success, in part, to its use of puppets. “I actually think people are often more touched by a puppet’s gesture than a human’s.” Make up your own Trump/Putin joke.

27 minSEP 19
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Tom Perrotta

When the admired writer -- Election, Little Children, The Leftovers -- was off at college, he got some unsettling news from his beloved cousin Mike: “He was a really talented indie rocker, but he ended up with a bunch of his friends playing in a wedding band.” This became the basis for The Wishbones, whose protagonist regards such bands as emitting “the unmistakable odor of mediocrity.” The cruel judgment of youth. The deeper sympathy of later life.

27 minSEP 12
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André De Shields

This fine performer -- Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz, Hadestown -- notes that Shakespeare has much to say about our times, including: “Macbeth is seen as a great killing machine,” alluding to the virus, the police, or the president. We find the metaphors we need. Our first episode made with Broadway on Demand, the video version can be seen – seen! – on their site beginning 9/14 and heard on ours immediately and on the radio any minute now.

27 minSEP 6
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Sir Roger Bannister

A neurologist, he kept a phrenology head in his office as a reminder of human folly. “The human mind is filled with instances of ridiculous ideas which have taken hold.” And by the way, in the spring of 1954, he became the first man to run a four-minute-mile. A conversation from our vault, refurbished to meet todays demanding standards. In audio quality if not in political leadership.

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Susie Essman recut

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27 minAUG 22
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Latest Episodes

Jeff Greenfield

For decades, he has provided astute political commentary with an admirable knack for seeing contemporary events in historic perspective. During our conversation, he prudently contextualized some of his observations, “when this nightmare is over,” referring either to the coronavirus or to the current administration, but which one? Listen.

27 min3 d ago
Comments
Jeff Greenfield

Merrill Markoe

The greatest gift to any humoristis a parent who is impossible to please. This writer, a co-creator ofLate Night With David Letterman,describes a note in her mother’s copy ofDavid Copperfield.“It said, ‘Not one of his best works. I was disappointed.’If she was giving Dickens a hard time, what did I think that I was going to get?” You can enjoy these delightful scenes of childhood in her graphic memoir,We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe..

27 min1 w ago
Comments
Merrill Markoe

Rebecca Luker

This celebrated Broadway actor--The Secret Garden, The Music Man, Mary Poppins--much admired for her glorious voice, sees parallels between cooking and theater. Both are ephemeral. A recipe is akin to a script: neither is the thing itself; each provides instructions for creating the thing. None of this contradicts audience etiquette: no eating during the performance, and no cooking at your seat.

27 min2 w ago
Comments
Rebecca Luker

David Byrne

His work with Talking Heads lofted him to the empyrean, and he just kept going, making art, music, movies, books. He’s been particularly fortunate in his collaborators – Brian Eno, Robert Wilson, Twyla Tharp. Spike Lee filmed his Broadway show, American Utopia, which streams on HBO this month. Clearly, one of the silliest things F. Scott Fitzgerald said was, “There are no second acts in American Lives.” I’m waiting for an apology letter.

27 min3 w ago
Comments
David Byrne

Dominique Morisseau

She is the author of The Detroit Project, a three-play cycle, and the Broadway musicalAin’t Too Proud--The Life and Times of the Temptations, another kind of Detroit story. Even at its most ferocious, her work is suffused with love. “Love is not approval or agreement or acquiescence. Love is challenge, love is provocation, agitation, and pushing us toward being better.” It’s exhausting, but it’s love.

27 minSEP 26
Comments
Dominique Morisseau

Julie Taymor

She directed and designed costumes for the stage version of The Lion King, seen by 90 million people in 100 cities, attributing its success, in part, to its use of puppets. “I actually think people are often more touched by a puppet’s gesture than a human’s.” Make up your own Trump/Putin joke.

27 minSEP 19
Comments
Julie Taymor

Tom Perrotta

When the admired writer -- Election, Little Children, The Leftovers -- was off at college, he got some unsettling news from his beloved cousin Mike: “He was a really talented indie rocker, but he ended up with a bunch of his friends playing in a wedding band.” This became the basis for The Wishbones, whose protagonist regards such bands as emitting “the unmistakable odor of mediocrity.” The cruel judgment of youth. The deeper sympathy of later life.

27 minSEP 12
Comments
Tom Perrotta

André De Shields

This fine performer -- Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz, Hadestown -- notes that Shakespeare has much to say about our times, including: “Macbeth is seen as a great killing machine,” alluding to the virus, the police, or the president. We find the metaphors we need. Our first episode made with Broadway on Demand, the video version can be seen – seen! – on their site beginning 9/14 and heard on ours immediately and on the radio any minute now.

27 minSEP 6
Comments
André De Shields

Sir Roger Bannister

A neurologist, he kept a phrenology head in his office as a reminder of human folly. “The human mind is filled with instances of ridiculous ideas which have taken hold.” And by the way, in the spring of 1954, he became the first man to run a four-minute-mile. A conversation from our vault, refurbished to meet todays demanding standards. In audio quality if not in political leadership.

27 minAUG 29
Comments
Sir Roger Bannister

Susie Essman recut

She’s best known for her sharp and funny portrayal of the foul-mouthed Susie Greene on Curb Your Enthusiasm, an overnight success she achieved after decades as a working comic. We met when she did the warmup for The Rosie O’Donnell Show, displaying the rare ability to induce laughter in the morning. A recut conversation from 2011.

27 minAUG 22
Comments
Susie Essman recut
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