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The concept behind Randy Cohen’s public radio series Person Place Thing is simple: he invites notable figures from all genres and backgrounds to discuss one person, one place and one thing about which they feel passionately.

Since people often reveal themselves most intimately when they speak not directly about themselves but about something important to them, PPT goes a step further than the traditional one-on-one interview. Person Place Thing Live! at 92YTribeca will be recorded for later broadcast, so bring your most mellifluous voice.

This month, Person Place Thing features "Daily Show" head writer Tim Carvell and staff writer Daniel Radosh, for an experiment in shared co-worker narrative: they will share their work stories as they speak about one person, one place and one thing from the show about which they feel passionately.

Head writer Tim Carvell also writes the Planet Tad column for Mad magazine in the voice of the smartest, sweetest, funniest 7th-grader you’ve ever met. Daniel Radosh joined the show in 2009 after writing for magazines from Spy to the New Yorker and publishing his first book, Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture. One of them lives in Brooklyn; one does not.

Also part of the PPT series, Person Place Thing Live! Randy Cohen with Susan Orlean.


Person Place Thing is a co-production of 92Y, sponsored by WAMC Northeast Public Radio. It is broadcast on WAMC and its 23 affiliated stations the third Monday of each month at 8pm, and weekly podcasts are available online here. Podcast guests include Dick Cavett, Jane Smiley, John Hodgman, Michael Pollan, Dan Savage and more.




Support for Person Place Thing comes from the New York Council for the Humanities.

Brief Bio

Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays, and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, the Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for "Late Night with David Letterman" for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s "TV Nation." He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error and he kept it. For twelve years he wrote "The Ethicist," a weekly column for the The New York Times Magazine. His new book is Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything. You can follow him on Facebook here.

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