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.
For this installment, Randy Cohen will be joined by brothers Phillip and Leonard Lopate. Audience Q&A and book signing to follow.
Also part of the PPT series, Randy is joined by Judy Collins in January, Rachel Dratch in March and Calvin Trillin in April.
The first season of Person Place Thing aired on WAMC Northeast Public Radio and its 23 affiliated stations earlier this year, and are available online here. Here's the guest lineup:
Dick Cavett & Jane Smiley
Susie Essman & Dave Cowens
Michael Pollan & John Hockenberry
Rickie Lee Jones & Ed Koch
Samantha Bee & RL Stine
Dan Savage & Sir Roger Bannister
Support for Person Place Thing comes from the New York Council for the Humanities.
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.
Leonard Lopate is the host of WNYC’s "The Leonard Lopate Show."
Phillip Lopate is the author of more than a dozen books, including Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, Portrait of My Body and Waterfront. He directs the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University.
They are brothers.
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