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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.

Iconic potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler and his husband, author and Barneys creative ambassador at large Simon Doonan, join Person Place Thing as our first couple, for an experience in shared narrative. Audience Q&A to follow.

Also part of the PPT series, Person Place Thing Live! With Randy Cohen and Calvin Trillin.


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 hereThe second season is a co-production of 92Y, and podcasts can be found 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 Bios

Jonathan Adler launched his first ceramics collection in 1993 at Barneys New York. Five years later he expanded into home furnishings, opening his first namesake boutique in Manhattan. Jonathan Adler now has over 20 stores worldwide, a thriving e-commerce site and a wholesale business boasting over 1,000 locations globally. While remaining committed to ceramic design, Jonathan has now grown far beyond the potter’s wheel to become an internationally recognized designer offering decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, gifts, candles, furniture, rugs, pillows, lighting and, most recently, handbags. He is also the author of four books, including My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living and the Happy Chic book series: Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors, Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Accessories and the latest addition, 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life.

His guiding motto? “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it.”

Writer, bon-vivant, window dresser, fashion commentator and Barneys New York Creative Ambassador Simon Doonan has worked in fashion for over 35 years. He is the author of five books and has written for the New York Observer and The Daily Beast. He currently writes the 'Notes from the Fashion Apocalypse' column for Slate. A TV comedy series based on his memoir Beautiful People has aired in the UK, the US and Australia. Simon has also appeared on "Chelsea Lately" and the "Conan O'Brien Show," as well as on "America's Next Top Model," VH1, "Full Frontal Fashion" and Bravo.

Simon has won many awards including the CFDA Award. In 2009, he was invited by President and Mrs. Obama to decorate the White House for the Holidays. In 2010 Simon was commissioned by Target to design the season’s Halloween costumes.

Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler live in New York City with their Norwich terrier Liberace.

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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