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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.

For this installment, Randy Cohen will be joined by author Susan Orlean. Audience Q&A to follow.

Also part of the PPT series, Person Place Thing Live! Work Stories from the "Daily Show".


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

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.

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992, penning acclaimed articles on a dizzying array of subjects. Meryl Streep played her in the 2002 film Adaptation, based on Orlean’s bestseller, The Orchid Thief. Orlean’s latest book is about the dog actor Rin Tin Tin.

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