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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 noted comedian Rachel Dratch. Audience Q&A to follow.

Also part of the PPT series, Randy is joined by Judy Collins in January, brothers Phillip and Leonard Lopate in February 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.

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.

Rachel Dratch was a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" for seven seasons. Before that she was on the Mainstage of Second City in Chicago for four years. Her sketch show with Tina Fey, "Dratch and Fey," was performed at Second City, Aspen Comedy Festival and the Upright Citizens Brigade. Additional TV appearances include "30 Rock," "Ugly Betty," "Monk," "King of Queens," "Up All Night" and "Suburgatory." She also did a dancey-dance on "Yo Gabba Gabba." Film credits include Just Go With It, Click, My Life in Ruins and Spring Breakdown. Rachel grew up in Lexington, MA and has a BA from Dartmouth in Drama and Psychology. Her book Girl Walks into a Bar came out in March 2012.

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