Beginnings

On today's show, I talk to writer Jen Statsky. Born in Boston, Jen moved to New York to attend NYU, and from there climbed the comedy writing ladder, first starting as an intern at The Onion and eventually working her way up to writing on Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Merchant's show Hello Ladies, Parks and Rec and most recently Broad City.

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On today's show, I talk to writer Heidi Julavits. Originally from Portland, Maine, Heidi is a professor at Columbia and the author of four fantastic books: The Mineral Palace, The Effect of Living Backwards, The Uses of Enchantment, and most recently The Vanishers, which was published in 2012. As well, her short stories have been published in periodicals like McSweeney's, Esquire and Harper's. Heidi is also the co-founder and co-editor of one of the best magazines around The Believer, which is published my McSweeney's.

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On today's show I talk to stand-up Hari Kondabolu. Born and raised in Queens, Hari became a professional stand-up almost by chance while working as an immigrant rights organizer. He’s performed on Jimmy Kimmel, Letterman, Conan, John Oliver and has his own Comedy Central Presents. Hari also wrote for and appeared as a correspondent on FX's Totally Biased with Kamau Bell and his debut stand-up album Waiting for 2042 is now out on Kill Rock Stars.

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On today's show I talk to cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier. Based in Boston, Paul grew up in Ohio, studying psychology and philosophy at Ohio State University. After being introduced to the works of Daniel Clowes, Paul realized that comics could be a venue to discuss existential topics. A number of his books have been published by Fantagraphics including Let Us Be Perfectly Clear and The Three Paradoxes. His latest book Life with Mr. Dangerous was published in 2011 by Villard. In addition to comics, Paul created the title sequence for the Comedy Bang! Bang! IFC show and also has a YouTube channel of original animation.

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On today's show, I talk to John Colpitts AKA Kid Millions of the bands Oneida and Man Forever. John started drumming in high school and moved to New York in the late-90s to get into music more seriously. After working in music adjacent jobs like being the booker for The Knitting Factory and playing in a jazz trio, John and some friends eventually formed Oneida. In the last 16 years, Oneida's released a dozen albums and toured all over the world. Most recently, John put out an album of minimalist percussion under the name Man Forever. It's on Thrill Jockey, and it's really awesome!

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