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In this new kind of interview show, Randy Cohen talks to guests about a person, a place, and a thing they find meaningful. The result: surprising stories from great talkers. Learn more at http://personplacething.org/

Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen Randy Cohen

    • Comedy Interviews
    • 4.4, 22 Ratings

In this new kind of interview show, Randy Cohen talks to guests about a person, a place, and a thing they find meaningful. The result: surprising stories from great talkers. Learn more at http://personplacething.org/

    Frances Halsband & Dr. Michael Marin

    Frances Halsband & Dr. Michael Marin

    This founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects teamed up with the head of surgery at Mount Sinai to create a hospital in Uganda and fight crime in outer space. One of those. The former. Their solar-powered facility, in the village of Kyabirwa, provides surgical services for a long underserved community. A conversation at (in the Zoomian sense) the Center for Architecture.

    • 27 min
    Dr. Mary Travis Bassett (recut)

    Dr. Mary Travis Bassett (recut)

    A remastered conversation from the vault with a former New York City health commissioner, who regarded her work as part of a broader fight for social justice, not surprising given her family history: her parents are lifelong activists who met at a demonstration against a segregated restaurant, my idea of a love story. We spoke at the Van Alen Institute in 2017 about public health and urban design. Music: Sam Reider. Plus a bonus segment from Garry Trudeau. It all fits together. Really.

    • 27 min
    William Wegman

    William Wegman

    Like millions of his admirers, I encountered him through his videos of his dogs, Man Ray, then Fay Ray, then her descendants – odd, surprising, sometimes funny, always full of feeling. Curiously, he used to say horrible things about video art. “That’s how a young artist thinks. I’m much more generous now as an old artist, less cranky than I was as a cranky young artist.”

    • 27 min
    Garry Trudeau

    Garry Trudeau

    He was still in college when he created his smart and funny comic strip, "Doonesbury," and has since sent his characters to a disconcerting number of wars without disheartening the readers. His most recent book is Lewser: More Doonesbury in the Time of Trump, which nearly disheartens me. Laughing through my tears. Of rage.

    • 27 min
    Sam Roberts

    Sam Roberts

    A reporter and editor for The New York Times for more than 30 years, he began at the Daily News, in the seventies, when the city faced financial collapse, terrorist bombs, a blackout, a psychotic serial killer, and Studio 54. “What a time to be city editor of a tabloid newspaper in New York!” He was 28. A conversation at the Center for Architecture.

    • 27 min
    Sheila Nevins

    Sheila Nevins

    For decades, she ran HBO Documentary Films, producing over a thousand and winning more prime-time Emmies than any other person, clearly reflecting her love of the form. “No! I hate documentaries. I didn’t like documentaries at all. I wanted to do things that people watched; I wanted to get patted on the back; I wanted to make money.” And yet . . .

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Playgoer2000 ,

The Guy You Want at Your Table

Not even Randy Cohen is as funny, clever and curious as Randy Cohen. ~ Winter Miller

Naomi 🤖 ,

excellent 😎🙌👍👍

Love the show. I listen to podcasts constantly, and Randy clearly puts a lot of thought and work into this one. It's entertaining and intelligent. Great guests, and Randy is clever and gentlemanly. Def. worth checking out.

Picky Podcast Listener ,

A great new approach to the traditional interview

I really like Randy's show becuase it doesn't follow the model of prescriptive trivial anecdotes that inundate late-night television. Instead people on "Person Place Thing" attach meaning to three separate areas, and often I find personal meaning in the depths of these discussions while I'm engaged in the interesting material covered. I never knew that poetry was an Olympic event!

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