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Let Me Ascertain You, from award-winning investigative theater company The Civilians, is a weekly podcast series of performances crafted from interviews with real people about current and controversial topics, including Occupy Wall Street, Atlantic Yards, the adult entertainment industry, Evangelical Christianity, and more. Each episode illuminates surprising, unusual, funny, and thought-provoking stories collected from interviews with a wide range of different people. The series, taken from live performances, includes songs and scenes from past plays and current projects, plus sneak peaks at works in development. The Civilians is the center for investigative theater, supporting new work created from inquiries into the most vital questions of the present. The company, now in its eleventh season, has performed Off-Broadway and in over 40 cities nationally and internationally. "The Civilians deserve credit as top-notch journalists, creating portraits that are vivid, agenda-free and marked by a benevolent irony." –The New Yorker

Let Me Ascertain You: The Civilians Podcast The Civilians

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    • 5.0, 24 Ratings

Let Me Ascertain You, from award-winning investigative theater company The Civilians, is a weekly podcast series of performances crafted from interviews with real people about current and controversial topics, including Occupy Wall Street, Atlantic Yards, the adult entertainment industry, Evangelical Christianity, and more. Each episode illuminates surprising, unusual, funny, and thought-provoking stories collected from interviews with a wide range of different people. The series, taken from live performances, includes songs and scenes from past plays and current projects, plus sneak peaks at works in development. The Civilians is the center for investigative theater, supporting new work created from inquiries into the most vital questions of the present. The company, now in its eleventh season, has performed Off-Broadway and in over 40 cities nationally and internationally. "The Civilians deserve credit as top-notch journalists, creating portraits that are vivid, agenda-free and marked by a benevolent irony." –The New Yorker

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Ben Ferber ,

Like going to their shows!

If you can’t catch their stuff and you’re a fan, this is excellent documentation of their work and style. Add in the semi-frequent Michael Friedman songs they record, and it’s a totally awesome listen.

David T Lawson ,

David T Lawson

Sadly, the world of New York City theatre can often be such an exclusive place. Shows are too often expensive, have too few performances and don't appeal to an audience outside certain upper class elite. The Civilians not only dismantle this problem with their live shows (often $15-20 to see) but are absolutely destroying this problem with their podcast. Couldn't make it to Joe's Pub to see the actual live performance of that show about...oh...porn or sex or Occupy Wall Street or the Paris Commune? Well you'll never be able to replicate the actual live performance...but you'll be able to HEAR what happened thanks to this excellent podcast. The Civilians are leading the way in bringing New York City theatre outside buildings that far too many people just walk by and never go inside.

itsdlevy ,

Always fascinating, always entertaining

The Civilians' monologues and songs provide great windows into the lives different from our own (although sometimes not all that different). Plus there's the added benefit of getting to know a broad range of emerging theater artists. I can't recommend this podcast highly enough!

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