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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/

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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/

    Deborah Amos

    Deborah Amos

    Her years as Middle East correspondent for NPR News gave her strong feelings about accountability, the rule of law, and handbags: “This lovely accessory is a bag made out of Saddam Hussein’s bedroom curtains.” A conversation at the Princeton Public Library. Music: Dan Kassel.

    • 27 min
    Meredith Monk

    Meredith Monk

    This composer and musician admires the Dalai Lama but got a little anxious when asked to sing for him: “They locked me in my dressing room…then there was a monk that was sitting next to me kind of glaring.” A conversation at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Music: Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Carmen Rockwell.

    • 27 min
    Frances Bronet

    Frances Bronet

    Trained as an engineer and architect, she is the president of Pratt Institute and offers this precept: “If I didn’t do something really bad or evil, then it was a good design.” Practice and pedagogy at the Center for Architecture. Music: Cleek Schrey.

    • 27 min
    Michael Dowling

    Michael Dowling

    Despite a distinguished career in health policy, he calls hurling “one of the greatest loves of my life.” It is Ireland’s national sport, a game of speed, skill, and impressive injuries. Or maybe because of that career: “You’ve got to be in great shape to play this,” he tells the Irish Arts Center. Music: Those Sensible Shoes.

    • 27 min
    Jennifer Egan

    Jennifer Egan

    Some novelists begin with a character, some with a plot; Jennifer Egan – A Visit From the Goon Squad, Manhattan Beach - often starts with a sense of place: “That seems to come before there are people.” A conversation at the Center for Fiction cosponsored by the Municipal Art Society. Music: Lily Henley and Duncan Wickel

    • 27 min
    Dr. Mar Cortes

    Dr. Mar Cortes

    She practices rehabilitative medicine, as a clinician and a researcher, helping patients recover from strokes and spinal cord injuries. Why yes, she has taken a patient sky-diving. (Medicare wouldn’t cover it.) A conversation at KGB’s Red Room. Produced with Lori Schwarz. Music: Guy Ruby.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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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