Episode for September 16, 2022
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Today’s show dropped on Friday, September 16 and that means there is not much of an opening, clips or news because on Thursday nights I have a few drinks with listeners who are also paid subscribers and don’t get to edit and post until around 9am.
I do have two awesome interview segments today! I welcome journalist and author Luke Mogelson for the first time to talk about his new book The Storm Is Here: An American crucible. Luke is also a contributing writer for the New Yorker and was in the Capitol reporting on January 6 during an active insurrection. You have seen his footage.
I also have Comedians Christian Finnegan and Ophira Eisenberg who are hilarious and brilliant as always.
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From 2011 to 2014, Luke Mogelson was based in Afghanistan as a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. He started working for the New Yorker in 2014, and has covered the wars in Iraq and Syria, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, social unrest in the U.S., and the war in Ukraine. He has also published fiction in the New Yorker and the Paris Review and is the author of the short story collection, These Heroic, Happy Dead. He is the recipient of a Livingston Award, two National Magazine Awards, and two George Polk Awards. He lives in Marseille, France.
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Lauded as “hilarious, high risk, and an inspiration,” Ophira filmed her comedy special Inside Joke, when she was 8½ months pregnant. The show’s material revolves around how she told everyone that she was never going to have kids, and then unexpectedly found herself expecting at “an advanced maternal age.” Inside Joke can be found on Amazon and iTunes, along with her two other comedy albums, Bangs!and As Is.
She has appeared on Comedy Central, This Week at The Comedy Cellar, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, HBO’s Girls, Gotham Live, The Late Late Show, The Today Show, and VH-1. The New York Times called her a skilled comedian and storyteller with “bleakly stylish” humor. She was also selected as one of New York Magazine‘s “Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny,” and hailed by Forbes.com as one of the most engaging comics working today.
Ophira is a regular host and teller with The Moth and her stories have been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and in two of The Moth’s best-selling books, including the most recent New York Times Bestseller Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible.
Ophira’s first book, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamyi s a comedic memoir about her experiments in the field as a single woman, traveling from futon to futon and flask-to-flask, gathering data, hoping to put it all together and build her own perfect mate.
She is also sought after as a brilliant interviewer and moderator, and has interviewed dozens of celebrities, writers, and actors.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Ophira graduated with a Cultural Anthropology and Theater degree from McGill University. She now lives in Brooklyn, NY where she is a fixture at New York City’s comedy clubs