Episode for October 7, 2022
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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
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Leila Simona Talani has been Professor of International Political Economy in the Department of European and International Studies since 2014. She became editor of the Palgrave series on the Politics of Migration and Citizenship in 2020. In 2022 she founded the Centre for Italian Politics @ EIS of which she is the director.
In 2017 she was awarded a visiting Professorship at the Kennedy School of Government of the University of Harvard. She was also appointed Jean Monnet Chair of European Political Economy by the European Commission in 2012.
She was previously at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and in the department of European studies of the University of Bath. From November 2000 until September 2001, she held the position of Associate Expert for the United Nations Regional Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention based in Cairo working on irregular migration from the Middle East and Northern Africa to EU countries. In the academic year 1999-2000 she taught ‘The political Economy of European Integration’ at the European Institute of the London School of Economics where she had previously held a research and teaching fellowship for the academic year 1998-1999.
Leila was awarded a PhD with distinction at the European University Institute of Florence in 1998.
She is the author, among other titles, of: The IPE of migration in The globalization era (Palgrave 2022); The political Economy of Italy in the Euro (Palgrave 2017), The Handbook of the International Political Economy of Migration (Edward Elgar, 2014-2017); The Arab Spring in the Global Political Economy(Palgrave, 2014), Dirty Cities: towards a political economy of shadow dynamics in global cities (Palgrave, 2013), European Political Economy (Ashgate: 2013), Globalization, Migration and the future of Europe(Routledge 2011), and From Egypt to Europe (I.B.Tauris, 2010).