Comedy Club

Person, Place, Thing Series

January 13, 2020 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Red Room
Person Place Thing

Randy Cohen's first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays, and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Young Love comics). His first television work was writing for "Late Night With David Letterman" for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore's "TV Nation". He received a fifth Emmy as.a result of a clerical error, and kept it. For twelve years he wrote "The Ethicist", a weekly column for the New York Times Magazine. In 2010, his first play, "The Punishing Blow", ran at New York's Clurman Theater. His most recent book, "Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything", was published by Chronicle. He is currently the creator and host of Person Place Thing, a public radio interview show based on the idea people are particularly engaging when they speak, not directly about themselves, but about something they care about. His guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result: surprising stories from great talkers.

This episode's interview guest will be Danielle Gustafson, a visual artist turned digital strategy executive in financial services. She launched the New York Stock Exchange's first website and then grew their digital footprint through 2009 before expanding her scope to start-ups, not-for-profits and banking. In 2004 she co-founded the NYC Bat Group, as a complement to her digital lifestyle and to further the study of bats in the five boroughs. As a NYC Bat group member, she has co-led a popular series of bat walks for the American Museum of Natural History that sell out annually. She is on the Board of Bat Conservation International since 2013 and is currently their Treasurer. She also serves on the Board of the International League of Conservation Photographers. She now advocates for broader awareness and study of bats, and believes that the smartphone, in the hands of a citizen scientist, may be the most important conservation tool of the 21st century.

Our musical guest will be Mike Casey, a melody architect. The New York based story-telling songwriter, producer, and sonic alchemist is a multi-talented force whose soul stirring saxophone sound and creative use of phrasing reaches out with love and embraces your musical desires, one note at a time.