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 he 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 aoubt 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 neurogenticist Leslie Vosshall of The Rockefeller University, who works to halt infectious diseases, like zika and malaria, by identifying and reconfiguring genetic structures attractive to mosquitoes that carry them.
Our musical guest will be singer songwriter Leslie Goshko. https://www.lesliegoshko.com