Tonight on TV: "Two Wars"

Feb 28, 2011

Tonight on Current TV, two foreigners try to make sense of life in the U.S. in the aftermath of two very different wars.

If you have digital cable, chances are you have Current TV. Here's a cheat sheet:

Comcast: 107 (125 Dallas and Seattle)
Time Warner: 103 NY and 142 LA
Dish Network: 196
AT&T U-Verse: 189
Verizon FiOS: 192

Rakoff and Birbiglia - on stage March 2nd

Feb 22, 2011

On Wednesday, March 2nd, This American Life contributors David Rakoff and Mike Birbiglia will participate in Selected Shorts: Stories from Electric Literature, at Symphony Space in NYC. John Lithgow is also performing. They'll read stories by Rick Moody, Lydia Millet and Joy Williams.

Selected Shorts, of course, is the public radio show and stage show where notable folks perform classic and new short fiction. Electric Literature is a new-ish endeavor that aims to distribute short stories via new technology.

Tonight on TV: "Escape"

Feb 21, 2011

Tonight on Current TV, the first episode of our second season of television - 10/9C. Here's a clip:

If you have digital cable, chances are you have Current TV. Here's a cheat sheet:

Comcast: 107 (125 Dallas and Seattle)
Time Warner: 103 NY and 142 LA
Dish Network: 196
AT&T U-Verse: 189
Verizon FiOS: 192

"TOLD" - Monday 2/21 in NYC

Feb 19, 2011

TOLD is a long-running monthly storytelling show in New York City, hosted by This American Life production manager Seth Lind (whom you may remember talking about seeing The Shining when he was seven years old, in our episode Fear of Sleep).

The theme of the show this coming Monday, February 21st is "A Higher Power" - stories involving religion. Storytellers include This American Life contributors Elna Baker and David Ellis Dickerson, plus Aaron Wolfe, Michele Carlo and Jesse Cameron Alick. 7PM at Under St. Mark's Theater in the East Village. It's a small venue and seating is first-come, first-served. Admission is pay what you will. Here's the event page on Facebook.

And if you want to hear about upcoming installments of Told, "like" this page on Facebook.

TOLD: "A Higher Power"
Monday February 21st - 7PM
Under St. Mark's Theater - 94 St. Mark's Place, NYC

TOLD showcases storytelling of the highest caliber. The candid, hilarious stories leave you feeling a little less alone in the world. Very cool.
- Ian Roberts, Upright Citizens Brigade

Team CoCo... Cola

Feb 17, 2011

So this week we were on ABC News, CNN, Al Jazeera, CBC in Canada and more. Whatever. But get this: our Coca-Cola recipe story made Conan O'Brien's monologue on Tuesday. 3:20 into the video below.

Our cola recipe story makes international news

Feb 16, 2011

When we broadcast the episode Original Recipe this past weekend, we had no idea how big a splash the Coca-Cola recipe story would make. Turns out, news outlets all across the globe are interested in what might be in the original formulation for this particular beverage... so interested that for part of Monday and much of Tuesday, all the traffic crashed our website. On Tuesday, the majority of hits came from - you guessed it - Finland and Croatia. Here are some screen shots of stories about our story, from all over the place.


The Netherlands:




Ryan Knighton's "Punkin"

Feb 10, 2011
Ryan Knighton—whose "Baby Steps" story appeared in Wiretap as well as our Neighborhood Watch episode—has recently released this fun, short film to promote the Canadian release of his book, C'mon Papa: Dispatches From a Dad in the Dark. (Oh—and lest we cause any confusion—his book and the story in "Neighborhood Watch" are not fictional).


Update: Joe No Love

Feb 8, 2011

If you saw our TV show on Monday on Current TV, or caught the episode on Showtime or DVD, then you know the story of Joseph "Joe No Love" Kendrick, who - when originally interviewed at age 14 - vowed never to get involved in the messiness of love.

Well, the Daily Hampshire Gazette recently published a Q&A with Joe, who is now a freshman at Bennington College in Vermont. A lot of viewers wondered if Joe would stick to his plan... and one of his responses gives a pretty clear hint.

Photo by Carol Lollis

Two Charity Events with Cool Stuff You Can Get

Feb 3, 2011

Hi all -

Ira writing this.

The New York Writers Coalition has writers workshops for kids and adults all over New York (the homeless, war vets, the incarcerated, at-risk youth, and so forth). It's a really great organization, and their fundraiser on Monday, Feb 7 is kind of mind-blowing with all the stuff that's up for grabs. There's a raffle where the prizes include Jack Black doing a singing telegram on your phone and four VIP tickets to The Daily Show and signed books by David Rakoff. Plus they're throwing a "red and black" party with a silent auction. Some of the stuff in that auction: Drinks with me, a Freaks and Geeks DVD set signed by Judd Apatow and Paul Feig, a Buffy DVD set signed by Joss Whedon, a Mad Men pilot script signed by cast member Rich Sommer, autographed books from Michael Chabon and Chuck Klosterman, a handwritten page of music by Philip Glass, signed by him. The party's in New York this coming Monday. The raffle you can do from anywhere. $10. Best case: Jack Black sings to you. Worst case: you donated $10 to a good cause.

And then on Thursday Feb 17 I'll be playing poker with John Hodgman, Michael Ian Black, poker pro Andy Bloch, and anyone else who shows up - which hopefully will include you! - also in New York. It's a fundraiser for 826NYC, one of the literacy groups founded by Dave Eggers (it has a special focus on getting kids to write). The tournament winner gets a seat at the World Series of Poker. No kidding. That normally costs $10,000. So the best case scenario: you win a seat at the biggest poker tournament in the country. Worst case: you give $500 to a nice charity. Win-win, right?