David Rakoff, author and ‘This American Life’ contributor, dies at 47

Rakoff was amazing on the last TAL Live Show. He danced and it was beautiful.

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Tig Notaro

This American Life did an episode (464: Invisible Made Visible) to feature the parts of its live show that would work for radio (they cut out the dancing and Mike Birbiglia’s short about Terry Gross).

Act Two. Groundhog Dayne is Tig Notaro’s story about seeing a famous person (albeit a minor celebrity) in real life.  Over and over and over again.  (Listen above)

I love Tig Notaro’s (or Navarro’s as I catch myself saying) delivery.  So dry.  Dry as a desert.

The ending of that is perfection.

Tig hosts the podcast Professor Blastoff, and has a comedy album called Good One.

2 Fresh 2 Furious

 

This short film, produced by Ira Glass and written and directed by Mike Birbiglia, was part of the This American Life: LIVE SHOW. The live show will be rebroadcast in select theaters May 15th.

I always knew Terry Gross was hardcore.

 

 

Act Two: Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens

Sleepwalk With Me

As a huge fan of This American Life, I’ve heard comic Mike Birbiglia detail crazy and embarrassing stories as a guest star.  I also have his book, Sleepwalk With Me: and Other Painfully True Stories (which began as an off-Broadway show). He remembers in excruciating detail those childhood events that most of us would like to forget.  His delivery pairs fantastic timing with hilarious perspective.

Birbiglia’s storytelling on TAL has paid off.  Sleepwalk With Me is now a film that went to the Sundance Film Festival.

From Entertainment Weekly:

Sleepwalk With Me was produced by Ira Glass and based on writer-director-star Mike Birbiglia’s harrowing tale of life as a not-so-good, but-getting-better comedian. The film has been a bright spot in a Sundance lineup already brimming with comedies.

Apparently in the film, Birbiglia goes by “Matt Pandamiglio,” an equally unusual name. Here’s a preview:

Ira Glass on producing the movie.  So funny.  An honest portrayal of hard work that goes into a film.

The Story

I’ve been listening to the radio before bed and I stumbled upon The Story.

Our goal is to find people whose lives are intersecting with significant issues in the news and give them the opportunity to tell their story.

At a time when “celebrity rules” and the only “ordinary” people we see are faces in the crowd, The Story reminds listeners that their stories and their lives matter. We believe that by creating a space for first person stories we are choosing not to accept a pollster’s version of our thoughts and attitudes.

We’ve learned that hearing directly from people about their experiences can transform our understanding of what’s happening in the world.

The Story is produced at North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC and is hosted by Dick Gordon. We are co-produced and distributed by American Public Media.

I listened to two episodes this week.

State of the Union – Letters Never Lie

The first included an interview with Eli Saslow, a reporter who followed President Obama for a year and read some of the letters the President received.  Also, they interviewed a pilot for Operation Migration, an effort to save the whooping crane by using a plane to guide the birds south for the winter.

Bedtime Stories for Justice

The second was about Ilana Rovner, a federal judge whose family escaped Latvia right before WWII began.

The show has a very This American Life feel to it.  Each episode has several stories. I like the variety of the subjects.

Make-up Tutorials

I love to watch make-up videos, even though I hardly wear any make-up ever. I just like watching someone do something and listening to their voice. It’s relaxing.

I first started watching Lauren Luke a few years ago. She has a great accent and beautiful eyes. Since starting her channel, she has created her own make-up line, gone back to school, and garnered YouTube fame.

Lauren Luke – Selena Gomez Make up look

 

My brother also likes to watch make-up videos and he introduced me to Nic and Sam (aka PixieWoo).  They also have great accents and I feel like they are little more professional in their approach.

PixieWoo – Elizabeth Taylor Look

 

The reason that I wrote this post is because I have recently been watching make-up tutorials by Jane Marie, editor of The Hairpin, formally Jane Feltes of This American Life.  Jane Marie has a great voice, sans accent (well, she has an American accent), and she drinks a bunch of wine during her vids.  Her make-up tutorials are part of the “How to be a Girl” series.

Jane Marie – Foundation, Blush, Bronzer

So, if you are ever looking for a distraction, or a soothing background voice, make-up tutorials are the way to go!