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Person Place Thing
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Hosted by former New York Times Ethicist Columnist Randy Cohen, PPT features guests who talk about a person, a place and a thing they find meaningful. Randy pulls out the most interesting details from columnists to musicians, architects and ballerinas including Rosanne Cash, E. Jean Carroll and Gene Kohn. The results: surprising stories from great talkers.

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  • Esteemed as both a scholar and an activist, Frances Fox Piven spent nearly 90 years working for social justice, if you count her first few years, and I do: when she was four, she had a clear (and unpopular) position on the Soviet-Finnish war. She’s since revised it. That’s being open minded.
  • Anita Hill explains how sexual harassment derived from civil rights law. “There was the sense that, OK, now we’ve tackled one area of equality, we’ve prevailed to some extent, let’s build on it.” One right leads to another. Or used to. In ancient days. Plus, the difference between “baggage” and “luggage.”
  • No first glimpse of a building was more exhilarating to me than his 1975 Best Products façade in Houston, created with James Wines' firm, SITE. And he did it the old-fashioned way: “I’m probably the last architect on earth who still draws by hand.” Ideas and how they get that way, presented with the National Academy of Design.
  • Pairing a concert pianist with a stage magician means merging two distinct performance traditions and can include tensions as well as triumphs. Perhaps that’s why Raja Rahman and Jarrett Parker’s act is sometimes billed as Magic Versus Music—a joke that is not entirely a joke. But what a show! Presented with Ralph Farris of the quartet Ethel.
  • He’s made a lot of films about war, from the Civil War to Vietnam, but Ken Burns' great theme is not death and destruction, he says: “Most of my films, despite the particular subject matter, besides the tragedy or the conflict, are ultimately about love.” He’s currently working on the Revolutionary War. It’s complicated.
  • Naturalist and writer Drew Laham is wary of “bad people having their names attached to perfectly good birds.” Audubon’s Warbler invokes not just an ornithologist but a slave-owner. “We should remove all human names from birds and let the birds tell us who they are—by their physical appearance, their behavior, their song.” Bluebirds! Whippoorwills! Elegant! Produced with Orion magazine.
  • Dr. Dave A. Chokshi is the former Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He led the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including its historic campaign to vaccinate over 6 million New Yorkers. “We have gotten vaccinated not just to protect ourselves but to protect our communities,” says Chokshi, who sees something admirable in our pandemic response.
  • Michael Kazin is An American historian and a professor at Georgetown University. He is an expert in U.S. politics and social movements, 19th and 20th centuries. His most recent book is "War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918." Kazin is emeritus co-editor of Dissent, a leading magazine of the American left since 1954.
  • For restauranteur Danny Meyer — Union Square Café, Shake Shack — hospitality is as important as food. “Hospitality exists when you feel like someone did something for you, not something to you.“ He’s not just talking about restaurants. Food as metaphor, food as food. Produced with the Municipal Art Society.
  • Ed Sorel is an illustrator, caricaturist, cartoonist, graphic designer and author. Formerly a regular contributor to The Nation, New York Magazine and The Atlantic, his work is today seen more frequently in Vanity Fair.