Kathleen Hanna, Piper Kerman, Jon Ronson & Maria Dizzia
MEMO RE: Employee of the Month
To Whom It May Concern:
Employee of the Month is a talk show, where I ask people about their work. It's where we spend the majority of our time, so why not hear from folks who love what they do? I'm not saying they love doing their taxes or every job they take on or the time they got fired, or the other time they got fired. What's important is how they dealt with these inevitable obstacles, stayed on task, found their North star, or discovered it was actually in the Southern hemisphere. Do they meditate with their eyes closed or open? I still don't know. Do they enjoy their duly deserved success? I hope so and if being awarded an Employee of the Month doesn't spell success, what else can. (Now is not the time to bring up true love, Pulitzers, and 401K plans, ingrates!)
For this episode of Employee of the Month, I interviewed a journalist, actor, memoirist, and a punk rocker. They all possess talent, discipline, a keen desire to have a positive impact on society, and wickedly mischievous wit (or wits(?)). I hope you enjoy my conversations with Kathleen Hanna, Jon Ronson, Maria Dizzia and Piper Kerman. Special thanks to Chris Sullivan, Eric Biondo and Grey McMurray, who make up the house band The New Guys, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and to all of you for coming out to the live taping or listening now on the podcast. Definitely let me know what YOU (shouting but with admiration) think. Oh, and enjoy......
PS Here is some info on the guests:
Rockstar Kathleen Hanna is the subject of the documentary film The Punk Singer which chronicles Hannah's experience as a pioneer in the punk rock scene. (Pioneer is not a euphemism for virgin.) Best known for performing with bands Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and, now, The Julie Ruin, Hanna also played a pivotal role in stearing The Riot Grrrl Movement, which sparked Third Wave Feminism and brought awareness to sexual violence, rape, and harassment. Speaking of hilarity, the multi-talented tour de force recently developed a pilot for Comedy Central.
Journalist Jon Ronson has written multiple critically acclaimed bookings, including The Psychopath Test, Men Who Stare at Goats, Them and Frank. He studies complicated characters to look at what makes them tick. Ronson, who made a name for himself as a documentary filmmaker in his Native land of England, has also contributed to This American Life, BBC, and The Guardian. Almost everything he has ever written have been adapted to film, and he is currently working on his next book.
While Piper Kerman works as a strategist and consultant for non-profits, she is best known for memoir Orange is the New Black. The New York Times Best seller chronicles her experience in prison and inspired the wildly popular Netflix television series Orange is the New Black. She currently consults on the show, lectures, and serves on the board of the Women's Prison Association.
Tony nominated actor Maria Dizzia's accessible, often harrowing, portrayals of complex women have made her a "director's actor" on and off Broadway, in critically acclaimed productions such as Eurydice, In the Next Room (Aka The Vibrator Play), and Belleville. She has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Orange is the New Black, Louie, X/Y, Martha, Marcy, May & Marlene, Clutter, The Good Wife, and The Happy Sad.
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