first person

On PEN15, Everyone Is (Refreshingly) a Bully

The excellent mid-season episode, “Posh,” plays like a fable about race in American middle schools.
wisdom

Digging Through the Comedy and Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

“Be this now. You don’t have to be something. This is it. Enjoy.”
the maria bamford questionnaire

Judd Apatow Answers the Maria Bamford Questionnaire

The filmmaker answers the questions that only Bamford would think to ask.
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  48. good one podcast
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  49. weekend update
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