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Ruggedly Jewish: An Evening with Bob Garfield

In a raw, wistful, hilarious and disturbing encounter session, the inveterate journalist weaves together disparate narrative threads on the subject of identity -- including his own nominal Jewishness -- to explore the exploration of self itself. A crazy-quilt 90-minute multimedia experience, Ruggedly Jewish bounces from observational comedy to harrowing life-and-death moments to American oddballs galore.  

“This is certainly a spectacle of me trying to make sense of who I am,” Garfield says, “but it’s really much more concerned with who you are -- who we all are -- as individuals and as a society. Especially at this particular political moment. Plus one talking cat, two freeze-dried cats and a surprising amount of gunplay." 

For the past 17 years, Bob has co-hosted the Peabody Award-winning public radio program on the media, cleverly titled On the Media. He is the creator of the Audible Channels program The Genius Dialogues and was founding co-host of Slate’s Lexicon Valley. A heroic multimediocrity, Bob has been a columnist or contributing editor for the Washington Post Magazine, MediaPost, The Guardian, Advertising Age, Civilization and the op-ed page of USA Today. He has also written for The New York Times, Playboy, Atlantic, Sports Illustrated, Wired and the Mainichi Shimbun and been employed variously by ABC, CBS, CNBC and the defunct FNN as an on-air analyst. As a lecturer and panelist, he has appeared in 37 countries on six continents. He wrote an episode of a short-lived NBC sitcom, Sweet Surrender, and co-wrote a song recorded by Willie Nelson. (Long story.) Bob is the NYT worst-selling author of five books, including his comic mob thriller Bedfellows, which is somewhat comic and somewhat thrilling. He has a play and a couple of movie scripts in his drawer he’d love for you to read. No, seriously. Bob is the founding director of the annual Media Future Summit, recent visiting lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and a senior fellow at SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management at Penn’s Wharton School. An Ikea bookcase (Billy, birch veneer) in his basement is filled with trophies.

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