About Me

 This is me lying in the grass very sweaty and exhausted after spending a day exploring Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I liked this picture enough to share it, at which point the internet told me to check myself for ticks. 

This is me lying in the grass very sweaty and exhausted after spending a day exploring Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I liked this picture enough to share it, at which point the internet told me to check myself for ticks. 

I'm a podcast host, writer, radio maker, interviewer, Twitter liker, Twitter fearer, former lawyer, one-time college a cappella singer, occasional bread baker, photography dabbler, and very lucky weirdo. 

I'm the host of Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR's roundtable culture and entertainment podcast. I'm also the creator of its pop culture blog, Monkey See. I've worked with most of the radio shows they have in some capacity: I've talked about pop culture on All Things ConsideredMorning Edition, and Weekend Edition. I once spent a week writing for Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me, took a turn guest-hosting Jesse Thorn's wonderful interview show Bullseye, and did a terrible job answering questions about music on a bonus episode of Ask Me Another. I do local live radio whenever they let me. 

My first novel is coming out hopefully in the early spring of 2019; it's called Head Case. It's about love and sad things and baseball and the state of Maine -- all of which are irresistible. 

My side hustle is moderating live events where I interview people in front of audiences. I've talked to TV and movie folks like Shonda Rhimes, Ron Howard, Connie Britton, Lauren Graham, Trevor Noah, B.J. Novak (also a writer, of course), and Joe and Anthony Russo. I've also talked at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Sixth & I synagogue to authors like Jane Smiley, Maria Semple, Elizabeth Strout, the hosts of Welcome To Night Vale and, in a moment that my 12-year-old self still doesn't quite believe, Judy Blume. 

I'm also a public speaker, both on panels (which I've done at places like South By Southwest) and at conferences (I've given keynote addresses in Philadelphia and Bowling Green, Ohio in the last year; I'm going one state at a time). I once gave a presentation (complete with slides) about becoming a person who wears colorful dresses. I even co-hosted an awards banquet once, which made me much more sympathetic to everyone who has to host awards on television.

I used to write about TV, much of it reality, at the wonderful and now retired site Television Without Pity. I've also written for MSNBC and Vulture and TV Guide. 

In a former life, I was an attorney, which is where I developed my great love of arguing. That's how I once successfully persuaded some very intelligent people to vote the "Honeymoon In Metropolis" episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman into their Canon of great television episodes.