Person Place Thing is an interview show based on the idea that people are especially engaging when they speak, not directly about themselves, but something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing with particular meaning to them. This installment will feature a conversation between host Randy Cohen and actor Peter Riegert with music by Hubby Jenkins.
Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays, and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, the Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for “Late Night With David Letterman” for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s “TV Nation.” He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and he kept it. For twelve years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for the New York Times Magazine. In 2010, his first play, “The Punishing Blow,” ran at New York’s Clurman Theater. He is currently the creator and host of Person Place Thing, a public radio program.
Peter Riegert has been acting, writing, directing and producing for 50 years. His movies include: ANIMAL HOUSE, LOCAL HERO, CROSSING DELANCEY, CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER, COLDBLOODED, UTZ, OSCAR, PASSED AWAY, THE MASK, TRAFFIC, WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, AMERICAN PASTORAL and the short films THE WALK and THE RESPONSE, which received the ABA Silver Gavel and was short listed for an Academy nomination for live-action short. Television credits include: THE SOPRANOS, DAMAGES, GYPSY, BARBARIANS AT THE GATE, CONCEALED ENEMIES, LAW AND ORDER SVU, THE GOOD WIFE, UNBREAKABLE KIMMIE SCHMIDT, DADS, SHOW ME A HERO, DISJOINTED, ONE TREE HILL. Broadway credits: THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD, AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER, THE NERD and DANCE WITH ME. Off B’Way includes: SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, MOUTAIN LANGUAGE, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC and A ROSEN BY ANY OTHER NAME. His directorial film debut was the Academy nominated short BY COURIER, followed by his first feature, KING OF THE CORNER, with Isabella Rossellini, Eli Wallach, Rita Moreno, Beverly D’Angelo, Eric Bogosian and Dominic Chianese.
Books on Tape include: THE YIDDISH POLICEMAN’S UNION by Michael Chabon; WHERE I’M CALLING FROM, (11 short stories) by Raymond Carver; BLACK MONEY and THE CHILL by Ross McDonald and THE LAWGIVER by Herman Wouk. Podcast: PETER RIEGERT’S VOCAL HEROES.
Hubby Jenkins is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn he delved into his southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through America’s traditional music forms. As an integral member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and later Rhiannon Giddens band, Hubby has performed at festivals and venues around the world, earning himself both Grammy and Americana award nominations. Today he spreads his knowledge and love of old-time American music through his dynamic solo performances and engaging workshops.