“Talking out of both sides of my couch” Episode 31

in episode 31 I make a live appearance courtesy of Eugene Mirman at the Paradise in Boston, I find myself, Jonathan Katz, in therapy with Dr. Katz and the episode features a special guest, Susie Essman who knows more about oral hygiene and men than any woman I have ever met.

“Then and Way Back Then.” Episode 28

I don’t live in the past, but if you are trying to find me, I don’t recommend the present. In this–my last audio only episode–I return to an old radio show from the ’40s that helped form me as a young man. Then I go way back to ancient
Egypt, where I discover the world of Audio Fossils. Using a new technology, we are now able to hear sounds that were made thousands of years ago.

Special guests include Sarah Silverman, Andy Kindler, Tom Leopold, and Israeli scientist, Jonathan Devor.

Thanks for listening.
Jonathan Katz

“When bad things happen to good ideas.” Episode 27

“Worst Case Scenario” is an old radio show I loved as a kid. Tom Silver, the host, is interviewing Arthur Köeppler, a leading expert on traffic safety.

“Bring Your Cousin To Work Day” is Sid Steiber’s favorite holiday. He loves it so much, he celebrates it once a week.

“Listener Response” is where we get to hear some of Jonathan’s favorite responses to the question he posed last week.

For next week’s question, Jonathan talks with Israeli physicist, Jonathan Devor, about the likelihood of audio fossils dating back as far as ancient Egypt. And then he poses the following question: “If you could hear any sound that was generated in the last 5,000 years, what would that sound be, and why?” The number to call in with your response is: 617-866-8000. Thanks for listening.

“The Work Force.” Episode 26

In this episode I deal with the subject of THE WORK FORCE from three different angles; I talk to many hardworking Americans with “thankless jobs.” I also asked my old friend Sandy Briscoe — the British naturalist — for a letter of recommendation to Cornell Medical School where I have been offered a teaching positiion. And finally, I reflect on a time when I was the principal at my daughter’s high school — a truly thankless job. I also pose the following question: If someone was to offer to donate $10,000 to your campaign, would you: a) accept the money, b) point out that you are not running for office, or c) say something else. I would like to know. Please leave me a message at 617 866-8000.

“Women’s Lib and Pop Music” Episode 25

Where do I start? Thanks for your patience. In this episode I have strayed from my usual format because of an interview I did with singer/feminist Helen Reddy. We met years ago in NYC and I interviewed her for my old radio show, “Peas in the Pod.” Listening to this latest recording, I was surprised how much and yet how little has changed.

When I do episode 26, I will return to my older format. I’m in it for the long haul.

“Growing up Franklin (Ben Jr.) and my Jewish Roots.” Episode 24

In this episode, I explore my Jewish roots, tracing all the way back to New York City in 1959. I am also proud to introduce “America’s Next Top Optician”. At least once a week, I pretend that Benjamin Franklin was my dad. Now you get to hear how that works….It works for me.