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It’s impossible to understand what it was like to live through World War II unless you were there, so casting judgment on the time or the decisions made is always precarious. The scope of the conflict alone is unimaginable by today’s standards.  Still, this 1943 propaganda film “Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi” is…

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I’ve never felt that I was a bad or disappointing husband, and my wife has never implied as much. But if that were ever the case, I would show her this video to demonstrate how some wives truly suffer at the hands of their husbands. And their marbles.

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From TIME magazine: Students at Skyview High School in Billings, Montana, might get out of their world history finals this year — if they can somehow get Taylor Swift to call their teacher. A student named Ike Stoner came up with the deal — and the instructor, Colter Pierce, agreed to it. If Stoner could…

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I lost a friend yesterday. John was a custodian at my school. We both started working at Wolcott Elementary School 17 years ago. More than a custodian, John was an important person in the lives of many children. He offered high fives to students as they headed off to their buses. He was on duty during concerts, Boy Scout…

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One of the most surprising things about storytelling, at least for me, is how often and easily storytelling audiences laugh.  I remember telling my first story at a Moth StorySLAM back in 2011 and being astounded by how much the audience laughed. That story is coincidentally featured on The Moth’s Radio Hour this week Though I knew…

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Recently I was sitting with friends, chatting and eating, when one of them said to me, “You’ll want to either block your ears or leave the room for a minute.” Since I was in the company of all women, I assumed that she was going to discuss some female body issue. But having worked for 17…

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Leo Widrich is my new hero. He is an advocate and practitioner of “one-bag living.” In an effort to simplify and de-clutter his life, almost everything he owns fits inside one backpack: 6 T-shirts 2 sweaters, 2 hoodies 1 coat 2 pairs of dress-pant sweat-pants 6 pairs of socks and boxer shorts 1 backpack An…

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Last week I made appearances on two Slate podcasts.  In my fifth installment on The Gist, I continue the process of coaching  Frank Kennedy as he prepares a story that he will tell onstage later this summer.  On Slate’s new podcast Ask a Teacher I answer questions about teaching that were submitted by Slate readers. 

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Last week I had the honor of performing at The Moth Ball, where I performed on the same stage as the great Louis CK. I also had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Solomon and spent about ten minutes with the world famous magician David Blaine. It was quite a night.   The theme of the…

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