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This Is Uncomfortable

Episode 19: Instrument of sabotage

Oct 17, 2019

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Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

Bridget Bodnar

Producer

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I'm a producer for “Marketplace” hosted by Kai Ryssdal. I run our “Corner Office” podcast and broadcast interview series and produce many of our author interviews. I also love working on some of the more creative elements we make for the show (audio Twitter threads, anyone?).

What was your first job?

A receptionist at a real estate office … in 2007. Things got interesting the next year.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Talent manager to a celebrity cat. Or a reclusive mystery writer.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

All the TV subscriptions … all of them …

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

The photo of my daughter from when she was about 3 weeks old and still in that "looks-like-a-turnip" phase. It makes me smile whenever I see it.

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The woman running the Tribeca Film Festival wishes we could stop saying “female filmmakers”

by Kai Ryssdal, Bridget Bodnar, and Maria Hollenhorst Apr 25, 2019
“I wish we could just say 'filmmakers,'” Tribeca Enterprises CEO Jane Rosenthal says.
Jane Rosenthal speaks at a Tribeca Film Festival screening at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in 2018 in New York City.
Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Showtime
The Big Book

How much would you pay for a "defaced" baseball card?

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Turns out, quite a lot.
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Brexit

Cheese in the age of Brexit

by Bridget Bodnar Mar 25, 2019
A crumbly cheese, Yorkshire Wensleydale, can teach us something about life in the U.K. after Brexit.
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The Big Book

An artificial intelligence battle is coming between the U.S. and China

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Mar 6, 2019
And sooner than you think, futurist Amy Webb says.
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More than 600,000 American children born to Mexican nationals are living in Mexico

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Feb 13, 2019
Even though they have the right to return to the U.S., they may not know it, a California Sunday reporter says.
Dusk falls over a section of the U.S.-Mexico border fence near Campo, California.
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The Federal Reserve

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We take a look at the tools at the Fed's disposal when it comes to keeping the economy humming along.
 The Federal Reserve building.
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Monopolies can lead to terrible economic behaviors: A story of cabs and Uber

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"Westworld" isn't a TV show, it's a franchise film series

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Co-creator Jonathan Nolan talks about keeping timelines straight and not dumbing things down for the audience.
Evan Rachel Wood, left, and James Marsden in season 2 of “Westworld.”
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A conversation with Hiro Murai, the guy behind Childish Gambino's "This Is America" and "Atlanta"

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Jun 15, 2018
The filmmaker is a constant collaborator with Donald Glover.
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Dunkin' CEO on what you're most likely to buy with your doughnut

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Jun 13, 2018
Nigel Travis talks about leading Dunkin' Brands, the company behind Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins.
Nigel Travis, president and CEO of Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, celebrates the initial public offering with some friends outside the NASDAQ MarketSite on July 27, 2011, in New York City.
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