Show for Apr 1, 2012. The Authoritative John Hodgman.
I thought this might turn into an entirely risible April Fool’s interview with John Hodgman’s mock-pundit character, but after some japery, the conversation got sorta serious. John may lampoon the whole notion of expertise and authority in his TV appearances and books, but his thoughts on the subject run deep. We talked about his days studying literary theory at Yale, the real-life model for his professorial persona, truth vs. artistic license and his up close and personal view of the Mike Daisey/This American Life debacle. John also made a passionate statement about paying for the things you love—quite timely, since this show aired during KUSP’s Spring Pledge Drive. Last I checked, the station was still short of its fundraising goal, so if you love public radio, or just like it, please consider paying for it.
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