Strangers In New Orleans

Later today, I fly to New Orleans for my annual Labor Day holiday — and I’m looking for strangers to interview. If you live in the city, or know someone that lives there and would be great to interview, get in touch. I’ve had some great interviews in the city,…

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A Conversation About Cuba

Here’s the 100th dinner interview with a stranger! It’s my lunch in Miami with Sebastian Arcos, associate director of Florida International University’s (FIU) Cuban Research Institute (CRI). Sebastian knows what he’s talking about — he was born and raised in Havana, grew disillusioned with the Castro regime in his teenage…

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Support For This Podcast

Jessica Fontana, who along with her husband Santino featured as the most recent dinner interview on this site, has just released the first in a new podcast series, Support For This Podcast, that satirizes the NPR podcast Fresh Air hosted by Terry Gross. Check it out at this link. The first episode features…

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Meet The Fontanas

Dinner 99 is online! In late March I was in New York for the weekend and had the chance to interview actors Santino and Jessica Fontana. I’d read about their joint career in the arts in a great New York Times article about their wedding, and thought they’d have interesting…

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Love Wins

“Love Wins” is the title of a book that Jim Obergefell wrote about his experiences being the lead named plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, about the landmark decision that held that the Constitution guarantees the right of same-sex couples to marry across the United States. Almost…

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Out To Sea With Matt Yee

Dinner 97 is online! This is my meal at sea with entertainer and singer/songwriter Matt Yee, who is a mainstay of gay and straight cruise ships performing his cabaret act to packed audiences. In late January we were on the same cruise, and so one night when he had a…

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On Racism In America

W. Ralph Eubanks is a writer, educator and scholar with an extensive history covering racism in America — both his experiences growing up African-American, as well as broader issues such as the institutionalized economic racism he’s researching for his next book. In addition to all that expertise, he’s also fantastic…

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The UnNaugural Concert

President-elect Donald Trump takes office January 20th, and will probably head to a couple of inaugural balls that night — but Maryland State Senate Cheryl Kagan (the 90th dining stranger) has an alternative party planned. The Democratic lawmaker is hosting an “UnNaugural Concert” the same evening to promote progressive causes,…

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Einstein Returns

Actor Jack Fry, the 15th stranger I dined with, is heading to New York City this month with his one-man show Einstein! The play is based on more than 15,000 documents from Albert Einstein’s life, with Jack playing the scientist on a bid to set the record straight about his…

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