Pole Vaulting, Comedy, and the Congo - Richard Matthew

“I had never, in my life, experienced a group of people so angry at me.”

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Pole Vaulting, Comedy, and the Congo

A mother struggles with her son's choice to have a religious wedding, a high schooler with a funny name becomes a pole vaulter, a social scientist commutes to war torn countries for work, and a comedian confronts a heckler.

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Stories in this Episode

12:04
The Too-Jewish Wedding

by Annie Korzen

A mother struggles with her son's choice to have a religious wedding.

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06:38
The Pole Vaulter

by Matthew Dicks

A high schooler with a funny name becomes a pole vaulter.

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10:41
Risk In Perspective

by Richard Matthew

A social scientist commutes to war torn countries for work. This story was produced in collaboration with the World Science Festival.

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13:25
Not TOO Sensitive, Just Sensitive

by Hari Kondabolu

A comedian confronts a heckler after years of hearing jerks in the front row.

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Extras From This Episode

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Annie at her son’s wedding.

Annie Korzen

Family portrait.

Richard Matthew

Richard Matthew and his family.

Hari Kondabolu at John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show

The music in this story

  • The Drift - Uncanny Valley
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  • Kroke - Usual Happiness
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  • Aramis - Champion of Champions
  • Ibrahmin Aba Dicko - Baba
  • Felix LaBand - Take Brake Make