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Person Place Thing

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Person Place Thing

February 1, 2023


Person Place Thing is an interview show based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers.


The New York City Fire Museum hosted a special taping of Person Place Thing on Wednesday, February 1st. Host Randy Cohen joined special guest Gary Urbanowicz....FDNY historian, author, host of the popular "Throwback FDNY" podcast, former Executive Director of the New York City Fire Museum, and proud son of a New York City Firefighter. The event  featured live music by "Piano Pete" (Pete Favilla). The episode was recorded with a live audience for later broadcast across Northeast Public Radio.

More about Person Place Thing: 

Person Place Thing takes place in front of an audience, with live music, at a variety of venues and is then edited for broadcast across a 23-station regional radio network, and a dozen other public radio stations around the country. You can stream PPT’s archive at or download episodes via iTunes.


Randy Cohen’s first professional work was writing humor pieces, essays, and stories for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, the Atlantic, Young Love Comics). His first television work was writing for "Late Night With David Letterman" for which he won three Emmy awards. His fourth Emmy was for his work on Michael Moore’s "TV Nation." He received a fifth Emmy as a result of a clerical error, and he kept it. For twelve years he wrote "The Ethicist," a weekly column for the New York Times Magazine.


The event is free and registration is required. 

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