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Keith and the Girl

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person I know who listens  to podcasts. I only subscribe to a select few but the are huge part in my daily routine: at the gym, in the car, walking to class…I’m almost always listening to something.

If I happen to have my ear buds in and am laughing a little to hard to myself you can probably assume I am listening to Keith and the Girl (KATG). Keith and the Girl is a popular comedy podcast hosted by 30-somethings Keith Malley and Chemda Khalili fives days a week. Their tagline on iTunes? “Keith and his ex-girlfriend talk shit.”

If you are easily offended, this show is DEFINITELY not for you.

This completely uncensored internet radio show (complete with live video) covers everything from the New York comedy and art scene, sex, drugs, current events, interesting news stories, happenings in the hosts’ romantic and professional lives, and the Keith and the Girl community. Many shows also feature guest comedians or friends of the show.

My favorite aspect of this show is the involvement and devotion of Keith and Chemda to their fans. Every week they read listeners’ letters, interact with live listeners during the show, and have produced live show events around the country. They have even done shows in Canada, England, and Israel. Every year they host a slew of events during the week of April 15th when Keith does his annual stand up show in NYC. Keith and Chemda have an incredibly and talented fanbase. Over 90 people have gotten KATG themed tattoos in honor and love of the show. One listener has even animated a couple hilarious clips from past episodes. They are a great introduction to what has become a staple in my daily grind.

Have a laugh!

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Post 9/11

For the better part of last week I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the 9/11 footage that was painted all over my TV screen. Unlike a lot of the other tragedies that have struck this country, practically the entire population waited and watched the horror unfold on the morning of September 11, 2001.

I was in 6th grade in 2001, and I had no idea what had happened until my mother picked me up from school and told me that some very bad men had crashed airplanes into to some very important buildings in New York and that a lot of people died.  At that point, I knew what had happened was really bad. I was only 12, but when I saw the footage of the smoking towers and their eventual collapse, it scared me. It broke my heart.

But now, watching the 10th anniversary specials has made the enormity of that tragedy so much more real. I watched people jump from hundreds of feet up in the air. I watched incredible real-time footage of firemen and volunteers searching through the smoking, jagged rubble looking for survivors, but only finding bodies, body parts, and charred remains. Families crying in the streets, talking to reporters while holding flyers with pictures of their missing loved ones.

9/11/01: Never Forget.

We can’t forget. We have it all on film.

We have so much of the attack and the aftermath documented, and it’s had a profound effect on me. I see clips of the debris and the fiery wreckage and I think: How did they know where to start? How did we ever get back to normal? And as much as I can find wrong with this country, the resilience of this country is something that inspires me. It is something that I am proud of.

 

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If you haven’t checked out the 9/11 memorial at ground zero or the plans for the new World Trade Center I highly recommend it. It’s amazing the time and thought that has been put in to honoring the victims at the WTC. You can find it here.

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