In a World Beset by Pandemic and Strife, Comedy Can Help

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Why comedy, and why now? That's the question that media and social change scholar Caty Borum Chattoo poses at the outset of her book, "A Comedian and An Activist Walk Into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice." In it she and co-author Lauren Feldman explore how comedy -- by laying bare freighted issues like racism, sexism and inequality -- can help us work toward bridging divides and achieving social change. We'll talk about how comedy helps us make sense of a world turned chaotic by the pandemic and a deeply divisive government, and we want to hear from you: which comedians do you turn to these days, and why?

Guests:

Caty Borum Chattoo, executive director, Center for Media and Social Impact at American University, co-author, "A Comedian And An Activist Walk Into A Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice"

Negin Farsad, comedian, actor, director and host of the podcast "Fake the Nation", author of "How to Make White People Laugh"

Margaret Cho, comedian, actor and host of the podcast "The Margaret Cho"

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