"Second to None"Reggie Watts, Rick Bayless, and Jenn White
This episode was originally taped at a live show on December 2, 2016 (Chicago, IL)
Performer Reggie Watts talks improvisation and composes a ringtone for us, chef Rick Bayless discusses the merits of eyeball tacos, and journalist Jenn White reveals why Oprah's legacy continues to resonate.
It’s hard to describe Reggie Watts if you haven’t seen him perform, but we’ll try. First off, he does stand-up. Or, does he? Watts is known for improvising entire shows, and as such, his performances end up being mixes of stand-up comedy, spoken word poetry, beatboxing, music, and freeform thought explosions. So, he does stand-up kind of. Watts calls himself a disinformationist, which means that he… well, what does it mean? It might mean something along the lines of using his wide range of verbal techniques and versatile skills to disorient and entertain his audience, in venues like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Bang! Bang!, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Ted Talks, and leading the band for The Late Late Show with James Corden. He’s also got four solo albums, and is the winner of the 2006 Andy Kaufman Comedy Award. And that’s not the half of it. Come get down and disinformed with us.
There’s a lot to say about Rick Bayless, if we can stop eating the plate of wood-fired tortas he made us long enough to get the words out. A world-renowned chef specializing in Mexican cuisine, Bayless is the owner of a number of award-winning Chicago restaurants, nationally recognized humanitarian and philanthropist, star of the successful CBS series Mexico: One Plate at a Time, and the recipient of seven James Beard awards, along with the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration the Mexican Government bestows on foreigners that have served Mexico and its people. What’s clear is that this guy knows a thing or two about food, business, and people. What’s amazing is that he doesn’t just sit around eating his own guacamole all day. We would.
Jennifer White is a storyteller. Native of Detroit and veteran of public media, she’s currently the host of “Making Oprah: The Inside Story of a TV Revolution,” a new podcast from NPR telling the story of Chicago’s (and America’s) television grand dame and her rise to acclaim. Before White was telling all about the country’s favorite tell-all, she was the host of All Things Considered on Michigan Radio, and hosted and produced an array of public radio and television shows and documentaries. She’s here to tell us the things we didn’t know about the things we care about.