Brief but Spectacular

  • June 16, 2016  

    Growing up in Palm Springs, Iranian-American Muslim comedian Negin Farsad yearned to fit in. But as she grew older amid rising Islamophobia, Farsad realized she had her own people, and she could use her comedy to do more than make people laugh — she could make them think. Farsad gives her Brief But Spectacular take on being an Iranian-American Muslim female comedian lady. Continue reading

  • June 9, 2016  

    People tend to be afraid of silence — they develop verbal defense mechanisms like small talk to instantly fill gaps in conversation. But according to radio journalist Alex Blumberg, some of the most amazing moments on air come from the “raw electric silence” of true emotion. Blumberg gives his Brief But Spectacular take on good tape and why silence really is golden. Continue reading

  • June 2, 2016  

    Teenagers today have never known a world without smartphones and social media, and most of them can’t even conceive of a time where people sat around the dinner table without checking their Instagram pages. We asked a handful of eighth-graders from a Los Angeles public school to give their Brief But Spectacular takes on what technology means to them. Continue reading

  • May 26, 2016  

    Comedian Tim Heidecker’s style has been described by critics as absurd, offensive, disgusting anti-comedy, but Heidecker politely disagrees. What he considers not funny, however, is the theft of his and other performers’ content. Illegal downloads makes it tougher for him and his team to make more comedy. Heidecker gives his Brief But Spectacular take on why people should pay for things. Continue reading

  • May 19, 2016  

    Recording artist and producer Pell began making music to identify himself in a new place, as his family was forced to flee to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. That’s why he believes the goal of an artist is to tell their own story and define their own themes. Pell gives his Brief But Spectacular take on how life experience influences his music in a genre he calls “experimental soul.” Continue reading

  • May 12, 2016  

    Humans tend to view animals as a source of entertainment, but anthropologist Laurel Braitman is more concerned with entertaining them. That’s why she started putting on music concerts for everything from wolves to miniature donkeys. The only rules: no people, and no food bribes for attention. Braitman gives her Brief But Spectacular take on non-human entertainment and animal madness. Continue reading

  • May 7, 2016  

    Flossie Lewis says she’s 91 years old and badly crippled. But just because her body is starting to go doesn’t mean her personality or character should. Taking walks, watching politics and writing a little bit of light verse help keep Lewis as optimistic now as she was at 15. Lewis gives her Brief But Spectacular take on growing old with grace. Continue reading

  • April 28, 2016  

    As the hosts of BuzzFeed’s popular “Another Round” podcast, Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton set out to break the mold and create a space where they didn’t have to filter their opinions for a white audience. Nigatu and Clayton give their ‪Brief But Spectacular take on creating media that’s unapologetically black. Continue reading

  • April 14, 2016  

    New writers are often told, “write what you know.” But according to actor and writer Danny Strong, professional writers shouldn’t shy away from the unfamiliar — they should write what they’re passionate about. Strong gives his Brief But Spectacular take on writing what you don’t know. Continue reading

  • April 7, 2016  

    As a professional model and television host, Padma Lakshmi can travel the world and live the glamorous lifestyle most people only dream about. But one of the best benefits of her fame is the ability to fight for women, especially against female-specific diseases like endometriosis, which she suffers. Lakshmi offers her Brief But Spectacular take on food, travel and celebrating all things female. Continue reading