Mar 19, 2017
We celebrate our 50th Episode of WDEK on Mardi Gras with party horns, beads and great guests. Shonali shares a feel good story about a NYC cabbie. Christian gives us his take on rules for shushing at the movie theater. We have new WDEK T-Shirts for sale at the show and now online. Our first guest is a comedian, writer, filmmaker, author, Ted Fellow...the list goes on and on, Negin Farsad. She made a film which came out in 2014 called The Muslims Are Coming which follows a group of Muslim American comedians as they visit towns all over the US to combat Islamophobia. Turns out it can be exhausting combatting Islamophobia. She also met Bono and turns out they have something in common. Negin has a political roundtable podcast called Fake the Nation and wrote a book called How to Make White People Laugh. She is an inspiration. We play a special WDEK 50th Ep trivia game with our WDEK regular audience member Isabel Restrepo. Somehow Isabel wins a WDEK t-shirt without passing the quiz. Our second guest is comedian and writer Mike Recine. Out of the gate Shonali brings up Mike's side hustle, Recine Brothers Pasta Sauce and wants a jar of sauce. We are sorry to hear Mike's grandmother just passed away. Mike is originally from Jersey and the 2016 presidential win threw Mike off his comedy course. He's been rethinking his views on his people, the working class. "Tastykakes" & "WaWa" are mentioned. Look for Mike performing stand-up live all over the country or check out Mike's Comedy Central half hour on Hulu or his Conan guest spots online right now. #GetItOffYourChest features our audience member Stacey Mills who talks about reactions to her camouflage jacket. Shonali requests being polite to loved ones. Christian reiterates his shushing policy. Our last guest is musician Beth Wawerna of the band Bird of Youth. She and Shonali share a connection to Atlanta and a love of The Rock*A*Teens and The Replacements. All of which their influences can be heard in her music. A former music journalist, Beth now plays in a band comprised of multi-talented musicians. They have released two full lengths, Defender and Get Off. She plays two songs, one called Glory Knows and the other titled Dad. Thanks to all who celebrated our 50th Ep with us! Remember to save the date, April 23rd for our first ever all day WDEK Fest at DCTV in downtown Manhattan.