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Necessary & Sufficient

By Evan Forman

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Necessary & Sufficient is an exploration of ideas (including those of duality, bifurcation, and hierarchy), a meditation on communication, a map of my mind, and a document of its own creation. Each week I record a conversation with a guest about a pair of related yet distinct concepts. The guest doesn't know about the topic in advance (I send them a set of index cards through the mail, which they open on-air) but I try to match up people with ideas that they will have some knowledge or opinion about. This isn’t a quiz, but an attempt to capture extemporaneous conversation and thoughts as they unfold between two people. Some topics are technical, some are general knowledge, but all are all open-ended in some way.

Customer Reviews

Take 2.

Forman sends his guest two words in an envelope and engages them in conversation about the ideas they conjure. Many guests are his friends so there is an existing rapport, and in some cases Forman uses his guest as an opportunity to talk about ideas he's already considered. This is somewhat sly, in that his guests don't have any time to prepare and the hook is looking for their extemporaneous response. The conversations are engaging, smart, and a pleasant starting point for interesting dialogues. I'm enjoying the show as it develops and Forman grows as a host. With time this can become a 5 star show.

fun & refreshing!

Forman has such a fun & refreshing approach to the conversation of two seemingly similar words. None of his guests are pretentious & I always find myself thinking about the discussion long after it’s over. High five!

Novel Idea Excecuted Excellently

Parsing out the distinctions between related concepts was a skill beaten into my brain from a young age by my English professor parents, so I appreciate where this show is coming from. I love to hear humanities types talk ruminate on high-falutin' ideas, art theory in particular, so I'm definitely a committed listener and recommend that you become one, too.

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