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A new family history podcast hosted by A.J. Jacobs. They say we’re one big family: this is the show that proves it. You will be filled with delight… or abject horror. You never know. It’s family.
||Clean#3: Nazanin Rafsanjani||Nazanin Rafsanjani is a beloved member of the Gimlet family, overseeing Gimlet’s advertising wing. She also has an incredible family story, moving to the U.S. from Iran during the Iran-Iraq war. And Nazanin’s family tree is filled with people who left their communities and started over, from the victim of an epidemic, to two literary icons. We’ll tell these stories, and introduce her to a mystery relative.CREDITSTwice Removed is produced by Meg Driscoll, Ngofeen Mputubwele, Matthew Nelson, Audrey Quinn, and Kimmie Regler. Our senior producer is Eric Mennel. Editing by Jorge Just and Alex Blumberg. Michelle Harris is our fact checker. Research and genealogy by J. Mark Lowe and Eowyn Langholf. Music and sound design by Haley Shaw. Interpreting and translations by Raha Hakimdavar and Sara Goudarzi. Additional music by Blue Note Sessions.Special thanks this week to Casey Turner, Loretta Shugrue, Sarah Rodriguez, Suzanne Campbell and the West Texas Collection at San Angelo State University,Vickie Webb, Dr. Frank Sousa, Heather Wylie, Brad Moseley and The American School for the Deaf, Dr. Amy Malek, Khodadad Rezakahani, and the band Lowland Hum.Jeffrey Einboden’s new book which talks about Emerson and his Persian influences is “The Islamic Lineage of American Literary Culture.”You can reach us at TwiceRemoved@gimletmedia.com. We tweet @TwiceRemoved, and we’re also on Facebook. Twice Removed is a production of Gimlet Media. I’m AJ Jacobs, we’ll be back next week with more Twice Removed. Hopefully you’ll be filled with delight… or perhaps abject horror. You never know. It’s family. Our SponsorsBlue Apron- Get your first three Blue Apron meals delivered for free by going to blueapron.com/twiceSquarespace - Go to squarespace.com and use the offer code "TWICE REMOVED" at checkout to get 10% off your first purchaseAnd be sure to check out another podcast about family: The Longest Shortest Time, hosted by Hillary Frank!||1/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: Ted Allen||Ted Allen’s family tree is buffet of culinary delights throughout history. We tour through wartime coffee substitutes, sugar sculptures, celebrity diets, and much more.||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: Dan Savage||Dan Savage’s family tree is full of people who speak truth to power. People caught up in crime, corruption, and a sex scandal in the closets of the White House.||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Preview of Coming Attractions||A new family history podcast from Gimlet Media. They say we're one big family: this is the show that proves it.||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
lives and dies by the quality of the guests
I am a huge fan of Gimlet, but this is a rare misfire. The host, AJ Jacobs, has very little charisma--and he talks a LOT. Like his previous work, this is gimicky. The premise exposes one of the inherent absurdities of genealogy: the idea that tenuous connections to "ancestors" and cousins many times removed have any bearing on who we are as individuals. The feel-good conclusion of this--we are all sooo alike and connected!!--is unconvincing and forced. And did I mention that the host has little skill as a storyteller?
Despite this, the first two episodes had their moments. Dan Savage's seemingly genuine emotion was very moving--even if it threw into contrast how emotionally empty Jacobs' narration was. The second episode was weaker, in part because the guest seemed less emotionally involved than Savage was. This podcast could shine with strong guests, but overall it's a misstep for the usually reliable Gimlet.
I'm really excited for this podcast to air! It's a fresh, original idea that no one has tried yet. Gimlet puts out a lot of high quality shows, I don't expect this one to be any less fantastic!
The trailer sounds fabulous. On pins and needles waiting for first episode.