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THE JOSH KORNBLUTH SHOW captivated audiences with guests like Alan Alda, Ken Burns, Michael Franti, Amy Sedaris, Calvin Trillin, Rita Moreno, and Dave Eggers. With his combination of intelligent questioning and charming neuroses, Josh discovers intriguing and fascinating details of both strangers on the street and his celebrity guests.

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Season Two

Michael Tilson Thomas (9/25/2006)
Think Perry Como and Igor Stravinsky have nothing in common? Think again! As Josh finds out from Michael Tilson Thomas… the connections between contemporary and classical music can often be surprising. For more than a decade MTT has earned international acclaim as the San Francisco Symphony’s music director and conductor. But one of his proudest achievements to date is giving viewers an intimate look at classical music composition and performance through his PBS documentary series “Keeping Score.” He’s got a sneak preview for Josh.. and we’ll see what the maestro thinks of Josh’s own talents on the oboe.
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San Francisco Fashion (10/2/2006)
We know from his signature shirts that Josh has long had a unique sense of style. Now we’ll find out if he could truly hack it as a San Francisco Fashion icon as he attends model boot camp at San Francisco Fashion Week. Then he’ll learn tricks of the trade from up and coming local designers Umay Mohammed and Marie Biscarra of "Nisa" and none other than Esquire Magazine's “Best-Dressed Real Man” - Joseph Pineda of Richmond.
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Chris Gardner (10/9/2006)
It’s a phenomenal story that proves truth is stranger than fiction. Chris Gardner overcame an incredibly rough childhood, wound up a homeless single father on the streets of San Francisco, yet later managed to make a killing on Wall Street and open his own highly successful brokerage. How did he do it? Josh finds out when Chris reveals some of the compelling stories from his memoir "The Pursuit of Happyness"…soon to be released as a major motion picture starring Will Smith. And Josh will wander to Glide Memorial Church - the safe haven in the heart of the Tenderloin where Chris once got a helping hand. Josh serves meals in the soup kitchen, auditions for the famous Glide choir, and has a one-on-one chat with the inspirational Rev. Cecil Williams.
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Hot Wheels (10/16/2006)
Think car design is all about gruff engineers with pocket protectors? Think again... Josh meets Vicki Vlachakis - thirty-something design manager at General Motors and the creative genius behind two of the hottest roadsters in the company's history. Vicki is one of several women influencing a major shift in design trends at GM. Then Josh gets driving tips from Dane Cameron, a 17 yr old car racing phenom from Sonoma County. Dane just snagged the title of "Greg Moore Rookie of the Year" for his feats on the formula car racetrack this year. He'll share his secret for keeping his cool at 145 miles per hour... And... Josh finally gets behind the wheel for his first driving lesson - how will he stack up against a 16 year old competitor?
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Wine and Food Challenge (10/21/2006)
Josh, a complete novice when it comes to wine-tasting, will learn the basics and beyond from Leslie Sbrocco, host of Check, Please! Bay Area and author of "The Simple and Savvy Wine Guide", then challenge her to the toughest food pairings he can dream up. Pastrami? Rice Krispie Treats? Thai takeout? Then he'll challenge Miguel Villareal, nutrition director for seven Marin County school districts, to make a school lunch that his son will actually eat - ground rules... it must be organic, vegetarian, and really easy to put together.
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Historian Gary Nash (10/30/2006)
Can you name the true unsung heroes of the American Revolution? Even though it all happened more than 2 centuries ago… the stories of the lesser-known figures behind America’s struggle for independence offer plenty of inspiration for rediscovering the diverse roots of our democracy. Josh invites UCLA Professor Emeritus Gary Nash to reveal some of the fascinating stories from his book "The Unknown American Revolution. "
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Annie Leibovitz (11/13/2006)
She’s one of the most respected and sought-after celebrity photographers in America... but in her latest career retrospective she reveals some of her most intimate portraits of all… those of her children, family and closest friend - the late Susan Sontag. The result is a compelling volume of 300 photographs melding masterful shots of actors and musicians and rarely seen landscapes with the snapshots of her loved ones. Josh learns first-hand from Annie Leibovitz why she chose to make "A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005" into one of her most personal and well-rounded projects to date.
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Amy Sedaris (11/20/2006)
Who better to teach Josh the finer points of being a good host than comedian, actress and writer Amy Sedaris? In her newly hatched cookbook/do-it-yourself manual, "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence," Amy offers her take on everything from last minute party etiquette and cooking tips for lumberjacks to wickedly charming crafts like her famous “eye burrito.” If you loved her in Strangers With Candy, you won’t want to miss Amy’s equally amusing visit with Josh.
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The Onion (1/26/2007)
If you’ve ever picked up a copy of The Onion, the popular satirical newspaper, you’ll realize there are some true comic geniuses at the helm. This week Josh meets Scott Dikkers, editor-in-chief of The Onion, and learns just how much fun it is to fake the news week in week out for millions of readers worldwide. Then it’s time for a tongue-in-cheek look at one of Scott’s latest projects… Destined for Destiny: The Unauthorized Autobiography of George W. Bush, which he co-created with guest Peter Hilleren.
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Choppers and Breezers (1/29/2007)
From the wild motorcyle builders who fashion “choppers” for stars like Metallica’s James Hetfield to the daring creator of the first mountain bike it’s time to meet the creative geniuses behind some of the most innovative vehicles of the two- wheeled variety. Tom Zimberoff, photographer and author of Art of the Chopper, shows off his stunning photos and shares the stories behind the world’s leading chopper builders. And can Josh find a chopper that’s right for him (do they come with cup holders?).. find out as he dons leather for the Grand National Bike Show. Next up Josh chats with Joe Breeze, who risked life and limb to ride Marin’s first mountain bike down the side of Mt. Tamalpais, and Jacquie Phelan, bike racing pioneer and founder of WOMBATS.
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Bestselling Author Lalita Tademy (2/5/2007)
NY Times Bestselling Author Lalita Tademy discusses her latest historical novel, "Red River."
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Explorer and survival expert Josh Bernstein (2/12/2007)
Explorer and survival expert Josh Bernstein shares tales of his archaelogical adventures around the globe in "Digging for the Truth" and local travel expert Teresa Rodriguez Williamson gives women tips on traveling alone with her new guide "Fly Solo".
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Writer Calvin Trillin (2/19/2007)
He’s been a staff writer for the New Yorker for more than four decades, a humorist, columnist, and novelist… and now the prolific Calvin Trillin has written a critically acclaimed memoir of his late wife, Alice Stewart Trillin. This week Trillin discusses the inspiration for About Alice and some of his best-loved essays and books on family, food, travel, and… parking in New York City.
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Irvin Muchnick (2/26/2007
Think pro wrestling has nothing in common with major league sports? According to Irvin Muchnick, the author of Wrestling Babylon: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death and Scandal, the line between sports and entertainment is becoming increasingly thin. This week Irv and Josh discuss pro wrestling’s influence on society at large and it’s fascinating roots… … including the parallels between Muchnick’s own uncle, wrestling impresario Sam Muchnick and one of the most successful promoters of all time…Vince McMahon. Then it’s a first for Josh as he bravely wanders to AKA Kickboxing in San Jose to go mano a mano with former pro wrestler and mixed martial arts star Daniel Puder.
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Peggy Orenstein (3/19/2007
With a title that pretty much tells it all, journalist Peggy Orenstein shares her personal travails in Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, An Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, A Romantic Night, and One Woman’s Quest to Become a Mother.
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Philip Kan Gotanda (3/27/2007)
Bay Area playwright and filmmaker Philip Kan Gotanda reveals the inspiration for the world premiere of his play After the War at A.C.T. Set in San Francisco’s Fillmore district directly following WWII, the play follows the struggles of a Japanese-American musician as he tries to build a new life after returning from years in government internment camp.
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Delroy Lindo (4/2/2007)
In the recent independent film Wondrous Oblivion, actor Delroy Lindo got back to his roots by portraying a Jamaican cricket star raising a family in 1950's London. During his chat with Josh, Delroy talks about why this coming-of-age indie meant so much to him and contrasts the experience with his work on Hollywood blockbusters. The Oakland based actor also tells us how he's taking on one of his most challenging roles yet - as director of the new drama Blue Door at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
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Ken Burns (4/9/2007)
On September 23 PBS will premiere The War, the latest epic from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns. Unlike many of Ken's past films, there are no historians or "experts" in this moving documentary about the Second World War. Instead, viewers will hear directly from the veterans who were on the front lines - and the loved ones who awaited their return. This week Ken and his producing partner Lynn Novick talk about the fascinating process of making The War.
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EARTH DAY SPECIAL: Nell Newman (4/16/2007)
Just how did Nell Newman get her famous father, actor Paul Newman, to go organic? This week she reveals her secret and inspires Josh with tips from her handy book, Newman's Own Guide to Good Living. Then Josh wanders to an undisclosed location in the East Bay to meet some guys who are taking the term "living off the grid" to a whole new extreme.
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Walter Murch (4/23/2007)
Academy-award winning film editor Walter Murch discusses his groundbreaking work on critically acclaimed classics such as Apocalypse Now and The Conversation. He also shares tricks of the trade from his fascinating book on the art of editing, In the Blink of an Eye - and gives the inside scoop on working with Francis Ford Coppola on the upcoming film Youth Without Youth.
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Bay Area Olympians Natalie Coughlin and Jonny Moseley (4/30/2007)
Believe it or not, there are super-human athletes living among us. This week Josh meets two of the Bay Area's most formidable champions: Olympic gold medal swimmer Natalie Coughlin, who's setting her sights on another victory in Beijing in 2008; and Jonny Moseley, former Olympic skier, who hits the trampoline with Josh to give him pointers on what it takes to go extreme.
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Walter Isaacson (5/14/2007)
Josh is on the road to the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco to interview Walter Isaacson, formerly the chairman of CNN and managing editor of Time magazine, in front of a live audience. Isaacson's new biography of Albert Einstein has rocketed to the top of the New York Times Bestseller List and garnered rave reviews from critics around the world. Walter takes time to chat with Josh about the man who gave us some of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century and reveal some of the fascinating details newly uncovered in Einstein's personal letters.
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Season One

Rita Moreno (9/12/2005 & 1/30/2006)
Actress Rita Moreno shares some of the highs and lows of her extraordinary Hollywood career, including landing her Oscar-winning role in West Side Story.
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Sen. Barbara Boxer (9/13/2005)
Senator Barbara Boxer discusses the inspiration behind her new political thriller, "A Time to Run."
Josh heads to the UC Berkeley campus for an unforgettable lesson in squirrel psychology.
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Adonal Foyle (9/19/2005)
Golden State Warriors Center Adonal Foyle talks about his NBA career and his youth citizenship project, "Democracy Matters." Josh takes on the Golden State Warriors dunk team.
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Larry Harvey (9/26/2005)
Burning Man founder Larry Harvey dispels some of the myths behind the phenomenon he created twenty years ago. What does it take to be a Flaming Lotus Girl? Josh finds out as he grabs a welder's mask and torch and gets into the creative spirit of Burning Man.
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Marga Gomez / Beth Lisick (10/3/2005)
Performer Marga Gomez shares tales of growing up in a showbiz family, her pursuit of fame and a wicked Kathleen Turner impression. "Everybody Into the Pool" Author Beth Lisick discusses life on the fringe in San Francisco's Mission District. Josh confronts his past as a non-driver by prepping for the driver's test.
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Alan Alda (10/10/2005)
Five time Emmy-winning actor, writer and director Alan Alda reveals the funny and moving turning points of his life in his new memoir, "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed."
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Craig Newmark (10/17/2005)
It's been ten years since Craig Newmark founded craigslist in San Francisco. How did he manage to transform a simple community events and jobs site into a worldwide presence, with 175 craigslist sites used by more than 10 million people a month? Find out when he stops by Josh's kitchen for a chat. Then Josh heads to Mill Valley to meet a Craig's lister who offers volunteers the chance to help save abandoned bunnies.
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Daniel Handler (10/24/2005)
Ever wonder which books San Francisco author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) read as a child? Could the dreary fog of his West Portal neighborhood have inspired his darkest tales? And why have his high school administrators unceremoniously removed his name from their wall of fame? Find out the answers to these and other dreadful questions when Josh sits down for a heartfelt chat with "A Series of Unfortunate Events" author... and avid accordionist... Daniel Handler.
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Anthony Swofford (11/14/05)
Former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling memoir "Jarhead" has just been made into a Hollywood movie. As Director Sam Mendes puts it... it's a war movie where the hero never fires his rifle. In his chat with Josh, Swofford shares memories of his journey from Gulf War sniper to critically acclaimed writer and offers a glimpse into modern day warfare from a soldier's perspective... one we civilians rarely hear.
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Simon Winchester (11/21/05)
Author Simon Winchester discusses the impact of the great California earthquake of 1906 in his latest work "A Crack in the Edge of the World". And... think you know where the epicenter of that tremendous temblor was located? San Francisco? Point Reyes? Guess again! Josh gets to the core of the controversy surrounding this chapter of Bay Area quake history.
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Joan Chen (12/12/05)
She began her acting career after she was "discovered" on a firing range by Chairman Mao's wife. From there Joan Chen went on to become one of China's biggest movie stars, only to start her career all over again when she emigrated to the United States. From her seminal role in "The Last Emperor" to her highly personal turn as director of "Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl", Chen reveals the ups and downs of her fascinating career.
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George Lakoff/Danielle Allen (12/19/05)
From the time we are little many of us are warned not to talk to strangers. University of Chicago Professor Danielle Allen believes just the opposite - that we should all go out of our way to talk to strangers in order to create a more perfect democracy. Find out how she proposes to do it.
And... UC Berkeley Professor George Lakoff shares his thoughts on how we can better understand both ends of the political spectrum by recognizing the use of framing. Then Josh wanders to Berkeley to see if he can put both theories to the test and see how many strangers will sign his rather unconventional petitions.
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Amy Tan (1/2/2006)
A San Francisco tour group takes a wrong turn in Burma and mysteriously disappears. Fact or fiction? Find out when acclaimed writer Amy Tan stops by to chat about the mischievous spirits and exotic locations in her latest best-seller "Saving Fish From Drowning."
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Peter Riegert (1/9/2006)
Known best for his roles in the cult classic "Animal House", and the critically-acclaimed movies "Local Hero", and "Crossing Delancey", Peter Riegert is also an accomplished director of both film and stage. This month he's in town to direct David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" at A.C.T. - a comedy he starred in when it premiered in New York in 1978.
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Arlene Blum/ Sarah Gerhardt (1/16/2006)
Josh meets the women who pioneered two of the world's most dangerous sports - mountain-climbing and big-wave surfing. In the 60's climber Arlene Blum led the first all-female ascent of Denali - the highest peak in North America. More than three decades later, Sarah Gerhardt became the first woman to ever surf Mavericks - one of the most challenging big-wave surf spots in the world. Find out the surprising ways in which both women were able to overcome personal adversity to achieve amazing physical feats.
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Po Bronson (1/20/2006)
What would drive someone to talk to 700 people over the course of 3 years in order to find just 20 stories about real-life family relationships? Writer Po Bronson undertook this mammoth task in order to produce a book that would help us all to re-examine what it means to be a family. His efforts make for a spell-binding and often intense read. In "Why Do I Love These People?" Po profiles a diverse array of men and women overcoming their hardships and crafting some surprising responses to the non-traditional families in which they've found themselves.
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Jack Palladino (2/6/2006)
From President Clinton to tobacco whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand, private investigator Jack Palladino has built a fascinating roster of clients. Ever wonder how an ace detective gets his witnesses to share their stories? Find out as Palladino shares his own interviewing techniques with Josh. Then Josh wanders to the heart of Sam Spade's San Francisco to further develop his private eye skills with Dashiell Hammett aficionado and tour guide Don Herron.
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Michael Franti (2/13/2006)
Musician Michael Franti is known for writing songs with socially progressive lyrics paired with a mixture of hip-hop, funk and reggae melodies. Over the years he and his band Spearhead have gained an international following - playing sold-out concerts from Alaska to Australia. Two years ago this peace loving musician embarked on the most lifechanging trip of his career - a journey to the war-torn Middle East. His experiences on that trip are now the subject of a fascinating documentary entitled "I Know I'm Not Alone". Franti shares his most vivid memories of the trip and performs a brand new song for Josh. And Josh wanders to Berkeley to jam with the legendary "Fatdog" - owner of Subway Guitars, where Franti had one of his first jobs before making it big.
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Penelope Houston/Dirk Dirksen (2/20/2006)
In the late 70's and early 80's San Francisco was home to one of the hottest underground punk scenes in the nation. This week two icons of that era stop by to relive the glory days of punk - producer Dirk Dirksen, who used to book three acts a night at the famous Mabuhay Gardens in North Beach, and singer/songwriter Penelope Houston of The Avengers. Penelope is into a whole different sound now...she describes it as "folkrockandroll". She and guitarist Pat Johnson will treat Josh to a special performance - the world premiere of her acoustic song "If You're Willing".
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Dave Eggers and Ninive Calegari (2/27/2006)
Writer Dave Eggers gained worldwide recognition in 2000 for his memoir "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". In the years since he's gone on to write several critically acclaimed novels and short stories and serve as the editor of the quirky McSweeney's literary journal. He's always been a passionate advocate for children's literacy and through 826 Valencia, an after-school tutoring center he founded in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District, he's been able to get hundreds of kids excited about creative writing. This week Eggers and 826 Valencia Director Ninive Calegari chat with Josh about their equally important crusade - shedding light on the plight of overworked and underpaid schoolteachers. The book they edited along with co-author Daniel Moulthrop, is ironically titled "Teachers Have It Easy" - and in it they share poignant personal stories of teachers struggling to make ends meet.
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Linguist Deborah Tannen / Psychiatrist Daniel Siegel (3/27/2006)
This week Josh explores the highs and lows of being a parent with best-selling author and linguist Deborah Tannen and child psychiatrist Daniel Siegel. First up, with his book "Parenting from the Inside Out", Siegel reveals the surprising science behind the way our brains are wired...making a direct link to the ways we respond to our children, and how we can make adjustments for more positive outcomes. And in her latest book, "You're Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation", Deborah Tannen shows that despite the often tight bond between many mothers and daughters, the way they communicate with each other can be a major source of conflict and misunderstanding. She offers methods for identifying the specific triggers to those explosive conversations and ways to circumnavigate them. Then Josh steps into the lab to participate in a little communication research of his own with UC Berkeley social psychologist Dacher Keltner... who is exploring the ways humans can convey emotions... simply through a touch of the hand.
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Jean-Michel Cousteau (4/3/2006)
Thirty years after Jacques-Yves Cousteau first thrilled PBS audiences with his explorations of the deep, his legacy is renewed in the stunning new documentary series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. This week Jean-Michel Cousteau decompresses with Josh - giving him a sneak preview of the amazing footage he's brought back from hundreds of dives and sharing tales from his encounters around the globe. And... Josh marches off to the California Academy of Sciences to mix and mingle with the resident African Penguin colony.
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Ruth Reichl (4/10/2006)
If you've ever wondered what transpires behind-the-scenes of four-star restaurants you won't want to miss Josh's conversation with renowned former New York Times food critic and Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl. In her memoir "Garlic and Sapphires" Ruth dishes on her years of writing about New York's high-end eateries. From donning wigs and costumes to using multiple credit cards, she reveals the extreme lengths to which she was willing to go to remain incognito.
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Wandering Josh Special Edition (7/3/2006)
From his quest to become a licensed driver to his heroic efforts trying out for the Golden State Warriors "Team Thunder" dunk team... you won't want to miss this special look back at Josh's favorite adventures.
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