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Marcus Lathan holds hands with Katie Thurston on the set of The Bachelorette
Fall 2022

Reality round-up

On reality TV, you can be a Survivor, Top Chef, or The Biggest Loser.

You can Say Yes to the Dress, go Below Deck, learn What Not to Wear, get Punk’d or Chopped, and hang out with an eligible Bachelor in Paradise while Keeping up with the Kardashians or Making the Cut in Laguna Beach, The Hills, or The Real World.

Reality TV lets us focus on other people’s drama, distracting us from the routine or disorder of our own daily lives and proving, yet again, that truth is often stranger than fiction. It’s a guilty pleasure—being Alone or Naked and Afraid, hanging out … » More …

Margaret France
Fall 2022

Q&A with Margaret France

Margaret France (’02 MA English) wrote the book on Bob’s Burgers.

Here, she talks about the show’s beloved characters, her favorite season, her top ten reasons to love Bob’s Burgers, and more.


What are your top 10 reasons to love Bob’s Burgers?

Its characters are weird and sad, but the show posits that they are still worthy of love, a message I appreciate hearing on a regular basis.
Routinely excellent original songs.
The shifting dynamic between family as employees and family as family.
A fancy toilet speaks like Jon Hamm.
The siblings act like siblings.
Young … » More …

Kelsey Cook (Augustin Detienne)
Fall 2018

A formula for funny

When Kelsey Cook ’11 was a junior in college she delivered her first stand-up performance during an open-mic night at a campus dining hall.

“You’re basically intruding on everyone’s dinner,” she recalls. Even if the crowd thought something was funny they had food in their mouth so she couldn’t really hear their reaction.

Cook has since made a name for herself in comedy and last spring made her stand-up debut on The Tonight Show and earned her first credit on Comedy Central.

She was also back on the road performing stand-up, including a weekend last April at the Spokane Comedy Club where a … » More …