Mo Rocca with Adam Felber

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
8pm


Mo Rocca
in conversation with Adam Felber

discussing his book,
Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving


Aratani Theatre

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro Street
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012

PURCHASE TICKETS
$70 Premium Section (1st three rows) + book
$53  Reserved Orchestra Section + book
$43  Orchestra Section + book
$20  General Admission 

Mo Rocca is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, and host and creator of the Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, in which he learns to cook from grandmothers and grandfathers across the country. He’s also a frequent panelist on NPR’s hit weekly quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Mo spent four seasons as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and four seasons as a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Mo Rocca began his career in TV as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS children’s series Wishbone. He went on to write and produce for other kids series, including ABC’s Pepper Ann and Nickelodeon’s The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. Mo is the author of Mobituaries and All the Presidents’ Pets, a historical novel about White House pets and their role in presidential decision-making.

Adam Felber is a writer, actor, and radio personality, frequently heard as a panelist or guest host on NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.” Notable credits include the novel “Schrödinger’s Ball” (Random House, 2006), “Skrull Kill Krew” (Marvel Comics, 2010), PBS’ “Wishbone” (where he first met Mo Rocca!) and – most recently – 11 seasons as a writer on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” His new podcast, “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone,” is totally great and should be a regular part of any sensible person’s commute.

Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving
Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries—reading about the remarkable lives of world leaders, captains of industry, innovators and artists. But not every notable life has gotten the send-off it deserves. With Mobituaries—the book companion to the CBS podcast of the same name—the journalist, humorist, and history buff is righting that wrong, profiling the people who have long fascinated him—from the 20th century’s greatest entertainer…to sitcom characters gone all too soon…to a shamefully forgotten Founding Father. Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter…until now.

In these pages, Rocca chronicles the stories of the people who made a difference, but whose lives—for some reason or another—were never truly examined. There’s Thomas Paine, whose Common Sense lit the fuse for the American Revolution—and whose paltry obit summed up his life thusly: “He had lived long, did some good, and much harm.” And then there’s screen icon Audrey Hepburn. She remains a household name, but how much do we know about her wartime upbringing and how it shaped the woman we fell in love with? And what about Billy Carter and history’s unruly presidential brothers? Were they ne’er-do-well liabilities…or secret weapons?

As a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, Rocca is an expert researcher and storyteller. He draws on these skills here. With his rigorous reporting and trademark wit, Rocca brings these men and women splendidly back to life like no one else can. Mobituaries is an insightful and unconventional account of the people who made life worth living for the rest of us, one that asks us to think about who gets remembered, and why.

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