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Everyone has a story.
Some people can paint and some can write.
Jeremy prefers to draw out the truth in people.
Jeremy has always felt that bios are for other people. He’s much more interested in learning about individuals rather than revealing too much of himself. Not that he’s particularly shy, just curious about others, really. He seems to have an uncanny ability to read people and get them to reveal themselves in ways that are surprising and deeply moving. It is Jeremy’s quality of empathy that is at the root of the trust between subject and interviewer.
During his volunteer work with Covia, an organization that connects seniors who live alone with volunteers around the country to chat together over the phone, the idea to publicize loneliness and its devastating impact on society, was born. Should he create a platform about loneliness? Make a film? Create a podcast? Whatever form it took, he didn’t want to do it alone. So, he called his best friend, Judy.
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Judy met Jeremy in New York City in 1989 when they both worked at Saatchi & Saatchi advertising (more about this on the podcast). She went on to become a creative director at BBDO, which, at the time, was not entirely unlike the Mad Men TV series. But her innate sense of curiosity about people and places -- probably the result of having lived on four continents -- forced a switch to journalism in the early 2000s. Judy's articles have been published in the New York Times, Newsday, the New York Observer, and various travel publications. Currently, she is the Travel Editor for the East Hampton Star newspaper and also writes about women's issues, lifestyle, and the theater.
Having spent the last 20 years asking questions of others, she decided to turn the tables on herself.
What's your favorite travel destination?
That's like asking who your favorite child is! Luckily I only have one of those. But many favorite places: Bhutan, Mumbai, Uruguay...the list is extensive.
What did you learn in school that has proven to be the least useful?
Almost everything, thanks to Mr. Google.
What's the most badass thing you did recently?
I went on a three-week, solo road trip, cross country, from New York City to Los Angeles. It was in February 2020, just before the pandemic. I took the southern route, stopping in remote and forgotten towns. I spoke to strangers, mostly about politics and their lives. It was eye-opening and I wish everyone in our coastal elite bubbles could do this trip.
What podcasts do you listen to?
I start every day with "The Daily" from the New York Times. I also enjoy Kara Swisher’s “Sway,” "Dolly Parton's America,” "Pod Save America," and my two guilty pleasures: "Football Weekly" by the Guardian UK and "The Game Football Podcast" by the UK Times -- both English football (soccer) pods, filled with self-deprecating British humor.