Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein
Philosophers, Writers
Host: Said & Dari
Aired: Wednesday 1.28.09 - 10:00-11:00 PM EST

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Thomas Wilson Cathcart was born in 1940, graduated from Harvard College 1961. He attended various divinity schools, including the University of Chicago Divinity School, McCormick Theological Seminary, and Bangor Theological Seminary. He has worked with street gangs in Chicago, was once the chief operating officer of Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, and at another time managed a hospice for people with HIV/AIDS in Portland. With Klein, he is the author of Macho Meditations, Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington, and the upcoming, Heidegger and a Hippo Walk through Those Pearly Gates.

Daniel Martin Klein was born in 1939, graduated from Harvard College 1961. He has worked as a writer for television comedies and quiz shows, writing jokes for such comedians as Flip Wilson, Lily Tomlin, and impressionist David Fry. He has also written 30 books, fiction and nonfiction, including a mystery series casting Elvis as a detective and co-invented the board game Group Therapy.

Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes is a book that explains basic philosophical concepts through classic jokes. Longtime friends, Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, graduates of Harvard in philosophy, collaborated on the book. It has been translated into 20 languages and appeared on bestseller lists in the U.S., France, and Israel.

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