These days, it’s easy to think about the role of the Federal government in our lives in simple, straightforward terms — branches like the United States Armed Forces, the Internal Revenue Service, or Congress.
It’s easy to forget how even the smallest roles of the government can affect our lives in profound ways. The G Word is a comedy-documentary series that explores just that.
On the show, the surprising ways the US government finds its way into everyday life are examined through deep dives into bank regulation, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Weather Service and more.
For example, take the Global Position System — GPS has millions of uses, big and small. It’s used by folks all over the world for things like dating apps, finding the best route to work, or the location of your next bus. GPS was created, owned and operated by the United States Government and US tax dollars. To this day!
Adam Conover hosts The G Word. He’s a writer and comic who’s probably best known for Adam Ruins Everything, an educational show where he fought misinformation and myths by, well, ruining them.
Throughout the series Conover explores the government’s triumphs, but also its failures – and suggests what we can do to be more involved and change our government to work for us.
On the latest episode of Bullseye, Adam talks with us about The G Word, why kids loved Adam Ruins Everything and the journey to find his voice as a comic.
About the show
Bullseye is a celebration of the best of arts and culture in public radio form. Host Jesse Thorn sifts the wheat from the chaff to bring you in-depth interviews with the most revered and revolutionary minds in our culture.
Bullseye has been featured in Time, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeney’s, which called it “the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world.” Since April 2013, the show has been distributed by NPR.
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