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Trash, Garbage, and Sanitation

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Dr. Robin Nagle is the anthropologist-in-residence for New York City's Department of Sanitation and a professor at NYU. She walks us through the crucial and often overlooked role sanitation workers play in the city and talks trash with comedians Maeve Higgins, Gary Richardson, and Dylan Marron. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends.

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You're the Expert is coming back! We're not dead yet. We're doing live tapings now and we'll be releasing episodes again this Fall. More details on our website at TheExpertShow.com

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44:52

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45:16

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36:32

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Live at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

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52:03

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55:25

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40:21

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47:16

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38:10

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55:23

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45:11

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52:13

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42:05

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Granular Materials

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49:22

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Fish Noises

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59:59

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