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Oh, Hello: The P’dcast
“Where were you the day that Princess Diana died?” So begins the central mystery in a new comedy podcast by Georgetown University grads John Mulaney and Nick Kroll. Since 2008, the friends have performed as geriatric New Yorkers George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon in live comedy acts, various television stints, and even a Broadway play (or, as they’d pronounce it, Brd’way). The Geegland-Faizon saga continues with Oh, Hello: The P’dcast, an eight-episode parody of the true crime podcast genre where the fictional duo investigate the death of Princess Diana. John Oliver, Pete Davidson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda will be among the “experts” Geegland and Faizon call upon for testimonies about Diana’s life. As if the show’s premise wasn’t absurd enough already, Serial host Sarah Koenig and This American Life host Ira Glass appear as mentors—and maybe even meddlers—as the rookie detectives’ contentious personal history and shaky love lives threaten to overshadow any breaks in the case. And Mulaney and Kroll have decided not to pursue sponsors for the series, instead asking listeners to donate to the United Way COVID-19 Community Fund. Oh, Hello: The P’dcast is available wherever podcasts are streamed. United Way donations accepted at unitedway.org/ohhello. —Mercedes Hesselroth
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The Definition of Insanity
District-born producer Gabriel London’s latest film project brings the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system into sharp focus. The Definition of Insanity follows Judge Steve Leifman, who launches the Miami-Dade Criminal Mental Health Project with a team of criminal justice and mental health professionals after seeing firsthand how people with mental illness are treated in the Miami-Dade County jail. The project is billed as an experiment with an ambitious goal: to build a humane criminal justice approach to mental illness that reaches from the courts into the community. Catch the premiere on April 14 at 10 p.m. on the local PBS affiliate, WETA; you’ll have another chance to see it on April 15, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, including London. The film is available on WETA, at PBS.org, or on the PBS video app for six months after the premiere. Free. —Elizabeth Tuten
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