Davy Rothbart

TEDx Indianapolis Emcee; The Surprising Ways Our Questions Connect Us
Ann Arbor, MI

Big Idea:
Talking to strangers — sharing our own stories and listening to stories from the people with whom we’ve crossed paths — we have the power to find joy, connect deeply with others, and broaden our perspectives. I’ll share dozens of my favorite questions to ask a stranger by interviewing someone from the audience live on stage.

Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, a frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life, and the author of a book of personal essays, My Heart Is An Idiot, and a collection of stories, The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He writes regularly for GQ Magazine and Grantland, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Believer. His documentary film, Medora, about a resilient high-school basketball team in a dwindling town in rural Indiana, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, and will be released nationwide in November, 2013. Rothbart is also the founder of Washington II Washington, an annual hiking adventure for inner-city kids, and author of the recent TED book How Did You End Up Here?: The Surprising Ways Our Questions Connect Us. He lives between Los Angeles, California and his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan.