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PoliticsIamA Jared Polis, Member of Congress, announcing my candidacy for CO Governor on Reddit! AMA!

Jun 12th 2017 by jaredpolis • 41 Questions • 503 Points

My short bio: My name is Michael Eckert, Sgt USMC. IG @Michaeleckert_fit

My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/gXC9e

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This is a question from someone in your district. The quality of life in Colorado is being diminished by traffic. We see improvement being made around Denver, except for those of us on the north side. What will you be proposing to alleviate this critical issue?

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Did playing a man so badly bullied by his co-workers have an effect on you IRL?

Also, your dog is awesome.


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How do you stay satisfied going over basic material year after year after exploring it in such depth in college?


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What is the hardest exercise you do that appears easy to the average person, and what is the easiest one you do that looks hard?

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We are doing some lane expansion on I-25 Loveland to FTC we helped secure federal funding for it. But yes, we need to do a LOT more. It also ties into the housing affordability question because people are being forced to live further from where they work- we can't let this hurt our quality of life it definitely has my attention and I will work with local governments and CDOT to preserve what makes CO special.


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Yes. My dog is AWESOME!!! ;) As far as being bullied on the show having an effect on my real life I would say no. The bullying was only on camera. The minute the director yelled cut I was definitely one of the "in crowd". lol

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The most unexpected thing is that we are somehow conditioned to think of North Korea as very simple. As in people are hungry & poor & brianwashed. Then rich are like Kim Jong Un & his friends all partying and eating & drinking. Not true. My students were the sons of elite, the creme de la creme of North Korea, but they were under the most strict control every second of the day. They had not been anywhere, outside their country certainly but also within their country, and they didn't know anything, their education thus far seemed to have been totally bogus and built only around the Great Leader. They had no freedom of any kind. Sure, they were of course better off than the rest of the country that suffers, famine-striken etc., but the elites also live under fear. What I am trying to say is that it's not black and white. The control / abuse happens on all level. Basically they are all victims. The entire country is a ladder / web of abuse and control.


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One of the most satisfying aspects of my job is continuously learning new things and new ways of presenting even the most basic material. People don't realize how much room there is for creativity in teaching math at all levels. The curriculum that I teach is quite broad and includes topics such as logic, geometry, combinatorics, and other areas of math. One of my favorite things to do is to take an "advanced" math topic and to come up with ways to give glimpses of it to young children.

I will give you an example. The triangle inequality is something that isn't typically covered in most math classes until high school geometry. I created an activity for 2nd and 3rd graders, in which they were able to not only explore but actually discover this "theorem" for themselves by playing with sticks of many different lengths and seeing which combinations of them can make a triangle and which ones cannot.

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Well I broke my wrist 3 months ago and so doing a handstand is super difficult for me to do.

Those sideways pull-ups and front-levers are easy for me but look really hard! Because if you haven't trained for it they kind of are.


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Do you support expanding mass transit in combination? We don't need more roads per se, we need more efficient transportation alternatives.

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I love that we eventually find out that he has a beautiful family and has achieved awesome life goals !


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How did they feel about learning English? Resentful? Enthusiastic? Indifferent?

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What you are doing is inspiring.

One of the reasons I liked organic chemistry so much is because to me, it could be simplified into simple puzzles. I had imagined teaching them to my children when I one day had a family. I forgot about this until I read this.


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Any advice on getting strong enough to front lever? How long can you hold one? Also do you rock climb at all? If you built up finger strength i feel like you would crush it.

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yes transit options like bus and rail are a critical part of making our metro areas work!


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When the writers realized that Jerry was going to be the office punching bag they also realized that they had to give him some reason not to blow his head off. lol They decided that ultimately Jerry would have the best life of any one of the characters. Jerry's wife and kids adored him and thought he did no wrong. Don't forget...they also gave him a huge penis. I like when real life and TV life come together. ;)

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They had no choice. This was what they were ordered to do, and they studied so diligently because they were obedient. It is a culture where they have to listen to the authorities. But little by little, they would show some frustrations. They found it hard. Their dictionaries were outdated, which translated Korean words to English, and they didn't like to use English dictionaries for definition. They found different accents by the teachers (many were missionaries from deep South, with the Southern accent, or from New Zealand etc) difficult to understand. But these were just practical difficulties. Their real feelings about having to learn them? They couldn't really show it. They just felt worried that they were spending all their time learning English when their majors were within the field of science and technology


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Thanks. It's always great to hear when someone finds what I'm doing useful and inspiring. I am glad to have triggered this connection.

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I climb v6-v8 and I can hold a 20 second front lever. Get ab slings and realllllly push your core on those!


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Could you please state your preference regarding public-private partnerships? If you are Governor of Colorado would we expect more of these, or would you try to guide the state to try to fund more fully public roads?

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Also was great that when he was at home he was super witty, had great reflexes etc. Honestly I've always considered that to be a master stroke of the show.


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What wildly held belief among your students surprised you the most?

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Do you scream "It's DOCTOR Fradkin, NOT Miss Fradkin" and then throw an eraser at the offending child?


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When you're doing those pull-ups that landed you on the front page, which muscles are you NOT working out?

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I would hope that the voters would approve more free, public roads.

Public-private partnerships are a kind of last resort if the voters don't want to pay but we still need the roads


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I completely agree. The episode where Jerry retires and Leslie comes over to talk with him because she felt like they didn't give him a good farewell was one of my favorites. Leslie sees how Jerry is adored by h is family. She also sees that he's awesome around his house. He's funny, smart, quick reflexes. Leslie acts likes she's been thrown to some other dimension. The writers on Parks always knew how to handle each situation. I thought it was a brilliant idea. :)

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There were so many things. They just learn totally upside down information about most things. But one thing I think most people do not realize is that they learn that South Korea & US attacked North Korea in 1950, and that North Korea won the war due to the bravery of their Great Leader Kim Il Sung. So they celebrate Victory Day, which is a huge holiday there. So this complete lie about the past then makes everything quite illogical. Because how do you then explain the fact that Korea is divided still, if actually North Korea "won" the war? One would have to question that strange logic, which they do not. So it's not so much that they get taught lies as education, but that that second step of questioning what does not make sense, in general, does not happen, not because they are stupid but because they are forbidden and also their intelligence is destroyed at young age. There were many many examples of such.


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In our school we actually go by first names and they call me Miss Sasha.

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My calves... lmao


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I am looking forward to casting a vote for Jared Polis for Governor of Colorado!
If only we had more politicians such as yourself, I think the world would be a nicer place. I hope you feel appreciated, 'cause you are, very much. Here's to hoping Gov of CO is a stepping stone to U.S. President :)

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Why else do they bully him? They're jealous


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What kind of measures did you have to go through to make sure your notes or any other evidence of your actual work would never be discovered?

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Thank you for what you do. I tutored math for college kids and found so many people who had been traumatized to hate math when they were young.

I remember one student in particular, Beth. Beth was planning to become an elementary teacher. That's very common for strongly mathphobic students like her. An elementary ed student has to take one, single basic math course, and that's all she wanted. She came to me every week to watch and coach her through homework.

At the end of the semester, she got a decent grade (an A or B), and I thought I'd never see her again.

But she turned up once in the next semester, not because she was having trouble in math, but because she'd missed a lecture and wanted to be very sure it was as easy as the book made it sound. I was startled to find she was taking another math course. Calculus even! What's a math avoider doing in Calculus?

It turned out, that my own love for math had caught on. She'd been exposed to a culture of math achievement and independence. I wouldn't hand her homework answers, but instead helped her find them.

That changed Beth's life.
She changed her major to mathematics.
Because of me, Beth changed the whole direction of her life.

Just telling the story brings tears to my eyes.


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Thank you for the kind words! Doing my best!

Tell your friends and neighbors around election time :)


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Many people have told me that they work without someone who is basically the office punching bag. I seems that every office needs that person to take the fall for everything. Unfortunately for Jerry it was his burden to take on. That being said...I do believe that Jerry truly loved all of his co-workers and knew that deep down they all had his back. As much as family was most important to Jerry he also adored all the people he worked with. Even when they weren't being especially kind.

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I kept them all on USB sticks which I kept on my body at all times. I erased the trace off my computer every single time I signed off. I also created a document within a document so that my notes looked like a school material. I also created a back up copy on SD card which I hid in secret places in the dark, with the light off, just in case there were camera in the room.


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That is a wonderful story; thanks for sharing it. My coauthor actually grew up hating math because she found it formulaic and uncreative. Then she took a number theory course her freshman year of college, and was completely converted. Now she is a Computer Science professor at Columbia. I wrote a blog post about her story here: https://aofradkin.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/from-math-hater-to-mathematician-and-computer-scientist-the-story-of-allison-bishop/

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Hahaha that's why I said it!


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What do you think about the fact that CO real estate market has climbed so fast that middle class people can barely afford to own a home in CO? The rental market is out of control right now and doesn't seem to be coming back down any time soon. Any thoughts on this?

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I always figured it was because of his time share in Muncey.


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Hi Suki! I read your book this spring - thank you for writing your experiences; truly enlightening, and also, empathy-invoking. Would you ever go back to DPRK? Do you think you'd be allowed to? Any plans for more books?

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Presumably you have done a fair amount of teaching at the university level, but now you're doing curriculum development for K-5. My question is: At the university level, did you ever see common misconceptions or prevalent comprehension difficulties that you believe were rooted in educational problems that started as early as K-5? If so, what were they, and how are you addressing this in your curriculum?


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How long until you fully conquer gravity?

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yeah it's a HUGE problem in Denver area and Boulder area. Not so much yet in Grand Junction, Pueblo, Sterling.

Incomes haven't kept pace with costs

My goal as Governor is to make Colorado first in the nation for companies that share their profits and success with their workers, just as I did with the companies I started. Colorado’s vibrant economy can work for everybody, and profit sharing and employee ownership programs will help us get there.

We also need to look at cost drivers of housing and work to produce more lower cost housing.


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Yes. A time share in Muncie can certainly sway a girls head. But Jerry's other "head" is what probably turned her head. lol

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Hi, for now at least, I would not be allowed to go back, but more than that, even if I were allowed, which I could be in the future, I would probably not go because it would be too dangerous (in a different way than when I was there undercover for the book) and also because I would not feel that I would learn anything new, unless it could be under a different setting, which would be nearly impossible to find for the moment. And yes, there are more books at work:) Thanks for reading.


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In terms of my teaching, there was a big selection bias as they were Princeton math and science majors. However, I have met many adults, including highly successful ones, who've had math anxiety and lack of understanding of fundamental things in math.

One common misconception is that math is about memorizing facts and procedures and there is no creativity to it. Another one is that there is nothing more to math than just arithmetic.

In my curriculum, I show children that math is about looking for patterns, generalizing and problem solving. I also make sure to include many topics such as logic, geometry, and probability. Here are just a few examples of lessons with exploration in non-arithmetic topics: https://aofradkin.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/logical-fun-part-i/ https://aofradkin.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/playing-with-symmetry-in-kindergarten/ https://aofradkin.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/fibonacci-trees/

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Couple months


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So, your goal 'as governor' is to make companies in CO decide to share profits and be employee owned? How, specifically, will you use the office of the Governor to achieve this? I am very interested in you're candidacy, but this is a non-answer.

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He also has the largest penis that doctor had ever seen.


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Were you ever in a situation where you had to act against your morals/beliefs to maintain your cover?

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Thanks for your AMA, and for saying a number of very sensible things! I have an MS in Math, and I'm about to start my 19th year teaching math in [primarily] public high schools. I usually perk up when people start talking about curricula!

Are you[r students] under the same Common Core mandates as those at a public school? What I'm REALLY asking is whether your curriculum could be successfully applied under the constraints of a public school classroom?

I can't speak for all secondary math teachers everywhere, but my colleagues would LOVE to be able to teach students to love and see math how we love and see math. However, we feel boxed in by outside constraints.


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As a former really fat guy but still currently kinda fat guy who goes to the gym 4-5 nights a week, pull ups are the one thing I cannot succeed at. Do you have any recommendations from a broader view of what I can do to get to a point where I can do real pull-ups? Killer videos tho man keep it up!

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I have a very specific plan to do it on my website

www.polisforcolorado.com click issues then economy then check out the pdf and let me know your thoughts

It's a pdf you can download. I wouldn't just put out some vague goal without a way to make it happen!


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True Dat!!!!!! ;)

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The premise of undercover journalism is a difficult one. Because you have to essentially "lie" to keep a cover. That is only used when the traditional methods cannot work, which is the case in some difficult topics such as investigating mafia or dictatorship etc. North Korea is one such place, there, traditional methods can even be collaborating in the regime's lie. So it's one exceptional circumstance where the undercover /embedded method can reveal the truth buried within lies. It was hard to be among the evangelicals however because I had to attend the sunday service (which was kept secret from students) at the dormitory, to keep my evangelical cover. The thing is, you have to set your own parameters of decency and integrity. Within my capability, I tried to remain as truthful as I could. I know it sounds odd to say that, but there is no real rule in this kind of independent investigative journalism where you take all the task / risk of finding sources / pursing it / jumping in there etc all on your own. So for me, I just tried as best as possible to be sincere despite the circumstances. But to be amongst such devout believers of fundamental Christianity, I found it difficult to maintain my pose, but I knew I had to, to be allowed to blend in. But I really struggled with it. It was very hard, I would say.


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I'm sure that I have a lot more freedom than public school teachers. That said, certain elements and guiding principles of my curriculum could probably be applied in any classroom setting. I do feel fortunate to have a lot of freedom in what I teach.

It is great that you have a goal of teaching students to love math and I bet that it has a great impact on them.

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Try doing negatives but for those of a heavier stature need to focus on building the tendons and muscles in isolation first because you'll get injured if you don't.


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My biggest complaint about John Hickenlooper has been that he's quite a bit cozier with oil and gas interests than I feel he should be, especially given recent issues such as the pipeline leak and subsequent explosion in Frederick. How do you expect your approach to these groups to be different?

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I get the feeling they did this to make it up to the actor for all of the abuse he took. That and his hot wife.

I always wondered how actors with characters like this can compartmentalize the experience of being verbally/psychologically abused. I mean, I know it isn't real but the writers are making fun of their physical representation of the character which is their actual physical appearance IRL.

I am guessing it is easier for adult actors but what about younger ones who are still developing psychologically? For example, Anne from Arrested Development. There were some really cutting comments about her on that show and I have to assume it stung a bit.


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Are there any linguistic things/cultural habits that North Koreans do that the rest of us Koreans also do? Like the "aigoo" and the "oh moh moh" when surprised?

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Okay, I'll ask the obvious question: Presumably with a PhD from Princeton you had a decent number of opportunities to teach and research at universities. Why did you choose to teach children and develop curriculum for kids in elementary school?


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How long has it taken you to build your strength as you have?

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I will be a fair referee for all parties, not cozying up or showing partiality to a particular interest over others.


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That's an interesting insight. Yes. When they're making fun of a characters physical attributes they are also making fun of the actors in a way. Personally I've never been bothered by it. I've been a big guy all my life so weight jokes come with the territory. That being said maybe I should get myself some therapy and figure some shit out. lol :)

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Generally it's the same. Yes, the accent is different & they have some phrasings and words that are different or feel quite old fashioned or war-related vocabularies, but in general the difference is almost regional where one has that in South Korea from region to region also, but when you are talking about the basic exclamation you cite, (when bumping into things or surprised) they are pretty much not that different.


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Here are the few main reasons: 1) I saw as a big area of opportunity. 2) I felt like I could make a bigger difference here than doing research at a university. 3) It is important to me personally because I am raising two daughters. 4) I realized I really enjoy doing it!

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Since High School, I am 26 now so I would say about 10 years or a little more.


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You smoke trees, bruh?

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Dammit, I'm only on the 4th season (my own fault).

edit: Dammit Jerry I can't quit, I'm a government employee for a rural city in the North East.


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What ESL teaching methods and approaches were favoured by schools in North Korea? Additionally, what kind of resources/texts were available for you to use in the classroom?

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Reason 4 is enough by itself. Excellent work forging your own path and making a difference your way. Especially being able to balance enjoying work and feeling purpose in it. I bet you'll change some lives in ways you'll never fully see! Good work miss Sasha. Er, I mean, doctor Fradkin.


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How was your strength in high school?

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nuh bruh But I support your right to!


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Dammit!!!!! Quit your day job and start binging. No excuses!!!!!! ;) lol

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Only those texts allowed in China. All that was pre-approved by the North Korean authority. I tried to install my own methods of essay writing and letter writing to investigate what they are really thinking, but that was not a part of the official text, but I insisted and got them approved by the North Korean authority called "counterpart".


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Thank you for the kind words. I feel very fortunate for having the opportunity.

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My brother was a rower and I competed against him doing pull-ups all the time, I would say about average for that age. Nothing special.


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If you were running in NY, I'd vote for you 10/10 times.

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Hi Jim!

You sat in front of my friend and I at a performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on broadway about two years ago. Not only were you kind enough to introduce yourself and my friend and I stared at you in awe, but you took the time to take a picture with us when the show was over since we weren't allowed to take them in the theater. You were so kind and willing to talk to two awkward 18 year olds so I just wanted to thank you, two years later!

My question is: what's your favorite encounter you've had with a fan?


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Was the experience frightening in any way?

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do you make enough money to feed the said daughters and live a comfortable life? Serious question


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What is your drive to stay in shape? What goes through your head in those difficult moments when you don't want to work out but you have to?

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Shout out to NY! My parents both born there (mom in Peekskill dad in the Bronx)


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I remember meeting you at Hedwig (great show by the way).

Because of the popularity of P&R it's changed many things in my life. 99% good...1% not so good. I can honestly say that part of the 99% is the interaction I have with the fans. I know a lot of actors aren't happy to stop and talk with their fans but I'm always happy to take pics and chat a little. There were many MANY years as a working actor that nobody knew who the hell I was. The fact that I was lucky enough to land a show like Parks and get to have an impact on peoples lives is something I will never take for granted. I'm honored (and humbled) that people like my work and want to come up to let me know.

For those wondering what the 1% is that isn't so great...people sneaking pictures. I would rather have someone come up and ask for a pic than sneak around trying to get it. For some reason that seems much more invasive to me. :)

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Yes, frightening every second. Not because I was in Pyongyang, but because I was taking notes / writing the book in secret. For average people who visit Pyongyang for whatever organizational reason (that is not a place for a personal curiosity visit since it's basically a gulag positing as a country), it would not be frightening since everything's so controlled.


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I am gainfully employed and we are a dual-income household.

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Oh shit this is a good one. My drive is for the people who can't do it. A best friend passed away about a month ago who I served with. He can no longer do it, so I do my best to go harder for the both of us. I am not perfect but I try as best I can.


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Assuming you win the primary, how do you plan to reach out to conservative sections of the state like Colorado Springs?

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Hey Jim Gengurch! I love your acting in many shows I've seen, especially P&R.

The finale after special refers to you being the most different from your character. Which other actors are most distant from their characters and most similar?!

Also, how much do you miss P&R?!


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What made you want to go undercover in North Korea considering all of the dangers?

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Hi Sasha! Fellow math phd here. I find it interesting that people would frame your choices as selfish and wasteful-- to me that says everything about how many people, especially in America, frame math education (and education in general) as a field for people with "not enough" talent.

We should be thrilled that more subject experts are going into education. The potential for added value coming from even one person who really loves their subject is enormous. I'm sure many of us, who have either gotten our phds or work in a math-adjacent field, can credit that one teacher who inspired us along the way. I had teachers like that in 11th and 12th grade who really changed everything for me.


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Sorry for your buddy, man. Great reason to keep on keeping on - I'm super jealous. You look fantastic!

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I will be in Colorado Springs tomorrow as part of my announcement tour. I think that my message of an economy that works for everyone will resonate in every corner of this state. And Republicans have kids and many want them to go to pre-k and kindergarten too!


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Missing P&R is something I will do the rest of my life. I spent six years (7 seasons) with the greatest cast and crew that has ever been assembled (in my humble opinion). Thankfully the cast are constantly texting each other and staying in touch. I keep in touch with a lot of the crew too. That being said...nothing will ever be like going to work every day to laugh with people you truly loved.

As far as people being different from their characters...As actors I think we all bring a certain part of ourselves to every role. It's just natural. Nick Offerman is a smart man who can build anything. So that's like Ron. On the other hand I think politically they might be at odds.

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You know. . .I don't really know. I could give all the usual answers how I was so tortured by the injustice there - which is true - and how I felt horrified watching so many separation that happened to families, including my own - which is also true. But the answer is a far more complicated one. So I recently wrote a long essay on this very topic for Lapham's Quarterly, which should be coming out any day now. So I will tweet that out when the piece comes out. I think it has something to do with fear. How that society is built on fear, and how fear can dictate us, and how we try to fight that fear in life. . .I know it's maybe a bit nonsensical in this AMA answer format, for which I apologyze. . .but the more accurate answer would be that I jumped in there because it was the most scary place in the world for me. . .if that makes any sense.


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Yes, it is definitely important to have those inspiring teachers. My love of math initiated from my father who is a math and physics high school teacher. He showed me the beauty and elegance of math from an early age by giving me lots of logic puzzles and having math conversations about everyday things. I also had a few really good math teachers in high school and college as well.

My coauthor, on the other hand, had some terrible math teachers in high school and grew up hating math. Luckily, one awesome professor in college made her fall in love with it, and she is now a Computer Science professor at Columbia. More of her story here: https://aofradkin.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/from-math-hater-to-mathematician-and-computer-scientist-the-story-of-allison-bishop/

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Thank you!


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If you're down here, you'd better have a plan to pay for widening I-25 from Monument to Castle Rock.

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Please don't say Jeremy Jamm....


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Hi Ms. Kim! As someone who is in the middle of “Without You There Is No Us” I am thrilled that you are doing an AMA for us, so thank you! My question is, while you were exhausted by the lies your students had no hesitation in participating in, were there any students in particular whom you felt was less into the shade of the regime? Or any student who has slipped up and revealed something that shouldn’t have been reveal to you? And I might as well: what was one of the most outrageous lies you remember your students telling you? Thank you so much once again!

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This so much.

After getting my PhD (Sorbonne) I worked in my industry for a few years. The stress got to me so I quit and - no joke - got a job at the local McDonalds. I was much more happy. I did that for a few years, then started a few companies and retired by the age of 40.

Never underestimate happiness, the feeling of making a true difference, and zero career stress.

You go Sasha! Yeah!


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What exercises do you do for the legs?

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oh I experienced that today. With an accident on it.


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You've been JAMMED! ;)

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I guess the boys lying broke my heart because they were always so absurd. What was heartbreaking about it was because there was no logic to any of it. Once a smartest, savviest student pretended to go shopping within the campus (when there was no shop & he could not go outside) but he knew that I knew that there was no shopping happening. So why did he lie? It was the way very little children would lie to avoid the moment, not a 19 year old young man. Also the fact that very same young man was normally so bright & quick witted upset me more. What made it outrageous was not that they were lying but that they continued with these nonsensical lies that would be caught instantly. Why? That was complicated which I discussed in the book. What happens to human mind when you have been brought up inside outrageous lies for generations, where lies are encouraged, where lies have different weight or value, where lies become ways of a survival etc etc. . .I guess it was that disconnect that I found unacceptable and outrageous and horrible, because that disconnect was happening in my boys whom I loved and respected and adored. So I would have to say it was the disconnect that I found to be inhumanely imposed by their regime.


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I don't know about the "zero" career stress, because I can by no means call my current job "stress-free", but I agree with you on everything else. I think that for many people, one of the hard parts is actually figuring out what it is that would make them happy. I feel fortunate to have found something that I feel so passionate about.

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Pull-ups


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Constituent of yours here in Fort Collins!

Nevada just passed a bill to let anyone in the state buy into Medicaid. Strikes me as a solid public option, especially in places with few private insurance options.

Is that something you would support in Colorado? Would you push for it?

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Did you start this AMA by going to alta vista and typing in "Please take me to Reddit?"


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Do people in North Korea really see Kim jong un, Kim jong il, and Kim il-sung as essentially a god, or is it an act?

What do the people high in the workers party think of the western world?

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It's strange; I think education is one of the best uses for a math degree, in terms of use to society. Certainly more impactful than theoretical research, and I'm speaking as someone who wants to become a category theorist.


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Uhhhhh, do you fuck with the war?

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I haven't seen any budget analysis of whether this is even possible but will look into the bill in Nevada


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Is there another way? ;)

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The difficulty of this question is that they are also human beings and complex. Sometimes it is possible to believe as well as not believe. They do see him as essentially a god, but some also don't. Sometimes these beliefs co-exist. My students were like this often with me. I was their enemy because I came from the western world as well as South Korea (which is their enemy) but then I was their teacher, the only one they saw everyday they relied on, so they loved me at the same time. And it is that conflict within their humanity vs the inhumanity of their world that makes North Korea exceptionally tragic. Also, imagine, they were brought up in that system for 3 generations. It is a bit like a cult religion, so even if you might have some doubts, it is literally the world they come from, the only world they know and are allowed to see and be in. So it's a bit like hating a father you also grew up to worship. It's as conflicted as that. Because they are not "brainwashed" or robots, the problem becomes far more complex. Yes, they view the western world as their enemy but a part of them might want to see it or feel a bit worshipping of it, but they live in a world that is not allowed so they cannot ever show it. So it's a combination of all those things.


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I think that they both have their value to society. I felt more passionate about teaching children than about doing research, so that's what I pursued. I think that people should pursue their dreams to the extent that they can and then society will benefit from having more happy and satisfied people.

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Lil Dicky!


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What are your thoughts about NSA surveillance? Federal Reserve? Edward Snowden?

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Do you actually know how to play piano?


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What did you enjoy about NK?

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As a kid many people never saw the coolest things math does. Even teachers were not great at explaining the places math could take you. As a math major finishing my degree, I am seeing the amazing connections math has to everything.

Now that you have all this knowledge, how will you demonstrate to kids the wonder and far reaches of math to inspire them?


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How do you like your coffee?

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I have voted and sponsored legislation on the side of privacy, reigning in the NSA and preventing warrantless wiretaps.

I've always supported a full audit of the fed.

Never met Mr. Snowden.

Focused on running for Governor to roll up my sleaves to make a difference, too much time in DC is spent debating rather than doing.


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Not a note. lol :)

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"Enjoy" would not be the right word, I think. But I have great empathy for the place because they are suffering. I am American but I am also Korean, and as a Korean, I feel for the less privileged half. Also as a human being, I find the existence of the place and the inhumane treatment of the people there unacceptable. So it's not that I enjoy North Korea -- which I do not, I find the place to be horrifying -- but I am drawn to North Korea. But joy is of course there. My students I met there and fell in love with were all full of joy, because they were young and sweet and adorable and innocent and there were some fun times we shared, but they were also full of darkness, because of their society.


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In the curriculum that i'm developing I make sure to cover a broad range of topics, from logic to probability theory, to geometry. I also make sure to have plenty of activities where they can explore and discover some of the math for themselves.

Here is an example, I recently did a lesson on logic using problems from Smullyan's book "What is the name of this book?" I was amazed at the freedom and depth of my students' thinking. They were really questioning all the assumptions and not just trying to look for "the one right answer."
Here is a post I made about the conversation: https://aofradkin.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/logical-fun-part-i/ and I describe many similar in spirit lessons on my blog.

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Lots of cream and sugar


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Hi Congressman Polis, As a Colorado resident, I am increasingly worried about the poor condition of the state's infrastructure. Our roads are terrible and getting worse. How would you address our infrastructure as governor? Best wishes on your campaign!

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Hey Tim,

You've kind of been defined by your role on Parks & Rec, but you've had a long and impressive career. Is there one movie or TV show you've been in -- other than Middle Man -- that you'd recommend to people looking to see a little more of you? A performance you're particularly proud of?


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What advice would you have for the general public regarding "how to understand the world, especially the "other" who we have not personally encountered?" Specifically, in the age of infinite information, fake news, and polarized sources, how does the public sift through and make meaning of their world?

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I'm in the midst of a math education degree and work as a private tutor for grades 7-12 , it seems like the broad underlying issue for most of my students is that they never really got on the math bandwagon when they were younger and have been playing catch up for years.

From your experiences and research, is this type of hangup as common as it seems in my experiences?

And a follow-up, in the same vein: what are the keys to getting students in the K-5 range genuinely interested in math? Or if not interested in math, at least not scared of it.


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Get ready for this one. Favorite supplement?

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yes the state will need to go to the ballot box to see if voter's want to fund our 21st century infrastructure needs.

We are growing and we need to catch up or or quality of life will suffer. Let me know your ideas!


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Great question. I've been blessed to have been working in this crazy business for over twenty years. Because of the popularity of Parks I'll always be best known as Jerry which is a gift. I love when I get to sink my teeth into a dramatic role. Dark comedies are my favorites. It's one of the things that led me to Middle Man. I'm not the "funny" guy in the film yet I get a lot of laughs. I love getting a new script and figuring out what I'm going to do with it.

As far as finding something I did in the past...hmmm...I did an episode of Diagnosis Murder where I got to play a crazed serial killer. I had a lot of fun with that. I would also check out a remake of Harvey I did many years ago with Leslie Nielsen, Swoosie Kurtz and Harry Anderson. It was one of my first films. I look like a baby. It was an amazing experience. :)

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This is really relevant. Fake news seems to dictate our world now, but I do believe due to the rise of fake news (or the method in which they can travel has grown tremendously due to the internet & the ease / speed of the internet publishing), the need for the real in-depth news has also risen. So if you were to look around, you will see so much more information on almost everything. I do think this means we have to just look more. And also I think because of the policing that happens as the result of the surplus of info, we can't get away with bogus information anymore the same way. North Korea is a perfect example of there being so much junk out there posing as info. So then you have to check who is saying that, who is writing it, what do they know etc etc. In the past, the story of the "other" belonged solely to Orientalists, who basically imposed their colonial view of the "other." Much of that still goes on, but I hope with all the policing, we are enforcing more quality control, perhaps. So that you can't just claim yourself "expert" when you don't speak the language, or hardly had been to the place, etc. So in fact, the general public can in fact inform themselves more thoroughly and resposibly these days, if they care to.


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I believe it's quite common.

I think that the key to getting K-5 students interested in math is by making it creative and letting them explore and discover concepts rather than imposing it upon them. You make it visual, you let them play with it.

For example, when we study nets of cubes, we actually build them with magformers and students figure out which ones can actually fold into a cube. When we study functions, they're not abstract but we literally put objects in and out of a "function machine." For example, I describe this activity here https://aofradkin.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/kid-in-the-machine/, and there are many other such examples on my blog.

You also need to show them a wide range of topics. It is generally believed in our society that being good in math means being good at computation. However, there is so much more to math than arithmetic, and children should be shown that. I have students who struggle with arithmetic but are incredible at spacial reasoning or logic puzzles. They need to be shown that this is also math and given an opportunity to be successful at it.

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Amino Energy


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Utah has a great road system with many of the same challenges (freeze/thaw/snow) as Colorado. Perhaps we can use them as a template.

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What was Jerry's worst day at the office?


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Hi! Which do you like writing more? Nonfiction or fiction? Do you consider yourself a writer of "Korean-American" literature or does that tag/category bother you? I thought The Interpreter was a great novel; one of my favorites.

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"Okay kids, today I'm going to tell you a story about Hoppity the Math Bunny.

Hoppity was hopping down the lane when he saw a book lying in the road! What sort of book was it? It was a book about math, kids! We love math don't we?

And what do you suppose that Hoppity read in the book, kids? He found out it was a book about graphs! What sort of graphs do you think he read about, kids? CLAW FREE graphs, that's right.

He read all about Dr Hadwiger who was a VERY smart man who lived in Switzerland! We love Switzerland, don't we? That's where they make chocolate and cukoo clocks isn't it?

So anyway, Hoppity read that Hadwiger’s conjecture states that every graph with chromatic number χ has a clique minor of size χ. Let G be a graph on n vertices with chromatic number χ and stability number α. Then since χα ≥ n, Hadwiger’s conjecture implies that G has a clique minor of size n.

And after reading that, Hoppity was so tired he lay down in the road, and fell asleep. Then he got run over by a truck. The End."


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Do you recommend rowing machines as an "at home" exercise? I do Jiu Jitsu, and do a little mountain biking, but I'm still in need of more core strength and (a lot of) conditioning. I'm 41, 6'3", about 240-250 lbs.

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and I would also add that our road system is also critical for our tourism industry and outdoor recreation industry and the jobs that rely on it


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I think the "mugging" was a pretty bad day for Jerry. He knew that if they found out what really happened (dropped a burrito in the creek) that he would take hell for days. I love how he came up with the mugging story. To think that he thought he could get away with it kills me. :)

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I am always torn between the two genres. But if I really had to choose, I guess my heart is with fiction. But nonfiction makes my brains flow perhaps in a really exciting way. And my nonfiction in general is literary that I get my fiction angst/fill through that way. I don't know which I "like" writing better. Writing is so torturous for me that it's only after finishing it or nearing the end that I can enjoy it:) No, I do not consider myself a Korean-American literature writer. That genre is an odd one for fiction writers. I guess one cannot help that in coming up with genres, but especially fiction, to be limited by my nationality or immigration history is uncomfortable. I guess I just want to be a "writer", period. Yes, The Interpreter -- so many years later, I myself still have a real soft spot for Suzy Park, so thank you.


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This looks familiar :-)

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Get some ab straps. I owe a lot of my core strength to them!


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I'm 46 and current work for the City of Denver and seem to have a similar outlook as yourself; I've been thinking about how to work toward running for public office. Any advice based on your path?

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I was watching Star Trek Voyager this week and came accross an episode in which you made a brief appearance playing a character that is the quintessential Jerry/Terry/Larry, and it left me feeling oddly uplifted for the rest of the day.

Is this type of character one you especially enjoy acting, or do you feel that you've been typecasted?


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Hello Ms. Kim.

I enjoy your Twitter posts and found your Guardian piece comparing the political chaos in Korea to the U.S. very enlightening. In your experience, what are the biggest misconceptions Americans have about either North or South Korea?

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I am sorry I assume you speak Russian but have you heard of Приключения Капитана Нулика? It's a math-based adventure book too. I was raised on it.

Edit: prepositions, or an alternate title Фрегат Капитана Единицы


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Do you have a story about a time when your muscles and ability to lift your body/ do crazy athletic shit came in handy in the real world? It looks cool in the gym and all, but has it ever come in clutch falling off a cliff or something practical? Thank you for your service !

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The veil of public office is easier to pierce than you might think. Depending on where you live, you might have the opportunity to run for city council, school board, state legislature, or other office.

So know your own interests and what you want to do. For me I care a lot about education and ran for and served on the State Board of Education. That is a part-time volunteer job, so I did it for a few days each month was still able to work full time. Congress on the other hand is full time. Our state leg is somewhere in between, they work full time in Denver for 5 months, then part-time the rest and many have other careers to earn income.

So know yourself and what you want to do, get involved with your community (HOA, non-profit boards, other groups), and find a realistic option (not taking on a popular incumbent unless you have a good reason) and go for it!


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I love playing a Jerry type character. I'm sure it will be something I'll do forever. The problem in Hollywood is that they can easily put you in a certain box. Typecasting like you mentioned. It's just the nature of the biz. The gift of Middle Man is that I get to step out of that box and really dig into a deeply disturbed character. :)

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I think the biggest misconception goes back to the basic premise. Most Americans have no idea why there are two Koreas, or why there are 30,000 US soldiers in South Korea and why North Korea hates America so much. That very basic fact has been sort of written out of the American consciousness. By repackaging the Korean War as a civil war, it has now created decades of a total misconception. The fact that the US had actually drawn the 38th Parallel that cut up the Korean peninsula, not in 1950 (the start of the war) but in 1945 at the liberation of Korea from Japan is something that no Korean has forgotten -- that was the beginning of the modern Korean tragedy. That the first Great Leader (the grandfather of the current Great Leader) was the creation of the Soviet Union (along with the US participation) is another horrible puzzle piece that Americans have conveniently forgotten.


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I have heard of it but haven't read it. Will check it out!

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Actually the opposite, my over confidence got me a broken wrist 3 months ago...


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How do you plan to implement your 100% renewable energy plan by 2040. What primary sources of energy do you intend to rely on, and what are your thoughts on nuclear power?

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Hi Jim!

At one point in P&R, it is referenced that your character has a very large penis. Does that take any method acting on your part?


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Anyone know where can I find information regarding how the first great leader was a creation of the USA & soviets? I'd love to read about it

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What was your go to hoagie from Hoagie Haven?


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Were you doin flips and shit or just fast pull ups for the ladies? Glad to see you can grip and everything well again it seems

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Glad you asked! Here are some of the state policy changes to help u reach the goal. The actual percentages will be determined by market forces but in our state are mostly solar and wind:

Appointing utility Commissioners who support consumers and renewable energy

Encourage roof top-solar by ensuring homeowners, schools and businesses receive full retail rate for the energy they produce through rooftop solar panels.

21st Century electrical grid State-based contingency fund for PACE financing for solar home improvements

Special districts for small to medium scale renewable energy Allow homeowners and co-ops to install energy storage equipment

Expand shared renewable energy projects to allow geothermal, solar thermal, solar photovoltaics, wind, biomass, municipal solid waste and increase size limits on production

Regulatory incentives for energy efficient construction and energy efficient lighting

Expand State Energy Savings Performance Contracting Using bond markets to recapture stranded coal-assets to assist coal communities where coal plants have retired to help retrain and redeploy workers for green energy jobs that can never be outsources

Ensure that utilities have strong incentives for increasing energy efficiency


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Great question. From what I understand one of the writers were standing next to me at the urinal and thought it was time to mix real life and TV life. Made perfect sense to me. lol ;)

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That would be taking it out of the context to claim that first Great Leader was "created" by US. He was a soldier (protege of the Soviet), while US participated in that set up handpicking the US educated South Korean first president. US had drawn the 38th Parallel, and that division was trumpeted by the Cold War, two separate gov't formed by 1948 & war broke out in 1950. That is a very simplified version of the history of the two Koreas which most Americans don't remember and now wonder why they are in South Korea today and why is North Korea mad at them. If you are genuinely curious, there are many many books on this topic by serious historians.


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This is going to sound blasphemous, but I was a Wawa girl.

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Competing my third year for Ninja Warrior and they had this local competition where I just muscled up onto the thing and fell onto the concrete from about 14 feet up. The exact wrong way to do it!


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Lots of carrots for the green energy industry. What about sticks for oil & gas?

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Hi!!
Who was the funniest cast member on Parks and Rec and who was the most fun to work with?
Also how similar is Nick Offerman to Ron Swanson? (in my head they're the same person)
Thanks!!


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How long did it take between the time you had this idea and actually going through with it? (Apologies if you covered that in the book, it's been a while since I read it.)

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That's amazing ! There are not many people like you who are willing to follow what they believe in over making a lot of money! So mad respects for you ! Have you experienced a lot of people who criticised you over your decision/ tried to stop you?


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3rd year? what's the farthest you've gotten and what are your weak points on the course?

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Nationally in Congress, I sponsor legislation to remove the special tax breaks that the oil and gas industry receives to the tune of $40 billion each year. Eliminating these subsidies will help put renewable energy on a more level playing field.


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They were all funny. What a lot of people don't know is that after every scene we did a "fun run". That's where we got to play around and do whatever we wanted while telling the same story that was on the page. Most of us had an improv background so it made sense to let us play together. We did that EVERY DAY. I think it's one of the reasons we stayed so close as a cast. That being said...Chris Pratt is so off the cuff funny that it's crazy. Really really funny. I had fun working with each and ever one of them. That's not Hollywood bullshit. I loved them all...and still do. :)

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The whole idea for the literary nonfiction on North Korea came in February 2002 when I first went to Pyongyang for the 60th Birthday celebration of Kim Jong Il & wrote the NYRB cover essay. I realized then that an essay was just not enough, and there was just so much more I felt about this topic, also given my family background etc. From then on, it was trying to study the topic as thoroughly as I could, by literally researching it from afar and close, i.e. following defectors through the defection route, interviewing separated families, and situating myself in places where I could either go to North Korea or learn more in-depth stuff about it. Even my Fulbright research grant which allowed me to live in Seoul for 14 months in 2009 was for this book. As well as each visit that allowed me to get a different perspective. Understanding it from all sides was a key, and I felt that I had exhausted that by the time I lived there in 2011. So all in all, I would say about a decade.


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Typically, people have been very supportive. Also, people might not realize, I am still gainfully employed, just changed my focus.

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The JUMPING SPIDER 3 times has taken me out. Hip flexor flexibility.


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In Colorado, do you support eliminating severance tax deductions to bring the state's effective rate in line with that of other Western states? http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/27/n-dakota-4-billion-saved-oil-gas-colorado-none/

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I was listening to an interview with him and Ron was based off nick but everything is greatly exaggerated.


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How much did u make as a teacher? Easy thing to get into (teaching English in N Korea)? Last one - any dangers associated with just teaching in N. Korea?

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Could you be so kind as to explain the pros and/or cons between the former traditional educational model and the rising popularity of "common core"? I want to ride they hype train as it sounds like people love it but gosh darned if my ignorance just makes it look LONGER to do. Thank you!


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Can you confirm this redditors comment about Ninja Warrior: This show is bullshit.

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It's my understanding that this would need to be voted on by the people of Colorado and it's not something a Governor could do, but it certainly sounds like a good idea unless I am missing some aspect!


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That's pretty much it. Nick is such a great guy and so is Ron. They just took Nick to an nth degree. What he did with that character was something I have never seen on another show. I've always been confused on why he never received an Emmy for his work. :)

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It was an unpaid job. I believe every teacher was sponsored by their church. There is not a danger in teaching in North Korea, but this is a gulag nation, and America is their enemy, and there is no diplomatic relations between them, so if you are a teacher from the US, then, yes you are in danger, as evidenced by the recent hostage crisis where two American detained by North Korea (currently still held there) are from the university where I taught.


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First, what most people don’t realize is that the Common Core is not a curriculum but rather a set of standards of goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills that a student should obtain. These standards are quite reasonable, but how they’re implemented is another story. The content actually is very similar to what was there before .

And the main problem I believe is with the assessments. For example, the common core may list multiple ways to do simple addition or subtraction. Administrators see this and say, oh we must not only teach all 5 ways, but we must also test all 5 ways, and for that, we also need to give the ways names.

That is not the goal of the 5 ways though. The goal is to give children a choice and flexibility. The main failure of the common core, in my opinion is not giving support to administrators, teachers, and parents for implementing the standards.

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Nothings perfect. It rained right before I went and I still had to go.


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The Solutions Project would be a great organization to try to partner with on this initiative. They've done millions of dollars worth of research and analysis already, have 100% renewable outlines for every state.

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Hi Jim!

Jerry/Kerry/Larry/Terry/Gary Gengurch was one of my favorite characters. I can relate to being the clumsy one who's always the butt of the jokes. You never failed to make me smile while portraying him.

What are your dog's names, and can you tell me a bit about them?


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In '92-93 I taught English in Prague in the Czech Republic. Eastern Europe had just been opened up from the communists. The sense of euphoria among the people was palpable. Hope exuded from everyone.

I taught businessmen and women who for the first time in their lives had freedom for their entrepreneurial spirit. They came to me every day with hopes and bottles of champagne.

I'm curious about the demeanor of your students. I cannot imagine 'hope' was anywhere around. How can one teach without hope? Thx and best wishes.

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The way it's been implemented in my school district is by abolishing advanced math classes and putting everyone in the same math class, resulting in some really bored students who would be doing great in a higher math class but instead do poorly in a class that is mind-numbingly boring to them.


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Good attitude here I like it

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yes I used some of their background info in coming up with my policies! THey are great!


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Thanks so much. My dogs names are Chase (the white one) and Stella (the black one). They're both rescues. Last year I lost both of my other dogs to cancer. I don't have kids so the dogs become like children (some people think that's crazy...that's OK). When they passed away I didn't think I could ever go through it again. After nine months my gut was telling me that it was time again. I went to the Linda Blair World Heart Foundation and found Chase. I knew within two minutes of meeting him that he needed to be with me for the rest of his life. A few months later I went to the Amanda Foundation and met Stella. She had obviously been abused and needed some loving. They're brought the smile back to my face after losing my other two pups. :)

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I wasn't there to teach, so that was not what I was looking for. My students were so busy, every hour of their day was mapped out, so it leaves no time for thinking. I found that world to be without hope. That does not mean that there is no joy in moments. There are because human beings are resilient, and my students were very, incredibly humane and lovely and their youthful spirit was sparklingly beautiful. But there was no real time for them to celebrate any of it. They would relax a bit but the immediately hauled off to their many duties that all had to do with regime & great leader. There was no hope there. So I wrote down what I saw. But I do not know about other teachers who were there to teach, but if you read my book, you will see that the other teachers weren't mostly there to teach but there as a part of their fundamental evangelical missionary purpose.


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Unfortunately, the mind-numbingly boring classes are not benefiting anyone, advanced or not.

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Nope!


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What are your thoughts on gun control?

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Tim,

With this being described as a "black comedy", how was this role different for you in comparison to past roles, and how do you feel audiences will react?


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Does your book try to teach math abstractly or traditionally?

When I learned math in school they just told us operations and the rules to use them with.

But my love of math really started when I learned more pure constructs like functions as a means to map from a source set to a destination set.

I realized that all the rules that people found hard to remember came from these abstract principles, where they made sense, and we're not simply arbitrarily defined.

But abstract math also seems much more complex to reason about.

So to ask my question again in a different way, is your book teaching applied mathematics or pure mathematics?

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Do you have any gymnastic, dance or performance background?

Some of the moves in the longer video where you show some amazing locking of position (fake stairs/steps) are the kind of moves people practice for ages.

You're like a super mime!


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I'm a sponsor nationally of the universal background check bill (I was last Congress and when it is introduced plan to do so again this Congress), and support common-sense gun safety measures.

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It's totally different than any other role I've played. My character Lenny starts out in the same vein as Jerry from Parks. A sweet, nice guy. Unfortunately for Lenny he makes one terrible mistake and on his way to Las Vegas he picks up a hitch hiker (played by Andrew J. West). This turns his life upside down. From that moment on we slowly watch the mental unravelling of an otherwise normal dude. Playing the character was terrifying because if I didn't make it work the film doesn't work. From what I hear I did it justice. :)


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The book is doesn't teach math per say. It is first and foremost a fantasy with math intertwined. You wouldn't call the Phantom Tollbooth or Alice in Wonderland a math book, but there is certainly some math to be explored in the stories. Similarly with our book, you can make the experience of reading it as mathematical as you want. We also have a mathematical addendum that addresses the math concepts more directly.

There are many more details about this on the kickstarter page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/419899136/funville-adventures-a-math-inspired-childrens-book

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Haha I am an amateur rock climber so that helps!


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What is your idea of "common sense gun safety measures"? Because that's usually Democrat speak for "punish law abiding gun owners by outlawing cosmetic features such as pistol grips".

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I read somewhere that you initially auditioned for the role of Ron Swanson. Obviously, Nick was the perfect Ron and you were a fantastic Jerry/Garry/Larry/Terry. So, how did that audition go?


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What are your favorite books that address math and logic?

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What's your favorite flavor of Crayola?


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no not law abiding gun owners, we are talking about people who are not legally able to purchase a gun but go around the law and try to by them and avoid a background check.

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When the word came out that Amy Poehler was doing a show it was something everyone wanted to be involved in. Amy had just come off of an amazing run on SNL as well as a couple of awesome films. My agent called and said that I had an audition for the show for the role of Ron Swanson. I found out later that most male actors in LA audition for the role. The thought of anyone playing Ron Swanson other than Nick Offerman is ridiculous. I think Nick was always who they wanted but the studio made them read tons of people. That is what helped me. Though I didn't get the role of Ron they did see something they liked and brought me back in for Jerry. The producers tell the story that after my Jerry read they just said "He's funny. Let's put him at a desk. It'll work itself out".

As far as my audition for Ron Swanson I don't remember exactly what I did but for I do remember being very stern. Probably too stern. As much as Ron was a ballbuster he was also a softy. I should try and see if I could get a copy of my audition. I'm sure it's horribly embarrassing but it would be a great to see. :)


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A few of my favorites are: The Number Devil, Cat in Numberland, What is the Name of this book? (and others by Smullyan), The Greedy Triangle, How big is a million?, How big is a foot?, books by Martin Gardner. I have more on a slightly outdated list on my blog: https://aofradkin.wordpress.com/kid-oriented-math-reads/

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Red Brick Shit House


Q:

Right, so what are the specific common sense gun safety measures?

A:

Was it difficult playing such a wholesome and naive character, when a lot of your other work is so dark and twisted? It's great you have such a wide range.


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Hi Sasha! I had the pleasure of having your father Boris as my teacher throughout my years in high school (from Algebra I MG to BC Calculus). I really admire him for influencing my future and nurturing my love for mathematics, eventually guiding me to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering.

So my question is, how has your father influenced you to the position you are in right now?

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I sponsored (And will sponsor again) the bill for universal background checks and to close the "gun show loophole" nationally (Colorado voters voted overwhelmingly to already lose it)

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I love when I get to different types of characters. That's what actors do. Like I mentioned earlier it's hard not to be typecast but it's part of the challenge of being an actor. :)


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My father had a HUGE influence on where I am right now. First, he was the one initiated and then nurtured my love of math. He gave me logic puzzles and had math conversations with me from a very young age. His love of teaching was also a great inspiration, and the fact that he was so respected and loved by his students.

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Consistency is key because you start to not see instant results and get discouraged. So stick with it!!


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Colorado has had a great windfall from marijuana taxes, but as other states continue to legalize the drug, how would you plan for a lower tax revenues, or do you feel the income will stay the same?

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Have you been able to keep any interesting props or memorabilia from any of your roles?


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For parents of young children out there, what are some things you can do as a parent to encourage math literacy at a young age?

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How long have you had your dog for? Could you tell us more about the dog?


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As governor, I plan to help Colorado maintain a leadership role in the Cannabis industry. We have many opportunities to continue to leverage our "first-mover" advantage into a ecosystem that allows us to continue our industry leadership.

That being said, yes it's possible that sales will decline as CA and other states come fully online. Currently after paying for regulation of marijuana most of the taxes go to school buildings in lower income areas- we need it. I will do my best to continue CO's leadership role nationally even in the face of additional competition.

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I try to keep something from every shoot I'm on. Most of it just sits in a box. I figure someday when I'm old (well...older) I'll want to take a trip down memory lane. I have the Jerry Gergich Conference Room RIP plaque on my desk. I see it every day. :)


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First, make sure to do things that you yourself enjoy. Games and puzzles are a great way to inspire interest in mathematics. One of my favorites for young children is Tiny Polka Dot from Math4Love. Other favorites include SET, SWISH, Blokus, and puzzle from ThinkFun.

Also, read fun stories with math content. Two of my favorites that you can enjoy with fairly young children is The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns and How Big is a Foot by Rolf Muller. Funville Adventures, the book that I coauthored, could be enjoyed by children as young as 5: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/419899136/funville-adventures-a-math-inspired-childrens-book

Also, I would encourage you to have math conversations with your children if you feel comfortable doing so. These don't have to be forced, but can just build on things they say or ask naturally. Here are some from my blog, which I had with my children at various ages (starting at around 4 with my older one and 2 with my younger one): https://aofradkin.wordpress.com/tag/tmwyk/

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Lol he's not mine!!


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Submitted this at town halls but it didn't get picked:

We've seen an increase from progressives in efforts to defend religious tolerance, but there's still massive cultural and governmental momentum to craft public policies based on the doctrines of a single religion. Are there any parts of your plan for Colorado that include bolstering research-based, evidence-backed decision making for state policies?

Sorry for the wide-ranging question, I know a lot of you goals are pro-science and pro-data, just wondering if religion-neutrality in government is something that's ever on your radar.

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First Aubrey played a character named Lenny in 'Legion' and now you're playing Lenny in 'Middle Man'.

Who do you think the next one from Parks and Recreation to play a Lenny...?

Personally, I'm hoping it is Li'l Sebastian.


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You can still post pics and share info on the dog. We'd be okay with that.

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That's why doing these reddit things is great, we don't have time to get to all the questions at physical town halls (especially lately with the increased attendance).

I'm not sure I completely understand your question, but I for one try to make my decisions based on research and evidence and if I was governor I would appoint people to the various state agencies that did the same. I think picking people and setting the tone are two important things a governor can do. Are there any other specific recs you have?


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You nailed it. Li'l Sebastian will be starring as Lenny in "Of Mice and Men". Can't wait to see it. :)


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Hey, I'm a member of your congressional district and I've always voted for you.

How many times has your LoL account been banned for flaming?

Secondary (serious question), 20 states now allow you to change the gender marker on your birth certificate without needing sexual reassignment surgery, but not Colorado. Will you support this and other trans rights policies if you are elected governor?

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Nick Offerman as Lenny in "Of Mice and Men" would be interesting


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Does Gunny know you're famous?

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Never banned :)

of course I support the entire LGBT+ community. We've come a long way but we still have a long way to go to achieve equality.


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Damn. Should have read this before my previous comment. I guess Nick and Lil' Sebastian are going to have to fight this one out. :)

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LMFAO, that was funny.


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Props to you for answering pretty much every question in this thread so far!

As somebody in Pueblo who has never been to Brues, what's the best thing to order there?

Edit: Just thought of this - what is your opinion on concealed carry in Colorado? Right now, the laws are fairly lax, would you change that or keep it as-is?

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Hey Jim! Big fan of your work, my dad was actually one of the people that invested enough to be an extra in Middle Man so we are super excited to see it in theatres! My question to you is, who has been your all time favorite actor/actress to work with? Thanks so much!


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What exercise regimen would you recommend to get close to the shape you are in now?

  • What's your diet, routine, etc.?
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I had the Ramen bowl and it was great. I love me some Ramen. Check it out sometime on the River Walk.

and tell me the real insider scoop on where I should go in Pueblo!


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Tell you dad thanks from me. Without our Kickstarter campaign we would not have been able to make the film that we did. I'm still blown away that strangers gave us their hard earned money to help us make our dream project. It's very humbling.

I mentioned earlier that I have too many all time favorite actors to mention. I'm been blessed by being around not only amazingly talented people but also amazing good people. For me that's more important.

Getting to work with Andrew J. West, Josh McDermott and Anne Dudek on Middle Man was an unexpected treat. I didn't know any of them and they came with their A games. Really amazing people and actors. :)

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My diet is just don't eat shit all the time. Put down the cookies once in a while but I don't count my Macros or get too into it.

Right now I am on a routine that is 500 pull-ups, 1 gallon of water, and 500 crunches a day for 30 days.. lol today is day 1 but successful so far!


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Do you want volunteers?

You rock Jared, been following your work. You got my vote. What are your thoughts on Senator Cory Garnder never having a town hall, calling no shenanigans on trump, never putting out enough statements of important matters/testimonies/overseas trips, healthcare reform/Kushner's lack of experience/etc. His office staff feed us BS answers about not being able to see Gardner's schedule to talk about town halls. Its crap.

I'm an independent, went to Bennett's town hall, liked most of what he said. A little long winded for my taste, but that's the first one I've ever been to. What do you think our State Senators should do better for us?

Unrelated, but the energy I saw in Denver while volunteering at the Climate March was unlike anything I've ever been a part of. I loved meeting everyone and seeing all sciences from around Colorado representing at the event. And Garnder has nothing to say about the Paris Agreement. Ugh.

I have been reading a few books lately. I recommend Seventh Sense, Homo Deus, and Thanks for Being Late. These books go into how network power has changed what politics has become. I consider myself part of a new breed of citizens/voters using network power, online journalism, and ability to consume vast amounts of data from around the world and use it to form our own political ideology. You are seeming to be on top of this movement, and I applaud your efforts.

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Was the cast of Parks and Rec overly nice to you off camera to make up for how Jerry was treated on camera?


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Do u even lift bro?

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yeah if you want to volunteer sign up at polisforcolorado.com so we know who you are (we won't spam you too bad w emails, avg of 1/week a bit more as we get closer) but they will include volunteer opportunities.

Thanks for the reading recs, I won't have as much time to read as a candidate for Governor but I do read on the plane back and forth to DC after I've done whatever work I need to do. Glad you found the climate march invigorating, so did I!

With the absence of federal leadership it's up to CO and other states to lead the way which is why I'm proposing 100% renewable energy for CO by 2040.


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I wouldn't say overly nice. We were all just good friends doing good work and laughing our asses off every day. :)

A:

I partake, on occasion.


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Thoughts on a convention of states?

A:

Who smells better, Chris Pratt or Rob Lowe?


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hello ridiculously-photogenic-pull-up-rowing-machine-marine-guy! here are some awkwardly forward questions:

How tall are you and how much do you weigh?

What's the best fitness advice you've ever received?

What's the best fitness advice you'd give someone working on getting in shape?

Thanks!

A:

Interesting that you ask that. One of the things lacking is a bicameral mechanism for counting how many testimonials (requests for a convention) come from the states. I would love to help rectify that so there is a clear bicameral procedure for when that threshold is reached.


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This is definitely the most important question I will answer today. The answer is Rob Lowe. I only say that because he has his own fragrance line and it would make sense that he smells better than the rest of us. :)

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5'11" 175

Remember the guy who quit? No one does...

It's going to be hard at first and you'll want to quit but don't.


Q:

What are your thoughts on a universal basic income?

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Who was your favourite director and actor that you've worked with?


Q:

Have you ever been approached to make a ridiculous infomercial for like Mike Eckert's totally insane ridiculous rowing in the air workout?

A:

it's an interesting concept and I look forward to learning more about the results of the several pilot projects that are currently in place to try it out


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My favorite director was a guy who started as our editor on Parks. He had also worked on The Office. His name is Dean Holland. He really understood all of our characters and knew how to get the best out of us.

My favorite actor that I've worked with is too broad of a question. I've fallen in love with so many people I've worked with over the years. By "love" I mean I loved being around them. :)

A:

Hahaha no but I think you're on to something!


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Jared, how will you do more as a gov of Co, than you have as a voice of reason in the house?

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How often do you pull a classic Jerry move?

Also: I remember seeing you in a Castle episode, and I swear it was the most amazing thing I've ever seen, as I decided that your character (who was a butcher with anger management issues, if I recall correctly) was Jerry Gergich trying to process everything he was put through in Parks and Rec.


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When's leg day?

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well as a "voice of reason" in the house I am but one of 435 and my voice is all too frequently overwhelmed.

But as Governor I can set in place our goal of 100% renewable energy by 2040, universal preschool and kindergarten, and put in place state policies to create an economy that works for everyone by encouraging employee stock ownership


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LOL That's a great analogy. I'm not sure that's what I was thinking at the time but who knows?

As far as pulling classic Jerry moves....every day. We all do.

I won an Emmy last month and as I was walking up the steps to get the award I just kept thinking "don't fall...don't fall". If I had fallen it would have been another "Jerry" moment that I would hear about forever even though I won the award for a different show. lol :)

A:

I just yawned.... I can't do leg day today...


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Jared, in what Areas would you like to see states have more rights over certain things rather than federal control?

A:

Would you rather fight 100 Aziz-sized Li'l Sebastians or 1 Li'l Sebastian-sized Aziz?

Credit to /u/GodDamnNameDoesNotFi for the tweak to my original question


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What are you favorite basic exercises?

A:

marijuana food freedom (raw milk, hemp, non-USDA beef)

and many other areas relating to expanding personal freedoms


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I've thought about this question many many times so credit for the question goes to me. ;) The answer is ... 1 Li'l Sebastian-sized Aziz. :)

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Pull-ups, I hold the world record for most in 60 seconds


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How do you run for governor of Reddit? -is what I was going to ask before actually reading it. Tight game 6 we got going here

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Hi Jim!

If you could be anything other than an actor, what would you be?


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I thank God every day that the acting thing worked out. Otherwise I have no idea what I'd be doing. I guess because I'm a talker and a bit gregarious that I could have gone into sales but honestly I don't know. A lot of my family around me are in the trades...like pipe coverers and fitters. I'm too damn uncoordinated and lazy to do that so again...THANK YOU GOD FOR LETTING THIS WORK OUT!!!!! :)

A:

lol yeah I had inflamed tendons for a week after that one!


Q:

Jared, with the enormous amount of lakes, rivers and forests and large number of state parks and national forests and parks in your district and throughout The Centennial State, what efforts as a member of the house of representatives have you made to protect the environment and balances that with the protection of property owners and what efforts would you make in the future to protect the environment while protecting property management/control rights by citizens of Colorado?

A:

Was the makeout-fest on Late Night planned between you and Aubrey or just improvisation?


Q:

How long have you been a Marine?

A:

Protecting what makes CO special is a top priority for me.

In Congress, I served last session on the Natural Resources Committee where I fought to protect our public lands. Now we face an even greater threat of our public lands being sold off.

I am also working on additional wilderness designations for Summit and Eagle Counties to protect in perpetuity 60,000 additional acres.


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Totally thought up by Aubrey during the last commercial break. My favorite part when watching the video is how the other cast members reacted when they realized what was happening.

Aubrey is a super funny person. She knew it wouldn't be funny to make out with Pratt or Scott. She knew it had to be with the old fat guy to get the real laugh. I was happy to oblige. :)

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4 years


Q:

Congressman,

I'm a constituent in Clear Creek county. As a rural area, we have a lot of issues funding our school district, getting healthcare in the county, funding meaningful infrastructure repairs and upgrades, etc. My question is: how do you plan on addressing these sorts of issues in rural Colorado as governor?

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Hey Larry, what did you type into Altavista to get here?


Q:

If you had one story to tell people what would it be?

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health care in Clear Creek? Consider yourselves lucky compared to Summit and Eagle.

We need a Colorado that works for everyone. For our cities, for our suburbs, for our rural areas.

I support 21st century infrastructure including broadband, an education system including apprenticeships and skills, and encouraging employee participation in profits and ownership.

We succeed together as a state and all three parts of my plan are statewide.


Q:

I typed "please bring me to a site on the interwebs called reddit that will let me answer questions". ;)

A:

My dad once told me while I was competing, he said, why not you. I couldn't give him an answer and I wound up winning.


Q:

Boulder County here. I'm glad to see you are running. My question is, do you think you can manage to not say something stupid every time you open your mouth like Hickenlooper does? He continually makes me embarrassed that I voted for him. I have been saying for a couple of years now that I want a different Democrat as Governor.

A:

What is your favorite pizza topping?


Q:

Are you single?

A:

well one way or the other you will wind up with a different governor in January of 2019 (Hick is term limited). With your help, maybe it'll even be me!


Q:

I get my pizza with sausage, onion, extra sauce and crispy. mmmmm Now I've got to have pizza today. :)

A:

Nope!


Q:

If you had your choice, who would take over your seat in Congress?

A:

Ask you anything, eh?

Okay. Let's put this question to bed: Is the reason that Gayle was with Jerry/Terry/Larry/etc., was because of his massive penis?

According to Dr. Harris (whom Chris Traeger said was literally the meanest person he's ever met), it's the biggest penis he's ever seen. I mean, he didn't even know if you had mumps. He forgot to look. He was distracted. By the largest penis. He had ever seen.


Q:

What running regimen do you do/use?

Who is your inspiration for being a better athlete or person overall?

And what is your favorite base you've been stationed at?

Thanks!

A:

I will leave that to the voters!


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YES! Put it to bed. ;)

A:

I am not the best runner but I can still make around an 18 min 3 mile. Short interval training to get the HR up helps!

I have met a lot of good and bad people and I choose to take the best qualities from them and try to inspire others. My dad would be someone I would like to be like as a person.

Iwakuni Japan!!


Q:

Can you make sure John Elway stays the GM of the Broncos?

A:

Does your dog enjoy showing off his bunghole as a general rule or was this a special treat just for us? 😜


Q:

nope Gov can't do that.

I don't make pledges I can't keep ;)

A:

Just for you all ;)


Q:

Jared, what are your thoughts on the TV show "South Park"?

In all seriousness, what could be done from the governors office and state congress in Denver to help those 80 plus miles away in rural Central Colorado improve their area economically?

A:

You know none of those counted for your PFT, right?


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'Member South Park? I 'member South Park.

I represent North Park County but sadly not South Park. But as Governor, I'll be the Governor of South Park! I LOVE the show, watched all the recent seasons.

1) Rural broadband 2) better transportation 3) Better access to job skills/training

A:

I could still push out 23 after that set.


Q:

Where can I view your CNN special "Freshman Year" that you did with Jason Chaffetz? It seems to be gone.

A:

Have you or will you be deployed? I've been curious if all marines just get deployed or if they just hang out and work out all the time or something....

I actually don't know much about what the military does when they're not working out or doing some sort of combat or combat training


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I have one archived on a flash drive, I'm sad they took it down. I thought it was still up. Boy, Jason and I turned out differently didn't we. But for both of us, this is our last session of Congress.

A:

I was "forward deployed" to Japan, but not everyone deploys and I wouldn't call mine a deployment either.


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You certainly did turn out differently. Thanks for your hard work and for being a good example. I'll tell my family in CO about you.

A:

How much can you bench?


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He was kinda sorted into Slytherin more than me, wouldn't you say? (no offense intended) ;)

A:

275 was my max, but now... after a broken wrist I haven't even tried.


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Hey! German politics student here so I really appreciate it when politicians of any kind actually dare to openly ask questions like this.

With Trump resigning from the paris climate deal, soon news came up that Governors and their respective states would "simply" bypass the white house's decision by pledging directly to the deal (I know this is vague as hell but it's 5:26 around here so please pardon me).

So I guess my question is, what's your personal stance of the climate deal? How important do you think it is for the US and it's states to stay relevant in fighting climate change (and the opportunities we got at hand e.g. the paris deal) and how what's your expectation/hope for the next 4 years should Trump stay in presidency?

Thanks in advance and good luck (or congrats) to your announcement and I hope you will rock it!

A:

My plan is for Colorado to have 100% renewable energy by 2040. Congratulations to Germany on your climate leadership!

Yes many local governments and states in our country will continue to move forwards.


Q:

Hi Jared, As a FC constituent I'm so excited to see you're running for governer! What do you think you could do as governer to encourage development of and access to high-speed fiber broadband in Colorado communities? Hope I can get involved in the campaign!

A:

It's very important for rural communities to have broadband and high-speed fiber. I've been working on this federally and the state can and must step up too. I would like to see high-speed fiber as part of any infrastructure package. Infrastructure ain't just roads and bridges.

SIgn up at polisforcolorado.com so we know who you are and you can get involved :) Say hi when you see me around


Q:

Hi Jared,

Bit of a curly question for you:

If you had absolute power over the legal system in the U.S., what laws would you immediately implement/alter/eliminate?

Thank you for all of your hard work, I appreciate it greatly!!

--(constituent of yours in Boulder)

A:

I'll give you a curly answer:

If I had absolute power over the legal system I would get rid of the provisions that gave me absolute power. No one should have absolute power, not even a well-intentioned fellow like :)


Q:

While it's exciting news that you're running for governor, there's so much more you could accomplish-- especially on modernizing Congress with new technology and ideas. And with your position on the rules committee, a switch to a democratic majority could make you even more influential.

What did you weigh in making this decision and what do you hope to accomplish before your congressional term ends?

A:

Great question! I have really enjoyed bring by best efforts to modernize Congress. I've hosted hackathons, worked to open Congressional information, and I also still have a year and a half left there so I'm not done yet!

But my reason for being in public service is to make a difference, and I feel I can make a bigger difference by rolling up my sleeves at the state level and helping CO lead the way in renewable energy, an economy that works for everyone, and education. And I can work on modernizing state government with new tech and ideas, and even though it's a smaller pond I'll be able to do more than as 1 of 435 members of Congress!


Q:

We will miss you. As someone who works on those issues at the federal level, there are few members of congress who match your energy and expertise and you will be tough to replace. I hope we can get a few more touchdowns before you (hopefully) become governor.

This ongoing drain from congress of smart qualified members is a huge problem. Not your fault, but boy do I wish we had a solution for it.

A:

I will miss you too and all the friends I have made in our efforts to reform and modernize Congress. THe work must continue!


Q:

I'm visiting Colorado for the first time next week. Any food recommendations in the Denver metro area?

A:

what kind of food to you like? price range? food style?


Q:

I'm curious about how strongly you're going to stand against Fracking?

This is one of the bigger issues that matters to me, and while your probably going to be the best candidate regardless of your stance on this but it will help consolidate my continued support in you, and possibly influence my parents as well.

Best Regards, SmaugTheMagnificent

A:

I think fracking should be greater distances from people's homes and more local control


Q:

What do you think of the Job of how the Rockies are playing this year?

A:

OMG I AM SO EXCITED!

AND AS GOVERNOR I WILL BE ABLE TO GO TO MORE GAMES THAN AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS!


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Hey Jared, used to be a Colorado resident, voted for ya and I'm glad I did. Thanks for your good work.

Here's a funny question for ya, I'm curious what you think:

What do you think about the private military presence in Colorado? I know of a couple bases/compounds/buildings that contain and or are housing military-grade equipment under private/corporate control. How do you feel about this, both specifically in Colorado, and private military in general?

And secondly, if I may, gene-editing technologies are moving much faster than government. What do you think government could do to contain or subvert the threat of biological warfare from non-state actors? Is spying on citizens our best hope to stop this? It seems to have the largest existential threat to implementation-cost ratio.

A:

I'd love some info and citations on the private military presence in CO if you can post some.

And yes, the threat of biological AND nuclear threats from non-state actors is going up as technology develops. I won't have to worry about that AS much as Governor as a member of Congress, but I will still try to see if there is anything the state can do to keep us safe.


Q:

Jared, I named my fish after you. That said, what will you do to make Colorado better (and college students specifically. I go to CU)?

A:

Wow! That's the first fish I've ever had named after me (that I know if). I hope little Jared lives a long and healthy life.

Your life will be better if CO reaches 100% renewable energy by 2040, our air will be cleaner and we will be healthier and it will create green jobs that can never be outsources

and encouraging more firms to share stock and profits with employees will hopefully affect you to

and if you have kids you will LOVE free preschool and kindergarten, and I say that as a dad of a 5 year old and an almost 3 year old.


Q:

Hello Congressman Polis. I had the great pleasure of meeting you in Fort Collins to talk about immigration and DACA issues a few months back. Do you have any preliminary ideas about the things that you would do as Governor to increase protection for immigrants in Colorado?

A:

In this area, Governor Hickenlooper has done a good job. We need to make sure that our immigrants feel welcomed and know their rights under the law.

We are a welcoming state, and the Governor needs to set the tone. I wish there was more the Governor could do to fix our broken immigration system but sadly that is up to Congress and I'm not holding my breath for the current Congress to fix it and unite families.