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MusicI’m RB/soul singer, Eamon, here to answer all your questions. AMA!

Sep 28th 2017 by eamonofficial • 19 Questions • 36 Points

Hello, Reddit! Mike from UC Berkeley's public affairs office here. Since free speech on college campuses is a hot topic - especially at Berkeley - I asked the dean of our law school, Erwin Chemerinsky, to sit down for an AMA to discuss it and other subjects.

Erwin is an extremely humble person, but I need to quickly brag for him before we begin: In addition to being our law dean, Erwin is one of the country's foremost scholars of constitutional law, and earlier this year was named the most influential person in legal education in the United States by National Jurist magazine. Before coming to Berkeley, he helped establish UC Irvine's law school, and before that taught at Duke University and USC. He has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals, has written hundreds of law review articles, and is the author of ten books - including “Free Speech on Campus,” his latest. You can learn more about him here.

I'm just here to facilitate; Erwin will be responding to all questions himself. No need to stick solely to the topic of free speech, either - he's willing to discuss all manner of legal subjects. He'll begin answering questions at about 5:30 PM pacific time.

Proof: https://imgur.com/XTXFCWs

EDIT: Mike here again. I'm afraid that Erwin needed to sign off for the evening, but he asked me to pass along the following: "It was a pleasure to participate in this, thank you for all the very good and well-informed questions - I answered as many as I could and I'm sorry I could not do more. I'd love to do this again." We'll try to make that happen!

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What up Eamon. GRM motel has been on rotation since release. Excited for a tour release date!

I was wondering about Stoupe's collaboration on this record? Huge fan of his as well & most of his stuff is sample based, but the only song on the album Im hearing a sample in is Hands Make You Dance.

So I was wondering about Stoupe's production on this record?

On that note, a second question would be how many of the songs are sampled based on the GRM?

My last question for you what techniques did you & your team use to create that vintage 70s sound for your album? Analog gear? Different recording spaces?

Thanks for the amazing music & hope to see you live sometime.

1. By: CaptainIgnant
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Have you ever wanted to collaborate with You Suck at Cooking?


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Could you explain a bit about why you guys want to be separated from Spain?

Sorry kinda oblivious from what happened until I saw the reddit posts.

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What jobs have you held that qualify you as an environmental scientist, and how long were you in that/those position(s)?

Also, how do you plan on paying for the programs you are supporting in your OP?


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Hi Charlie!

For years and years my dream job has always been 'National Geographic Photographer'. Seen as I'm likely to never make it, can you humour me and give me some of the downsides to doing the job that you do? :)

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If you had a magic wand, what single amendment would you add or edit to the U.S. Constitution? Relatedly, what one U.S. Supreme Court case would you overrule?


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There's actually no sample on Hands Make You Dance. The whole album is sample-free, live, and original. Stoupe co-produced a bunch of the tracks along with myself, Dan Ubick, and Snipe Young and was responsible for a lot of the ideas coming into each song.

We tracked a bunch the instrumentation to analog tape with Dan Ubick (of Connie Price & The Keystones) at his studio.

The vocal arrangements give it an old school doo wop/soul feel too. Snipe Young is a beast with that. And Steve Kaye's mixes helped a lot with that old soul feel as well.

4. By: eamonofficial
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Dearly, yes


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Some have historical claims, the crown of Aragon (wich Catalonia was a part of) and Castilia (former Spain as we usually name it) were united back in 1469 and since then cultural differences always had a part on nationalistic claims.

More recently since the instauration of the parlamentary monarchy (after franco) the spanish territory was split into "comunidades autonomas) which everyone of them has different autonomic competences, Basque Country had more economic privileges than Catalonia and that inspired some turmoil within the population

Back in 2006 the spain government destroyed "the estatut" wich was a sort of declaration of competences by the Generalitat, that was a big mistake since "the estatut" didnt infringe any known law and even was similar as other bills in vigor by other "comunidades autonomas"

Years of political immobility by central government and impoverishment of the general population made that independentist and nationalist parties gain support within the "non-political people"

As for me I am not independentist but I am for democracy, and the measures PP (governing party) took in Catalonia are unacceptable.

(excuse my english, if you have any more question or want a clarification please do)

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I graduated from Rutgers University with my degree in environmental science. I have been working as an environmental consultant since graduating which has been about 2 and a half years. My work mainly consists of monitoring contaminated sites and designing remediation strategies.

Fixing the lead problem is a costly project. However, in the short term we can provide filters and bottled water for residents that are impacted through subsidies or partnering with corporations or small business owners.

In the long term by passing Universal Healthcare we will free up between 20-30% of each municipalities budget. This will allow us to begin massive infrastructure projects to remove and update our piping and water utilities for our towns and cities.

State-level universal healthcare will be paid for by an increased payroll tax of 6% on employers and 2% on employees. This will allow us to provide healthcare to all residents of New Jersey.


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Hey EasyTigrr - never give up! Its fun and adventurous but we spend a lot of time cold, bored, tired and hungry - I certainly do when I'm shooting pictures of wildlife - oh and a lot of time needing the toilet! But i vowed I would never complain about my job so I cant say too much without breaking that vow!

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I would overrule San Antonio Board of Education v. Rodriguez (1973) and hold that education is a fundamental right and that discrimination against the poor should receive heightened scrutiny. I would add an explicit right of privacy and autonomy to the Constitution.


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Pineapple on pizza or no?

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Love your show Babish! It's one of the few channels I regularly follow and keep up to date with!

Might be a personal question, but noticed you stopped wearing a ring in your videos? Single now? Up for a bromance? I know someone... (it's me, it's always been me).


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what do Catalonian participants think is going to happen next?

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How will passing universal healthcare free up budget?


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What was the most difficult photoshoot you ever went on?

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What are your thoughts on the weird discrepancy in search and seizure rules where police can't compel a person to open a phone with their password versus compelling them to open it with their fingerprint or other biometrics? Is this something that will change?


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That sounds terrible, but I like anchovies on pizza, so I can't hold it against anyone who likes pineapple on pizza.

10. By: eamonofficial
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Thanks very much!

And I guess enough time has passed that I can talk about this haha, yes, I went through a divorce last year. Loooooong story.


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Well the Generalitat (catalonia government) has as next step to execute the DUI (unilateral independence declaration) as it was stated if the referendum ended with a YES majority

The Spain Government could execute the article 155 of the constitution which would render la Generalitat without power

I doubt they both will do anything of that, if both governments have a bit of political wisdom they might start negotiations in the following weeks if not we might be in for some tumultuous days

As for now there are general strikes convoked for tomorrow.

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Currently Municipalities have to pay for the insurance of the town employees. This is a significant portion of a town's budget as it is between 20-30%


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Thanks for your question - anything in the Amazon! the Amazon is such a hard place to work. It's not just dark but it's hot and full of mosquitos and it all basically looks the same. I have spent over a year in the Amazon and really only have a handful of images I'm happy with. Technically the hardest was shooting an image of a beaver under the Teton mountains in Grand Teton National Park - the image was half under water and half above - it took three weeks to get the shot. Thanks!

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I think that this is an area where the law has not caught up with the technology. In Riley, the Supreme Court held that police cannot search a cell phone without a warrant (unless there are emergency circumstances). I think this must mean that police cannot force people to give a password or a fingerprint to open the cell phone. I believe the law will catch up to technology here.


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What is the best dessert?

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When you did a collab with the guy who does the funny nature stuff and you started rambling about drugs, how much of it was a joke and how much was based on real life?


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How are your thoughts on the national police after the way they acted to the voters yesterday?

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What is your plan once Universal Healthcare doesn't pass?


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What's the best shot that you missed? Either by equipment trouble or something you saw on the way to location?

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Hi Dean Chemerinsky. (Thanks for that Conlaw supplement. It saved my ass in law school.)

I think a lot of these cases involve warrants. Is it as constitutionally problematic or an issue of law catching up with the times if law enforcement have a warrant to compel the password?


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It changes, but right now it's Ben & Jerry's "Tonight Show" flavor with salted pretzels.

16. By: eamonofficial
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No comment


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Horrible, but I will take the opportunity to explain something.

Some years ago I was protesting against the increase of university prices in Barcelona and the "mossos de esquadra" (catalonian police force) charged at us unprovoked and injured a lot of people

By this im not taking heat off the national police actions, they had absolutely no place in a first world country but I dont like the narrative of "look at these bad spanish dudes" when some years ago I was being beaten by Catalonian policemen.

We cant forget that they were sent with aggresion in mind, the spanish government (Partido Popular, the remains of the franco party, but this is a discussion for another day) knew they would strike people, with this I want to say, those policement were given orders, and they abide them

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To keep fighting for Universal Healthcare. We may not be successful the first time around, but there is no need to give up. I believe this is something worth fighting for.


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That's a hard one as I've blocked all those moments out of my head and never want to relive them. I have spent days fuming over missed moments. I remember flying over Victoria Falls in a helicopter shooting stills of it and there were four guys fishing on the edge and a huge rainbow was rising through them and I got the shot but i was shooting with a shutter speed that was too slow so the image was not sharp. It was totally my fault and I still get annoyed about that when I see the picture.

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There never is a problem with a search if there is a valid warrant -- whether it is a cellphone or a car or a person's house.


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  1. What artists are you currently listening too?
  2. What artists inspired the GRM??
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Link for the lazy.

Give some love for Ashwin, when it comes to nature there is nobody more knowledgeable.


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I am a Spaniard. From Madrid, so you can imagine my views on this matter. I was just passing by to thank your for being so moderate and sensible in your comments. That's all I wanted to see yesterday. Whether you vote yes or no, the kind of sensibility you are showing in your answers is what we all need (independentists and not). Thank you, if I am honest I was expecting some sort of radical answers here, but I have been pleasantly surprised and I wanted to thank you for that.

Now the question: as a catalonian, where do you think your leaders are headed now in terms of negotiations with the central government? What are your views on the future of Catalonia in the near future?

All the best fellow citizen.

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So more taxes for NJ residents, who are already taxed to death? It’s the biggest reason I had to move out of the state.


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Hey Charlie, do you remember the first camera you ever had? Also, what is your favorite picture you've ever taken?

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Would you be flattered or horrified if a practicing attorney named his dog Erwin?


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The Monophonics. I really like the new Action Bronson album. I've been listening to a bunch of Christmas song, because I want to write a Christmas song.

Artists that inspired Golden Rail Motel: James Brown, Sam Cooke, Joe Bataan, The Delphonics, The Students...and so many more.

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Thanks for learning


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Thank you for your words, love Madrid, I go twice every year.

As for your question, Puigdemont & friends might use the bad response of the government to push a negotiation leaning on the words of EU (excessive use of force and so on) they might try to establish the DUI but I think that will be most unreasonable.

My views on the near future is of unrest and increase on independent backing, I wish they sit to talk but it seems so unlikely

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It would be an increase in payroll taxes, however the money individuals would save from decreased healthcare costs and free insurance would far outweigh the negatives of the increased tax on payroll.


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Thanks - my first camera was a NIkkormat EL - my Dad gave it to me when I was 14. I was mad on photography and really terrible at it until I was in my 30's. I was very happy when we went digital - taking pictures became much easier. If I had a favourite picture it would probably be one of a young girl call Yoina with a monkey on her head. I took it in the Amazon a few years ago. thanks!

EDIT oh and here is a link to it if you want to take a look http://charliehamiltonjames.com/yoina/

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Embarrassed.


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Favorite track off the new record??

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Hey Andrew, just curious. Where did this alter ego 'Oliver Babish' come from?

Love your show! :)


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I am a Spaniard. From Madrid, so you can imagine my views on this matter. I was just passing by to thank your for being so moderate and sensible in your comments. That's all I wanted to see yesterday. Whether you vote yes or no, the kind of sensibility you are showing in your answers is what we all need (independentists and not). Thank you, if I am honest I was expecting some sort of radical answers here, but I have been pleasantly surprised and I wanted to thank you for that.

This. As a fellow Spaniard against Catalonian independence myself, I got into this thread expecting a radical view on the issue and fallacies left and right, and found a moderate rational person, with a very understanding view of both sides. This is the kind of people we need in this country.

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You are very passionate about the lead and water infrastructure problems your state is facing. Are there any other environmental issues that you plan on attacking?


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Hello Sir! It must be great seeing and capturing all those wonders of nature. What's the most dangerous situation involving an animal, person(s), or just the environment you've been in while on the job?

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How do you feel about the comments made by the Attorney General on Georgetown Law's campus last week? Are your feelings on his comments changed at all by the fact that he was making them specifically at a school?

Also, thank you for your Barbri Con Law videos they really helped me during finals prep!


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Requiem

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The West Wing! Never really expected the show to take off, so I kinda named it arbitrarily...

And thanks!


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wow im blushing

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Other issues include PFOA's in our water, along with overuse of pesticides. I also plan to push to near 100% renewable energy by 2035.


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Thanks for the question - i get asked this a lot. It's weird because I haven't had very many dangerous experiences. I try never to put myself in dangerous situations with animals as i'd be being really irresponsible if I did. As for people - kind of the same. I smile a lot and treat people really fairly and as a result i've never been in a hostile situation. I'm sure it will happen at some point - and I'm not looking forward to it. Canoeing across Victoria Falls in a deflating canoe and getting pulled into the rip going over the edge while trying to avoid a crocodile in the dark, before reaching the island we were heading for and following hippo trails in the dark and climbing down the face of the falls to get a shot of a moon rainbow, in a country I was working in illegally while the secret police were looking for us - well to be honest that was pretty scary - but it was a long time ago now!

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Thanks for the kind words about my Bar/Bri lecture.

I certainly agree with Attorney General Sessions that free speech on campus is crucial and that all views should be expressed at colleges and universities. I do not agree, though, that there is a serious problem with regard to speech not being allowed. There are a number of high profile incidents, but they are the exception. I also think that Attorney General Sessions ignored some of the hard issues that campuses now face concerning freedom of speech.


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Hey E.! First of all you have been cheering from the start and I hope that GRM will succeed. Second, what happened to you for 10 years?

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I’m so bad at cooking chicken. Like, I am the worst chicken chef alive. What are your tips on producing some tender, flavorful, juicy chicken instead of the dry or raw garbage that comes out of my kitchen?


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One of the things that surprises me the most is how biased big part of the Spanish media is. I did read things like "Unacceptable aggressions from the catalans to the national police", "Separatists spread out fake pictures about injured in the media", "Catalan police colluding with separatists", etc. instead of what the rest of the media in the world showed. If Spanish people only feeds from these media, I can understand that you think that Catalans pro-Independence are radicals and uneducated people that will jump to your throat if your name is "Garcia". But believe me, this is a very civic and peaceful movement. Unfortunately, nowadays, everybody with a political opinion will get insulted, threatened or worse in the social media by a minority of assholes that feel safe hiding behind their computer, no matter what side of the political spectrum they are.

So, my point, don't be surprised about "moderation", most of us Catalans are.

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Have you thought of running as one of the other parties to get a larger platform?


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Hi Charlie. Any thoughts on Sean Penn's character in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? When not taking photos of wildlife, what subjects do you like to photograph?

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What can students like myself do when even professors and faculty at universities are calling for legal limits on free speech? For instance, at the Berkeley panel discussion on free speech at which you spoke in September, Professor john powell openly advocated for restricting speech that may be psychologically harmful, to the resounding endorsement of both students and faculty in the audience.

If the onus to firmly challenge this viewpoint falls on administrators, professors, and deans like yourself, do you feel that your support for free speech on campus is sufficient without naming and condemning exactly those people who want to restrict it, like Professor powell?


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Thank you.

Last 10 years? Terrible contracts. Me stuck in them. Drug addiction. Self-sabotage. More bad contracts. And now "Golden Rail Motel."

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Get bone-in/skin on chicken breasts - sear the fuck out of them in a ripping hot pan, then place in the oven and finish them at 400F until they're 165F internally. Use the fond in the pan to make a pan sauce. Wuhbam.


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polarization is an absolute cancer, I find very healthy to turn off the TV

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The closest my agenda is to the two parties would be the Justice Democrats. However, based on their ties to big corporations I would not run as a democrat because I do not want to take any corporate money as the only people I want to represent are my constituents.


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Thanks for the question - loved the film by the way. What struck me about Sean Penn's role the most was that at the moment he was about to get the shot of the snow leopard he pulled away to just watch it - that really impressed me (although it was just a movie). I remember doing the same the first time I ever saw an otter underwater - a moment I'd waited my whole life for (even though I was only 17 at the time) i just thought - i need to see this rather than ruining it by shooting a picture. I watch people on safari in africa and wish for their sakes they'd do the same - but then I rarely do! I shoot tons of stuff other than wildlife these days - i particularly love photographing tourists taking selfies. thanks!

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I think it is so important to separate a discussion of what the law currently is from a conversation about what the law should be. Hateful speech IS protected by the First Amendment. But we certainly can and should debate whether this is desirable. john powell and I agree as to the current law, but disagree on what the law should be.


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What famous person have you enjoyed collaborating with the most? What are they like in real life?

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If you were to hit 2 million subscribers would you consider releasing the Fraiser episode?


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What is the rational behind a separation which would immediately remove Catalonia from the EU and it would be a small country without any diplomatic links ?

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Do you have any strong feelings about university's in New York as compared to New Jersey?


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What's something you could share with us that surprised you about vultures seeing as how you probably observe them more than the average person?

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How do you feel about first amendment rights being extended to associations in Citizens United (assuming I don't completely misunderstand the decision)? Does this mean other individual liberties will likely be extended to groups?


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I got to collaborate with the Black Eyed Peas on a record that never came out. Some of the most down-to-earth, celebrated people I've had a chance to work with.

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I'm still hurting but yes.


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Now that is a hard question.

While some independentist have economic reasonings behind them (wich Im not sure they are quite right) the majority of nationalistic spirit comes from cultural heritage and rejection of the idea of Spain.

As for being outside the EU they (us? I dont know) allegedly have a plan to become a member after the separation (wich I dont know how will they do it with Spanish veto but wtv)

Also last actions taken by the spanish government puts Spain in a bad position infront of the EU so the discussion of the relationship of a theoretically catalonian republic is kinda a bogus point right now

But good question! I might complete my answer later

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I agree with New York's legislation that provides free education to residents who earn less than $110,000. I believe that New Jersey should move towards a free college education program because it is an investment in our youth.


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Thanks for your question - I guess the thing that struck me the most was that when you take them away from the fighting and brutality of a carcass, they become very regal and beautiful creatures. watching them at the nest you really see this - they are very caring with their chicks. I love vultures- they're awesome. Thanks!

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I do not believe that corporations should have the same rights as individuals. For example, in areas of conscience -- like religious freedom -- corporations cannot have a conscience. Their owners, of course, can; but the law draws a clear distinction between a corporation and its owners.


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Favorite holiday?

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Hey Babish, Thanks for doing this AMA.

Got any more plans to work with Sean from Hot Ones? Really liked the stuff you did together and you seem to get on well.


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Fellow spaniard here, im from Galicia and i love Cataluña (im a Barça fan and i've been multiple times to the Pirenees and to Barcelona).

I saw that you voted No on some of the responses you made, and i want to know the opinion you might have regarding some questions, so...

  1. Why did you vote instead of staying home?
  2. Is it true that the Generalitat has done close to nothing in the last 2/3 years besides from working towards this situation? (Political Parties like C's and PP have said this multiple times)
  3. Do you think that making Catalonians vote for a reelection of their regional government would be a possible solution to this conflict?
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If elected, what would you do in your first few months?


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Hi Charlie!

I really enjoyed watching the 'I Bought A Rainforest' programme you made a few years ago, and it raised some very interesting points. Do you still own or regularly visit your patch? More generally, what do you think the best options are for 'us' (relatively wealthy westerners) to conserve rainforests or other habitats elsewhere in the world without obstructing the development of local communities?

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What do you think of the "rational basis with bite" standard of review - it seems to cause a lot of uncertainty, why doesn't the Court explicitly state which level of scrutiny it is employing?


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Christmas

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Hey man no problem!

I'm gonna be on First We Feast next week or so! Sean, Anthony Fantano and I do an exotic melon tasting as the three bald melons of YouTube.


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1-I was not going to vote, but after seeing how the police charged and beat people I decided it was a statement for democracy and defiance against those measures.

2-As far as I know in the last years the Generalitat booked many appointments to discuss the issue and the central government never answered.

3-Yes, if it is done correctly

Thanks for your questions!

I want to visit galicia sometime soon

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I would put forward a bill to immediately provide water filters to residents in areas that are currently having their drinking water impacted by lead, and I would begin working on a bill with bi-partisan support to rebuild our aging infrastructure which would include not only our roads, and bridges, but also our waste water treatment plants, our water distribution network, and our water utilities.


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Thanks - yes an important question. Glad you liked the series by the way. I just think we need to take more collective responsibility for the eco-systems that are of global importance - like the Amazon. And the more I try to understand conservation the more I realise that that means understanding the dynamics of poverty and figuring out what we can do to make peoples lives better and more productive in these sensitive areas so that chopping down forests is not the key to their survival. We get very cross in the west with poor people who chop trees down in order to survive - it makes me mad. Of course we all wood do the same in their position. Sadly the answers to these problems are very complicated and too often we say things like 'if we just changed the values of the global economy and if we just did....' the truth is we are very bad at changing - especially on a global scale. But we need to ultimately. That starts by all of us doing our bit and investing in schemes that are designed to lift people out of poverty and provide them with jobs and education and options beyond destroying globally important resources. I worked with the CREES Foundation when I made IBAR and they have some great agro-forestry programmes - getting loggers into replanting forests is a pretty good scheme. I haven't been back to the land for years by the way - last year I signed over a lease to the National Park for 99yrs. They are going to build a ranger station on it. cheers!

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"Rational basis with bite" is a phrase created by law professors, not the Supreme Court. I think it is descriptive of the fact that there is a huge difference between the traditional deferential rational basis test and that used in cases like Romer v. Evans, Moreno v. U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Cleburne Living Center v. City of Cleburne. I think the underlying reality is that it is not three tiers of scrutiny by really a continuum.


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Do you have any new videos in the works?

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What's your favorite drink to relax with after a long day of filming?


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Did you vote yes or no?

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as a hydrologist who is studying water law in Colorado, I find your water goals to be noble. I do wonder how do you plan to remedy these in instances where water contamination comes as a result of the pipes within a private residence? would you be for a national effort to support upgrading underfunded communities pipes? How much of the GDP do feel is appropriate to address issues of water quality?


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Hi Charlie, do you work with a team on site to capture photos that are so close to the animals? Agree, otters are the best. Thanks!

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As a textbook author, how do you handle rapid changes in the courts/constitutional law? Just for example, gay marriage or the Civil Rights movement. During the early 1900s and 1950s-1960s there were multiple issues being heard, overturned, heard again, etc. Now in law school we have the ability to learn a brief history and a few select cases regarding race equality. How do you handle that when the changes are happening in real time within a relatively short span?

I hope explained my question, but I am not sure I did. Thank you so much for doing this AMA. I look forward to reading through it.


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We're planning a few ideas now.

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Old fashioned all the way


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I voted No, Im not convinced of the independentist claims and some of the politicians invested in it are plain corrupt, so is the PP (spanish government) though.

I voted as an exercise of democracy and defiance against oppression

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Contamination within an individuals home is a serious issue, however we need to put a program into place to help residents get lead solder/ lead pipes out of individuals home. I believe it is the government's responsibility to protect it's citizens. At the moment I do not have a number for what portion of the GDP is appropriate.


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Hi thanks for your question. I tend to work alone or with just one assistant. But if I want to get very close to animals I work on my own as it's hard enough getting close to animals as it is - extra people just make it harder. I use remote cameras a lot - cameras I can control from a distance. BY doing that I can get my camera very close to some animals without disturbing them at all - which is a always the aim. Yes otters are the best!

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One of the great joys of teaching constitutional law is that it is constantly changing. One of the frustrations of being an author of a casebook and treatise on constitutional law is that it is constantly changing. To answer your question, I follow the Supreme Court very closely. I follow the cert grants and often read the briefs and transcripts of oral arguments. I watch for the decisions. I prepare a supplement each year and a new edition of the book every four years. I don't know if that answers your question. I guess the bottom line is that I follow the Court closely and try and have the changes in the law reflected in my books.


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Hey eamon I hear u are a hip hop fan who is your favorite rapper or top 5 favorite rappers of all time?

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Hey, I love your show! Did you ever run across a movie food that turned out to be too difficult to recreate? If so, what was it and what made it too difficult?


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Who do you think stands to profit most from an independent Catalonia? Surely not the common people with all the travel and commerce restrictions that will come with it?

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have you spoken with, or would you consider speaking to, local municipalities and plumbing experts on action plans? What sort of solutions are you pushing for? would you be for a government contract or contest system for cheap retrofitting solutions?


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HI, thanks for doing this. Can you describe a typical shoot in terms of time commitment? I mean, I have the impression that you go to a location where you think your subject might be and then just sit there 18 hours a day for weeks on end. Is that accurate or typical?

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What takeaways do you have from the “Free Speech Week” at Berkeley late this September?


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Top 5 is hard, but the greatest of all time with all attributes included, pound for pound is KRS-One.

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Hah definitely the opening scene of Eat Drink Man Woman - lots of requests for it, which means there's a lot of people out there that greatly overestimate my cooking ability.


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Bourgeoisie, primarily and independentist politicians and friends, I dont see clear advantages on the short or mid term

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I have spoken to my hometown's water utility. They do not believe there is a problem and that is mainly because the state agency is not raising the issue of lead with local water utilities.


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thanks for the question - well yes that's pretty accurate. The older I get though the less I choose shoots where I have to do that though. But the deal is - the more time you put in to shooting images of animals, the more you get out. It's a really simple equation. It also depends where and what your shooting. If I'm shooting a specific bird at a nest for instance it's all about sitting in the blind and waiting - for the bird and the light. If I'm shooting in Africa its about driving around and looking for the subject. You do have to get used to lots of early mornings and long hours though - but its fun. Thanks

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This is a larger subject than I can quickly address here...but it so happens that my column in the Sacramento Bee today is on this very topic. Take a look: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article176680106.html


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Eamon! You have such incredible talent! I cannot tell you how much I love Requiem, especially when I play it with rainymood. My question is when did you first start singing and what inspired you to persue this career?

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What happened to your theme song?


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Have you seen any voting fraud?

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can you clarify what they stated? did they say there simply wasn't a problem with city owned pipes? or did they say the private area wasn't an issue? [or did they not fully answer the question]

also, why don't cities/governments advise residents about what type of pipe they should consider installing OR give options to setup an additional filter system where the city line meets the private connection?


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Hi Charlie. What is the most brutal aspect of your job?

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Hi Erwin:

I read your recent article in the Daily Journal about why the Executive's pardon power cannot be so extensive as to permit an executive to pardon someone for being in contempt of a federal court order. Setting aside the merits for a moment, how likely do you think it is that Trump's pardon of Arpaio would be nullified or otherwise struck down? I worry not only about standing, but also about judicial interpretation of a subject that has such an undeveloped jurisprudence. I am also deeply concerned that Trump will increasingly use his pardon power for self-serving purposes (e.g., pardoning family members or other associates for campaign-related crimes).

What hope do you have that Trump's ham-fisted use of pardons will be curtailed by our courts?

Thanks for all that you do—and thanks also for helping me pass the MPRE (I literally only watched your video 2 or 3 times before taking it and passed!).

Cheers, Attorney in CA


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Thank you! I first started singing at the age of 10. What inspired me was my father giving me a tape of a guy by the name of Frankie Lymon. I was amazed that someone in the same age range as me was so prolific with his talent.

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It was the Frasier theme song, I ain't got the rights to it!


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Not personally, but some friends saw members of scc (catalonian civil society) voting "No" several time, mind you that group has ties with neonazis so yeah...

I also saw pictures of a thicc boy voting yes many times, that is what an irregular referendum gives :/

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It is a mixture of both. The town stated there are no lead service lines which is inaccurate, and the DEP is not properly reviewing to ensure that the correct Tier locations are being sampled as per the LCR by the town.

A filter system where the city line meets the private connection would not work, mainly because these lines are inaccessible from the surface. I recommend filters at the end of the tap or through a pitcher.


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HI thanks for your question. To be honest I don' think any part of my job is actually brutal. Its often physically very demanding and often very uncomfortable but not brutal. I do, I have to say, get a bit bored of 'ego warriors' as I call them who appear on tv and the media saying how tough and hard and I guess brutal their lives and jobs are - the truth is we spend a lot of time sitting in cars and planes and boats. It's physically tough sometimes but always in extraordinary places> thanks!

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Thanks for your kind words about my lecture. I am glad that was helpful.

I think that there is a difference between a presidential pardon for violating a federal statute as opposed to a presidential pardon for violating a court order. The latter interferes with and undermines the functioning of another branch of government. I also think that there is a difference in terms of the language and intent of Article II of the Constitution (concerning the pardon power.)
I have no prediction as to what Judge Bolton will do, but I thought it important that the issue be raised.


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Is there a famous dish that you refuse to make?

Love the show! Binging your show makes my work day less boring!

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Does thicc stand for something, or are those boys just cute?


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how would you propose filters be paid for? At some point local government can only be held responsible for providing water at a pre-determined quality. If cities were able to effectively argue that they provided proper service in courts, who would be footing the bill for all the filters? would people be required to buy them?

It sounds like there may or may not be lead service pipes in your particular town, but in some towns there probably are. Some infrastructure is so old that the people who authorized those decisions are long gone, and made the wrong choice innocently. considering water utilities are essentially self-funded and use long term bonds for future demand projects, can municipal water suppliers even afford to address this situation if they caused it? Could courts even rule against them because of the national economic impacts the ruling would have? it seems more like federal or state level assistance would be needed to fund a solution to this issue. I don't think municipalities are capable of fixing this one fiscally speaking.

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What are some of the worst thing's you smelled in the course of your work? I've heard vultures and sea otters both smell incredibly bad!


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What do you predict will be Justice Gorsuch's lasting impact on the Supreme Court?

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The turkey-stuffed-in-a-monkfish from Malcolm in the Middle. I don't have room in my heart for that.

And thanks!!


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the ass was fat

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I agree that the federal and state governments need to step in and assist communities that have been affected. This is not just a New Jersey or Flint problem, this is a problem that is occurring all over the country.


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My Leica M240 and my iPhone 7 - thanks

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Neil Gorsuch is 49 years old. If he remains on the Court until he is 90, the age at which Justice John Paul Stevens retired, Gorsuch will be on the Court for 41 years. He is very conservative. After being sworn in on April 8, he voted together with Clarence Thomas 100% of the time.


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Will there be a Halloween special?

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Vape nashe boooiiiii


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The lead in the water sounds like a real issue, but I don't agree at all about the minimum wage or healthcare. What can people do about cleaning up the water without voting for you?

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Have you explored any other types of photography? If you weren't shooting wildlife, what would you be taking pictures of?


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Is hate speech considered free speech?

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Yessir, some foods from Hannibal (TV Series)...ethically sourced.


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Hila Kleiners represent

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The first step would be holding their local representatives and civil servants accountable. Constantly reminding them that it is unacceptable to have lead in our water is a good start


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Thanks for the question - more and more these days I shoot stories of people. I'm off shooting a story on isolated tribes in the Amazon in a few weeks. It was hard going from wildlife photography to people but I love being challenged and tend to get bored easily if I'm not. I just completed my first shoot suing studio lighting too - that was tough! thanks!

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The Supreme Court repeatedly has made it clear that hate speech generally is speech protected by the Constitution.


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What is the weirdest request for a video that you've gotten?

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If what most of you guys want is to manage your own money and send less taxes to Madrid, why don’t you go for an agreement like the one with the País Vasco autonomous region where they basically can be financially independent from Madrid (things like manage their own money and taxes) without being strictly a independent country? as I understand (by a friend) Catalonia was offered a similar deal 30 years ago but they rejected it.


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I live next to Milltown so this is alarming. What has the DEP done in response to your findings?

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I'd like to be a wildlife photographer with an emphasis on conservation. Do you have any advice for a young professional working her way though this career? Thank you!


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A lot of people like talking about the constitution but very often are these people are misinformed or not very educated in the subject. In your experience what is the best way to have a conversation with these people?

I am by no means an expert on the constitution, but as a law graduate I find these conversations can become awkward especially when it's with someone who's passionate about something political.

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One dude asked me to eat him yesterday - does that count


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Because we cant, we tried to have these privileges in 2006 but the government nullified it without proper legal backing, that is one of the points that increased the indepententist lines

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The DEP issued a letter to my hometown notifying the water utility that they must send updated notification to residents. As per Milltown and other cities I am not currently aware of any actions by the DEP.


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Thanks for the question - i guess my advice is cover subjects you are most passionate about and really understand them. If you want to shoot wildlife and conservation stories then I would start out by getting work in conservation - ideally in the media side of it and work from there. It's a really tough job to making a living in but a valuable - we need more people working in conservation so go for it - good luck!

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I feel your pain on this. I wish we did a better job of civics education in this country. I look for any opportunity to participate in teacher training programs and to speak in middle schools and high schools about the Constitution. I often try to explain to people that there is an important difference between what the law is and what we think it should be.


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Where do you buy your clothes? You have some very nice button-ups.

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Dude I have to say that as an outsider, who lives in BCN.... What was negotiated for those regions is an aberration. It should never have happened and is probably a big driver for this whole mess. You can't have a unified country where everybody acts for themselves. Not attacking you, but just stating my opinion on what I think is unrealistic from catalan nationalists.


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How do you feel about suits as athletic wear? In all seriousness, I'm sure you are very aware of the climate issues that are endangering the future of our species. Do you have any plans to combat climate change either directly or indirectly?

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What are some of the more dangerous encounters you've had?

Have you ever worked in Alaska? I'm personally intrigued and terrified by Alaskan Brown Bears/coastal grizzlies and love to see and hear of encounters with them.


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Hello Professor! I'm currently using two of your books, in my Con Law class, and my Crim Pro class.

What was it like to work with Laurie Levenson? Any thoughts on the cases during the current Supreme Court term? I'm particularly hoping to hear your thoughts on Gil v. Whitford and Carpenter v. US.

Thank you for doing this AMA! =D

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Why thank you - I'm a total Marshallista, but other than that, Uniqlo, Banana Republic, and Zara.


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Yeah, I agree, its spanish political tradition to make things half-assedly and then deal badly with the consequences

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I want to push New Jersey to near 100% alternative energy by 2035.


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Thanks - i answered a similar question a few back so scroll and take a look. As for bears - they scare the hell out of me. I'm off out in bear country this afternoon - will have my wife and dog and two cans of bear spray to protect me! Be careful out there!

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Laurie Levenson is wonderful and a joy to work with. I have expressed my thoughts on Gill v. Whitford in answering some of the other questions. As for Carpenter -- whether the police must get a warrant before accessing cell tower location information -- I am unsure. Every Circuit to rule has said that no warrant is required. But the Roberts Court has been protective of electronic information (like in Riley and Jones). I am hoping the latter.


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What is your go to lazy meal to cook?

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As a Spaniard from southern Spain (heritage from basque Country, Galicia and Catalonia) I don't believe in the Catalonian Independence whatsoever. The claims for independence imo are simply not there, the claims for reform, absolutely there. Our conservative party has basically ruined any possibility of dialogue and diplomacy with the Catalonian government by sabotaging any attempt of reform. That has been a huge push towards independence.

Having said that, I am for the right of the Catalonian people having a say in what they want. It doesn't have to be a binding referendum, but beating the shit out of people who just want to go to a public building to say whether or not they would like to be an independent country... makes me so ashamed! I am so ashamed of our government, I am disgusted, my great grandparents from Barcelona never once in their lives considered themselves Catalonian and not Spanish and if they were alive today to see police officers drag and push elderly people across the street, they would think we were back in the times of Franco.

A lot of people think that voting the subject of independence makes you a 'separatist', not at all! I know so many people that want to vote and say NO.

It is just unfair, the treatment Catalonia is receiving is simply unfair. No reform, no dialogue, not allowed to vote (even if it is a non binding referendum), not allowed to use public institutions to ask what people want. How are we a democracy? The central government keeps finding shelter in the constitution, saying it is anti constitutional. Constitutions have been reformed and changed everywhere, dozens, hundreds of times. The Basque Country has a better economic deal with the central government than Catalonia, why not allow them to have a better deal too?

We were very close to achieving this when we had the PSOE (socialist party) but the conservatives came in and took several steps back in this matter.

Many friends of mine said to me, 'you know what, I had my doubts whether to remain or leave, but after I saw a mother and her two kids be rugby tackled in the middle of a street by police... fuck this. I want out of this'. Whether that is true or not, I don't know, but the sentiment is there.

EDIT: The heritage part is relevant because Basque Country, Galicia and Catalonia are basically the three major states with some to a lot of independence mentality, as well as separate languages etc. My basque family has in the past expressed they are not Spanish, but Basque, yet my Catalonian family never once mentioned not being Spanish and wanting to be independent.

EDIT 2: Vasque country --> Basque country. Sorry for the typo. In Spanish we say, Pais Vasco, I often get this mixed up when I write it down in English.


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Will you survive having your dreams crushed by reality?

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Hey Charlie, Whats in your travel bag? And Why?


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As a Boaltie, I was very excited to hear that your goal was to make Berkeley a top 5 school. What are some concrete steps that you are planning on implementing to make this a possibility?

Also, would you consider making a Supreme Court litigation clinic?

Thank you. Very much looking forward to your deanship!

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Those stir fry kits they have nowadays fucking rule.

And this is gonna be embarrassing but if I'm drunk, it's too late to order take-out, and there ain't nothing in the house - buttered goddamn pasta. Been my favorite thing since I was like 0.


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Thanks! I voted NO, as you said, also I want to take this moment to apologize to all southerners for many of henious and devil things some (a very small minority) of Catalonians say about the south of Spain

I think its time for the democrats to unite, whether they are pro or against independence

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Yes. I believe that this will be an uphill battle, but just because its hard to make change doesn't mean its not worth fighting for it.


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My headphones - i cant travel without tons of stuff to watch on my phone - i'm a tv junky. and obviously a few cameras - iPhone, Leica and Canon or Sony - I juts bought a Rollieflex too

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Thank you! I am thrilled to be the new dean at Berkeley Law. It is a terrific school and I look forward to building on its excellence. I hope to continue to hire great faculty and recruit outstanding students and have superb clinics and centers. For better or worse, I have looked very closely at US News rankings and see a path to our improving in all areas. As for a Supreme Court clinic, I do not think there is a need for another. If we are going to have an appellate clinic, I'd prefer a 9th Circuit clinic where students can brief and argue cases themselves. But I have not yet approached our clinical faculty about that possibility.+


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Hey Andrew, big fan!

What's up with you, Shaun, and Antony buying melons? Are we going to get a melon based sitcom starring the 3 of you?

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how do you feel about the low participation? I know that it's because the police stepped in, and I understand that it would likely still have been very far in favor of Yes, but still. Do you think the information gathered in the refendum is enough to base a declaration of independence on? do you think it could lead to unrest in catalonia?


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What have you tried to do in regards to helping fix our drinking water situation?

What is the average age of people you are running against? I applaud you for standing up for something at such a young age!

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What is the most uncooperative animal subject you've ever had to photograph?


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Hi Erwin,

First, I'd like to thank you for writing your casebook. It's the gold standard in constitutional law, and I enjoy reading it quite a bit. Makes being in law school a little less dull when things get tough.

My question:

In the upcoming oral arguments against President Trump for violating the foreign emoluments clause, CREW, the organization to which you're affiliated with, made the argument that the injury-in-fact suffered that conferred standing to the group comprised of the time you and other law professors would need to spend monitoring Trump's foreign revenue sources. What prior cases support this position, and why would the Court be likely to accept that argument?

Thanks!

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God I wish - upcoming episode of Sean in the Wild!


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I know that it's because the police stepped in

Not really, the referendum was called quite irregularly, even in relation with the Generalitat norms, so most of the "no" voters just stayed at home because they did not recognize the referendum as valid, as of today if everyone voted I think the NO would win with a low margin.

Do you think the information gathered in the refendum is enough to base a declaration of independence on?

No but I think it serves as a proof that Catalonian people want to have the right of a legal, pacted and supervised referendum with all democratic securities.

do you think it could lead to unrest in catalonia?

Sadly yes, but I think that the unrest comes more of the police repression, catalonian independent movement was characterized (at least until last months) with "seny", "seny" in Catalonian could be translated to "level-headedness" as we (the Catalonians) always acted peacefully and with moderation in mind.

Thanks for your questions!

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When I first stumbled on the drinking water situation I immediately began conduction more research through Open Public Records Act requests and I wrote an assessment of the current deficiencies of my hometown in regards to the Lead and Copper rule. This assessment was reviewed by Dr. Marc Edwards and Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou, two Virginia Tech scientists who did a lot of work in Flint, Michigan. I sent this report to my local town council along with my mayor. In addition I contacted the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection along with EPA region 2 and notified them of these deficiencies.

I then began looking into other towns/cities and found that lead was a serious issue in Milltown, Newark, and Trenton. I have walked the streets of Newark passing out information about the elevated levels of lead in drinking water, and on August 16th I protested with gubernatorial candidate Seth Kaper-Dale outside the NJDEP's office over their lack of response to our lead crisis.

I have written and called numerous reporters along with Senator Booker's Office, and I will continue to contact our representatives and reporters no matter what the results of the election are.


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my doodle 100% he hates standing for photos. Actually Dave my border collie used to hate having his photo taken too. Other than that - small mustelids - weasels and stoats are a total nightmare because they never stop moving.

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Another question on emoluments! In Havens Realty v. Coleman, the Supreme Court held that public interest organization could sue to challenge illegal practices that changed its priority and use of resources. That is true of CREW in the emoluments clause suit. Also, an amended complaint was filed that includes competitor hotels and their employees.


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Your videos are a perfect midway between personality and straight up cooking/food porn. After wading through so many channels of over zealous personalities that talk for 6 months before cooking, And videos like Tasty.com, I found yours when looking for Philly Cheese Steaks! Hooked on your channel ever since.

So my question is, where did the inspiration to do torso only, to the point cooking with no kidding around and a great comedic tone? Was it a happy accident or something you specifically tried for?

And thank you for your channel! Can't wait to grab the book.

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Looking at how the spanish government has acted the last few days. . Do you think catalonia will be pressing harder for independence?


Q:

What's your stance on NJ & RGGI? How about nuclear subsidies for Hope Creek, Oyster Creek, and Salem?

A:

Hi Charlie! If you weren't a photographer, what would you be doing?


Q:

Can you explain the emoluments clause and how it might apply to the current administration?

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Thanks man that's exactly what I've been going for!! And the very reason that I decided to show only my torso - I watched some cooking video about a burger that was 30 minutes long, and they didn't start cooking for 10 minutes. I decided to make a show that was focused solely on the food.

Thanks for watching!!


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Yes, I hope they do it wisely

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I believe that putting a cap on carbon emissions from the power sector is an important step in reducing carbon emissions. However, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative doesn't address the environmental justice issue of where these carbon emissions occur which are often in lower socioeconomic areas. If elected I would put forward legislation similar to RGGI, however I would make sure that lower socioeconomic ares are not taking an unfair proportion of the pollution that would be emitted.


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I'd be a failed stand up comedian. Thanks!

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There are two constitutional provisions that are relevant that use the word "emoluments." Article I, section 9 says that the President cannot receive presents or emoluments from a foreign government. Article II, section 1 says that the President can receive emoluments from the federal government other than the salary for the office. I think until recently most people thought emoluments were skin creams. Emoluments means benefits. President Trump is receiving benefits from foreign governments and from the United States (other than his salary) literally every day. This is unconstitutional. It is why I am co-counsel in a lawsuit against him for violating the emoluments clause.


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Just back from Japan and there is a temporary exhibit on at the Studio Ghibli Museum about the art of food and animating eating in their movies. Is it a topic you've considered an episode on before? Also how much Food Wishes have you watched? Can definitely see a bit of an influence in your videos and a few tricks used seem to be similar

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I plan to visit Barcelona as a tourist from Wednesday to Sunday - is it safe?

Edit because ITT people assuming I’m American and sending unhelpful condescending responses: I’m not American and I’m not old enough to have ever witnessed such events in my own city (thankfully) so that’s why I don’t know what to expect and was apprehensive. To those that gave helpful and informative answers about the real state of events, bless you!

Also, TIL people are fairly biased against Americans asking questions, I didn’t know this until I read some of the responses.


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Become a hunter. We're some of the best advocates yet generally very red. Organizations like trout unlimited are very concerned about water quality and the environment.

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I want to get closer to working with animals but most places like zoos or sanctuaries don't hire unless you have experience. What are some ways to get my foot through the door if I want to work with exotic animals? Would I have to be physically fit? (I have autoimmune health problems).


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My question may be a little too broad for a quick and concise answer, but to the extent possible, I’d love to hear your general thoughts on the gerrymandering case presently before the Supreme Court. How do you think it will turn out, and do you see any particular issues that could perhaps motivate the court to act? I remember covering this issue in law school and I was always under the impression that this was a political question that the Court won’t touch.

I’m curious because I’m a firm believer that the partisan gerrymandering issue is one of the most serious problems in our political system, and I’ve always felt like it was just something that we’ll have to deal with. So the fact that they have heard a gerrymandering case does excite me a little.

Also, to score some brownie points, I still refer to your casebook and supplemental materials pretty regularly as an attorney. Great materials, and thank you for your passion and work in the field of constitutional law!

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Absolutely expect Ghibli foods in the near future!

Probably almost every one.


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Spain is a very safe country, and it still be, enjoy your stay!

If I have one warning is to stay away from demostrations and check your wallet on the metro.

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I believe that environmental policy is a non-partisan issue. If elected I would be more than happy to work with any party and representatives to implement environmental protection. At the end of the day, environmental health is human health. What we breathe and what we drink directly affects our health.


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Hey thats a really tricky one for me - i have never really working with exotic animals in captive setting. I guess volunteering at animal rescue centres could be both really helpful to them and rewarding for you and then you'd get some real hands on experience to take elsewhere - good luck

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Thank you for your kind words! I share your view about partisan gerrymandering. We all learned that voters are supposed to choose elected officials; partisan gerrymandering means that elected officials choose their voters. The case was argued today. I think it will be 5-4 with Justice Kennedy in the majority. Which way? Well, he jointed Justice Ginsburg's opinion in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Redistricting Commission. That gives me hope that he will join Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan and say it is not a political question and is unconstitutional.


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Would you ever consider doing more instructional videos on cooking? I love the format as it is now but it would be awesome to learn some more basic tips on cooking from you as well.

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Did you get hassled by the police?


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Hey Mr. Living My Dream, have you ever gotten into underwater photography? Wildlife photography is easily my favorite hobby, and I really enjoyed the challenges I found when I took my camera underwater (especially, cold murky water). I always wondered what a real pro would think of the contrast between under and over water.

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That's the new show comin out next week! Basics with Babish!


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No, thankfully, but a few hours after I left the ballot a few citizens were sent to the hospital because the police charged :(

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Hey how are you? love underwater photography - i tend to specialise in fresh water as I'm not a very good diver. Exploring river sis awesome though and I love it - we need more people doing it - hope you are. and you can do it with a snorkel.


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Is that going to be its own channel or on your original channel?

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Do you think that the vote was realistic with only a forty three percent turn out, and do you think another referendum with a hopefully higher turnout is in the works?


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Have you ever had the chance to interact with the Great Apes (excluding humans) and if so what is your most interesting story/observation?

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Going to be on the original channel, and accompanied by a biweekly livestream cookingalong on Twitch!


Q:

I hope that a new referendum with democratic guarantees is on the works yes.

I see yesterday more as a statement of the people that we want to be able to vote, and not as a independence choice

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Thanks for the question. I've only ever hung out with orang-utans but I very quickly fell in love with them. I didnt spend enough time with them to get any depth - only a few weeks. I remember one day though photographing an adult female who had a young baby called Tido - Tido was all over his mum and her elder son Thomas who was about seven was being ignored. He kept trying to climb on his mum but she shunned him and eventually moved away and Thomas sat with me looking very depressed and abandoned. I photographed him with his head in his hands. Poor wee guy! But he had to grow up and become an independent orang and his mum know it.


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What is the biggest project (cooking or otherwise) you want to tackle? What is stopping you from doing it?

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Are the poisons that they use on the animals dangerous to the humans who try to help conservation efforts? I was not aware that poachers used poison so I look forward to your stories.


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I've got a full-length series I'm developing for Netflix - really just waiting for it to be in the right place to pitch, and for my career to be in the right place to pounce!

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Yes! very dangerous. In africa they generally use carbomate poisons such as aldicarb and furudan - both are nematicides (insecticides) a teaspoon would kill several people. Awful and terrible - we have an article coming out in March in NGM called Poisoning Africa - look out for it


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What's your favorite recipe in your new cookbook?

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What would be your advice to get into wildlife photography as a profession? Also love your work.


Q:

Gotta be the same answer as my favorite episode: Timpano baby

A:

thanks! my advice - be different - i wrote up a similar reply a few questions back - take a look. But be different is the key to entering a world saturated with wildlife images - thanks!


Q:

what's up with food?

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Hi Charlie, what does it take to get a career as a National Geographic wildlife photographer? Also, what has been your favorite experience so far?


Q:

I know right it's like get in my mouth already, food

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Thanks - it takes years of obsession passion and determination - i have to say it was really tough getting in as NG demands such high standards and is so competitive. I really had to shoot and think differently and become a story teller as much as a photographer. If you can combine the two then you have a good chance but one without the other wont work. thanks!


Q:

Any suggestions on a chefs knife? Outside of that, what's the one thing that everyone should own in a kitchen but most don't?

A:

How do you bridge the gap between being an unpaid experienced photographer and becoming a paid pro?


Q:

I love Wusthof Ikon Classic - and while that can be prohibitively expensive, Wusthof just came out with their "Pro" line that is super-affordable - cheaper even than my previous budget recommendation, the Victorionox Fibrox line!

EDIT: Didn't finish the question - a big fuck-off cutting board. Most people get those shitty 3-packs from IKEA, and they're totally useless. Get a gigantic cutting board, preferably wood, but OXO makes a great one for $20!

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Its really really hard and getting harder. Honestly I dont know. I never worked as a photographer for anyone but Nat Geo - as I transitioned out of TV in to the magazine a few years ago. I'm sorry - if I tried to answer the question I'd just be thinking of stuff to tell you rather than actually knowing the answer. I bet places like PDN online and other sites have some thought out answers - good luck though


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Hey Andrew! I just wanted to say first that your show really made start cooking again after i lost my motivation a few months ago so thanks! My question is, How did you figure out that cooking was your true calling? Thanks

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What action did a vulture or otter take that really surprised you (e.g., out of "character" or a demonstrating a trait you didn't know they had)?


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Hey man that's great to hear, keep it up!!

Hah actually I went to film school - didn't really realize that till last year! Happened quite on accident! But I knew that food/film were my true calling(s) back in 9th grade when I made my first video project to get out of writing an essay, and when I cooked my first meal for a date and it came out horribly.

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I once watched a lappet faced vulture break off a small twig from a bush and give it to his partner - it was very touching and amazing to watch such a huge ugly bird being so generous and sensitive.


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How's the progress on cracking the good burger sauce going?

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Love your work about otters - they truly are amazing animals. Best otter-related experience so far ?


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Bad - he boils pickles in ketchup!

A:

Swimming with them in florida - hands down the best wildlife experience I've ever had in my life. thanks!


Q:

How much has your life changed since that video of you with a head full of hair, slicing fruit?

A:

I'm a budding young photography graduate, have you got any tips for breaking into the industry? And can I please please come and have work experience with you?


Q:

So goddamn much haha

Fellas, if you're losing your hair, grow a pair and chop it all off.

EDIT: and happy cakeday!

A:

I'm sorry but I cant do any work experience! however my advice - be different. There are millions of people shooting the same stuff in the same way - stand back reconsider your subject and the way you approach it and do what everyone else isn't doing - then you make your own path and find your own voice as a photographer - good luck


Q:

What’s in the book that isn’t on YouTube?

A:

I read that NG photographers take hundreds of pictures and only get selected one or two. Is that true? How long do you usually have to wait at a place to get the perfect picture sometimes?


Q:

Lots! The book has a bunch of recipes that are more tributes to the films rather than direct adaptations (eg, French Toast Sticks from Kramer vs. Kramer) - but also has many recipes lifted straight from the show!

A:

No its not true - we take thousands of photos and only get one selected! People often say - well if you take that many surely you'll get some good ones. Well the truth is I dont care how many I take to get the good ones I just want the good ones. It doesn't actually work out either that if you shoot tons you'll get good ones. It also depends on what you're shooting. Sometimes I'll take 20 photos on a shoot and others times thousands - i took 5000 photos of chickens a few weeks ago over a weekend - i had to to get the action I needed and its only by doing that that we got the shot the magazine needed. Anyway hope that helps.


Q:

what dish wasn't worth the time it took to make?

A:

Good lord so many - the one that stands out is this very week's episode actually, Cailles en Sarchophage - there are better uses for truffles and foie gras!


Q:

Hey Babish, Huge fan of yours, what’s one thing about cooking you wish more people were aware of ?

A:

It can get you laid way easier than playing the guitar.

Kidding - that, even when it's indulgent, it's way healthier than eating microwaved crap like Lean Pockets and the like. There are some deep misconceptions about what is healthy and what isn't in the modern food arena, and I hope to one day be one of the voices that helps inform the public!

And thank you!!


Q:

Are there any cooking shows or food shows that you enjoy watching? Whether they be on TV or YouTube?

A:

Oh lord yes - on YouTube, Chef John, Gordon Ramsay, Brad Leone (BA), You Suck at Cooking

On TV, Alton Brown, Jacques Pepin, Anthony Bourdain


Q:

Is basics with babish still happening?

A:

Next week baby!


Q:

More of a personal question feel free to not answer it, we all know balding is a tough thing to go through, how did you deal with yours?

A:

Chopped it all off and stopped giving a fuck. When you're balding, people only see how afraid you are of your own hairline. I get way more dates now than when I had hair and was scared I was losing it.


Q:

Not to get personal but don't you wear a ring in a lot of your videos?

A:

Hey man get personal, I ain't mind - I got divorced last year


Q:

Where in Harlem do you do your food shopping for the show? You get some pretty unique ingredients.

A:

I have to go all over for the unique stuff! But happily they just opened a Whole Foods in my area, so that helps!!


Q:

Hey Oliver. This isn't a food related question but I was wondering if maybe we could get a close up of your tattoos and maybe some backstories ? love your videos. thanks!

A:

Hah idk about close ups, but the explanation of my tattoos is here on my website!


Q:

Has there ever been anything you’ve attempted to make that has made you consider giving up cooking?

I used to want to be a chef until I tried making a gingerbread house. That thing fell apart almost as quickly as my dreams.

A:

Hah if that Timpano didn't work out? If it blew up, leaked, wasn't cooked through? I'd have given up the whole show in an instant. So I'm happy it turned out.


Q:

It seems music is always playing while you cook. What is your favorite jam?

A:

I either have Frasier/Star Trek TNG/Always Sunny/MST3K going in the background while cooking, or: Vulfpeck/Young Thug/Ariel Pink


Q:

You have collaborated with other YouTube channels recently, are there any other people (YouTube or celebrity personalities) that you would like to work with?

A:

I'm desperate to work with You Suck at Cooking but he's a busy busy man! And utterly anonymous!


Q:

Hello! My boyfriend and I are huge fans! Have you considered putting out merch? Like T-shirt’s and hoodies and maybe even rubber spatulas? I’d buy the shit out of your merch, just saying!

A:

Keep an eye out! Definitely going to be dropping more and more product in the near future!

EDIT: and thank you!


Q:

Stumbled into you channel with the Prison Sauce Episode.

So far I've tried making Pasta Aioli, oven style Freddie's Ribs (came out amazing and I finally got a proper smoker for round two) going to do Dave's Carbonara later today for work meals.

A good amount of wit, smooth voice, a taste for good drinks and food and I've become hooked on your channel.

My question to you: propane or charcoal?

A:

Thanks very much!!

Much as I love Hank Hill, I gotta go charcoal


Q:

You have wonderful forearms (partial focal point of the show).. Do you do any exercises to combat all the large meals you make for the show? Do you meal prep?

A:

Why thank you - I have two pull-up bars stationed around the apartment haha, and I jog a lil 5K at least 3x/week.

I don't really have time to meal prep unfortunately! It's one of the few things I miss about having a full-time job.


Q:

Have you ever considered narration? I'm blind amd love listeniing to your voice I'd totally pay to hear you read audiobooks.

A:

New podcast coming very soon, Bedtime with Babish, where I read short stories and poetry!


Q:

You referenced Mary Berry and Hollywood in one of your vids, you about that GBBO life?

A:

Anytime I feel like I need a hug, I just throw on GBBO


Q:

Hey Babish, love your work!

My question is: Can I call you Babs?

A:

Fuckin, yeah dude


Q:

Hey! The wife and I are big fans.

Do you have a graveyard of over-requested meals that you think just won't make good episodes or are just too basic?

Any requests you are afraid are too intricate or beyond your ability?

A:

Hey thanks!

And yes to both - I actually shot one that turned out to be too simple/easy, no matter how much I tried to jazz it up: jam and toast from Wallace and Gromit. Still did a crossover episode with William Osman!

Too hard - definitely the opening scene from Eat Drink Man Woman! Literally anything from that scene! I'll make that inflated duck one day though.


Q:

Do you prefer making Main courses or desserts?

A:

Main courses, mainly because I suck at baking, which is usually involved in desserts!


Q:

Hey, I love the quality of your content! I was wondering if there was any particular method you use to determine which dish you make next?

A:

Hah it is really by the seat of my pants - like I just realized this morning that I missed the season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm, so guess what the fuck next week's episode is gonna be.


Q:

Would it be possible to do more grill based recipes a lá the House of Cards episode?

A:

Doing Katz's Pastrami from When Harry Met Sally in the very near future - going to need to utilize my buddy's smoker again!


Q:

Are there any cancelled babish episodes we're unaware of?

A:

Just my Frasier episode :( and my Lovers' Delight episode is being copyright disputed right now, hopefully that'll be back up soon


Q:

hey Andrew. My question is : how do you get your dulcet tones so silky smooth? They spread metaphorical honey on my burnt toast on a weekly basis.

A:

Gaww thanks - I admit I use an equalizer to make it sound a lil richer, but other than that, just good luck I suppose!


Q:

Have you ever had trouble keeping in shape with all those wonderful foods around you?

A:

Hah I do my best to eat clean and exercise every day of the week that I'm not shooting the show :P


Q:

Hey Andrew! My roommate and I are big fans, and since we moved into our new dorm with a kitchen we've made a bunch of your recipes.

As fellow NYC residents, what's the most unique/notable dish you've found here?

A:

Thanks dude!

One of my favorites is Gnocco Fritto at Via Emilia - it's a simple enough Italian fritter served with charcuterie - but something about it, I don't know, it's fucking fabulous. And it's the only place you can get it in the city as far as I know!


Q:

What helps you when you are frustrated and in a creative block? I'm in a bad writers block and I'm trying to break it

A:

Weed.

Kidding - sort of - but seriously, meditation and a good night's sleep. Laying off the booze for a few days. Getting rid of some of that fog.


Q:

How do you take your garbage plate and whats your favourite place to get one?

A:

White hots, hot sauce, Henrietta Hots


Q:

Other than J. Kenji López-Alt, who are some chefs that inspire you?

A:

Chef John for sure, Gordon Ramsay, Alton Brown, Brad Leone!


Q:

Hey Andrew! Thanks for doing an AMA on top of your already pretty great engagement on your subreddit.

Probably the most interesting question I can think of is what recipes using fictional ingredients do you most want to try, and what might you use instead of the fantasy components?

A:

No problem bro!

Definitely Harry Potter foods - they all sound so tempting, and so practically out of reach!


Q:

Any plans to branch out to do recipes that aren't in movies/shows?

A:

Absolutely - new show coming out, Basics with Babish, is going to be a purely instructional series, accompanied by a biweekly livestream cookalong!


Q:

When are we getting the Bedtime with Babish episode where you read us Go the Fuck to Sleep?

A:

Soon as I get the rights to it haha


Q:

Hi, I've watched all your episodes ever since I first saw your szechuan sauce episode posted here on Reddit, love your work.

This is more a request than a question, but would you ever try to recreate cheesy blasters from 30 rock?

A:

Thanks!

Oh that is totally happening soon.


Q:

What's a cuisine or cooking style you wish you knew more about?

A:

The entirety of SE Asia - I have very little grasp of it and I wish I knew more about it/could cook it better!


Q:

What's your favorite Kanye West album?!

A:

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for sure