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On the Couch (and In the Kitchen) with John Amaechi

When I wrote a few weeks ago about John Amaechi’s new gig as a UK reality show judge, cross-Atlantic copyright law apparently prevented me from linking to a clip of the show. Thankfully, Amaechi ’94 Lib just posted on his Facebook page a link to his recent appearance on Something for the Weekend, a mix of celebrity chat and cooking that airs on BBC Two. The first clip features John talking about his experience as a judge on The Speaker, as well as his NBA career and his work as a psychologist, activist, and speaker.

In the second, John helps a chef make something called “cheesy balls.”

Ryan Jones, senior editor

April 30, 2009 at 9:46 am 1 comment

John Amaechi’s New Gig: UK Reality TV

Former Penn State hoops great (and now psychologist, motivational speaker, broadcaster, and activist) John Amaechi ’94 Lib has another title to add to his CV: Reality-show judge. John will feature prominently on The Speaker, which debuts in the UK tonight on the BBC. The show features 14-to-18 year olds from throughout the UK in competition to be named Britain’s Best Young Speaker. You can check out a pretty cool promo for the show here.

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This news probably doesn’t help much if you live in the U.S., as the video clips on the show’s site don’t appear to work — I assume that has to do with international viewing rights — and as the show doesn’t appear scheduled to air on BBC America. But you can get a sense of John’s acumen on his YouTube channel, or you can take my word for it: I’ve known John since I covered him as as basketball writer for the Collegian, and I’ve seen him speak on campus a couple of times over the past two years. In fact, he was a guest speaker in the feature-writing class I taught last year; as any of my students could tell you, his direct and engaging appearance was the highlight of the semester — news I did my best not to take personally.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

April 7, 2009 at 10:07 am 1 comment

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