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I've been a regular listener to "All Songs Considered" and was sorry to see that your NPR Music contributions had to be sacrificed in favor of your work on Portlandia and the new band. You had a great rapport with the other members of Bob Boilen's crew, and your absence means the job of putting the "All" in "All Songs Considered" is left only to Lars Gotrich. :-) If nothing else, I hope you reunite with them for a report on SXSW, since I read you'll be in Austin anyway for the post-SXSW Bro Fest.
My question is about artistic collaboration. You were a member of Sleater-Kinney for years giving the band plenty of time to creatively mesh. Thunderant, Portlandia's web-based predecessor, required collaborating mostly with just one other person. So it's easy to imagine that you found a way to collaborate on those "projects." But expanding Thunderant into Portlandia brought a bunch of new people into the creative process, particularly Allison Silverman of the Colbert Report, as well as the IFC people. Was it easy to collaborate with an expanded cast and crew? Wild Flag took a while before you all were willing to start performing in public, but I imagine with Portlandia you didn't have that kind of control and time for preparation, even if TV is a writer's medium. Can you give examples of the creative impact that Silverman, Jonathan Krisel, and others had in expanding Thunderant into Portlandia?
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