The writer and original star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell, reflects on the role he created twenty years ago. Director Noah Baumbach explains why his latest film, While We’re Young, might be his funniest yet. And a couple designs a therapeutic video game to cope with grief. [Broadcast Date: March 28, 2015] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/150328/rt_stud_150328_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Across the United Kingdom, streets are lined with Union Jacks in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee — 60 years since she inherited the crown in 1952. But with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee only a decade behind them, a royal wedding last year, and the Olympics coming up this summer, are Britons up for yet another party?Next, Nina Arianda is the it-girl on Broadway — she’s nominated for a Tony for her performance in David Ives’ comedy Venus In Fur. The show is a play within a play: a writer has adapted an erotic novel for the stage, and he’s having a hell of a time casting the lead. Enter Vanda: a sexy, sly actress who is by turns sultry and bombastic, and pretty much takes over the show. Then, in Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, a black family buys a house in an all-white neighborhood — and even before they move in, the neighbors are up in arms. Karl Lindner, a member of the Clybourne Park property owners association, visits the buyers, suggesting that ´´Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities.” Following that, the San Antonio band Girl in a Coma formed over a junior high obsession over the tortured music of Morrissey. ´´I loved him so much it hurt,” says singer Nina Diaz, who was only 13 when she joined the band. ´´I turned vegetarian after that, started reading Oscar Wilde, eating yogurt and bagels and trying to be just like him.” Bassist Jenn Alva remembers, ´´We had posters all over the room, and we would talk to them.” After that, according to the Entertainment Software Association, 72% of American households play videogames while, according to the Motion Picture Association of America, 67% of Americans went to the movies. If those figures are both correct, videogames might now be the great American pastime. And finally, WNYC listener Julie Bayley grew up watching daytime talk shows to catch comics like Rodney 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/120602/rt_stud_120602_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why is the world so damn cynical? Rather than surrendering to corrosive, hopeless snark, we look to some unexpected sources — video games, the lives lead by those who leave hate groups, and the optimism of the Afrofuturist art and culture movement — to make the case for sincerity. [Broadcast Date: August 11, 2018] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Strainchamps. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/190055/rt_tbon_190055_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The VHS era was like none other in the history of cinema. This new format rose quickly in the early 70s when there was a blockbuster on every street corner, only to die off with the advent of the DVD in the early 2000s. But VHS is rising from the ashes like a phoenix, being relived and retooled by the most dedicated and rabid fanbase of its kind. VHS Lives! goes deep into the psyche of VHS collectors, showing just why VHS is coming back into the public eye and why VHS is the hottest cult collector craze since the full beard and the boom in vinyl record sales. You may think you´re hip, but unless you own cult horror big-box video nasties, with the faint whiff of mold and the smell of old video stores, you are very wrong! Directed and produced by Tony Newton, producer of 60 Seconds to Die. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Anselmo, Lloyd Kaufman, James Balsamo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/real/001001/bk_real_001001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Filmmaker John Waters on this archive edition of Fresh Air. His film Cecil B. Demented has been released on video and DVD. It´s about an underground filmmaker and his cult following who declare war on bad cinema by kidnapping a starlet and forcing her to star in their own film. Waters´ other movies include Pecker, about a young amateur photographer who becomes the darling of the New York art world; and Cry Baby, a juvenile delinquent love story set in the 1950s, which brought together such performers as Patty Hearst, Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, David Nelson, and Polly Bergen. Waters is known for his independent, off-beat films, such as Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Polyester. In 1988 Waters entered the mainstream with his popular film Hairspray. (Original Broadcast Date: August 1, 2000) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/011226/rt_whyy_011226_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Filmmaker Jamsheed Akrami is a scholar of Iranian film. His two documentaries are Dreams Betrayed and Friendly Persuasion: Iranian Cinema After the Revolution. Together, they explore Iranian filmmaking before and after the 1979 revolution. In Iranian films, male and female characters are not allowed to touch, ever, and women must be veiled at all times. Despite these and other limitations, Iranian cinema has garnered international critical acclaim. Akrami is an associate professor at William Paterson University. Porn film director Wash West, aka Wash Westmoreland. His newest is The Fluffer, set in the gay porn industry. As compared to the films of Iran, Wash West´s movies are all about touching. His other films include Seven Deadly Sins: The Gluttony, Naked Highway, Animus and Toolbox. West has won much acclaim, including several from the Adult Video News Awards and the Gay Erotic Video Awards. (Broadcast Date: March 7, 2002) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/020307/rt_whyy_020307_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Filmmaker John Waters on this edition of Fresh Air. His film Cecil B. Demented has just been released on video and DVD. It´s about an underground filmmaker and his cult following who declare war on bad cinema by kidnapping a starlet and forcing her to star in their own film. Waters´ other movies include, Pecker about a young amateur photographer who becomes the darling of the New York art world; Cry Baby, a juvenile delinquent love story set in the 1950´s, which brought together such performers as Patty Hearst, Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, David Nelson, and Polly Bergen. Waters is known for his independent, off-beat films, such as Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Polyester. In 1988 Waters entered the mainstream with his popular film, Hairspray. (Original Broadcast Date: August 1, 2000) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/010126/rt_whyy_010126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Stars of The Music Man Craig Bierko and Rebecca Luker, and sales manager for Verizon Communications Frank Punzo on this edition of Fresh Air. The 1957 musical The Music Man by Meredith Wilson is currently being revived on Broadway. In his first Broadway appearance, Bierko plays the lead role of traveling salesman and conman Harold Hill originated by Robert Preston. His co-star Luker plays Marian the Librarian, the role originated by Barbara Cook. This is Luker´s fourth Broadway role. Verizon Communications is the official local telecommunications provider for the Republican National Convention. Punzo is responsible for providing the infrastructure that supports telephone service, video conferencing, Internet access and video streaming. (Broadcast Date: July 25, 2000)Note: Audible recommends you listen to programs that feature music with Formats #2, #3 or #4. If these formats are not available for your portable digital audio player, you can try streaming the program and listening to it on your PC. Or, find out how you can listen to Format #4 using a Diamond Rio 500 by clicking on ´´Buy a player´´ under the ´´On-the-Go´´ link on audible.com´s homepage. 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/000758/rt_whyy_000758_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Actress Jodie Foster and radio personality Garrison Keillor on this edition of Fresh Air. Jodie Foster´s film Panic Room is now on video and DVD. Recently she produced and acted in the film The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys. Foster has won two Oscars for performances in The Silence of the Lambs and The Accused. She was also nominated for her work in Taxi Driver and Nell. She´s also served as producer or director on numerous films. Garrison Keillor is host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion, broadcast from Minnesota and heard weekly on public radio stations nationwide. Keillor´s books, the semi-autobiographical novel, Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 has just been published in paperback. Keillor is the author of nine books and teaches at the University of Minnesota. (Original Broadcast Dates: June 17, 2002 and September 5, 2001) Hear Garrison Keillor´s monologue each week. Subscribe to The News from Lake Wobegon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/021018/rt_whyy_021018_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.