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Wright plays an FBI secretary who falls in love with an undercover Russian spy. She says Martha is "who we would all most likely be" if we found ourselves in the world of The Americans.
Author: Scott Simon
Posted: March 25, 2017, 11:45 am
The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.
Author: NPR/TED Staff
Posted: March 24, 2017, 1:10 pm
When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.
Author: NPR/TED Staff
Posted: March 24, 2017, 1:10 pm
It's a tricky thing, casting. Directors have a vision for their lines — but what if that vision doesn't include a more inclusive palette?
Author: Karen Grigsby Bates
Posted: March 21, 2017, 9:21 pm
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger's standup is physical. She contorts and snorts and stalks the stage as she becomes the characters in jokes that explore what it's like to be a woman in today's society.
Author: Kelly McEvers
Posted: March 20, 2017, 8:31 pm
New York artist Jo Lampert just landed her first major role: Joan in David Byrne's new rock opera based on Joan of Arc. With her androgynous appearance and bluesy voice, Lampert seems like a good fit.
Author: Elizabeth Blair
Posted: March 18, 2017, 12:12 pm
Kander and his partner, Fred Ebb, wrote the songs for a number of musicals, including Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret. Kander spoke to Terry Gross in 1991 and 2015.
Posted: March 17, 2017, 7:25 pm
The class-action suit brought against the hit musical doesn't seek damages. The attorneys say the hope is to draw attention to Broadway's spotty record in serving audiences with disabilities.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: March 14, 2017, 8:28 pm
The female comedian would write a joke and have it typed on an index card and put in a file. Now at the Smithsonian, volunteers are digitizing the cards one at a time.
Posted: March 11, 2017, 1:29 pm
Nevermind the superhero stories; after his wife died, Oswalt wasn't motivated to channel his loss into fitness or crime fighting. He says so far push-ups have not been a part of his grieving process.
Author: Ari Shapiro
Posted: March 10, 2017, 7:00 pm
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