Many people might know Condola Rashad as the daughter of actress Phylicia Rashad, who played Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show, and NFL sportscaster Ahmad Rashad. The 26-year-old got Tony Award nominations for her performances in Stick Fly and The Trip to Bountiful. Now she takes on her first lead role on Broadway in the new production of Romeo & Juliet. Her Romeo is Orlando Bloom of Lord of the Rings fame.
Condola Rashad spoke with Tell Me More guest host Celeste Headlee about making the iconic role her own.
Originally published on Sat October 26, 2013 8:46 pm
The woman behind Edna Krabappel and Carol Kester has died. Actress Marcia Wallace, who is known to generations of TV fans for distinctly different roles on The Bob Newhart Show andThe Simpsons, was 70 years old.
The generation now coming of age in the U.S — sometimes called the millennials — is the largest ever. They pose a problem for television broadcasters: Many millennials watch little or no live TV.
On Monday, ABC and Univision are joining forces to launch a cable channel that hopes to change that. Fusion plans to attract a young audience by blending news with entertainment and humor. And it's aiming for a specific group of millennials — young Latinos.
Barbara Allen and Bill Sabo from Columbus Unscripted tell me about how they got infected with the improv bug and why just the mention of a city, a color of paint, and a fruit can set them off into improv-ing. Be careful, listeners, the improv bug is spreading in Columbus, especially at the Second Annual Columbus Unscripted Improv Festival on October 24-27.
NPR's Steve Inskeep has a confession to make. In order to remain composed as the host of Morning Edition, he sometimes has to turn the volume down in the studio when the StoryCorps segment airs on Fridays.
"I just wait for the clock to run down so I know when to talk at the end because otherwise I know I'm going to lose it if I listen to that story," Inskeep tells StoryCorps founder Dave Isay. "It's deeply moving."
October 18 Six String Concerts performer Nels Andrews tells Craft host Doug Dangler about his chauffeuring job with "The Countess of Glamor" and the "deep emotional pining" necessary to write his songs.
Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, joins NPR's Steve Inskeep again for a recurring feature Morning Edition likes to call Word of Mouth. This month her suggestions are all about heroes — whether being heroic means doing something, or not doing something.
Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 10:53 am
Polls show that a majority of Americans believe in life after death. Even so, many people choose to discuss the topic only within fairly tight circles of family, friends, clergy and others who share their faith.
So this week, All Things Considered is discussing the concept of an afterlife with leaders from several different schools of thought, including an evangelical Protestant pastor, an imam, a nun, a rabbi and a moral and political philosopher.
Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 4:52 pm
Sometimes it takes traveling to a foreign place to see something with fresh eyes. Like these vintage photo souvenir books. Have you ever seen them? I feel like I must have — in American flea markets, antique shops, etc. But somehow it didn't register until recently.
Even Rich Remsberg, a researcher who makes a living looking at old photos, agreed when I asked him for context: "I see them a lot, but never really gave them much thought."
America's Other Audubon won Joy M. Kiser the 2013 Ohioana Book Award for a book about an Ohioan and tells the story of the Circleville, Ohio, family of Genevieve Jones. Jones set out to add to the ornithological work of John J. Audubon by creating the lavishly illustrated book Illustrations of the Nests and Birds of Ohio.
Sure, Bob Newhart may have won his first Emmy for guest-starring as Professor Proton on the hugely popular show The Big Bang Theory, about four young scientists at Caltech. But behind the scenes is a real-life professor, David Saltzberg of UCLA.
Saltzberg studies high-energy particle physics and high-energy neutrino astronomy, using radio-detection techniques when he's not working as The Big Bang Theory's science consultant.
Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 10:26 am
Awards shows aren't easy. That's partly because they're fundamentally unsympathetic affairs in which rich pretty people give each other trophies, and partly because there are only a few real things on which they can be judged: the opening by the host, the montages and features, the speeches, the assorted intangibles and — oh, right — who wins.
By almost any of these measures, Sunday night's Emmy Awards were not only merely bad but really most sincerely bad, or at best (particularly in the case of winners) a bag that's very much mixed.
Sesame Street kicked off its new season this week, and it's putting a special focus on Hispanic heritage. There's also a new character on the block: Armando (also known as Mando). He's played by actor Ismael Cruz Cordova, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He earned a bachelor's in fine arts from New York University and has appeared in several films and the CBS drama The Good Wife. He's currently performing off-Broadway.
Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 12:34 pm
Susan Houseworth Herrel, 59, is a research coordinator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She lives with a 90-pound black Labrador retriever.
What does your life sound like? Send a recording of four sounds that tell the story of your life — at this moment in time — to email@example.com. Please include your name, age and where you live. You may be contacted for an interview.
When Dan Miller was growing up, his family lived about a mile away from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc. He had eight siblings and the family was poor. His father, Robert, supported them by working at Consolidated Papers Inc.
Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 2:15 pm
I cannot understand how I missed the news that Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones are about to open as Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, but this charming list of past pairings makes me want to watch the play ... a lot. (David Tennant and Catherine Tate!
These were the words uttered by painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was deeply shaken after he heard the story of a black graffiti artist who was beaten to death by New York City police. Seeing his own life reflected in the death of a fellow artist, Basquiat went on to create Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart),not only to commemorate the young man's death, but also to challenge the state-sanctioned brutality that men of color could face for pursuing their art in public spaces.
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show featured a fearless flying squirrel and his slow-witted moose sidekick. They did battle with two scheming but incompetent Soviet spies named Boris and Natasha.
The cartoon is an American classic, beloved for a wry sense of humor that appeals to kids and their parents. It originally aired from 1959 until 1964, but has been in syndication ever since, most recently on the Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 9:12 am
The closer we get to the end of Breaking Bad, the less I want to read about it.
I'm not calling for a moratorium on Breaking Bad content from now until the finale (and not only because of ... you know, futility.) From now until then, I expect an avalanche of recaps, interviews, think pieces, retrospectives, speculations and so forth. That's exactly as it should be with any show coming to a close, let alone a show as great as this one.