Actor and writer Ellie Kemper ( Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ), director Penelope Spheeris ( Wayne’s World ), and voice-over master Peter Coyote (Ken Burns’ documentaries, including The Vietnam War ) describe voices from heaven, hell, and everywhere in between.
The Organist returns Thursday
From KCRW and McSweeney’s, the Organist returns with its fifth season on July 12!
Bonus: Neighborhood Secret
New Edition was an unlikely boy-band from Boston that launched Bobby Brown’s career and incubated the smooth 90s R&B of Bell Biv DeVoe.
How to Be in Two Places at Once: The Firesign Theatre in the US and Vietnam
Four comedians trained in poetry and psy-ops, Firesign Theatre created dense, album-length art-objects that could take multiple spins to understand. Comedy in the form of abrasive soundscapes that reviewers were as likely to call “frightening” as “funny.” This week, we explore how these albums were heard: in groups, at teenage house parties, in poet John Ashbery’s pot smoke-filled living room, and on military bases in Vietnam.
Antigone is one of the most widely performed plays in the world. Poet Anne Carson’s experimental translation of Sophocles’ tragedy incorporates 2,500 years of its performance and interpretation. The play’s emotional core persists even as we view Antigone through all of the ways she has been viewed and used throughout her history.