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Friday, June 6, 2014

In Context: RadioLoveFest


RadioLoveFest is at BAM from June 4—8. Context is everything, so get even closer to all things WNYC with this curated selection of articles, videos, and original blog pieces related to the show. For those of you who've already seen it, help us keep the conversation going by telling us what you thought below.


On the Blog


Article
"How To Make Your Own Gameshow"
Enjoy Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! or Ask Me Another? Read comedian Joe Firestone's humorous roundup of trivia tropes.

Interview
BAM and WNYC Archives: Shared Histories
Sharon Lehner and Andy Lanset discuss archiving radio and performance in an age when content is king.


Around the Web


Interview
Behind the Sound with Peter Sagal and Writers (SerialOptimist.com)
The Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me  host and writers discuss their day-to-day routines, Carl Kassel's social graces, and much more.

Audio
Steve Burns @ The Moth (TheMoth.org)
The former Blue's Clues star and host of RadioLoveFest's installment of The Moth tells a story of his own.

Video
Big Think Interview with Kurt Andersen (YouTube)
Anderson, the host of Studio 360, discusses writing (and rewriting) fiction, short attention spans, and much more.

Interview
Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich (AVClub.com)
The hosts of WNYC's Radiolab pick their favorite episodes.

Interview
"NPR's Rising Star Talks Woman-On-Woman Hate, Comedy, & Fearless Dating" (Refinery29.com)
Ask Me Another host Ophira Einsenberg gets candid.

Video Interview
An in-depth discussion with the host and executive producer of This American Life. 

Audio Interview
The guitarist and Portlandia co-star sits down with the Soundcheck guest and former Walkmen frontman.

Profile
Sunday Routine: Jonathan Schwartz (The New York Times)
When he isn't spinning the American songbook, the venerable radio host is thinking about avocados, his wife, Zohra, and the Red Sox.

Interview
The StoryCorps founder talks with On Being host Krista Tippett about the spiritual benefits of opening out ears.  

Video
The co-host of WNYC's On the Media discusses her book The Influencing Machine. 



Now your turn...


So? Did you think Peter Sagal would have a beard? Did Radiolab deliver? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below.

15 comments:

  1. TAL Live was the best piece of theatrical anything I've seen in the last 5, maybe 10 years. Full stop.

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  2. I agree with Anon above! TAL Live was incredible.

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  3. I agree completely--I've been going to theater in nyc for 25+ years and TAL was one of the best things I've ever seen. Amazing. Please make it a regular event!!

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  4. Wait, Wait ... was a ton of fun. But it was hard to hear sometimes, especially Peter Sagal. It was interesting to see and hear the behind-the-scenes moments, such as when Peter and the guests redo bits they messed up.

    I then listened to the show as it aired on Saturday, and I was amazed at how seamlessly minutes of banter were edited out and the redone parts were inserted.

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  5. TAL blew me away--it was so clever, inventive, fun and even moving. And Ira Glass was both even more charming in person and taller than I ever imagined!

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  6. Totally amazing TAL show, but the entry/exit to the theater was poorly thought out. I attended the 10pm show and it would have been good to have a line started outside so the people from the previous show could exit instead of a mass of people waiting to get in stopping them. We had no idea where to go or where to wait. When people started piling up by the door it was too late to move. I assumed the previous show had let out already, then suddenly, someone started yelling for everyone to leave the lobby so the people from the previous show could exit. That sort of thing makes me hesitate to see a show again.

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  7. Couldn't agree more. Wait, Wait was a bit disappointing due to difficulty hearing, but This American Life blew me away.

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  8. Oh my goodness, I so loved RadioLoveFest!! Was able to see the Charlie Rose Intro, TAL and RadioLab all of which thoroughly delighted, inspired, educated, edified, and catapulted the entire audience into an experience of pure wonder and joy rarely experienced in any medium these days! It was a uniquely wonderful NYC/BAM/WNYC gift to see these shows live. I wished that everyone I know could have seen them, too, they were so fresh and imaginative. THANK YOU to all who made it possible! I lamented being unable to see the other shows and would hope BAM and WNYC partner this way again! Many Bravo's!!!

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  9. i am still thinking about This American Life. the stuff dreams are made of. Trying to hang on to all of it, all of the streams of comedy and story and character. I don't want to watch the video just b/c i don't want to lose the magic ot if, but i know i won't be able to resist a replay just to hear about elmhurst hospital again. it was just uniquely wonderful.

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  10. I agree with all the remarks about TAL -- it was magical and masterful -- I've rarely seen anything in the theatre as clever and innovative! Also saw Studio 360, which was enjoyable, and WWDTM, which is one of my favorite shows (although I agree that sometimes it was difficult to hear over the laughter)! Hope that BAM and WNYC/NPR will collaborate again -- it was a wonderful experience!

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  11. The TAL show was amazing!!! I'm so glad I was able to go. Thank you BAM, WNYC, WBEZ, and everyone else who made it possible. The only thing that detracted from the incredible experience was the ushers, who were talking and rustling and entering and exiting the theater the entire time. It was already difficult to hear Ira, with his voice problems and all the laughter, and the ushers were incredibly rude. I don't imagine I will stop attending shows at BAM, but hopefully they will be better trained and supervised in the future.

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  12. We saw "Wait, Wait" which we always enjoy. Peter Sagal is a glib host and the panel were quick on their feet and funny. Tim Gunn was an excellent guest and his story of J. Edgar Hoover was priceless. Also saw "Jonathan Schwartz," who I have been listening to since I did homework. Show was very enjoyable and Pizzarelli, Molaskey, Sutton, DeSare and Aimee were all terrific. More of this type of programming, please!

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  13. I am a huge fan of Radio Lab, and compared to the other live shows I've seen, this one was somewhat disappointing. "In the Dark" was THE BEST Radio Lab show I've ever seen. And the one they did for RadioLabFest pales in comparison... I will definitely continue to follow, but just wanted to give my input.

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  14. I went to This America Life's first seating on Saturday night and I have to say that they knocked it out of the park. Not only was the event like nothing else I had ever seen, mixing opera, with theatric musical, stand up comedy, and a live musical performance, it perfectly captured why I love NPR and WNYC... storytelling! I would pay good money hand over fist again and again to see more staged events like this.

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  15. Saw Sunday in New York with Jonathan Schwartz. It was, as my daughter and theater companion of the evening said, "A very NPR crowd"...show was enjoyable and the crowd was everything one would expect form an NPR crowd: appreciative and knowledgeable about the music and the musicians.

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