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We want to remind everyone to join us here most weeks at the Chase Bank Auditorium. For tickets and more information about upcoming shows in Chicago and our show in Cleveland June 28th, you can find a link at our website, waitwait.npr.org. Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news.
Maz, some good news. This week Congress asked the TSA to stop pat-downs and other invasive procedures with a particularly vulnerable segment of citizens. Who?
John Irving is the author of The World According To Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Cider House Rules and many other works of fiction. His latest novel is called In One Person.
We've invited Irving to play a game called "The World According to Gorp." Garp is about sex, castration and bears. Gorp, on the other hand, is the mix of "good old raisins and peanuts" you eat when you're hiking.
NPR Music has already put together a list of 50 of our favorite songs to help you celebrate the summer. On it, you'll find cheery synth-pop singles, smooth R&B ballads, thumping club bangers and fist-pumping rock anthems.
Missing, however, are those "deep cuts" that lend themselves to a detached, ironic, slightly campy appreciation — the songs that are so bad they're good.
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Navy reservist Capt. John Murphy is a former chief prosecutor of the military commission established to try terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay. His own case with NPR, however, is filled with implications for the rest of us.
Mariah, at right, is the steel-spined matriarch of <em>Porgy and Bess</em>'s Catfish Row. Actress NaTasha Yvette Williams, with Norm Lewis's Porgy and Bryonha Marie Parham's Serena, creats one of the show's pivotal moments without having to speak a word.
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As intense as she is as Bess, Audra McDonald says she thinks she's got even more crazy to work out onstage. On her bucket list: Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth.
There's plenty of high drama going on in Porgy and Bess, and high drama can often mean intense acting.
God knows Audra McDonald is tearing up the stage as the drug- and drink- and sex-addled Bess: I've never seen her loosen up her joints and contort her body the way she does in two or three of the show's more scorching moments. She's located something rough and ugly deep inside, and found a physical and a vocal language for it.