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Jenny Lawton

Jenny Lawton appears in the following:

Glenn Close: Strong Women Aren’t Evil

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Over a prolific career, Glenn Close has specialized in portraying powerful female characters that don’t need you to like them.

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New Year’s Resolution: 700 Snippets of Wisdom

Thursday, January 15, 2015

For his creative New Year’s Resolution, a special effects pro wants to rediscover his talent for calligraphy.

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Aha Moment: Lee Ann Womack

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sometimes a song on the radio can change your life. How “I Hope You Dance” saved one woman from a very expensive mistake.

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Aha Moment: Jane Austen & Clueless

Thursday, January 08, 2015

A TV writer learned about love — and how to write a great love story — from the novels of Jane Austen.

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How a Happy Ending Ruined Pygmalion

Thursday, December 25, 2014

We mostly think of George Bernard Shaw’s "Pygmalion" as the basis for the musical "My Fair Lady." But Shaw’s play was a feminist tract, not a highbrow rom-com.  

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New Year’s Resolution: Form a Band, Play a Gig

Thursday, December 04, 2014

All year, we’ve been following Gabriel Walker’s progress in his creative resolution to form a band. Now the real test is coming up: their first performance.

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American Icons: The Disney Parks

Friday, November 28, 2014

Walt Disney didn't just want a theme park — he wanted to create a scale model of a uniquely American utopia. 

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Jon Stewart on Filmmaking, Chicken, and the Future of "The Daily Show"

Friday, November 14, 2014

"Rosewater," which opens today, stems from an actual "Daily Show" story, and Stewart says that directing a Middle East thriller isn’t that different from writing jokes about the news.

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Aha Moment: Bono and Belly Dancing

Friday, October 31, 2014

She gave up ballet, but Yillah Natalie discovered her life’s work in U2’s “Mysterious Ways”: belly dancing.

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New Year’s Resolution: Comedy Is a Dream Deferred, For Now

Friday, October 03, 2014

One of our listeners made a creative resolution to make 2014 the year she returned to stand-up comedy. The verdict? There’s always 2015. 

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How a Happy Ending Ruined Pygmalion

Friday, June 27, 2014

We mostly think of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion as the basis for the musical My Fair Lady. But Shaw was trying to write a feminist tract, not a rom-com.

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Julian Lage: The Prodigy Grows Up

Friday, May 30, 2014

Julian Lage started playing guitar at five, and traded solos with Santana at eight. There was even a documentary made about him. Now, at 26, he’s finally coming out with a solo record.

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James Lapine Writes His Next Act

Friday, May 30, 2014

Writer-director James Lapine made it big on Broadway in the 1980s working with Stephen Sondheim. Now he’s written a Tony-nominated play about another upstart who rode a legend’s coattails in Broadway’s 1930s heyday.

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Disney Princess Wants to Kick Butt, Suck Blood

Friday, May 30, 2014

She’s been acclaimed in serious roles in Caroline, or Change, and now as an aspiring doctor in A Raisin in the Sun. She’s played a Disney princess. But Anika Noni Rose would like to add to her resume: a superhero would be great, but she’d happily play the supervillain.

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Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Friday, May 09, 2014

One of our listeners, Gabriel Walker, made a New Year’s resolution to kick his music career into a higher gear. His biggest step: moving from a tiny town in Kentucky to the richer music and nightlife scene in Louisville. He visited Louisville to scope out his prospects and meet his long-distance songwriting partner in person.

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Aha Moment: Mary Karr's "Entering the Kingdom"

Friday, May 09, 2014

Ten years ago, Beth Greenspan put a poem in her wallet that she’s carried ever since. Her son was just on the verge of adolescence, and she was wistful. “I noticed that his wrists were starting to get thicker, his hands were starting to look bigger. His hand was almost the size of my own hand.”

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Map: Louie's New York City

Monday, May 05, 2014

From Ben's Pizza to Russ & Daughters, to a subway platform below Grand Central Terminal, help us map out where to find Louie by telling us a location you've seen in the series.

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James Lipton Picks Your Best Collective Nouns

Friday, May 02, 2014

Fill in the blank: a school of fish, a murder of crows … a _____ of hipsters? James Lipton, host of Inside the Actors Studio and the authority on "collective nouns," chooses the best ones submitted by listeners. (He and Kurt Andersen make up a babble of interviewers.)

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Aha Moment: I Am Hamlet

Friday, April 04, 2014

As a teenager, Jeff House watched Christopher Plummer play Hamlet on TV with his big sister, who was enthralled; House was nonplussed. “The language didn't make sense,” he remembers. And the hero was all doom and gloom, consumed by questions about the nature of existence ...

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American Icons: I Love Lucy

Friday, March 28, 2014

It set the model for the hit family sitcom. Lucy's weekly antics and humiliation entered the DNA of TV comedy: from Desperate Housewives to 30 Rock — writers can’t live without Lucy.

Bonus Track: Mindy Kaling Hearts Ricky

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