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Anna Deavere Smith on “Let Me Down Easy”

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Anna Deavere Smith discusses “Let Me Down Easy,” her one-woman show examines the miracle of human resilience through the lens of the national debate on health care. She interviewed 300 people on three continents, and she inhabits characters from a rodeo bull rider to a prize fighter to a New Orleans doctor during Hurricane Katrina, as well as former Texas Governor Ann Richards, cyclist Lance Armstrong, film critic Joel Siegel, and supermodel Lauren Hutton. “Let Me Down Easy” premieres on PBS January 13, at 9 pm.

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Comments [5]

I don't think of it as a problem at all. On the contrary, it is usually a thoughtful person planning the construction of their next statement. I'm just fascinated how I've noticed its usage increase so much in the last two years.

Jan. 12 2012 01:06 PM
ulla zwicker from NYZ

Great Interview ... I was lucky enough be be on the crew on "Fires in the Mirror" when it was produced for American Playhouse/PBS - and have had great admiration for Anna Deavere Smith ever since!
Thanks and Good Luck!

Jan. 12 2012 01:00 PM
eCAHNomics

Michael,

Clever.

My first TV interview (don't blink or you'll miss it) I started off every answer with "Well, ..." Was mortified when I got the transcript.

More recently, am guilty of "So..."

Alertness to the problem and determination to correct it works pretty well.

Jan. 12 2012 12:58 PM
Michael from Leonia, NJ

So, I'm curious what Ms. Deveare Smith thinks of the increased number of folks using the word folks' and beginning sentences with the word 'so.'

Jan. 12 2012 12:52 PM
eCAHNomics

My rule of thumb is to stop listening to any interview on the 8th 'ya know.'

Jan. 12 2012 12:48 PM

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