Best of 2016: Kurt’s Favorite Conversations

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Kurt Andersen, Peter Pan (Mary Martin), and Tracy K. Smith

This year, I loved trying to learn from dialect coach Amanda Quaid how to speak with a British accent, and joining Mary Harris of Only Human at a "laughter yoga" session. I really enjoyed my conversations with the actors Frank Langella and Jeff Daniels, the novelist Samantha Hunt, and the film director Alejandro Iñárritu.

And I was hugely proud of our terrific segment about the extraordinary picture of the Baton Rouge protests last summer, featuring the woman pictured, a civil rights photography historian, and the poet Tracy K. Smith, from whom we commissioned a poem.

But interviewing the Broadway theatrical impresario Jack Viertel was a remarkable, surprising, enlightening delight. I have come to be a musical theater fan fairly recently, so I thought I'd ask Viertel, a friendly, civilized world-class fan-critic-historian-dramaturge-producer, to give me kind of a master class in the genre.

Listen to all the segments below: