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The Leonard Lopate Show

Essential Knowledge from Whose Line Is It Anyway? Star Greg Proops

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

A new book by the comedian Greg Proops, best known for starring on the hit improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Saying Yes: The Power of Improv

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton, executives from The Second City in Chicago, discuss the power of improvisational techniques in everyday life.

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Soundcheck

Terry Teachout on Duke Ellington; Author Amy Tan Picks Three; Matana Roberts Plays Live

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In this episode: Duke Ellington is one of the towering figures in American music, but there's more to his story than hits like "Take The A Train." Cultural critic and writer Terry Teachout discusses his comprehensive biography about the iconic jazz composer and bandleader.

Plus: Amy Tan is best known for her literary achievements with books The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife. But the acclaimed author has a musical side as well: she's written an opera libretto and performs as "lead rhythm dominatrix" in the literary garage band The Rock Bottom Remainders. In an interview with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Tan talks about her latest book, The Valley Of Amazement, and about the family-related obsession that inspired her to delve into the world of Shanghai courtesans in the early 1900s. Plus, she shares three of her favorite songs.

And: Matana Roberts grew up in Chicago hearing stories about her family, from its roots in Louisiana and Mississippi, to the Great Migration north early in the 20th century. These stories and her love of history have become the basis for her recent works for sextet, the ambitious COIN COIN project. Hear Roberts play accompanied by a slightly smaller quartet live in the Soundcheck studio.

 

This is an encore episode of Soundcheck.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Improv Life Lessons, "Yes and" and Beyond

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Improvisational comedy relies on team work, thinking creatively on your feet, and being open to new ideas. Charlie Todd, founder of the prank collective Improv Everywhere and a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, talks about the lessons you can learn from improv that apply in real life.

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Radiolab

Known Unknowns

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Stories of trying to chart the unknown, by measuring and making sense of things just beyond our grasp.

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Features

WNYC's Complete Guide to Memorial Day

Thursday, May 23, 2013

We've broken down the best of the boroughs day by day - so you have no excuse to do nothing.

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Features

Del Close Lives on at the Upright Citizens Brigade Improv Marathon

Friday, August 12, 2011

Del Close, who taught long-form improvisational comedy in Chicago in the '70s, passed away in 1999. But his memory lives on for 72 straight hours of improv in the city this weekend. The Del Close Marathon, which was started by the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), kicks off on Friday.

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Studio 360

Special Guest: Amy Poehler

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Amy Poehler is an actor and comedian. She became a featured player on Saturday Night Live in 2001, and officially joined the cast in 2002. Her impersonations of celebrities like Kelly Ripa, Sharon Stone and Sharon Osbourne have become SNL favorites. Poehler also performs with the Upright Citizens ...

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Studio 360

Special Guest: Alan Arkin

Saturday, March 01, 2003

Kurt Andersen and actor Alan Arkin talk about improvisation and what we get out of it.

Alan Arkin is an actor and director. He helped form Chicago's Second City improvisational troupe. That helped launch an acting career on stage and screen that has lasted over 35 years, including lead roles ...

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Studio 360

Upright Citizens Brigade

Saturday, March 01, 2003

How do improv comics create their material in a group, on the fly? Members of a New York group called the Upright Citizens Brigade explain. Produced by Josh Block.

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Studio 360

What Exactly is Improvisation?

Saturday, March 01, 2003

In the world of the jazz standard, improvisation is a very specific thing: it's a way of embellishing or even re-inventing a melody, using the structure of a song as a basis. Sara Fishko tried to get jazz improvisers to tell her about how they do it and she ...

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Studio 360

The Post War Moment

Saturday, March 01, 2003

What happened after World War II that made artists want to improvise? Produced by John Strausbaugh.

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