The Brian Lehrer Show

Parks & Recap: William Henry Harrison!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

For some reason, Parks & Rec is focused on President William Henry Harrison who died on his 32nd day in office. Columnist Gail Collins wrote a Harrison bio and joins our t.v. club.

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The Takeaway

Playing Fantasy with Hollywood's Favorite Bro

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After a steady run of indie films, actor Mark Duplass has hit man-child stardom with "The League," his show about 30-something guys obsessed with fantasy football.

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Looking Back At 40 Years Of 'Free To Be... You And Me'

Friday, February 28, 2014

If you were a kid in the 1970's, or if you raised kids during that decade, you probably spent time with Free To Be... You And Me. The seminal album and popular television special was jam-packed with catchy songs, but also contained very progressive messages about gender roles, feminism, tolerance and how it's not always easy being a kid.

Later in March, the Paley Center For Media celebrates the LP, the book and television program, so in honor, Soundcheck looks back some of our favorite moments from our three-part series marking the 40th anniversary of the record.

First, we speak with the Emmy Award-winning TV producer Carole Hart, who co-produced the record and the 1974 Afterschool Special by the same name. Hart shares the story behind the album -- and the controversy it engendered. Plus, we hear from cultural historian Lori Rotskoff, who co-edited a new essay collection called When We Were Free To Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made.

Then, we look back at the record's attempt to challenge gender stereotypes and promote tolerance. We explore the impact those now-40-year-old messages had on a generation of children and their parents, as well as the album's limitations. We also examine what child psychologists now believe -- and promote -- when it comes to children and gender. 

And finally, we chat with some of the people behind the music found on the album: Emmy-winning composer Stephen Lawrence, who wrote the album's title track as well as "Sisters and Brothers" and "When We Grow Up" and lyricist and composer Carol Hall, who wrote "Parents Are People," "Glad to Have a Friend Like You" and "It's All Right to Cry."

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SNL Hires First Black Female Cast Member In Seven Years

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Following a recent push for more diversity among its cast, "Saturday Night Live" has hired its first black female performer in nearly seven years.  NBC announced that Sasheer Zamata, 27, will join the show as a "featured player" beginning January 18th.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Billy Crystal

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Billy Crystal was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his career; that night he opened for Blood, Sweat & Tears; and coping with growing older. He also told us that he's a fan of scrimshaw. Find out what else Billy's a fan of!