FROM James Keach
James Keach, ‘Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me’ It’s hard to label musician Glen Campbell in any particular genre. His roots, of course, are deep in country music. But he was also one of the first artists to crossover from country to pop, landing hits on both Billboard charts. He even toured with The Beach Boys, acted in a few movies – like True Grit with John Wayne – and hosted a variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS. Now, at 78 years old, Campbell isn’t fighting tour managers or publicity agents. He’s fighting Alzheimer’s disease, which he announced to the world he had a few years ago, when he embarked on a final album and goodbye tour. One filmmaker had access to those months of months of recording and being on the road. James Keach directed the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me . He spoke with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?