Producer, 'The Organist'
FROM Jenna Weiss-Berman
Episode 49: The Voice Teacher Barbara Maier started giving singing lessons to musical theater singers and cantors at Hebrew Union college. Then she became the go-to singing teacher for the downtown NYC queer, performance, and rock scenes, including Debbie Harry, Diamanda Galas, Kathleen Hanna, Penny Arcade, and many others.
Episode 30: Rapping Taipei An interview with novelist Tao Lin on the pace of his speaking, with interjections from musicians Kool AD and Kitty and a short discussion with critic Christian Lorentzen. CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE.
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.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.