Photo: Actor Jeffrey Tambor at KCRW. (By Amy Ta)
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On Sunday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called a military uprising that broke out a terrorist attack, and fired public prosecutor Luisa Ortega. Politicians are fleeing the country. The United Nations says excessive force and arbitrary detention against protesters is widespread and systemic. Reporter Hannah Dreier covered Venezuela for three years and talks about her experience there.
Jeffrey Tambor is nominated for a third Emmy for his star role in the Amazon show “Transparent.” It’s a nontraditional coming-of-age story about a 70-year-old trans woman named Maura Pfefferman. Tambor talks to us about how far acceptance of trans people has come in just a few years, why the show is the most Jewish show on TV, and how he likes his coffee (cold and bitter).
Actor Jeffrey Tambor at KCRW. (Photo by Amy Ta)
Natasha Basley and Alisa Rotenberg spent a semester abroad studying in Prague. When friends planned a spring break trip to Turkey, they tagged along. As Natasha introduced herself to people, her name elicited snickers and giggles. “In my country, there is a certain type of woman that we call Natasha,” said a carpet store owner. This is the second installment of Press Play’s “Travel Horror Stories” series.
Natasha “Natalie” Basley and Alisa Rotenberg
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