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Austin Tichenor of the Reduced Shakespeare Company here.

Sorry to butt in here on the official NPR website. I've hacked my way onto the In Character blog because I ... I ...

I just need to share with you some shocking revelations. Revelations we uncovered back in mid-July, about the tensions and dissensions the In Character series has stirred up among NPR's most distinguished journalists.

Listen! To Madeleine Brand's startling Spinal Tap fetish!

Hear! Robert Siegel clam up about how he really feels!

Be shocked! When Peter Overby raises his voice!

And awed! At what David Kestenbaum is willing to say in front of a live mic!

Also: Check out this exclusive web-only interview I conducted with Scott Simon, in which the Weekend Edition host reveals everything his corporate masters at NPR wouldn't let him say!

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Seriously: Click over and listen to the piece we did for In Character, which is finally showing up on the series homepage now that various technical difficulties have been overcome. (I'm lookin' at you, Trey Graham).

You'll hear some of your favorite NPR journalists as you've never heard them before. You'll hear what Nina Totenberg thinks about what we think about whether two fictional girl detectives are too many.

And you'll discover, toward the end of the piece, which fictional figure we at the RSC think best represents the In Character ideal — a single character who embodies everything we are as Americans.

Then click over and listen to the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast. It's "All Things Reduced" at

Just be sure to come back here, and tell us what you think about In Character's choices. Your comments chariot awaits ...



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I'm kinda disappointed that there hasn't been a spot-light done on any of the characters of Battlestar Galactica (both original and new series, as comparisons). Example: Adama. In the original series, the Admiral Adama was a patriartcle Marty-Stu who was always right, the President of the last of humanity, and pretty much asexual. Ron Moore transformed the character in to Commander William Adama who is a flawed/human/complex military man who is about to retire and finds himself in a position of leadership in the wake of the Cylon attack and by the middle of the 4th in love with the President (and they didn't start off on the best of grounds at the beginning of the series, and that was in the bast of terms "the end of the world" to them).

Sent by Jen Gilbert | 11:49 PM | 8-15-2008

Bill Adama's an excellent suggestion! (Wait -- are you really NPR's Allison Keyes posting under a pseudonym?) For my money, there should also be further psychological investigations into the characters of Ben Cartwright and Lt. Martin Castillo.

Sent by Austin Tichenor | 4:17 AM | 8-19-2008