Michael Kahn (right) directs Holly Twyford, Tracy Lynn Middendorf and Steven Culp in his 2011 production of Old Times.
November 1, 2011 Michael Kahn began directing plays as a child, and since then has become one of the most respected directors in classical theater. He formerly taught at New York's famed Julliard School. Now he's celebrating his 25 years leading the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. He speaks with Michel Martin about casting more actors of color, boosting culture in Washington and causing trouble as a college student.
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Bert and Ernie's new boss is now Mel Ming.
October 27, 2011 Bermuda-born Mel Ming was recently named the new CEO of Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind the legendary TV show aimed at preschool-aged kids. Ming speaks with Michel Martin about his winding and surprising journey to Sesame Street, which includes experiences in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era and at NPR. He also shares his big ambitions for Sesame Street.
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September 29, 2011 Audra McDonald has been dazzling audiences for more than a decade with her stunning soprano voice. She has won Grammy and Tony awards, and has starred in stage classics and the TV drama Private Practice. She's now part of a controversial new interpretation of Gershwin's American opera, Porgy & Bess. She speaks with Michel Martin about her latest show and upcoming concert tour.
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September 15, 2011 John Edgar Wideman is the 2011 Lifetime Achievement winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which recognizes works that have made important contributions to understanding racism and appreciating diversity. Wideman has written 13 novels, six collections of short stories and two memoirs. He talks about his life, works and the award he receives today.
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Bertha Lewis speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009.
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August 1, 2011 In this week's "Wisdom Watch" segment, host Michel Martin speaks with Bertha Lewis, former CEO of the Association for Community Organizations for Reform. Lewis discusses her lessons from the ACORN video scandal. She also shares the hopes of her new organization called The Black Institute and what it'll do that other think tanks will not do.
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June 8, 2011 Connie Chung, whose award-winning career began in 1969, was the first Asian and the second woman to become a nightly news anchor at a major network. In a "Wisdom Watch" conversation with host Michel Martin, Chung reflects on the discrimination she faced in her field, mistakes she has made, controversial interviews and her desire to make something of the "Chung" family name.
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April 13, 2011 Veteran journalist Belva Davis blazed a path as the first Black female television reporter on the West Coast. In her career, spanning more than forty years, she's covered stories, ranging from Vietnam War protests to the start of the AIDS epidemic. Her experiences are the subject of her memoir, "Never In My Wildest Dreams." In Tell Me More's regular "Wisdom Watch" conversation, host Michel Martin speaks with Davis about her new book, her career and lessons learned.
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