Culture

Masters & Johnson explored
1:58 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

'Masters of Sex' author Thomas Maier discusses Masters & Johnson, Showtime series

Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson (left) pose for a photo in San Francisco in 1972. Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan (right) portray Masters and Johnson in the Showtime series Masters of Sex.
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Showtime's Masters of Sex is in its second season. The show dramatizes the lives of pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Actress Lizzy Caplan was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her role as Virginia Johnson.

Biographer Thomas Maier wrote the book Masters of Sex, which the TV series is based on. He lives and works on Long Island, where in addition to being an author, he's an investigative reporter for Newsday. He spoke with WSHU's Mark Herz.

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Culture
10:06 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Book Review: The Rule Of Nobody

Does the U.S. have too many laws, too many lawyers, and too many bureaucrats? Attorney Phillip K. Howard thinks so. He talks about it in his new book, The Rule Of Nobody: Saving America From Dead Laws And Broken Government. Book critic Joan Baum has these thoughts about it.

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Culture
6:01 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Book Review: Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer

It's never too late to try something new. Not, at least, for an octogenarian cartoonist/writer who has tried his sketcher's hand at a graphic novel. Book critic Joan Baum has this review of Jules Feiffer's Kill My Mother.

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Why the "dropped stitch" reveals, intrigues
10:13 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Dani Shapiro on the "perils and pleasures" of creating

Novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro. She says what keeps us alive, and able to create, is what choreographer Martha Graham called "a queer divine dissatisfaction."
Credit Kate Uhry

All of us may love when a feeling of inspiration infuses our work. Best-selling novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro looks back on 20 years of facing the blank page—and teaching others about her craft—and says she's learned that for us all it's really about showing up, and following a trail of "breadcrumbs through a forest," as it were.

WSHU's Mark Herz talks to Shapiro about her latest book, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life.

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Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival
10:14 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Howard Shore travels from Hobbiton to Bridgehampton

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival has a mission to present works by living composers, including pieces that have been specially commissioned to perform during their summer season.  On Sunday, Aug 10, the BCMF will present the premier of a work written for them by Howard Shore, composer of the scores for all of the Lord of the Rings films.  Kate Remington talked with the BCMF's founder, Marya Martin about the thrill for performers and audiences to hear brand-new music.  

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