Friday, July 24, 2009
David Broder of The Washington Post joins Bob to talk politics. Next, actor Stacy Keach is one of those rare professionals who is equally at home in every role he accepts: he is a well-respected film and TV actor, a popular audio book narrator, and an award-winning theater actor. Classically trained at the Yale School of Drama and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Keach recently played President Richard Nixon in the 2008-2009 touring company of Frost/Nixon, and is currently wowing audiences and critics with his interpretation of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Keach uses his own physicality and wit to exude Lear’s exuberance and insanity, which is especially impressive considering Keach suffered a minor stroke just 4 months ago. Then, in this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with executive director Dan Gediman about the essay from James A. Michener. He wrote his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Tales of the South Pacific, during his naval service in World War II after winning a transfer from a desk job in Washington to the Pacific theater. Michener’s literary career spanned 50 years and 40 books.