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Theater for the People and Recipes for Hard Times and Cooking Healthy

Suzan Colon
Suzan Colon
Kenneth Turan
Kenneth Turan

Guest host Chris Rohmann interviews Los Angles Times drama critic Kenneth Turan about FREE FOR ALL: Joe Papp, The Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told. It’s about the how Joseph Papp founded the New York Shakespeare Festival and the Public Theater. Then Suzan Colon tells us about her memoir, CHERRIES IN WINTER: My Family’s Recipe for Hope in Hard Times. Finally, we talk about THE HEALTHY COLLEGE COOKBOOK with editor Rachel Holcomb.

Theater for the People

The great impresario Joseph Papp was a revolutionary force in American theater. He brought Shakespeare to the masses on the streets of New York and finally, after winning out over the resistance of Robert Moses, to Central Park. Brilliant, contentious, single-minded and passionate, Papp showed an intuitive genius for picking hits from obscure sources. The script for Hair was handed to him by two unknowns on a commuter train. A Chorus Line came from taped interviews of dancers’ reminiscences.

As told by theater critic Kenneth Turan, Free for All: Joe Papp, The Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told brings together the recollections of many great actors, including George C. Scott, Meryl Streep, and James Earl Jones, as well as those of Papp himself.

Guest host Chris Rohmann is author of A World of Ideas: The Dictionary of Important Ideas and Thinkers.

Recipe for Hope in Hard Times

Last year, Suzan Colon found herself unemployed, like many Americans these days. When she got laid off from her job at a magazine, at first she felt a great loss of identity. But then she found a silver lining in form of recipes handed down to her from her grandmother and her mother — good, cheap, stick to the ribs recipes that had held her family together in hard times as well as good. She found solace and recovery in them and the memories they brought — and the material for her memoir, Cherries in Winter: My Familys Recipe for Hope in Hard Times .

Watch Suzan Colon makes butter cookies and meatloaf.

The Healthy College Cookbook

Are you wondering what to give your son or daughter when they come home for the holidays after a semester away at college? How about the The Healthy College Cookbook? Revised and updated from the first edition, published ten years ago, it brings together a slew of cheap, easy and yummy recipes that are written and tested by college students. Host Francesca Rheannon invited editor Rachel Holcomb into the WMUA studio. She’s a student at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and former chef in the bake shop of the one of the on-campus dining commons.

Some recipes from the HEALTHY COLLEGE COOKBOOK.

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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.

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