FRESH AIR While his Office character may take himself seriously, actor Rainn Wilson seems to be all about the laughs. Wilson plays beet-farming, archery-loving middle-management kook Dwight Schrute on the NBC hit television series. Now, Wilson is trading his crossbow for a guitar in the new film The Rocker. In The Rocker, Wilson plays a failed hair metal musician. After he’s kicked out of his band, the group goes on to achieve great success. But when he joins his nephew’s garage band, he gets a second chance at fame. Wilson made his breakthrough as an actor playing an eccentric mortician on the HBO series Six Feet Under. He has also appeared in the films Almost Famous, Galaxy Quest, and Juno.
The Delaware River Port Authority has proposed increases in tolls on Delaware River bridges and fares on the PATCO High Speed line to pay for improvements in infrastructure. The agency is in debt despite economic development expenditures of over $375 million to various cultural organizations over the last nine years. We talk about the business and politics of the DPRA with reporters PAUL NUSSBAUM and EILEEN STILWELL. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
SHERYLL CASHIN is a Georgetown University law professor who writes about race relations, government, and inequality in America. She is also part of a family filled with political and civil rights activists, including her father, Dr. John L. Cashin Jr, who founded an independent alternative Democratic party and ran for governor against George Wallace in 1970. She discusses this legacy in her new memoir, “The Agitator’s Daughter.” Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
360: Switched At Birth
On a summer day in 1951, two baby girls were born in a hospital in small-town Wisconsin. The infants were accidentally switched, and went home with the wrong families. One of the mothers realized the mistake but chose to keep quiet. Until the day, more than 40 years later, when she decided to tell both daughters what happened. How the truth changed two families’ lives—and how it didn’t.
Thursday July 24, 2008
Host David Dye welcomes G. Love to the World Cafe for the latest taste of his hip-hop and blues style. Superhero Brother is the new album featuring guest performances from contemporaries like Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, and Blackalicious. Delivering with characteristic wailing harmonica and superb lyrical phrasing, G. Love has a fresh and relevant sound even ten albums in.
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