Perhaps best known for his role on the NBC comedy series The Office as Andy Bernard, the salesman who loves a cappella, actor Ed Helms takes to the big screen this summer in The Hangover, a buddy movie about three groomsmen who lose their soon-to-be married friend in Las Vegas. A graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, Helms got his start in comedy with numerous sketch comedy groups. Prior to joining the cast of The Office, he was a senior correspondent on The Daily Show. ALSO, Journalist Gretchen Morgenson discusses efforts in Congress to regulate default swaps, which helped crash the banking system, and explains how Wall Street lobbyists are resisting controls. Morgenson has covered the financial markets for the The New York Times since 1998; she won a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for reporting on Wall Street.
Behind U.S. health care legislation. We talk to New York Times political reporter MATT BAI about his latest article for the ‘Times Magazine, “Taking the Hill.” It looks at how President Obama’s team is working with Congress on health care policy. Listen to the mp3
Female Supreme court justices, lawyers and writers have talked about the influence Nancy Drew had on their lives. What is it about this character and her mystery stories that resonates with women? In this hour of Radio We – Nancy Drew deconstructed. Our guests are professor ILANA NASH, book reviewer MAUREEN CORRIGAN and mystery writer LISA SCOTTOLINE. Listen to the mp3
The much-admired rockers Of Montreal are known for their energetic, over-the-top sound. Since the band’s late 1990s emergence, frontman Kevin Barnes has led its musical evolution from low-fi indie, to progressive rock, and now to glam-funk on their new album Skeletal Lamping. This latest genre shift comes with the expression of Barnes’ transsexual alter-ego, Georgie Fruit. The group’s latest release chronicles Barnes’ transformation into Fruit. Throughout the band’s career, Barnes and company have explored many themes, ranging from innocent wonder to isolation and depression. Skeletal Lamping highlights the group’s funkier side, and features uninhibited experimentation with ’60s pop and party beats. “I wanted to make something that was really unpredictable”, says Barnes. The group will bring its tricks to the festival circuit this summer, playing both Bonnaroo and Chicago’s Lollapalooza.