English radio actors:Sid James, John Cleese, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Horne, Michael Bentine, Bill Oddie, Tony Hancock, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Ronnie Barker, Helena Bonham Carter, Willie Rushton, Jon Pertwee, Betty Marsden, Judi Dench, Hugh Paddick
Daymon Runyon was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. To New Yorkers of his generation, a ´´Damon Runyon character´´ evoked a distinctive social type from the Brooklyn or Midtown demi-monde. The adjective ´´Runyonesque´´ refers to this type of character, as well as to the type of situations and dialog that Runyon depicted. He spun humorous and sentimental tales of gamblers, hustlers, actors, and gangsters, few of whom go by ´´square´´ names, preferring instead colorful monikers such as ´´Nathan Detroit´´, ´´Benny Southstreet´´, ´´Big Jule´´, ´´Harry the Horse´´, ´´Good Time Charley´´, ´´Dave the Dude´´, or ´´The Seldom Seen Kid´´. His distinctive vernacular style is known as ´´Runyonese´´: a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang, almost always in present tense, and always devoid of contractions. He is credited with coining the phrase ´´Hooray Henry´´, a term now used in British English to describe an upper-class, loud-mouthed, arrogant twit. Runyon´s fictional world is also known to the general public through the musical Guys and Dolls based on two of his stories, ´´The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown´´ and ´´Blood Pressure´´. The musical additionally borrows characters and story elements from a few other Runyon stories, most notably ´´Pick the Winner´´. The film Little Miss Marker (and its two remakes, Sorrowful Jones and the 1980 Little Miss Marker) grew from his short story of the same name. Fifty-two half-hour episodes. Digitally remastered. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/045784de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We explore F. Scott Fitzgerald´s The Great Gatsby and find out how the compact novel became an American icon. Novelist Jonathan Franzen tells us why he still reads it every year or two, and writer Patricia Hampl explains why its lightness is deceptive. We´ll drive around the tony Long Island suburbs where Gatsby was set, and Azar Nafisi describes teaching the book to university students in Tehran. Readings come courtesy of Scott Shepherd, an actor who sometimes performs the entire book from memory. [Broadcast Date: November 10, 2007] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/071110de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kurt went all the way to South America and all we got was this awesome guest host? In between presenting the Oscars and wrapping up a season of NBC´s 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin joins Studio 360 as our host for this week´s show. Next, Laura Linney starred in the indie film gems, You Can Count on Me, and The Savages, but her first love is the theater. This weekend she wraps up her Broadway appearance as an injured war photographer in Donald Margulies´s Time Stands Still. In her conversation with Alec Baldwin, she reveals the joys and heartbreaks that come with being a full-time actor. Linney also talks about her upcoming role as a woman with cancer in the new Showtime series, ´´The Big C.´´ Then, David Ellis Dickerson cut his teeth as a greeting card writer at Hallmark HQ. Now he specializes in custom greeting cards for difficult situations, such as a September 11th birthday and an apology for breaking a friend´s toilet at a party.Finally, Mary Karr´s new book, Lit, is the third in a series of memoirs. She tells Alec Baldwin about getting to the truth in her writing. She also talks about recovering from alcoholism and developing a spiritual life, and reads from her poem, ´´Chosen Blindness.´´ [Broadcast Date: March 27, 2010] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/100327de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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