Episode #1416

Fiona Shaw & Migrant Mother

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Fiona Shaw in 'Testament of Mary' Fiona Shaw in Testament of Mary (Paul Kolnik)

This week in Studio 360, mothers in hard times. Fiona Shaw plays a Mary furious over the death of Jesus in The Testament of Mary on Broadway, while our American Icons series explores “Migrant Mother,” Dorothea Lange’s classic Depression portrait — both the desperate subject and the famous photographer came to rue the day it was shot. Plus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist finds the black humor in the tyrannical regime of North Korea. And singer Jessie Ware, a rising star from the UK (and a friend of Adele’s), explains why South London is the new Brooklyn.

Love and Defection in North Korea

Even by its own standards, North Korea’s saber-rattling has gotten intense lately. Its leaders have reneged on the decades-old ceasefire with the South; shared maps that display targe...


Fiona Shaw and The Testament of Mary

The Irish actress and director Fiona Shaw stars as Mary, the mother of Jesus, in a one-woman show opening this week on Broadway. The Testament of Mary, which Colm Tóibín based on his ...

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American Icons: Migrant Mother

Before it had that iconic title, the 1936 photo we know as "Migrant Mother" was captioned “Destitute peapickers in California.” 

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George Jones: He Stopped Loving Her Today

George Jones talked to Studio 360 about his song "He Stopped Loving Her Today." It was chosen for preservation in 2008 in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

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Live in-Studio: Jessie Ware

South London is like the Brooklyn of Britain. In the past few years, that part of town has churned out pop stars like Adele, Florence Welch (who made a big splash with Lungs), and now...

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Isa Kocher from Frog Hollow Road

I have just listened to this program a second or maybe a third time and this admittedly brief reading from the play is overwhelmingly offensive.

You think apparently only the mindless indoctrinated [by which you mean people inferior to you and your admittedly exalted intelligence and tolerance] could possibly take offence.

One of the extraordinary things about the scriptures in both the Christian and the Muslim records is her courage. And her courage and heroism especially in rejecting conformity and refusing to conform despite very real threats to her personally, rejecting censure, rejecting threat, rejecting power, rejecting diapproval and conformity. Her status as an unwed unmarried unbetrothed young girl with child she accepted without qualification, the lowest possible condition any girl could be reduced to, but she embraced it, despite the certainty of the most ignominious possible execution, publicly stoned to death as a dishonored person, far far lower since she was a temple vergin than any of the women her son later would embrace.

The Quran asserts that she is one of only two sinless humans to be born, the other being Jesus.

To turn her and her courage and faith and love into an embittered selfish unfulfilled scold, which is what that brief recitation portrays, is a terrible perversion. We see from the other brief glimpses that scripture gives us in her pilgrimage to the Temple when Jesus reaches puberty apparently, and later when he reaches his majority at the wedding in Cana, a woman of great courage and compassion and understanding of who Jesus is.

Apr. 25 2013 11:50 AM

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