Episode #1509

Spies on TV & Shakespeare in Haiti

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Friday, February 28, 2014

(Left to right) Chivas Michael, Joaquina Kalukango, and Jonathan Cake in Antony and Cleopatra at The Public Theater (Left to right) Chivas Michael, Joaquina Kalukango, and Jonathan Cake in Antony and Cleopatra at The Public Theater (Joan Marcus)

This week in Studio 360, Kurt Andersen talks with a songwriter whose words are being sung by protesters in the deadly clashes in Venezuela — he gives a firsthand account of life trapped behind barricades. A playwright explains why he moved Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra from Rome to colonial Haiti. And a former CIA man brings his Cold War experiences to light on the TV spy show The Americans.

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