Episode #1530

Tupac on Broadway & Mad Magazine

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Saul Williams as John in Holler If Ya Hear Me Saul Williams as John in Holler If Ya Hear Me (Joan Marcus)

Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical based on the work of Tupac Shakur, closed after just one month of performances. Reviews were lackluster and ticket sales disappointing. But the show’s star, poet and actor Saul Williams, says Broadway audiences need to get over recycled shows like Rocky and start dealing with real stories. And we take a serious look at Mad Magazine, the goofy, bawdy, sarcastic kids’ magazine that made America snarky. Also, a live performance from Lydia Loveless, the 23-year-old country belter who has to choke back tears when she sings about losing her family’s farm.

Saul Williams’ Tupac Musical Closes on Broadway

Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Tupac musical, was forced to close after just one month of performances. Is Broadway still not ready for stories about the ‘hood?

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen's full conversation with Saul Williams

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American Icons: Mad Magazine

From David Letterman to the writers of The Simpsons, generations of comedians and writers have grown up reading Mad Magazine. It changed the way we consume pop culture and the way we talk about world affairs — along with a generous helping of dirtyish jokes and goofy parodies.

Slideshow: The Evolution of Mad Magazine

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Dick DeBartolo, Mad’s Maddest Writer, Won't Grow Up

One of the longest-serving writers in the Mad bullpen, Dick DeBartolo sold his first piece to the magazine when he was a Brooklyn high school student. Nearly 50 years later, “Dickie D.” is still resisting adulthood with the best of them.

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Lydia Loveless Leaves the Country Behind

Singing about doomed romance and drunken phone calls comes easily to Lydia Loveless. But stories of childhood loss? Those cut deep. Loveless writes songs that reduce her to tears, in the best way.

Video: Lydia Loveless, "Everything's Gone" live in Studio 360

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