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Tuesday, July 7

Stage fright

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Hour 1

Guests: Sara Solovitch, Franklin Schneier, Jenn Wasner

A lot of people get nervous speaking in front of a large audience – their palms may sweat, hands shake a little and voice quaver. But for some people the experience is downright painful and crippling. And what if you’re a musician, actor, athlete or lawyer and your livelihood depends on performing in public? This hour, we’ll explore the roots of performance anxiety and learn how to cope with it. Marty talks with SARA SOLOVITCH, author of Playing Scared: A History and Memoir of Stage Fright, and FRANKLIN SCHNEIER, special lecturer at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. And, we’ll hear from JENN WASNER, of the band Wye Oak, about the anxiety she feels when she takes the stage.

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Is shifting public opinion changing comedy?

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Hour 2

Guests: Scott Capurro, Robin Tran

Last month, Jerry Seinfeld added his name to a group of stand-up comics who are claiming that comedy audiences are becoming too sensitive when it comes to jokes and routines about taboo subject matter. Other comics such as Chris Rock, Patton Oswalt, and Gilbert Gottfried are concerned that political correctness, coupled with social media, has made being a comic harder than ever. Today, we’re joined by two comics, SCOTT CAPURRO and ROBIN TRAN who will discuss the current state of comedy, and what is and isn’t funny anymore.

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