Offbeat
2:48 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

In case you missed it...

Here are some highlights from this week’s programming, in case you missed them. 

“You and me, pal. We’re the loonies.”

Ever wonder what fake newsman Stephen Colbert would sound like singing musical theater? Wait no more. Fresh Air’s Terry Gross talked with Stephen Colbert this week (on Monday morning, the night after the Tony Awards, which Colbert performed at) about his late night TV show and about his role as Harry in a recent production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Lincoln Center.

The production was filmed and has been released for a short run in theaters (I saw it last night; Patti Lupone stole the show).

Here’s a performance—including Colbert—from last Sunday’s Tony Awards.

“It’s very tempting to just go and acquire books and saw off the bindings”

On the Media’s Bob Garfield talks with Brewster Kahle, an internet archivist, about the importance of retaining physical books in our collective rush to digitize information. The discussion includes great techie lingo like “specimen type” and “high-value add” and a sobering warning about the danger of completely replacing original objects with their digital facsimiles.

“The tone was pretty fast-paced”

The Diane Rehm Show spent an hour analyzing Monday’s second Republican presidential primary debate, touching on all of the highlights including the widely observed congenial atmosphere among the candidates, Tim Pawlenty’s refusal to engage with the term ‘Obamneycare’ (which he coined), and Michelle Bachman’s announcement of her candidacy.  

-Brian Short, Michigan Radio Newsroom