Marc Maron Interviews “Fresh Air” Host Terry Gross

RADIOIf you’re a Public Radio listener, you’ve probably heard Terry Gross (64), the host and co-executive producer of “Fresh Air,” an interview format radio show produced by WHYY-FM in Philadelphia and distributed throughout the United States by NPR. Comedian Marc Maron gives us a chance to learn what happens when the tables are turned and she is the subject of the interview. Read and listen here.


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International Perspective: The Babayagas’ House


France: “It’s been 15 years in the making but the Babayagas’ House, a name taken from Slavic mythology meaning ‘witch,’ has just been inaugurated in Montreuil, on the east side of Paris. It’s a self-managed social housing project devised and run by a community of dynamic female senior citizens who want to keep their independence, but live communally. . . ‘Growing old is not an illness,’ says [85 year old Thérèse Clerc who dreamt up the project back in 1999]. ‘We want to change the way people see old age,’ and that means ‘learning to live differently.'” Read the full story here.


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Retiring Immigrants Think About Going Home

“They came to America from all over the world for many reasons — to make money, to marry, to live in peace. But now, as they face their retirement years, many of these longtime immigrants want to go home.” There are many reasons, both emotional and practical, that motivate such a move; there are some challenges when going home, too. Read the full story here.


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Franklin Bell’s Blues Workshop

MUSIC“Talk to Franklin Bell, and there are three things he’ll gladly tell you: ‘I’m 80 years old, I’m legally blind, and I love to play the blues. I like all music — don’t get me wrong — but I love to play the blues.’ That’s what he’s been doing for the last 10 years, every Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m., regular as church, holding forth over Franklin Bell’s Blues Workshop in the garage behind his South Central bungalow down on East Colden Avenue.”

The average age of the players is “65 or 70″ and Bell says, “You don’t have to be that great. A person comes to me saying, ‘I don’t think I can do it,’ I say, ‘Just try! We not going ride you or nothin’, just feel your way in.'” Read more here.


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Community News: Metro Chinatown, Metro Compton, Coventry Court

From Dr. Maureen Kellen-Taylor, EngAGE C.O.O:

Artistic EquipmentThe Metro Chinatown Inaugural Art Show in April drew a small but enthusiastic crowd who were pleased to be able to discuss each of the pieces with the artists. The artists were also glad to show their paintings, drawings, photographs, and jewelry. The public can view the work between 10 and 4 on weekdays by calling the manager’s office at (213) 840-5251 and making an appointment.

From Nancy Goodhart, EngAGE Vice President:

WRITINGThe residents at Metro Compton are participating in a project presented by Join Our Story. It has been introduced on site to receptive and enthusiastic participants.

Celeste Davidson, the program facilitator, explains, “Join Our Story (JOS) is a program devoted to improving the lives of seniors. Specifically, we are creating a soap opera ‘story world’ that has been developed by professional writers and will be brought to life through an ongoing live-action video series and website. Seniors will have the opportunity to enjoy the series, access writing and technology tutorials, write within the story world, and socialize both live and on the website. We are a California Benefit Corporation, meaning that we have a driving social mission to serve seniors and to improve their mental health and happiness.”

From Meloney Morse, EngAGE Regional Programs Director:

ArtsCoventry Court in Tustin had their first art show in April.  It was a success! About 20 artists displayed around 40 pieces collectively. The event was well-attended, as you can see from the pictures!




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“Deep Melodies One Harmony”



Experience Talks host Dr. Connie Corley wants to share with you an invitation to a concert event and reception with the artists; there is no charge to attend this event, only suggested donations.


Deep Melodies One Harmony
A benefit for Emergency USA’s efforts to aid victims of war, poverty, and natural disasters around the world

Presented by Orpheus For Peace Inc.

Wilshire United Methodist Church
4350 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. 90005
7:00 P.M. May 28th, 2015

Featuring . . .

KB Solomon is one of the most prominent basso profundo singers, having performed principal roles with major opera companies worldwide for over twenty years. KB possesses a true bass voice that is a hybrid of rare ability. In 2009, KB was a recipient of the KPFK Peace Award. KB is currently touring 3 shows, which he wrote and produced; “Almost A Cappella”, his one-man musical “Speak Of Me As I Am” a drama base on the life of Paul Robeson and his most recent reality documentary, “Halos For Humanity.”

Lili Haydn is a child prodigy classical violinist/actress turned rock violinist, singer recording artist, and composer. She has collaborated with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Roger Waters, Sting, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Robert Plant and Jimi Page for whom she opened on their entire last US tour, and George Clinton, who called her “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.”

Brooks Almy has performed On Broadway, Off Broadway and in other New York performances including Beauty and the Beast, Grand Hotel, The Little Prince, Sweeney Todd, and Nunsense. She has guest starred on numerous TV series such as CSI, Without a Trace, Everybody Loves Raymond, West Wing, ER, The Practice, Nip/Tuck, and Dexter. She is senior faculty in the Musical Theatre Department at AMDA.

Norton Wisdom is a live painter who attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and has performed around the world at venues as varied as the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, to the Butu Dance Company in Japan, and locally at the Walt Disney Hall. His works can be found in the permanent collections of notable museums including the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, the Milwaukee Art Center, Wisconsin, and the Orange County Museum of Art.

James Lent is an award-winning pianist and keyboardist. As a concerto soloist, Mr. Lent made his Alabama Symphony debut performing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 to critical acclaim on 24 hours’ notice to replace Andre Watts. James is currently Lecturer and Coordinator in Accompanying and a vocal coach at UCLA, and a coordinator, pianist and musical director at AMDA, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood.

Listed on Eventbrite here. Here’s a brief video.

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Worth Repeating: Lyricist Sheldon Harnick Celebrates His 90th Birthday

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous
posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 5/27/14:


We wrote about Theodore Bikel’s 90th birthday concert last week, so it seems appropriate to feature “The Fresh Air Interview” with Fiddler on the Roof lyricist Sheldon Harnick, who has also recently celebrated a 90th birthday. [Since his first appearance as Tevye in the musical Fiddler on the Roof in 1967, Theodore Bikel has performed the role more often than any other actor, more than 2,000 times to date.] From NPR:

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof‘s Broadway premiere. Lyricist Sheldon Harnick co-wrote the songs for Fiddler, as well as Fiorello!, She Loves Me and Tenderloin. Just in time for his 90th birthday, Harnick has released a new album, Sheldon Harnick: Hidden Treasures (1949-2013), a collection that includes Harnick singing demos of his own popular songs, rarities from early in his career, and pieces cut from Broadway shows. Many of the recordings are from his private collection.

“Any successful lyricist has to be part playwright and has to be able to put himself into the minds and the hearts and the souls of the characters he’s writing about,” he tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “That’s part of a theater lyricist’s talent.” More here.


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Experience Talks Online – Now Posted: Love Again

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Join us for Experience Talks Online, exclusive podcast interviews posted on our website. Carrying on the same tradition as our KPFK-FM/Pacifica Network syndicated radio show, the podcasts feature talented, creative people with experience worth talking about. Find our podcasts on the Listen Page of our website. They’ll post on an intermittent basis, so read this blog for updates about new podcasts as well as new Experience Talks radio shows. You can also like Experience Talks on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest news. Experience Talks and Experience Talks Online are produced by EngAGE, Inc.



Experience Talks is pre-empted through the end of May, but we’ll have occasional podcasts for you during this hiatus. Just click the button to go to our Listen Page to hear this one!



Authors EVE PELL, KATHRYN ALICE, and happily married couple JOHN AND JANE HOLLAND talk with host ALICIA SEDWICK about the wisdom and delights of unexpected romance when older!

Eve Pell-2EVE PELL, the author of Love, Again – The Wisdom of Unexpected Romance, and the nationally acclaimed We Used to Own the Bronx, reported for three award-winning PBS documentaries and is an award-winning writer published in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Ms., Runners World, and other publications. She has been a staff reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting, taught journalism at San Francisco State University and lectured at Stanford. Learn more at her website.

Kathryn Alice-2KATHRYN ALICE, RScP teaches and writes breakthrough material in the arenas of dating and love. Her approach stresses awareness and faith, and this positive, upbeat outlook has helped many singles enjoy their unattached status and thousands go on to find love. She was the author of the “Dating, Love & Soulmates” column for HOLISTIC LIVING MAGAZINE until the magazine’s closing. She has had many articles published. Kathryn served as the Director for The Agape Spiritual Center’s Crisis Support Team for six years, and Agape is where she is based. She is often published on subjects of love. She has built followings in several cities that include Atlanta, Charlotte, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Sacramento and San Diego. Find her book, Love Will Find You: 9 Magnets to Bring You and Your Soulmate Togetherhere. Learn more at

John-Jane Holland



JOHN and JANE HOLLAND have been happily married for six years.






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How Ramsey Lewis Found His Biggest Hit


Fifty years ago this month, a waitress in a coffee shop in Washington, D.C., introduced Ramsey Lewis and his band to a song that would become their biggest hit: “I’m in with the In Crowd.” Read and listen to the story and song on NPR’s Jazz Night in America.



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Jules Feiffer’s Many Career Reiventions Continue

CREATIVE-ARTS“At age 86, Feiffer is into his umpteenth career. In the 1940s he drew comic strips. In the ’50s he started a four-decade run drawing a strip for The Village Voice. In 1961, he illustrated his friend Norton Juster’s story “The Phantom Tollbooth,” the first of several children’s books he has worked on. By the 1970s he had written a couple of novels and a few plays, some of which became movies — most famously “Carnal Knowledge.” Feiffer is now working in a genre that didn’t exist when he started out: the graphic novel.”

A show of Jules Feiffer’s art work opened April 23rd at the Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York, and a book of his collected works, Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer, has just been published.

Read an interview with Feiffer in the New Yorker and read/listen to a story on NPR. See a slide show of cartoons, too!


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