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For fifty years, the iconic, irreverent, and incomparable Doonesbury has kept readers entertained––and informed––through Pulitzer Prize-winning Garry Trudeau’s depiction of our cultural zeitgeist. His acclaimed satire has been prescient, provocative, and unerringly precise.

To mark the fifty-year milestone, Trudeau’s entire Doonesbury output has now been collected in a celebratory package: Dbury@50: The Complete Digital Doonesbury. The set includes a flash drive with a searchable archive of every comic strip published and a 224-page User Manual, which takes readers through each year of the strip, providing historical context and featuring key storylines.

In addition to cartooning, Trudeau has worked in theater, film, and television. He also has been a contributing columnist for the New York Times op-ed page and later an essayist for Time magazine.

Garry Trudeau will talk with David Stanford of Oblong Books in a virtual event tonight at 7 p.m.

Artwork for "The Thanksgiving Play" presented by WAM Theatre
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WAM Theatre will be presenting the second digital production of their re-imagined fall season beginning later this week, the wickedly funny satire "The Thanksgiving Play" by Larissa FastHorse, directed by Associate Artistic Director Talya Kingston. The production will be available online November 19-22.

The play is fast-paced satire where good intentions collide with absurd assumptions, as a troupe of white Liberal teaching artists scramble to devise a grade school theatre performance that somehow manages to celebrate Turkey Day, while also honoring Native American Heritage Month.

To tell us more, we welcome Director Talya Kingston and actress Molly Parker Myers.

P. J. O’Rourke says we’ve worked ourselves into a state of anger and perplexity, and it’s no surprise because perplexed and angry are what Americans have been since the Roanoke Colony got lost.

His new book, "A Cry From the Far Middle," looks at the state of these United States and includes essays on everything from the political effects of social media, (“Whose Bright Idea Was It to Make Sure that Every Idiot in the World Is in Touch with Every Other Idiot?”) to a plan advanced to reform federal poverty programs (“Just Give Them the Money”); and a rant is made against the “Internet of Things” because your juicer is sending fake news to your Fitbit about what’s in your refrigerator.

P. J. O’Rourke has written nineteen books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. He is a regular panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me," a contributing writer for the Washington Post editorial page, and the editor in chief of the free web magazine "American Consequences."

As a native Floridian, author Carl Hiaasen has worked his entire adult life for the Miami Herald, for which he writes an award-winning column. In his latest, very funny, novel "Squeeze Me," Hiaasen takes on The Palm Beach social scene - complete with Presidential shenanigans, a missing woman named Kiki Pew, and enormous pythons. 

Comedian Brent Terhune
Brent Terhune

With everyone stuck at home over the past several weeks, social media updates and videos have increasingly become a primary way to communicate. And in this odd political moment, Brent Terhune’s videos are getting more attention than ever.

When the decorated Captain of a great ship descends the gangplank for the final time, a new leader, a man with a yellow feather in his hair, vows to step forward. Though he has no experience, no knowledge of nautical navigation or maritime law, and though he has often remarked he doesn’t much like boats, he solemnly swears to shake things up.

Dave Eggers’ new novel "The Captain and The Glory: An Entertainment," is a savage satire of the United States in the throes of insanity that tells the story of a noble ship, the Glory, and the loud, clownish, and foul Captain who steers it to the brink of disaster.

If you happen to be craving a humorous antidote to the sound and the fury of American politics, you are, perhaps, ready for the new book, "MacTrump." The book is a satire written in iambic pentameter in the style of Shakespeare that wittily fictionalizes the events of the first two years of the Trump administration.

The two men behind the new project are Ian Doescher and Jacopo Della Quercia. Doescher is the New York Times best-selling author of "William Shakespeare’s Star Wars" and the "Pop Shakespeare" series.

Jacopo Della Quercia is the pseudonym for a former Obama staffer who has authored "The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy" and "License to Quill."

Stand-up comic and actor Judah Friedlander is bringing his “Future President” tour to MASS MoCA’s High Mud Comedy Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts. His recent material, including his Netflix comedy film “America Is the Greatest Country in the United States” presents a satirical take on American exceptionalism and his presidential platform should he be chosen-slash-forced  to become U.S. President.

Friedlander played Frank Rossitano on the NBC comedy series “30 Rock” and became well known for his dry delivery and trucker hats. He also had a memorable arc a "musician" named Gordy on the Netflix series “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” He is the author of “How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book by the World Champion” and "If the Raindrops United: Drawings and Cartoons."

It was 1987 when the “Doonesbury” comic strip first imagined a Donald Trump presidential run. Since then, Trump has been a recurring character in cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comic. His new book, “#SAD! Doonesbury in the Time of Trump,” tracks the victory, the transition and POTUS’s first 500 days.

This episode was recorded as part of Oblong Books and Music's White Hart Speakers Series.

The Capitol Steps were founded in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Since then, they’ve been putting the “mock” in democracy in Washington, D.C., on tour, on the radio, and – during the summer – in Lenox, Massachusetts.

The musical satirists call The Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort their summer home – performing here every night except Tuesday through August 31.

The CapSteps latest album is “Make America Grin Again.” We are joined this morning by longtime steppers, Bari Biern and Jack Rowles.

Former Long Island Congressman Steve Israel has traded in a political career for one as an author – but, the politics have not been discarded completely – especially as the issue of guns in America continues with massive demonstrations led by the teens who survived the shooting at their high school in Parkland, FL in February.

In his new novel, Big Guns, the gun lobby controls the political direction of the U.S., requiring that every American over the age of four carry a gun. What ensues is a discomfiting, hilarious indictment of the current state of American politics.

The novel is set in a fictional town on Long Island that becomes ground zero for a pitched battle over gun rights and gun control.

Randy Newman
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Randy Newman is a legendary songwriter with hits that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores. He has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences.

He has a new album, Dark Matter, out from Nonesuch and he'll be at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday, September 16th at 8 p.m.

The Capitol Steps were founded in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Since then, they’ve been putting the “mock” in democracy in Washington, D.C., on tour, on the radio, and – during the summer – here in Lenox, MA.

The musical satirists call The Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort their summer home – performing here every night except Tuesday through September 1.

CapSteppers Brad Van Grack and Delores Williams join us.

This election cycle was so absurd that celebrated political satirist, journalist, and die-hard Republican P. J. O’Rourke endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. 

In How the Hell Did This Happen?, P.J. brings his critical eye and inimitable voice to some seriously risky business.

Originally published in 1935 as a response to the rise of Hitler and Mussolini in Europe, Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here has renewed relevance in the wake of Donald Trump’s campaign and election.

Physical sales for the Signet Classics mass-market edition of It Can’t Happen Here are up 1100% over last year’s sales, and eBook sales have jumped 750%.

Dr. Sally Parry, executive director of the Sinclair Lewis Society, joins us this morning to discuss this shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news. 

It was 1987 when the “Doonesbury” comic strip first imagined a Donald Trump presidential run. Since then, Trump has been a recurring character in cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comic.

Over the years “Doonesbury” has taken on everything from Trump’s hair to his ego to his rampant use of insults. Those cartoons have just been collected in a new book titled Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump.

Garry Trudeau, the iconic cartoonist who created Doonesbury and has been skewering our political lives for over four decades has also worked in theater and television.

In an event last night, presented by Oblong Books and Music at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT, we spoke with Trudeau about his career, politics, and his new book is Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump.

  The Capitol Steps were founded in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Since then, they’ve been putting the “mock” in democracy in Washington, D.C., on tour, on the radio, and – during the summer – here in Lenox, MA.

The musical satirists call The Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort their summer home – performing here every night except Tuesday through September 2nd.

We are joined this morning by longtime steppers, Bari Biern and Jack Rowles.

  Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-ass Wit of Molly Ivins is a staged reading with Nancy Rothman at PS21 in Chatham on Friday night at 8PM.

It’s an election year, so what better time to enjoy a play based on the famous witticisms of political columnist and humorist Molly Ivins? Her satirical insights into the American political system still ring true today, and twin-sister journalists Margaret and Allison Engel have written a very funny show celebrating Ivins’ courage and tenacity.

Nancy Rothman has acted on stages in NYC, regionally and abroad, as well as on film, television and radio. She is also a favorite with local audiences, and has graced the PS21 stage on numerous occasions. Nicola Sheara is directing Nancy in the reading and we welcome them both to The Roundtable.

  David Hare has long been one of England's best known playwrights and dramatists. He's the author of more than thirty acclaimed plays that have appeared on Broadway, in the West End, and the National Theater. He wrote the screenplays for the hugely successful films The Hours, Plenty, and The Reader. Most recently, his play Skylight won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Revival on Broadway.

His new work, The Blue Touch Paper, offers an account of becoming a writer amid the enormous flux of postwar England. He takes us from his university days at Cambridge to the swinging 1960s, when he confounded the influential Portable Theatre in London and took a memorable road trip across America, to his breakthrough successes as a playwright.

  It takes guts to be a comedian, and it takes smarts to make a living off it. In Funny on Purpose: The Definitive Guide to an Unpredictable Career in Comedy: Standup + Improv + Sketch + TV + Writing + Directing + YouTube, former Onion editor Joe Randazzo delivers a funny and insightful blueprint for those looking to turn their sense of humor into a vocation.

    The very witty Fran Lebowitz joins this morning to talk about her stop at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on August 9th, her love of public speaking, and dread of writing.

Lebowitz is the author of two classic books of essays, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies and she was the subject of the documentary film, Public Speaking, directed by Martin Scorsese.