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Joy in Newbridge: 'The Best Show' is coming back

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The Best Show, Tom Scharpling’s beloved long-running radio comedy program (and podcast), had its ostensible final show on home station WFMU last December, but the host never claimed that was the end of the show’s 13-plus year run. Rumors swirled about a live tour with cohort Jon Wurster (who voiced most of The Best Show‘s memorable characters), but Scharpling remained cagey. He still is, but he announced via a slew of tweets today—the 14th anniversary of The Best Show‘s rebirth on WFMU—that it’s coming back.

Just how it will all be back remains a mystery for the moment. But it’s coming back next month—”or thereabouts,” as the poster says. Philly Boy Roy lives.

Alec Baldwin to end 'Here's the Thing' podcast

After two seasons of in-depth interviews with the likes of David Letterman, George Will, and David Simon of The Wire, Alec Baldwin will retire his Here’s The Thing podcast on WNYC in October, just as he launches his new talkshow on MSNBC. The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Baldwin was open to continuing but that WNYC lacked the funding to keep the podcast afloat, and a source close to Baldwin said that the actor might resurrect a revamped version of the podcast for MSNBC at some point in the future. In a statement, WNYC said, “WNYC will wind down production of Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin this fall. The podcast series will end with a much anticipated in-depth conversation with Jerry Seinfeld. … We wish Alec much success as he makes his transition to MSNBC.”

Beginning in October, Up Late With Alec Baldwin, will air at 10 p.m. Fridays on MSNBC.

Stephen Fry reveals he attempted suicide last year

Stephen Fry admitted that he tried to commit suicide last year, according to the Guardian. The incident took place while the actor and writer was filming outside his native U.K. “It was a close run thing,” Fry said on Monday night, while being interviewed by British comedian Richard Herring in front of an audience in London, for Herring’s podcast. “I took a huge number of pills and a huge [amount] of vodka and the mixture of them made my body convulse so much that I broke four ribs, but I was still unconscious,” Fry said. “And, fortunately, the producer I was filming with at the time came into the hotel room and I was found in a sort of unconscious state and taken back to England and looked after.”

Fry, who has previously spoken about suffering from bipolar disorder, is president of the British mental-health charity Mind and told Herring that he regarded it as his duty to talk publicly about his own psychological issues. “The whole point in my role” he said, “is to be … forthcoming about the morbidity and genuine nature of the likelihood of death amongst people [with] certain mood disorders.”

Washington theater stands by Mike Daisey's show

A Washington theater is apologizing for calling a one-man show that purported to show horrific working conditions at Chinese factories that made Apple products a work of nonfiction. Performer Mike Daisey was recently forced to admit he made up parts of the show called The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.

Still, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company said Wednesday that it plans to bring the play back to Washington this summer. It was first performed at the Washington theater in 2010 before moving onto other cities including New York. The theater’s artistic and managing directors say they stand by the show as a piece of theater. They say art is different from journalism.

Revelations that some claims in the show weren’t true led to retractions by public radio’s This American Life and corrections by other news organizations including The Associated Press.

Read more:
Mike Daisey and the invention of ‘counterfeit truth’
Mike Daisey restructures show after ‘This American Life’ controversy
‘This American Life’ retracts Apple factory story

'This American Life' retracts Apple factory story

NPR is retracting a story about Apple factories in China that ran on This American Life Jan. 6, reports Poynter. Per a press release, this week’s edition of Life will be dedicated to detailing how monologuist Mike Daisey “partially fabricated” his story — including dramatic incidents involving underage workers and the poisoning of factory workers. READ FULL STORY

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