8 pm Friday, Nov. 21, on WILL-TV: Enjoy an encore presentation of one of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters.
One of musical theater’s biggest blockbusters returns to Great Performances for an encore presentation. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats reigned over an 18-year Broadway run and unending touring productions that continue to travel the globe. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Webber’s hit-filled stage version boasts musical highlights aplenty, including Elaine Paige’s return to her original role as Grizabella, the faded “glamour cat” singing the show-stopping ballad “Memory.”
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7 pm Sunday, Nov. 23, on WILL-TV: Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Myers, Wanda Sykes, Betty White and others salute the former Tonight Show host.
This October, The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize saluted Jay Leno. The program premieres Sunday, Nov. 23, at 7 pm on WILL-TV. Taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 19, the special features a star-studded cast of Leno’s friends and colleagues including top entertainers and comedians, Garth Brooks, Kristin Chenoweth, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Robert Klein, Al Madrigal, Seth Myers, Jerry Seinfeld, JB Smoove, Wanda Sykes and special appearances by Jamie Foxx and Betty White. The evening pays tribute to the humor and accomplishments of the comedy icon.
Upon learning he will receive the Mark Twain Prize, Jay Leno remarked, “What an honor! I’m a big fan of Mark Twain’s. In fact, A Tale of Two Cities is one of my favorite books.”
It was in May of 1992 when Leno followed in the footsteps of legendary NBC late-night hosts Steve Allen, Jack Paar, and Johnny Carson as Tonight Show host. Prior to becoming host, Leno had been the exclusive guest host on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson since September 1987. He first appeared as a guest on the show March 2, 1977, and he made numerous additional appearances on the show, as well as NBC’s former program Late Night with David Letterman. An indefatigable performer, Leno loves to test his humor live on audiences across the nation, performing over 100 live appearances in nightclubs, theaters, and stadiums each year, including during Tonight Show hosting.
Leno’s children’s book If Roast Beef Could Fly (from Simon & Schuster) was published in April 2004 and immediately became a New York Times Bestseller. His follow-up kids book How to be the Funniest Kid in Your Class was similarly successful. He has also published the book Leading with My Chin (from HarperCollins), as well as four versions of Headlines, the compilation of books and desk calendars featuring his favorite funny newspaper headlines, and Police Blotter, a book with more humorous newspaper clips involving police stories. When he is not performing, writing, or doing charitable work, Leno keeps busy doing voice-over work in such movies as Cars and Igor and the hit-TV show The Fairly Oddparents (Nickelodeon), where the character The Crimson Chin – a superhero with a chin with superpowers – was inspired by Leno’s own noted jawline. He is also a monthly columnist in Popular Mechanics and in his spare time, he enjoys working on his collection of classic cars and motorcycles, building a number of cars, including an eco-car in his eco-friendly garage. Leno was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., and raised in Andover, Mass.. He and his wife, Mavis, live in Los Angeles.
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From NPR: It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel. But a secret group of 13 gathered earlier this year to exhume the preserved heart of one of the world's most beloved composers, Frederic Chopin.
From Fresh Air: Journalist David Wood says "almost everyone" in war has suffered a violation of their sense of right and wrong. As a result, veterans deal with grief, numbness or guilt.
5 pm Saturday on Big Picture Science: In the century and a half since Charles Darwin wrote his On the Origin of the Species, our understanding of evolution has changed quite a bit.
In the century and a half since Charles Darwin wrote his seminal On the Origin of the Species, our understanding of evolution has changed quite a bit. For one, we have not only identified the inheritance molecule DNA, but have determined its sequence in many animals and planets.
Evolution has evolved, and we take a look at some of the recent developments.
A biologist describes the escalating horn-to-horn and tusk-to-tusk arms race between animals, and a paleoanthropologist explains why the lineage from chimp to human is no longer thought to be a straight line but, instead, a bush. Also, New York Times science writer Carl Zimmer on the diversity of bacteria living on you, and which evolutionary concepts he finds the trickiest to explain to the public.
- Douglas Emlen – Biologist, University of Montana and author of Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle
- Bernard Wood – Paleoanthropologist, George Washington University
- Carl Zimmer – Columnist for the New York Times
Residents of the town hit hard by a tornado on Nov. 17, 2013, talk to Illinois Public Media's Jeff Bossert about efforts to rebuild and heal.
From NPR News: The U.S. throws out 35 million tons of food each year. A pilot EPA program aims to change that.
The soprano and U of I voice professor talks wiith Illinois Pioneers host David Inge about her mentors, her work with students and singing as a spiritual act.
From NPR: There's more than one way to make color, nature tells us. And more than one way to use it to your own advantage.