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Madonna Week: Madonna's Movie Roles; Weird Al Yankovic; James McBride On 'The Good Lord Bird'

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell in 'A League of Their Own' (YouTube)

In this episode: Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, of the The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, look back at Madonna’s career on the silver screen. 

Plus: Songwriter and pop parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic talks about his latest work, a children's book called My New Teacher and Me!

And: Jazz musician and best-selling novelist James McBride discusses his new book The Good Lord Bird and brings his band in for a live performance. 


    Rafer Guzman, James McBride, Kristen Meinzer and "Weird Al" Yankovic

    Movie Date: Madonna On The Silver Screen

    Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, co-hosts of The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, join Soundcheck to discuss Madonna’s career on the screen.


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    'Weird Al' Yankovic On Kids' Lit And His 'Madonna Moment'

       "Weird Al" Yankovic launched his career with send-ups of Michael Jackson hits in the 1980's, but his latest release from isn't another parody. He joins Soundcheck from the studios of NPR West to talk about his latest work, a children's book, My New Teacher And Me, which is a sequel of sorts to his first book, When I Grow Up. 

      Plus, we ask Yankovic about his "Madonna Moment":


      "Weird Al" Yankovic On His Madonna Moment


        James McBride: Traditional Spirituals, In The Studio

        The National Book Award-winning author and composer James McBride discusses his latest book and performs traditional spirituals with a quintet of singers and musicians in the Soundcheck studio.


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        The alt country musician Robbie Fulks plays at Mercury Lounge Wednesday. Download "Long I Ride."


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        I prefer Madonna as an actress than as a singer. In fact, I really dislike her music (sorry, Madonna fans). I've never understood why people are so crazy about it. A Madonna song that comes on the radio is a surefire way to get me to change the station immediately.

        I thought that she was great in "A League of Their Own". Her character in "Desperately Seeking Susan" was a nut case, but she played it well. I enjoy seeing her on the screen because she's quirky and brings depth to her roles. Just as long as she doesn't sing. I still can't bring myself to watch Evita.

        Sep. 18 2013 09:37 PM

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