Theater has a history of making political and social statements. From Shakespeare, to Tennessee Williams and August Wilson, playwrights have used the stage to address issues of public importance. Now, with events in Ferguson, New York and most recently Baltimore - many local theaters are reacting by creating opportunities for audiences to explore issues of race and inequality. We discuss an artist’s responsibility when it comes to big issues in society.
Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance says: “Too often, we think of nature and art as unrelated experiences. One is outside, the other is inside. But...when that art speaks to us, it...deepens our connection with the world...” Alaka Wali, anthropology curator at the Field Museum, joins us to share why she believes, “engaging with art, whether viewing or making it yourself, gives you a visceral experience. This aesthetic, emotional experience [can be a] great way to engage with nature.”
What’s behind an outdoor list that includes these names: Harriet Tubman, Rush Limbaugh, Frank Zappa and an empty line? The artist explains and then invites you to rewrite that list — twenty years later.
We discuss the trend of photographing modern ruins and whether it exposes viewers to a world they may never see, or exploits a city's dissent. And, the new play Invasion! stirs up conversation about the politics of racial profiling.