10 episodes

Where There’s a Will searches for the surprising places Shakespeare shows up outside the theater. Host Barry Edelstein, artistic director at one of the country’s leading Shakespeare theaters, and co-host writer and director Em Weinstein, ask what is it about Shakespeare that’s given him a continuous afterlife in all sorts of unexpected ways? You’ll hear Shakespeare doing rehabilitative work in a maximum security prison, helping autistic kids to communicate, shaping religious observances, in the mouths of U.S. presidents, and even at the center of a deadly riot in New York City. Join Barry and Em as they uncover the ways Shakespeare endures in our modern society, and what that says about us. From Pushkin Industries and The Old Globe.

Where There's a Will: Finding Shakespeare Pushkin

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Where There’s a Will searches for the surprising places Shakespeare shows up outside the theater. Host Barry Edelstein, artistic director at one of the country’s leading Shakespeare theaters, and co-host writer and director Em Weinstein, ask what is it about Shakespeare that’s given him a continuous afterlife in all sorts of unexpected ways? You’ll hear Shakespeare doing rehabilitative work in a maximum security prison, helping autistic kids to communicate, shaping religious observances, in the mouths of U.S. presidents, and even at the center of a deadly riot in New York City. Join Barry and Em as they uncover the ways Shakespeare endures in our modern society, and what that says about us. From Pushkin Industries and The Old Globe.

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    Episode 8: Faith And Wonder

    Episode 8: Faith And Wonder

    What happens when William Shakespeare walks into a Yom Kippur service? We take a deep dive into how Shakespeare informs contemporary religious practices and faith traditions, and explore one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays—host Barry Edelstein's favorite—The Winter's Tale. Its focus on the idea of wonder ties all of the Bard's plays, and this season of Where There’s a Will, together.
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    • 39 min
    Episode 7: Thinking Shakespeare Live

    Episode 7: Thinking Shakespeare Live

    What happens when a regular person has to publicly speak Shakespeare for a wedding or funeral or bat mitzvah? Barry coaches two listeners through their moments in the spotlight, and along the way illuminates how Shakespeare’s language works. Also, we check out Shakespeare in the mouths of the baseball announcers for the San Diego Padres.

     


     

    Take Me Out to the Ballgame - Military Band Edition courtesy of US Air Force Band of the West.

    Sonnets 18 and 116

    Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare                                                                                        

    Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or nature’s changing course untrimmed. But thy eternal summer shall not fade Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st, Nor shall Death brag thou wand’rest in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st. So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

    Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare                                                                             

    Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds Or bends with the remover to remove. O, no, it is an ever-fixèd mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wand’ring bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle’s compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error, and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
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    • 34 min
    Episode 6: Teenaged Shakespeare

    Episode 6: Teenaged Shakespeare

    Is a Shakespeare-obsessed 15 year-old geeky, or totally cool? We meet a group of teens who’ve immersed themselves in Shakespeare to hear why they believe this writer speaks to them more clearly than any other. And we also hear about even younger kids with a very special relationship to the Bard: autistic children, who discover ways to express themselves through a writer from 400 years ago.
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    • 29 min
    Episode 5: Shakespeare and Presidents

    Episode 5: Shakespeare and Presidents

    To be, or not to be President? Shakespeare is a longtime ally of America’s Commanders-in-Chief, and for good reason: there's plenty to be found in his plays about leadership and how it works. We eavesdrop in the Oval Office to hear how Shakespeare shapes the thinking and feeling of political leaders, and how they draw on him for wisdom and solace. Just don't forget to keep an eye out for Brutus.
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    • 32 min
    Episode 4: Shakespeare and Gender

    Episode 4: Shakespeare and Gender

    Where men are women, women are men, and gender is As You Like It. Co-host Em Weinstein leads an exploration of how Shakespeare bent gender on the stage and in his writing, and how that inspired Em—and others—to step into their own truth.
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    • 26 min
    Introducing Macbeth from Play On Podcasts

    Introducing Macbeth from Play On Podcasts

    Today, we want to share a preview of another Shakespeare podcast we think you will enjoy, Play On Podcasts, which reimagines Shakespeare's timeless tales into epic audio adventures. Each episode explores plays from Macbeth to A Midsummer Night's Dream, created specifically for the podcast form by some of America's most exciting playwrights, directors, and composers and performed by stage and screen's best. This clip is from the fifth episode, In the Devil's Other Name, of their Macbeth series. In it, Edward Torres directs a Latinx cast into the dark corners of the human psyche through Migdalia Cruz's rendering of Macbeth. It features drag superstars Manila Luzon, Monét X-Change, and Ms. Peppermint as The Witches, with sound design and original composition by David Molina.

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    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Whatyallthink ,

Brilliant

Thoroughly enjoying this podcast. A great listen for the morning and has me reflecting on Shakespeare. I wish this podcast existed when I was a student learning about his plays. I HATED Romeo and Juliet, but loved Othello - even wrote and performed a long poem of the play for a class project that got top grade! Anyways, I have mixed feelings about the guy’s work, but this podcast puts things into perspective. Currently sharing it with my friends who are high school and college instructors!

Mcbdale ,

I wasn’t a Shakespeare person til now!

Usually when I hear “doth” or “thou,” my eyes glaze over and I tune out. So, needless to say, I’ve never been super interested in Shakespeare because I didn’t see how an old dead guy could be relevant in my life or if plays from hundred of years ago had modern relevancy but this show proved me wrong!

Great production and content in this show! I’m learning so much and I have so much more appreciation for Shakespeare now! I want to go watch a play!

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