Fighting deficits is a core belief of the Tea Party, which emerged as a significant force in the 2010 midterm elections, especially in the Republican Party. Host Scott Simon talks with New York Times reporter Kate Zernike about the Tea Party's influence on the deficit and debt ceiling talks, as well as the resulting impact on the GOP.
The minor league Dayton Dragons tied the Portland Trail Blazers' record of 814 consecutive sellouts last Saturday. They will break the record Saturday, when they open a series against South Bend. Jerry Kenny of member station WYSO reports.
We begin with reaction to host Scott Simon's essay last week about Mark Halperin's profane reference to President Obama. Also last week, we heard we heard from Gwen Thompkins about her return home to New Orleans and the reassurance she felt hearing the croaks of dozens of frogs who had also returned. Host Scott Simon reads listener comments about these stories and more.
Elaine Paige is known as the "First Lady of Musical Theater" and recently celebrated 40 years on the stage. For more than six years, she has also been hosting a radio show on BBC Radio 2, on which she interviews people from the theater world. Host Scott Simon speaks with Paige about her radio show and her favorite musical roles.