Where There's a Will: Finding Shakespeare

Pushkin Industries

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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Our Editor's Take

The theme of Where There's a Will: Finding Shakespeare is in the podcast's title. The series points out the places where William Shakespeare's presence remains. Actors still perform his plays, even though he lived over 500 years ago. But what does this say about 21st century people? This question is what the podcast intends to answer. Along the journey, the hosts will find out so much more.

Since Shakespeare's work is still profound today, genius seems to be an accurate title. His quotes appear everywhere, from politicians' speeches to placards in protests. People know exactly what one means when they hear "Shakespeare." On the Where There's a Will: Finding Shakespeare podcast, such stories punctuate the narrative. Sometimes, those come from everyday citizens who the hosts interview on the street. It is incredible to hear how these people describe Shakespeare. Some say that his work will change a reader forever. Others mention that it shaped how they view love.

Herein lies the core of Where There's a Will: Finding Shakespeare. It intends to discover how (and why) this great mind has affected the lives of so many people. More importantly, the podcast details how this still happens so many years after his passing.

Barry Edelstein cohosts the Where There's a Will: Finding Shakespeare podcast. He also runs the Old Globe, a leading Shakespeare theater in San Diego, California. Cohosting with him is writer/director Em Weinstein. Together, they seek to present the mysterious yet wonderful ways this writer lives on. For instance, they explain how Shakespeare has shaped American identity. Every topic is as enlightening as the last. There is always something new to learn, quite often unexpected and extraordinary.

There is much to gain from this podcast. Listeners need not be literary geniuses or even Shakespeare fans to enjoy it. Listeners will learn what it is about Shakespeare that made him so special in his time. They will also discover what makes him remain one of the most profound artists in modern-day life. That is what Where There's a Will: Finding Shakespeare does best.

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Episode 7: Thinking Shakespeare Live
Jan 5 2023
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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.