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Shameless Self Promotion (with a Williamstown connection)

I started a new podcast back February about biographies, cleverly called The Biography Podcast. It comes out twice a month a focuses on recent biographies. I wanted to have multiple episodes out before I started to do some promotion, but the most recent one has (kind of ) a Williamstown connection. It is with Shawn Levy, the film critic for The Oregonian, talking about his latest biography, Paul Newman: A Life. I am not sure if Paul ever did the Williamstown Theater Festival, but I know his wife, Joanne Woodward, appeared in several plays there. Previous shows have focused on everyone from the Victorian architect Auguste Pugin to the strip tease artist Gypsy Rose Lee to the guiding force behind The Wall Street Journal, Barney Kilgore.

Anyway, hope you like it. Tell your friends!

The Biography Podcast: Paul Newman

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#1 Comment By PTC On June 1, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

He used to be seen around town from time to time. I saw him at the Wild Amber in late 90s.

For those who do not know, the Wild Amber is now a parking lot across from the big theater parking garage on RT 2. The big theater parking garage used to be a large field, like a commons, that students and others sun bathed and played frisbie on.


#2 Comment By sophmom On June 2, 2009 @ 1:48 am

Gondo, so good to see you! It has been so long.

I can’t wait to listen to this. I am going to save it for my morning coffee, though, as I am dead tired. Been working hard and spending my breaks in the tips trenches, alas, sucker that I am yet.

#3 Comment By PTC On June 2, 2009 @ 6:15 am

I listened to it. Good stuff. Very “NPR” sounding in cadence and style.

Why not someone involved in current events? Say, Wick Sloane? It would be really cool to get an interview with Mayor Barret, or Wick Sloane…

#4 Comment By sophmom On June 2, 2009 @ 10:43 am


Mmmm, that was a great podcast. PTC is right, “good stuff”!

You and Levy were a great combo. It must be so much easier when you have someone like him, relaxed, but quick and charming.

And the subject matter…I have always thought highly of Paul Newman, and I fall right into that category you mention, in that I cite his unique partnership with Woodward as part of his appeal.

I wish you would post one of your podcasts at least weekly. You seem to think it is self-promotion, but I see them as the work of a Williams alumni and perfect for EB. They are wonderful, and I daresay might even tempt a return from Rechtal.

Didn’t someone once say that there was a sandwich named after Newman at the sub shop in Williamstown? Would that be proof of his having been more than just a casual visitor? ;-)

#5 Comment By frank uible On June 2, 2009 @ 12:08 pm

No Newman sandwich at Pappa Charlie’s, but a Woodward one. Newman’s Own Foundation, Inc. has been listed in the WTF program as a supporter.