Performers Connect Their Personal Lives And Experiences To Their Art50:02

Actor George Takei at WBUR. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Actor George Takei at WBUR. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
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In a special hour of Radio Boston, we hear from performers whose own personal lives and experiences shape and inspire their art.

Comedian John Hodgman talks about how, as he got older, he felt a growing desire to turn away from playing absurdist characters in favor of a more truthful, honest form of comedy.

Filmmaker John Waters says that even though his parents weren't always thrilled with the final results, they always loved him and supported his dream of making movies that push cultural boundaries and make audiences uncomfortable.

Star Trek legend George Takei explains how being held in an internment camp for Japanese Americans as a five year old child has stayed with him throughout his life and career.

And singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne tells us how her Alabama roots still inspire her music decades later, no matter where she goes.


John Hodgman, comedian, author of "Vacationland." He tweets @hodgman.

John Waters, filmmaker, writer, author of "Make Trouble."

George Takei, actor and activist. He tweets @georgetakei.

Shelby Lynne, GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter. She tweets @ogshelbylynne.

This program aired on November 21, 2018.


Chris Citorik Twitter Producer, Radio Boston
Chris Citorik is a producer for Radio Boston.