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The People in Your Neighborhood

Starlee Kine was first featured on This American Life in 1997, when she was a college student. Founding producer Paul Tough interviewed her about her elderly neighbor, who was convinced she was a drug dealer. At the time, she was majoring in dramatic writing, which she calls “a stupid, dumb major” that “shouldn’t exist.” But radio made sense to Kine in a way nothing had before, and it’s where she’s spent the last 20...
Mark Stewart, better known as Stew, won a Tony in 2008 for Passing Strange, a semi-autobiographical musical about coming of age while traveling in Europe, which he wrote and performed with his collaborator and now ex-girlfriend Heidi Rodewald. Stew and Rodewald are currently working on a new cycle of songs, and in January released, as Stew & The Negro Problem, a new album called Making It, which deals in part with their break-up (and...

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