Podcasts Pop CultureJuly 10, 2012


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The musician John Wesley Harding is also the novelist Wesley Stace. As host of the new NPR variety show “The Cabinet of Wonders,” he calls on his friends from both worlds to perform. Rosanne Cash, Josh Ritter, and the Decemberists have all been on the show, as well as Audrey Niffenegger, author of “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” and Pulitzer Prize winning writer Paul Harding. Producer Susan Wallner talked to John Wesley Harding about his many interests, and the evolution of his new show in advance of a special on-the-road edition of “The Cabinet of Wonders” to be taped live at the Xponential Festival on July 22nd.

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Susan Wallner
Susan Wallner

Susan Wallner is an award-winning producer and writer. She recently completed You'll Have the Sky: The Life and Work of Anne Morrow Lindbergh about the writer and aviator, narrated by Judith Light and Lily Rabe. She co-produced Ode to Joy, a performance special now airing on PBS. Her national documentaries include Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice, Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of an Artist, and Michael Graves: The Warehouse. Susan is a principal at PCK Media, where she produces the award-winning weekly public television series State of the Arts as well as a wide range of other projects. Recent highlights include a history series produced for New Jersey’s 350th birthday, It Happened Here: New Jersey, and advocacy videos for the statewide campaign, “Pre-K Our Way.” Susan has an MA from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication, and a BA from New College of Florida. She also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her awards include 13 regional Emmys, four CINE Golden Eagles, two NETA Awards, a Worldfest Houston Gold Special Jury Award, and a Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts Fellowship.