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Scott Walters

Entries by Scott Walters

The Wal-Marting of American Theater

(106) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 2:40 PM

I was recently struck by the juxtaposition of three news events: the Black Friday labor protests against Wal-Mart, Mac McCelland's horrific article about online shipping warehouses published in Mother Jones and the announcement the Rocco Landesman, the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts was...

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Rocco Landesman: Too Many Theaters?

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 2:43 PM

Rocco Landesman, the Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, is at it again. A few days ago in Minnesota, Landesman repeated the comments he made at the Arena Stage in January of 2011. As reported by the University of Minnesota's student newspaper the Daily, during the...

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Defending Mr. Daisey, Part 2: Big Fact, Little Fact

(41) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 10:55 AM

A little over a week ago, I began this series about the flap over This American Life's hour-long "Retraction" of its January broadcast of excerpts of Mike Daisey's The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Lobs. In Act One, entitled "Lies Like Truth," I...

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Defending Mr. Daisey

(49) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 11:36 AM


On March 16, Ira Glass devoted an entire episode of This American Life to doing that which newspapers do with a few sentences in a small box buried on an inside page: retracting an error. In this case, the error was the January 6th episode entitled Mike...

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Occupy the Arts

(19) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 7:33 AM

Generally speaking, people in the arts tend to think of themselves as progressives and innovators whose purpose includes questioning the status quo. But when it comes to thinking about their own way of doing business, and especially when it comes time to look at the way money is raised and...

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