Beginning today, NPR opens Cabinet of Wonders, a new series for public radio featuring the best of the acclaimed New York variety show which finds leading novelists, musicians and comedians each performing as part of a rare showcase of talent. After all, the time is right for a little variety.
Hosted by musician and author John Wesley Harding, Cabinet of Wonders is hitting the airwaves for the first time as a six episode radio program. Each hour-long program and additional content will be available at NPR.org, offered as a podcast and available on NPR's mobile apps. Hear the first show online at cabinetofwonders.npr.org today, and this summer on stations across this country (WXPN Philadelphia and WFUV in New York are among the first to carry the show, beginning in June).
Stocking this season’s Cabinet are musical performances by Rosanne Cash, Ted Leo, Josh Ritter and Edie Brickell; readings from authors John Hodgman, Colson Whitehead, Sarah Vowell and Rick Moody; and acts from comedians Eugene Mirman and Janeane Garofalo. All programs were recorded in front of a live audience at the City Winery in New York City. NPR joined together with Cabinet of Wonders to record, broadcast and exclusively distribute the radio show, making its engaging dialogue and eclectic performances available to audiences nationwide.
Since forming in 2009, Cabinet of Wonders has established itself in New York, and on tour in other U.S. cities, as an exciting stage for both prominent and emerging voices in music, literature and comedy. Harding originally conceived of Cabinet of Wonders as a stage to bring together his creative friends; he handpicks the performers and facilitates unusual onstage collaborations for each show, managing to weave the diverse lineup into one highly entertaining hour. An acclaimed artist in his own right, Harding has 18 albums and three novels (published under the name Wesley Stace) to his name.
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