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Radio For The Deaf started out as an idea: How can the deaf enjoy a radio talk show?It took some engineering, but thanks to the innovation of Facebook Live the idea became practical. It turned into a reality when Connecticut Public Radio partnered with Hartford’s American School For The Deaf and Source Interpreting to broadcast our live talk shows, such as The Colin McEnroe Show, in American Sign Language, as a simulcast on Facebook Live.Today, Radio For The Deaf is a Facebook Live experience executed on Switcher Studio and through an arsenal of iPads.But it’s growing.We are committed to tweak, improve, and enhance our entire Radio For The Deaf experience. What started as an experiment has become a full-fledged project for Connecticut Public Radio, and we want to make our execution better. But we need your help.What do you think of Radio For The Deaf? How can we improve upon what we’ve started? What do you want us to do to in order to deliver our content directly to you?Send us your thoughts: deafradio@ctpublic.orgHOW TO WATCH RADIO FOR THE DEAF BROADCASTSClick on any of the links below. When you enter that show page, scroll down until you see the embedded video. Click play on the video. That is the interpreted Radio For The Deaf broadcast. Enjoy!

A Radio Show About Mimes? You Bet!

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Mimes have been gesticulating their way into our hearts (or nightmares) for a lot longer than you may think. While it may have been the legendary Marcel Marceau who popularized the mime, people have been communicating through movement since the very beginning.

But is the future of miming in trouble? That may depend on what you consider the art form to be.  Whether you recognize it or not, characters in big-budget Hollywood movies and television shows routinely rely on pantomime techniques to create the on-screen characters we love.

This hour we speak with mimes and mime historians about the past, present, and future of the art. We also interview actor Doug Jones-- famous for his performances in The Shape of Water, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, and currently as Commander Saru on Star Trek Discovery-- about how miming and movement are central to his character portrayals.

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Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, and Betsy Kaplan contributed to this show.

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