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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.

Josh was a producer for WNPR's talk shows. He has produced for Where We Live and was a producer for The Colin McEnroe Show until 2020.

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