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Shakespeare Unlimited

While the exact date of William Shakespeare's birth and death are disputed, historians believe that this past week - April 23rd, to be exact - marked both the 453rd anniversary of his birth in 1564 and the 401st anniversary of his death in 1616. For Shakespeare aficionados, the Folger Shakespeare Library hosts Shakespeare Unlimited, a thirty-minute podcast dedicated to all things related to the playwright and his enduring legacy. On this website, visitors can listen to all current and past episodes of Shakespeare Unlimited (as of this write up, 70 episodes in total) and also check out the transcript for each episode. The show is produced by public radio veteran Richard Paul, edited by Shakespeare experts Esther Ferington (who has penned articles for Folger Magazine) and Gail Kern Paster (former editor of Shakespeare Quarterly), and hosted by Barbara Bogaev, Neva Grant, and Rebecca Sheir. Episodes frequently incorporate interviews with other experts and explore not only Shakespeare's work, but also topics related to Shakespeare's world and his impact on the world today. For example, one recent podcasts explores Shakespeare's depictions of girlhood and the realities of female adolescence in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Another episode explores Othello, sixteenth-century portrayals of blackness, and new insights about the play.
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