Arts Express. Growing Up Funny: My Dad, Harpo Marx

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Growing Up Funny: Son Of Harpo Marx Speaks. Bill Marx, the last surviving person to have worked with the Marx Brothers since he was twelve, is on the line to Arts Express from LA to talk about his new book, and a couple of comedic uncles who inspired him. Additional topics on the table include memorable childhood dinners with George Burns, Milton Berle and Jack Benny, and one thing that was no laughing matter: The Hollywood Blacklist and dad Harpo’s encounter with HUAC.

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Conversation With A Conservative: Arts Express takes a sharp right this week, with a stop over in Tampa, Florida to debate conservative commentator Les Rayburn. Or is he? Part Joe The Plummer, part Tea Party enthusiast, the veteran of both Vietnam and Iraq may actually be unleashing his inner leftie. As Rayburn rants against new CIA domestic espionage spyware tactics in progress, while shedding light on how working people sometimes act against their own class interests. Along with the contradictions between Rayburn’s fierce patriotism and the post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from ‘doing a lot of things that human beings don’t – and it eats at you.’

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Prairie Miller is a New York multimedia journalist online, in print and radio, who reviews movies and conducts in-depth interviews. She can also be heard on WBAI/Pacifica National Radio Network's Arts Express.