Jim Cooper / Associated Press

Roger Rees, the Tony Award-winning Welsh-born actor and director who appeared on TV's "The West Wing" and was a mainstay on Broadway playing Gomez in "The Addams Family" and Chita Rivera's doomed lover in "The Visit," has died. He was 71.


  Ann Hood’s 13th novel is The Obituary Writer.

The story goes back and forth in time between 1919 San Francisco, when obituary writer Vivien Lowe searches for the man she lost in the Great Earthquake of 1906, and 1961 Washington, DC, when Claire, a young wife and mother, struggles to decide whether to follow the man she loves or stay in her secure marriage.

4/1/13 - Panel

Apr 1, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Dr. Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donhahue moderates.

Today's topics:
Death of Prosecutors in Texas
The Jodi Arias trial enters its fourth month this week
Number of Young Adults Hit by Recession up
NYT Changes Obit After Criticism
April Fool’s Day (Julia Winterbottom, author of Pranklopedia: The Funniest, Grossest, Craziest, Not-Mean Pranks on the Planet! joins via phone.)

New York Times Obituaries Editors, William McDonald, is back again with a new collection of obituaries for the colorful figures who have died this year. Here's your chance to get a glimpse into the lives of the provocative and powerful, the saintly and the scandalous. Did you know Steve Jobs had a long-lost sister? Or that Loretta Young and Clark Gable had a love child. Or that Stalin’s daughter, Lana Peters - the “little Princess of the Kremlin”—ended up in a cabin in northern Wisconsin?