Brevity is its Soul
12 Dec, 2010
Episode 418 — the SEASON FOUR FINALE — aired on December 12, 2010, and the podcast is available as a free download on our iTunes page!
How many kids have a Pulitzer Prize winner as their teacher? Probably not many — but in Atlanta, home of Margaret Edson, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama — there have been more than a few lucky Kindergarteners…
In the late ’90s, Edson made her name as a playwright, authoring Wit, a play about a woman who is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 1999, Edson won the Pulitzer Prize. And in 2001, the story was adapted to a 2001 film starring Academy Award winning actress Emma Thompson. Now, Edson works as a Kindergarten teacher in Atlanta.
In this Season 4 Finale, Edson joins the Radio Rounds crew as the featured guest — describing her inspirations, the true meaning of her play, and its timeless message for physicians and patients alike. In addition, the ‘Rounds’ crew is joined live in the studio by Dr. Bob Reece, Professor Emeritus of Medical Ethics at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, who incorporated the story of Wit into the medical school curriculum.
Like trivia? This was the second Radio Rounds season finale to feature a Pulitzer Prize winning author as the featured guest. The first instance: the Season Two finale, with Tracy Kidder.