This is the second part of a two-part interview focusing on the work and career of actor, author, and community activist Wendell Pierce. Pierce is best known for his recurring roles on the HBO series The Wire and Treme, but has appeared in a range of television series and feature films including Waiting to Exhale and Selma. In this episode, Pierce discusses his upbringing in New Orleans, the destruction and healing he experienced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and his devotion to family and... [see more] community. He also addresses the universal message of Waiting for Godot, which he performed on his ravaged hometown streets in the wake of Katrina. This episode features a moving reading by Pierce, who is the author of the memoir and New Orleans tribute The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken.
The Drexel InterView is a half-hour, original series featuring interesting people and interesting talk. Hosted by best-selling author, critic and Drexel University Distinguished Professor of English Paula Marantz Cohen, each episode features an interview with a noteworthy figure. Guests reflect a diversity of opinions and backgrounds and come from fields including art, politics, science and business.