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Episode 33: Maria Is Not a Problem to Solve

“I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story. Pictured from left: Elizabeth Taylor (Francesca), Carmen Gutierrez (Teresita), Marilyn Cooper (Rosalia), Carol Lawrence (Maria). (Wikimedia Commons)

The scheduled Maria for a West Side Story had to withdraw — because she was not Latin American. Well, nuts to that, Jay says, as did Leonard Bernstein – “who wrote the frickin’ thing” (as Jay also says). Jay begins this episode with West Side Story, then moves to Austria, the Czech Republic, Russia, and beyond. An episode full of culture and politics, with an occasional dyspeptic tone.

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