Radio Stars

New speaker series in Dallas lures in NPR audience with radio rock stars

New speaker series in Dallas lures NPR audience with radio rock stars

Sarah Koenig
Sarah Koenig, host of the podcast Serial, will appear at Winspear Opera House on August 3. Photo by Meredith Heuer
Ira Glass
Ira Glass will delve into the world of dance when he speaks at Winspear Opera House on July 11. Photo by Stuart Mullenberg
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson will talk movies and science in his appearance at Winspear Opera House on June 15. Photo courtesy of Fox
Jad Abumrad
Radiolab host Jad Abumrad will kick off the #thinkspeak series on May 15 at Dallas City Performance Hall. Photo by Marco Antonio, courtesy of AT&T Performing Arts Center
Sarah Koenig
Ira Glass
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Jad Abumrad

To fill the entertainment void during the summer, the AT&T Performing Arts Center has turned to the world of public radio, starting a new series with a lineup of personalities that aims to lure in the NPR crowd.

The new series, given the social-media-friendly title of #thinkspeak, features Sarah Koenig, host of the ultra-popular podcast Serial; rock star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey; Ira Glass, host of This American Life; and Jad Abumrad, host of the Peabody Award-winning Radiolab radio show and podcast.

Abumrad will kick off the season on Friday, May 15, when he will be joined at Dallas City Performance Hall by renowned cellist Zoë Keating to talk about music, sound and more.

deGrasse Tyson will follow a month later at Winspear Opera House on Monday, June 15 with a talk entitled "An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies," in which he'll explore what films like Star Wars and Gravity got right and wrong when it comes to science.

Glass will be third on Saturday, July 11 at Winspear Opera House, talking with dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass in a show called "3 Acts, 2 Dancers, 1 Radio Host" that combines two art forms for an entertaining evening of mixed talents.

Finally, Koenig will appear on Monday, August 3 at Winspear Opera House to talk about the podcast that became many people's obsession in 2014, Serial. Koenig will also be appearing the previous weekend at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth for the annual Podcast Movement conference.

Subscription packages for all four shows are available online at www.attpac.org/thinkspeak and range from $83 to $257.50. You can also buy packages by telephone at 214-880-0202 or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Information Center.

Subscribers to the four-show series receive discounted tickets, the right to renew their same seats for future seasons and a discounted parking option.