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Inside Aaron Sorkin's 'Mockingbird' story

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The acting future of Jussie Smollett is still unknown but his character on "Empire" just made TV history. Yesterday’s episode was actor Jussie Smollett’s last appearance in season 5 of the Fox show and in it his character was married in broadcast television’s first black, gay wedding. But Smollett was written out of the series – for this season at least– after authorities in Chicago said he staged a hate crime against himself, which Smollet denies. Tre’vell Anderson, is director of culture and entertainment at Out Magazine. He’s written a lot about Smollett, and joins John Horn to discuss both the actor and his character on screen.


How do you take a classic work of American literature and turn it into something new? How do you reimagine it without ruining it? That was the challenge that Aaron Sorkin took on when he agreed to write a new stage adaptation of Harper Lee's beloved 1960 novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird." His first draft, by his own account, was terrible. Then, six months before rehearsals began, the Lee estate sued, saying that Sorkin's play deviated too much from the novel. Now, with the legal dispute settled, and four months into a blockbuster run at the Shubert Theatre in New York, Sorkin spoke with The Frame host John Horn about "To Kill a Mockingbird" and its renewed relevance today.