As part of a series called "My Big Break,"All Things Consideredis collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.
Before Ken Jeong was an actor, he was a doctor.
"Internal medicine was my specialty," he says. "General practice with an emphasis on adult medicine."
After a long day at the office, Jeong says he would take to the stage and perform comedy routines as a way to blow off some steam.
At age 86, Peter Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word" — a novel due out Tuesday about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp. It's called In Paradise, and it caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.
Matthiessen is the only writer to ever win a National Book Award in both fiction — for his last book, Shadow Country, and adult nonfiction for his 1978 travel journal, The Snow Leopard.