Very little is known about North Korea’s brutal regime, in part because its people are not allowed to leave. So, unlike humanitarian crises elsewhere in the world, citizens of the US spend very little time thinking about the plight of the 24 million people living in one of the harshest dictatorships in recent memory.
Radio Drama is associated with a so-called “Golden Age” of radio in the 30s and 40s, before TV became the dominant medium. Today, Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” is the best known program still presenting this traditional style.
These days, it seems as though we know just about everything (probably more than we need to know) about the men who are running for President. Every gaffe and personal trait gets a full treatment on SNL and on Twitter.
But throughout history, our presidents have had some pretty interesting things about them.
Remember Sarah Palin? Last month, Politico ran an item suggesting that CNN's Wolf Blitzer had picked out new eyeglasses that closely resembled those of much younger, hipper New Yorker politics writer Ryan Lizza.
Radio producer Aengus Anderson is on his third cross country trip, this time for a podcast called “The Conversation” - a collaborative project about the future interviewing a cross-section of America’s most creative thinkers. Anderson joins us to talk space colonization, transhumanism, neoprimitivism, and more.
MSNBC political analyst and Salon.com editor Joan Walsh says that our nation has been slowly tearing itself apart along racial, class and economic lines. So she’s asking the big - and provocative question “what’s the matter with white people?” She says that the country’s major racial group is longing for a golden age that never was. Walsh will be at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center tonight.
One thing that tipped us into doing a show about Adult Fans of LEGO was the LEGO stop action animation of Felix Baumgartner's high altitude jump. The video seemed to go up almost immediately after the real thing, even though it clearly required extensive planning and shooting. When I look at it again, knowing what I know now, I realize that what it didn't require was a lot of designing and building with actual LEGOs. That's the killer.
The very word "Viking" is complicated because it describes both a people -- those who lived in Scandinavian countries from 800 to 1100 -- and a behavior -- setting out in boats for trade, plunder, or both.
We’ve seen some interesting political debates in the past few weeks. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have had a first round, and Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan had their first and only debate. At the state level, we’ve seen two debates so far featuring Linda McMahon and Congressman Chris Murphy.
At this point in any presidential campaign, the same question gets asked: “Do debates really matter?” I mean, after a two-year campaign, what can we really learn? Can a gaffe really derail a candidate? Does the moderator matter?
Jackie McLean had one of the most amazing musical lives of the 20th century. He learned jazz in Harlem from the great pianist Bud Powell...he idolized, then sat in for, Charlie Parker. His first recording gig was with Miles Davis....and he played with all the greats.
Like just about anything else one delves into, the subculture known as furries is more nuanced, more varied and less sensational than mass media depictions of them.
Furries are people who really like anthropomorphic depictions of animals. Sometimes they like them so much that they buy or make their own elaborate costumes, but others are quite content with online role playing or attending conventions. They like movies like Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda.
Today, hear a live, in-studio performance by and conversation with the Punch Brothers, before their performance at Jorgensen Theater at UConn, Storrs. They are a five-piece band enjoying an explosion of critical esteem and new popularity over the past few years. Its leader, Chris Thile, just won a MacArthur Genius Grant, and has been working with giants from other genres, including cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, and jazz great Brad Mehldau.
The MacArthur Genius grants were just announced. One of them went to Junot Diaz, whom you will hear discussed today by me and short story writer Nathan Englander. So we're one degree of Kevin Bacon removed from a genius grant.
Mark Siegel, creator of "Sailor Twain," is doing wildly creative things with the graphic novel, which is doing widely creative things with the novel form iteself.
Siegel says the graphic novel is in a golden age, attracting writers not only from the book world, but from movies and television. And the work is starting to get noticed. In 2006, Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese, which Siegel published, was a finalist for the National Book Award.
We’re back at our “pop up” storefront at 90 State House Square, with help from the city of Hartford, in a former bank space. Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show are broadcasting here for two days, right on one of the city’s most bustling corners.
We’ve been talking a lot about “pop up” storefronts on the show - the attempt by cities to fill vacant spaces on their streets, temporarily, just to get a sense of possibility. So, with help from the city of Hartford, and 90 State House Square, we’re trying something new the next few days - “pop up radio.”
Artist, writer and experiemental philosopher Jonathon Keats explains his latest art project, Cloning Celebrity, which uses epigenetics to create "replicas" of President Obama, Lady Gaga, Michael Phelps, Oprah Winfrey, and Jennifer Lopez.
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For years now, we've been getting Wally Lamb, Eric Danton and Joan Holliday together to talk about pop music and share the little treasures they've found. It's always a fun show, and the three of them have great chemistry.