Arts & Culture

Song Travels
11:05 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Rob Schwimmer On 'Song Travels'

Rob Schwimmer.
Courtesy of the artist

Composer and pianist Rob Schwimmer has worked with the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder and Bette Milder. He's also written scores for Oscar-winning short films and is a master of the theremin.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:58 am
Fri August 23, 2013

His Voice? Muzak To Her Ears

Pablo Helguera for NPR

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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The Two-Way
9:56 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Book News: This Town, That Town. A Squabble Worthy Of Washington

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

N.B. — Book News is going on vacation next week. Your faithful correspondent will be in California sans laptop and praying that Jonathan Franzen doesn't choose this week to reignite any feuds with daytime talk show hosts. In the meantime, as always, leave your hot tips, scurrilous attacks and existential questions in the comments section or direct them to @annalisa_quinn on Twitter.

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Monkey See
9:42 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Voices And Changing Bands

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On this week's roundtable podcast, we open with Lake Bell's movie In A World, which takes place in the world of voiceovers. We chat about the movie itself, and about Bell, but also about where voiceovers stand right now. Are they still important? As important as they used to be?

Then, we take a reader suggestion and talk about reconstituted bands — replaced singers, replaced drummers, and sometimes entire new versions of bands you thought you knew. This takes us into the story of Journey, the matter of The Beach Boys, and much more.

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Ask Me Another
8:54 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Monkee-ing Around

Host Ophira Eisenberg warms up the crowd with some of her comedy routine during a live taping of Ask Me Another at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

If you believe in magic, then this week's show is for you. See how well you know your creatures of the supernatural variety, play a word game based on Missy Elliott song lyrics and hear what happens when trivia meets TED talks. This week's Very Important Puzzler is podcast- and pop culture-maven Julie Klausner, who dishes on Real Housewives and her abiding love for The Monkees.

The Record
8:42 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Race And Country Music Then And Now

Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams, Jr. Charles Hughes quotes the songwriter and performer as saying, "Everything I write and sing comes out country, and that's why I have to take so much time in arrangements and instrumentation, because — if not — I'd just be cutting a bunch of country records with black people. And we know that black people are not makin' it in country."
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Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 10:17 am

In a recent book, Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music, editor Diane Pecknold rounds up some of the better music writers in academia in order to put a light on country's many black roots and the country's unease with said roots. It's not perfect, but what's good here makes the collection indispensable.

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TED Radio Hour
8:36 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Is Conflict Good For Progress?

"Thinking partners who aren't echo chambers. I wonder how many of us have, or dare to have, such collaborators." - Margaret Heffernan
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Making Mistakes.

About Margaret Heffernan's TEDTalk

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but Margaret Heffernan says good disagreement is central to progress. She argues the best partners aren't echo chambers, and how great teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

About Margaret Heffernan

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TED Radio Hour
8:36 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Are There Mistakes In Jazz?

"It's about being here in the moment, accepting one another and allowing creativity to flow." - Stefon Harris
Alan Klein TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Making Mistakes.

About Stefon Harris' TEDTalk

What is a mistake? By going through examples with his improvisational jazz quartet, Stefon Harris gets to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.

About Stefon Harris

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TED Radio Hour
8:36 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Can We Gain Strength From Shame?

Brene Brown at TED2012.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:07 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Making Mistakes.

About Brené Brown's TEDTalk

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame. She discusses what can happen when people confront their shame head-on.

About Brené Brown

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The Salt
7:48 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Julia Child Was Wrong: Don't Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks

Julia Child poses with "the chicken sisters" before an episode of The French Chef in which she teaches us how to roast a bird.
Courtesy of Paul Child/PBS

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 8:52 am

It seems almost sacrilegious to question the wisdom of Julia Child.

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