Arts & Culture

Piano Jazz With Jon Weber
4:08 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Karen Oberlin On Piano Jazz

Karen Oberlin.
Heather Sullivan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 7:41 am

Award-winning vocalist Karen Oberlin is one of the premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook. She's also a theater veteran whose credits include the first stage production of Rent, as well as more than 100 Off Broadway performances of the hit show Our Sinatra. On this episode of Piano Jazz, Oberlin presents an intimate set of timeless music with host Jon Weber.

Originally recorded on March 5, 2013.

The Summer of '63
3:57 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Shake, Rattle And Rally: Code Songs Spurred Activism In Birmingham

When played on the radio in 1963, songs like Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" were code to Birmingham youths, telling them to assemble.
Jan Persson Redferns

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 6:11 pm

In 1963, civil rights activists wanted to recruit more of the city's young people to the cause. The way to their hearts was often through DJs and music. These days, Shelley "The Playboy" Stewart is the head of a major marketing firm, but in the 1950s and '60s, he was a popular DJ in Birmingham, Ala.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:54 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Arturo Sandoval On Piano Jazz

Arturo Sandoval.
Courtesy of the artist

Trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval is one of Cuba's best-known musical exports. He's won multiple Grammys, including one for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2013, and his life inspired the film For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, starring Andy GarcĂ­a.

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Monkey See
3:53 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Kendama: Can A Wooden Toy Be A Viral Sensation?

The traditional Kendama is making a splash with kids.
Norasit Kaewsai iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 6:11 pm

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Arts & Culture
1:04 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Okka Fest Reignites Jazz

Saxophones feature prominently in free jazz.
Credit Glenn Simmons/Flickr

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Okka Disk Records founder and Okka Fest co-curator Bruno Johnson.

Free jazz. If hearing those two words together makes you close your eyes and shudder, Bruno Johnson wants to have a word.

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All Songs Considered
12:33 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

First Watch: Lowland Hum, 'War Is Over'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 9:51 am

The power of music paired with imagery never ceases to amaze me. For this video by Lowland Hum, three unrelated sets of found footage connect in powerful ways to the song "War Is Over."

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The Salt
12:29 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Mastering A Sea Monster: From Greece, A Lesson In Grilling Octopus

For octopus flesh to be tender enough to grill, it must be dried in the sun at least one full day.
Joanna Kakissis for NPR

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 2:09 pm

The Greeks have been eating octopus since ancient times, and it's still on the menu of the country's many psarotavernes, or fish taverns.

On the islands, where the catch is often fresh, octopus is grilled over charcoal, seasoned with fresh lemon and served with ouzo. Friends and families often share this special summer meze during a hot day at the beach.

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Author Interviews
12:25 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Oliver Sacks, Exploring How Hallucinations Happen

Knopf

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 1:28 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 6, 2012.

In Oliver Sacks' book The Mind's Eye, the neurologist included an interesting footnote in a chapter about losing vision in one eye because of cancer that said: "In the '60s, during a period of experimenting with large doses of amphetamines, I experienced a different sort of vivid mental imagery."

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Music Reviews
12:25 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

On 'Yeezus,' Kanye West Sounds Strikingly Self-Aware

Yeezus is Kanye West's seventh studio album.
Guillaume Baptiste Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 1:28 pm

Kanye West is having some serious fun with us on his new album, Yeezus, starting with the title; it's a play on his nickname, Yeezy, and his penchant for placing himself just this side of the Son of God in terms of cultural importance. That's just the first clue as to how assiduously aggressive and transgressive West wants to be on this album.

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The Salt
11:32 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Farm Free Or Die! Maine Towns Rebel Against Food Rules

Dan Brown pets "Sprocket," his family's 4-year-old, sole milking cow, before hosing her down at his farm in Blue Hill, Maine. Brown has become the poster child for Maine's food sovereignty movement.
John Clarke Russ Bangor Daily News

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 4:18 pm

New Englanders have never been shy about revolting against what they see as unfair food regulations. Remember that whole Boston Tea Party thing?

So perhaps it's not so surprising that in Maine, towns have been staging another revolution: They've declared independence from state and federal regulations on locally produced foods.

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