Derek John

Derek John appears in the following:

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Friday, August 26, 2011

When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him.  Today it stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race.

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Public Art vs. the Public in Indianapolis

Friday, August 19, 2011

A work of public art is causing a stir in Indianapolis — and it hasn’t even gone up yet. The dispute involves a monument of a freed slave that was supposed to be placed in downtown Indianapolis. The work, “E Pluribus Unum,” is by the celebrated African-American artist Fred Wilson ...

Slideshow: Fred Wilson's “E Pluribus Unum”

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Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Financial Story

Friday, August 12, 2011

The sickening ups and downs of the debt ceiling crisis are feeding worries that American politics and the economy are unraveling. For the novelist Gary Shteyngart, it all sounds very familiar: “I’ll turn on the news, I’ll vomit from nervousness and then I’ll wipe my chin and say ‘Oh, you know ...

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A Homecoming: King of Latin Soul Joe Bataan Returns to Central Park

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

On Wednesday night, Central Park Summerstage presents a free concert of old school Latin boogaloo music with local heroes Johnny Colon and Joe Bataan. For Bataan, who is now 69 years old, the Central Park gig will be a kind of homecoming.

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Wayne Coyne's Lips Are On Fire

Friday, July 29, 2011

Back in the 1980’s, the Flaming Lips were just an alternative rock band from Oklahoma. They toured for a decade before finally hitting it big in 1993 with their song "She Don't Use Jelly.” It was an ironic grunge anthem that landed them a cameo ...

Bonus Track: Obsessed with Britney Spears, Over Oklahoma

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Rupert Murdoch: The Political Thriller

Friday, July 22, 2011

The News of the World phone hacking scandal is rocking the UK to its core and riveting Americans. It's a tale of vast illegal snooping, cover-ups, political liaisons, a mysterious death. The cliché is, ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ — but lots of ...


Swamp Dogg Rides Again

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

One of America's most original soul singers, the man who put the funk in R&B's trunk, is touring again. Swamp Dogg (no relation to Snoop) is playing just a few dates, including a free concert in Brooklyn tomorrow night.

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Libya’s Soundtrack to the Revolution

Friday, July 01, 2011

The political and military chaos in Libya is about to enter its sixth month. As the rebels wage war against Muammar Gaddafi from their capital in Benghazi, and NATO air strikes continue to target his forces, subtler forms of protest that don't make...

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The Waste Land 2.0

Friday, June 24, 2011

April may be the cruelest month, but June has been good for T.S. Eliot’s landmark poem, The Waste Land. Eighty-nine years after it was published, the poem became a runaway hit in the form of a new iPad application that’s selling like gangbusters...

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New Nitehawk Cinema Brings the Silver Screen Back to North Brooklyn

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Roll out the red carpet: the big screen is officially back in North Brooklyn. On Friday, the new Nitehawk Cinema lifts the curtain on its three-screen movie theater in Williamsburg.

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Apple’s Newest Update

Friday, June 17, 2011

Last week, Apple’s Steve Jobs made a design presentation — not to masses of swooning tech journalists, but to the Cupertino, California city council. What Jobs unveiled this time was Apple’s future corporate headquarters. The design, by celebrated architect Norman Foster, is shaped like a giant ...

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Timothy Schaffert: Great Plains Gothic

Friday, June 17, 2011

Timothy Schaffert’s new book isn’t a typical mystery novel. It’s got an ominous crime set in a small town rife with intrigue, but the narrator isn’t a hardscrabble police detective or a noirish gumshoe. Instead, Schaffert’s story is told by an 83-year old grandmother — and obituary writer. Schaffert’s choice of the elderly Essie Myles as...

Listener Challenge: Write your own obituary

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Aha Moment: Gentleman’s Agreement

Friday, June 10, 2011

Listener Susan Evans grew up in rural Louisiana during the 1950s and 60s. Her first year of high school was also the first year of federally enforced integration in her town — and that did not sit well with her white parents. It wasn’t until years later that ...

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Ben Shapiro on Primetime Propaganda

Friday, June 10, 2011

Another season of primetime television just wrapped up and, as always, it was chock full of liberal programming designed to brainwash America. At least that’s according to Ben Shapiro, author of the new book Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV.  Shapiro writes a conservative...

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At BAM, 'The Landlord' Shows Park Slope Before Gentrification Took Hold

Thursday, May 12, 2011

On Thursday, Slope residents can get a rare glimpse of the neighborhood's grittier past on the big screen. As part of its celebration of filmmaker Hal Ashby, BAMcinématek is screening his little-seen 1970 gem "The Landlord."

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Osama bin Laden's Hollywood Ending

Friday, May 06, 2011

From the beginning it was like fiction.  The world’s most famous skyscrapers vaporized by two hijacked airliners.  The phrase you heard over and over again was: "it seemed just like a movie."  Yes, but the implausible opening sequence of a bad action movie — spectacular destruction orchestrated by a rich, ...

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Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Friday, April 29, 2011

It may just be the best use of 3D technology yet: to bring moviegoers to a place they will never, ever, be able to visit. That's what director Werner Herzog does with Cave of Forgotten Dreams. He tells Kurt Andersen how he came to film one of the most amazing discoveries of our time — the 30,000-year-old...

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen's Full Conversation with Werner Herzog


Adventures in 3D Sound!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Edgar Chouieri knows how things work; he’s a rocket scientist — officially, the Director of Princeton University's Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory. If NASA ever sends a person to Mars, Chouieri’s research probably will have played a role. But Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen visited his lab recently to get a taste of the future right now. Chouieri’s hobby is acoustics...

Bonus Track: Listen to Sound in 3D

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Adventures in 3D Sound: Edgar Choueiri's Home Lab

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Edgar Chouieri is a longtime professor of applied physics and aerospace engineering — but since 2003 he has been moonlighting as an audio engineer, obsessed with 3D sound. And he's has figured out how to reproduce realistic 3D sound from just two speakers.

Video: Edgar Chouieri considers Bach in 3D

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Remembering the Civil War in New York

Monday, April 11, 2011


It turns out the ghosts of the city's Civil War past are in more places than one might think. Beyond obvious sites like Grant's Tomb (don't ask who's buried there), the city boasts several Civil War landmarks hiding in plain sight.

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