Author Khaled Hosseini, who spent much of his childhood in Afghanistan, presents three Afghan songs from his childhood that still hold massive sway over him.
In this episode: Khaled Hosseini is the bestselling author of "The Kite Runner” and the new novel “And the Mountains Echoed.” Tonight, Hosseini shares his favorite tracks by the late pop musician Ahmad Zahir -- often called “the Elvis of Afghanistan.”
Plus: Last year the singer and songwriter, Angel Olsen, released her idiosyncratic debut, Half Way Home. She brings her powerful voice (which has been heard on multiple collaborations with another idiosyncratic singer, Bonnie "Prince" Billy) to the studio for a live performance.
And: Composer Phil Kline has been spending a lot of time with Igor Stravinsky’s famous work, The Rite of Spring, for an upcoming radio marathon on our sister station Q2 Music. He’ll give us a preview of some of his favorite interpretations of the work.
Since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes, joining the 43 million refugees who are currently displaced around the world. Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” feels a particular kinship with these refugees. In 1980, when he was a teenager, he and his family were granted asylum in the U.S. when Afghanistan faced a different decade-long war with the Soviets.