Michele Siegel appears in the following:
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
It's almost exactly 150 years since On the Origin of Species was published, so for this week's show we decided to put evolution to the test. We learned a lot of cool facts in producing this hour: did you know the human species was nearly extinct -- dwindling to just 2,000 people -- 70,000 years ago? And if you ever worried about genetic engineering going awry, don't miss the amazing sci-fi short story we commissioned from writer Lydia Millet.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Playlist anxiety this party season? It's The Very Best to the rescue. Fronted by a Malawian Esau Mwamwaya, the band made mixtape history last year with its killer remixes of M.I.A's 'Paper Planes' and Vampire Weekend's 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.' Even without those tunes, the album offers dizzying layers of Afropop and sunny vocals in English and Chichewa over techno dance beats. The title track is a party-starter with its happy mix of textures: a deep heartbeat of a bass line, cowbell, choir-style back-up vocals, and toe-tapping guitar riffs. It just might move you to book a flight to Lilongwe, which is appropriate, because it turns out Warm Heart of Africa is Malawi's tourism slogan too.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
No new movie, book, or George Lucas rumor to peg it to, but Britain's Architects Journal decided this week to list its Top 10 favorite buildings from Star Wars. Sure, it's blogger catnip: Top 10 List + Star Wars + architecture = hits from every sci-fi geek and design snob this side of Tatooine. But it's a clever round up, including photos of some real-world buildings, in places like Abu Dhabi and Porto, that appear to have quite a bit of Star Wars DNA in them. As for me, I'm over Brooklyn and desperately trolling craigslist for an Ewok treehouse in Endor.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
July in June. We aired one of our favorite Miranda July short stories this past weekend. Then I noticed this video popping up on some of my favorite blogs. It's from July's installation at the 2008 International Triennale of Contemporary Art in Yokohama, Japan. It's thoughtful, funny, wordy, and the tiniest bit pretentious. Hooray for existential art! And it makes me excited to see what she comes up with next.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Yale Graphic design grad student Ely Kim conducts a 1-man dance off to his 100 fave songs. You won't hear more than a few bars of each, but you will want watch all 100 (and marvel at all the great art school interiors from printshops to bathroom stalls). Best of all, guests at your future dance parties will thank you for his playlist. (M.I.A. , Technotronic, Yaz, Lil Mama) Watch. Smile. Repeat.
BOOMBOX from Ely Kim on Vimeo.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Gaze up above any low slung building in LA and this is the view.
Greetings from the other side of the Pacific Rim-- Los Angeles! This winter/spring Kurt Andersen has a special residency at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and we've got some LA-based stories and ...
Friday, June 27, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
When the Congolese civil war broke out in 1998, the novelist Emmanuel Dongala and his family fled Brazzaville. While he was hiding with 40 others in a house as rockets hissed by and exploded just a few meters away, books became Dongala's refuge. Produced by
Friday, December 21, 2007
Goli Taraghi is a writer with an international reputation. Yet she found herself condemned in her home country for allegedly slipping sexual messages into a children’s story. We caught up with Taraghi in France, where she described the long, frustrating process of getting her work past the ...
Friday, April 13, 2007
Miriam Katin was only a toddler when she and her mother hid from the Nazis in the Hungarian countryside. Now, more than 60 years later, she’s turned their harrowing story of escape and survival into a graphic memoir called We Are On Our Own. Produced by
Friday, October 13, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
The reconstruction of New Orleans may be years away, but plans are coming off the drawing board. Andres Duany and his team of "New Urbanists" have come to New Orleans with their vision of the future: 19th century-style town plans that encourage compact living and walkability. That's ...
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Being criticized is never easy for a writer, but condemnation for Iranian filmmakers, novelists and poets can lead to censorship, prison or worse. Even a famous writer like Goli Taraghi can find herself condemned for allegedly slipping sexual messages into a simple children's story. We caught up with Taraghi ...