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Rick Karr

Correspondent, Need to Know

Rick Karr appears in the following:

Gary Lucas Uses Film Music 'To Shed Light On Obscure Corners Of Culture'

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Gary Lucas, known for playing with the late Captain Beefheart and as the late Jeff Buckley's songwriting partner, built reputation with film music. His latest is for an early Orson Welles comedy.


Lou Reed's Demos, Papers And Record Collection Soon To Be Public

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson, is donating his personal archive to the New York Public Library on the occasion of what would have been his 75th birthday.


Prize-Winning Immigrant Artist Addresses Issues Of Identity Through Sculpture

Saturday, February 04, 2017

The Vilcek Prize recognizes immigrant artists who make a contribution to U.S. culture through their art. This year's winner, Jamaican sculptor Nari Ward, received $100,000.


A Prog-Jazz Suite About Architecture? Jacob Garchik Does It All

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A few years ago, composer and trombonist Jacob Garchik started noticing that a lot of older apartment buildings near his house in Brooklyn have medieval architectural details. "This building is a really good example," he says, pointing out a six-story brick box in the Flatbush neighborhood. Between the first and ...


The Guitar In The Window: How One Instrument Steered Sir Richard Bishop's Life

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Some musicians argue that instruments have souls. Guitarist Richard Bishop says he felt a relationship forming the moment he saw a mysterious acoustic guitar in a secondhand store in Switzerland. He's known for playing electric guitar in the improvisational rock trio Sun City Girls, but something told Bishop the acoustic ...


Karen Haglof, No-Wave Guitarist Turned Doctor, Relaunches Music Career

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Karen Haglof made her name as a guitarist on the ultra-competitive New York no-wave scene of the 1980s. Then she stopped playing and launched a career in medicine. Now she's back with a solo album.


NFL, Broadway Fight FCC Auction Of Broadcast Spectrum

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission is getting ready to auction off more broadcast spectrum and that has the folks who use wireless microphones very worried.


FCC Says Most American Broadband Connections ... Aren't

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A report issued yesterday by the FCC says that most of the connections sold to Americans as "broadband" are actually too slow to qualify for the name. Rick Karr is a correspondent for PBS's "Need to Know." He speaks with us about why American broadband connections are lagging so badly behind those found in the rest of the world.

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Laying tracks to the future of cargo shipping

Monday, April 20, 2009

Last week, President Obama announced an ambitious goal to build a high-speed passenger rail line in ten regions across the country. But even if President Obama’s plans for passenger r...

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Transit systems tunnel through the financial crisis

Monday, March 09, 2009

Transit systems around the country are facing higher fares, service cuts and layoffs; with little help from government agencies. Some are facing increased stress because of what once ...


Radically re-thinking the economy with David Korten

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Will fixing Wall Street really help Main Street? David Korten is suggesting that instead of bailout after bailout we should completely re-imagine our economy. He is the author of Agen...


Get on a bus, gus: The nation is heading towards a transit crisis

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Despite the eight billion dollars the stimulus will pump into the nation’s transit infrastructure, local transportation agencies around the nation are in for a potentially devastating...