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It's been four weeks since Sandy hit. Nancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, gives an update on the recovery effort in New Jersey four weeks in. Plus: the latest in national politics and the "fiscal cliff" negotiations with John Heilemann, politics reporter for New York magazine; and Tim Ferriss, author of the new book The 4-Hour Chef.
Jack Black talks about his career in movies, music, and his latest role in the film "Bernie." Then Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Applebaum gives a glimpse behind the iron curtain, and reveals how communism took over Eastern Europe after WWII. And the great Tony Bennett shares the lessons he's learned over the course of his long career, working with everyone from Duke Ellington to Bill Evans to Lady Gaga.
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We're always talking about creativity, but what do we mean? Can we find creativity, can we measure it, can we encourage it? Kurt talks with professor and author Gary Marcus (Guitar Zero) about what science tells us about creativity. A researcher shoves jazz musicians into an fMRI machines and has ...
Today on Soundcheck: Dr. Oliver Sacks discusses why we hallucinate sounds, from voices to cell phone ringers to music -- even when we're completely sane.
Plus, we hear a live performance in the studio from the band RNDM -- the trio made up of singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, bassist Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam, and drummer Richard Stuverud.
Q is an energetic daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine that takes you on a smart and surprising ride, interviewing personalities and tackling the cultural issues that matter. Hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, with his trademark wit and spontaneity, Q covers pop culture and high arts alike with forays into the most provocative and compelling cultural trends.
Listen to Azerbaijani songs featuring the Alim Qasimov ensemble and arranged for the Kronos Quartet on this edition of New Sounds, from the record, “Floodplain.” Then something by PJ Harvey from “Let England Shake" with samples of what sounds like Turkish lamenting and kanun. Also, listen to Southeastern European lament music from Ingram Marshall for voice and strings, his "Hidden Voices." Plus, something by Serbian composer Boris Kovac, and more.