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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ralph Stanley, known for his version of the song "Man of Constant Sorrow," talks about his life in music and the signature sound he helped create. Then, cultural critic David Lehman looks into the Jewish origins of much of the American songbook—from jazz standards to show-tunes to iconic love songs. Also, Kamila Shamsie talks about Burnt Shadows, her new novel. Plus, Sir Harold Evans on his life in journalism and how he developed his unique reportorial voice.

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Man of Constant Sorrow

Ralph Stanley looks back on his long career as the patriarch of old-time mountain music. In Man of Constant Sorrow, he tells the story of how music now popular around the world was created by two brothers from a dying southern mountain culture.

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A Fine Romance

Poet, editor, and cultural critic David Lehman looks at the origins of the American songbook—jazz standards, iconic love songs, and famous movie sound tracks. In his book A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, explores the fact that the majority of this music was written exclusively by Jews.

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Burnt Shadows

Kamila Shamsie talks about her novel Burnt Shadows, an epic narrative of love and betrayal that spans more than half a century, from the bombing of Nagazaki, the partition of India, to the days after 9/11 in the United States and Afghanistan, and tells the story of two intertwined ...

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My Paper Chase

Sir Harold Evans recounts the tale of his life as a newspaperman, from his very first job, to becoming editor of the Sunday Times and The Times of London, and then his move into book publishing, becoming president and publisher of Random House. In My Paper Chase: True ...

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