Songwriting and Newswriting

Email a Friend
4 segments
Today's show is an encore edition of a show from November. First, 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.