Radical Reinvention

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

We’ll look at Edgar Bronfman, Jr.'s, takeover of the Warner Music Group, and how he's remaking the music business. Then, two curators talk about the exhibit “Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917,” at the Museum of Modern Art. And Anthony Doerr discusses his second collection of short stories, Memory Wall. Plus, our latest Underreported.

Edgar M. Bronfman, Jr., and the Future of the Music Industry

Fred Goodman discusses what happened when Napster made music available free online, and the music industry found itself turned upside-down and fighting for its life. In Fortune’s Fool: Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music, and an Industry in Crisis, he looks at Edgar M. Bronfman Jr., who took over the Warner Music Group in 2004, and his mission to create a new kind of record executive and bring the music industry fully into the Internet age.

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Matisse at MoMA

John Elderfield, chief curator emeritus of painting an sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, and Stephanie D’Alessandro, Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, discuss the exhibition “Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917.” Between Henri Matisse's return from Morocco in 1913 and his departure for Nice in 1917, he produced some of the most demanding, experimental, and enigmatic works of his career. “Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917” is on view at MoMA July 18-October 11.

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Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr discusses his second collection of short stories, Memory Wall. Set on four continents, the stories are all about memory, exploring how they provide meaning and coherence in our lives, and connect us to ourselves and to others.


Underreported: Guatemala's Drug Problem

It’s estimated that between 275 and 385 tons of cocaine passes through Guatemala each year. On today’s Underreported: Tim Johnson, Mexico City bureau chief for McClatchy News Service, explains how Mexico’s drug war to the north and Colombia’s drug growers to the south have destabilized Guatemala.


Top Secret America

After the September 11th attacks, the government began rapidly expanding our national security and intelligence operations. Washington Post national security reporter William Arkin, co-author of the three-part series Top Secret America, explains how the system has become so large and so complex that no one really knows if it’s working.

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