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Philip Glass on "Satyagraha"

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Philip Glass talks about his opera "Satyagraha," playing at the Metropolitan Opera in the first revival of Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch’s innovative 2008 production. Based on the life of Gandhi, it explores his enduring philosophy of non-violent resistance. Satyagraha is the second part of Glass’s famous trilogy of operas about important historical figures, which also includes "Einstein on the Beach" (1976) and "Akhnaten" (1983).

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"Sons of the Prophet"

Friday, November 04, 2011

Playwright Stephen Karam talks about his dark comedy “Sons of the Prophet,” with stars Joanna Gleason and Santino Fontana.  It’s about a man who suffers from chronic pain and carries the fate of his reeling family on his shoulders. His health, sanity, and insurance premium are on the line. It’s been called the funniest play about human suffering you’re likely to see. “Sons of the Prophet” is playing at the Laura Pels Theatre through January 1, 2012.

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Gregory Maguire on the Wicked Years

Friday, November 04, 2011

Gregory Maguire discusses his bestselling series, the Wicked Years, inspired by The Wizard of Oz and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical “Wicked.” His latest book is the conclusion to the series: Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years.

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George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Friday, November 04, 2011

George Harrison’s widow Olivia Harrison talks about his life, from his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool to his astonishing Beatles years to his days as an independent musician, movie producer, and bohemian squire. George Harrison: Living in the Material World  includes a record of Harrison’s deep interest in Indian music, a trove of photographs, and stories and reminiscences from Harrison’s friends, including Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and others.

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WQXR's Beethoven Awareness Month

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Graham Parker, vice president of WQXR, and WQXR’s Elliott Forrest give details about the upcoming Beethoven Awareness Month,  which includes a “Where’s Beethoven?” photo contest and a 12-hour marathon of Beethoven’s piano sonatas performed by some of classical music’s brightest rising stars, including Joyce Yang and Jonathan Biss in Greene Space.

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The Annotated Peter Pan

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Maria Tatar, chair of the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, discusses editing The Annotated Peter Pan. She talks about what makes the story the perfect escape fantasy, which appeals to children and adults. This volume includes period photographs, full-color images by iconic illustrators, commentary on stage and screen versions, and J. M. Barrie's screenplay for a silent film.

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Frank Langella in "Man and Boy"

Monday, October 31, 2011

Frank Langella discusses his career and his role in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s “Man and Boy.” Set at the height of the Great Depression, it tells the story of a ruthless financier whose business is dangerously close to crumbling. He tracks down his estranged son in the hopes of saving his company. The play is about family, success and what we’re willing to sacrifice for both. “Man and Boy” is playing at the American Airlines Theater.

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James Wolcott on the 1970s in New York

Monday, October 31, 2011

James Wolcott describes moving to New York, with the dream of being a writer, in fall 1972—when the city was sinking into squalor at the same time the cultural and creative energy was building. His memoir Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in Seventies New York is a portrait of a critic as a young man, and is also a portrait of a legendary time in New York history.

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Jennifer Tipton on the Art of Lighting Design

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tony Award-winning lighting designer Jennifer Tipton talks about her work and her two pieces in Lincoln Center’s upcoming White Light Festival: “Necessary Weather” and “Spectral Scriabin.” The collaborative works explore the interplay be light and movement and light and sound.

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Movie Date: 'Paranormal Activity 3'

Monday, October 24, 2011

It brought in the big bucks, but did "Paranormal Activity 3" actually scare our intrepid movie date podcasters? Well, the review is mixed. Neither really lost any sleep about it, even though Kristen has a long history of being kept up by scary ("The Shining") and non-scary ("The Hulk") movies and TV shows. Unsurprisingly, the podcast turns into a discussion of Kristen and Rafer's favorite scary movies as well as a review of the latest blockbuster. 

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Dyan Cannon on Life with Cary Grant

Friday, October 21, 2011

Dyan Cannon talks about her romance and stormy marriage to screen legend Cary Grant, and she’ll discuss her own career as an actress and director. Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant looks at their relationship and the private Cary Grant she came to know.

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Movie Date: 'Footloose'

Monday, October 17, 2011

Forget about classics — what are the odds for success when you're remaking a film that was cheesy the first time around? Well, depending on who you talk to, cheesy movies can be a good thing, especially if they involve Kevin Bacon. That's why the new version of "Footloose" will be judged with scrutiny. Kristen and Rafer discuss how it stacks up, from the soundtrack to the dance moves. 

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John Lithgow

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle and discovery, telling about his road to becoming a star. His memoir, Drama: An Actor’s Education, is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, who brought theater to John’s life. He also looks at his collaborations with performers and directors, including Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse, Liv Ullmann, and Meryl Streep.

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Harry Belafonte

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Harry Belafonte talks about his life—as an actor musician, and passionate activist. In his memoir, My Song, he writes of his close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr.; his role as a conduit between Dr. King and the Kennedys; and his friendships with Paul Robeson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando, Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, Tony Bennett, Bill Clinton, and turns an admiring and critical eye on our country’s cultural past.

The documentary “Sing Your Song,” about the life of Harry Belafonte, premieres October 17 on HBO.

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The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones

Friday, October 07, 2011

Paul Devlin talks about the jazz drummer Papa Jo Jones. Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones presents Papa Jo’s Jones inimitable life and opinions, as originally told by Jones to jazz historian and novelist Albert Murray over the course of eight years, beginning in 1977. Devlin has transcribed, arranged, and written the book’s introduction.

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The King James Bible Turns 400

Friday, October 07, 2011

Liana Lupas and Tricia Pongracz, curators at the Museum of Biblical Art, tell us about the exhibition “On Eagles’ Wings: The King James Bible Turns 400” at the Museum of Biblical Art. The exhibition presents touchstones of the translation process, examining how this work was and continues to be inspirational. It also features a series of paintings commissioned from Makoto Fujimura, a contemporary artist working in New York City.  "On Eagles' Wings" is on view at MoBiA through October 16.

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Movie Date: 'The Ides of March'

Friday, October 07, 2011

What makes a great political movie? Suspense? A unique plot line? A surprising reveal? Or...Marisa Tomei? In this weeks' podcast, Rafer and Kristen happen to agree. On what? You'll have to listen to find out, as they discuss the latest political epic with a wide release — and Ryan Gosling's 18,000th movie this year, apparently.  

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Jock Soto on His Life in Dance

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Jock Soto, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet discusses his career and his place in ballet history. His memoir Every Step You Take weaves together the diverse strands of his life: being the child of a Puerto Rican–Navajo couple, the gay son of a fiercely macho man, a naive teenager moving to New York, and a driven artist. He shares recollections of working with dance icons and includes recipes.

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Better Connections Through Techno: Detroit and Berlin

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Detroit has long been called the birthplace of techno, and helped bring house music to a global stage in the 1980s — the kind of impact that still resonates around the world today, in the form of tens of thousands of auditory permutations. Berlin, which gave rise to "The Berlin School" of electronic music in the 1970s, has been equally influential — and is still a pilgrimage destination for DJs and electronic music aficionados from all over the world. So it's no surprise that DJ Rolando, internationally-known techno DJ from Detroit, is also a favorite in Berlin. 

 

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Susan Orlean on Rin Tin Tin

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Susan Orlean talks about the life and times of Rin Tin Tin, tracing his journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend begins on a battlefield in France during World War I, when an American soldier discovered a newborn German shepherd in the ruins of a bombed-out dog kennel. He took the dog back to California, where he became Hollywood’s number one box office star.

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