Why Isn't the Sky Blue?

Monday, May 21, 2012

What is the color of honey, and "faces pale with fear"? If you're Homer--one of the most influential poets in human history--that color is green. And the sea is "wine-dark," just like oxen...though sheep are violet. Which all sounds...well, really off. Producer Tim Howard introduces us to linguist Guy Deutscher, ...

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Daniel Mendelsohn on a slimmer, faster Iliad

Monday, October 31, 2011

Daniel Mendelsohn on a slimmer, faster Iliad.


Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Tales from the Great Epics

Sunday, May 01, 2011

The great epics of literature—from those by Homer to "Beowulf" to the "Song of Roland" and Dante’s "Divine Comedy"—are not short stories. For one thing, they are all rather long. But they were intended to be read—or sung—aloud before enraptured audiences. We’ll hear two such readings on this program, as well as a re-telling of"Moby Dick" from the whale’s point of view.  

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The album's big idea

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

John Schaefer asks, what IS a concept album anyway?

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From Homer to Homer: Morning Edition Spans Millennia

Thursday, April 09, 2009


We achieved a rare feat on Morning Edition today. In the span of just eight minutes we took you from Springfield's Homer to ancient Greece's Homer!

Homer and his fellow ...