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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

US and China taking climate change seriously

Thursday, June 05, 2014

US and China taking climate change seriously

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New Sounds

A New Look at the Four Seasons, Pt. 2

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Our look at the Four Seasons continues on this New Sounds, with the companion program to last night, geared towards the non-violin centered works that have used the Four Seasons as their launch pad.  Again, these are works inspired by the Vivaldi work, including music from an electronic version by Wendy Carlos, a piece by Danish-born, Brooklyn-based saxophonist Rene Mogensen, plus Japanese flute improvisations, and many more.

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New Sounds

A New Look at the Four Seasons, Pt. 2

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Our look at the Four Seasons continues on this New Sounds, with the companion program to last night, geared towards the non-violin centered works that have used the Four Seasons as their launch pad.  Again, these are works inspired by the Vivaldi work, including music from an electronic version by Wendy Carlos, a piece by Danish-born, Brooklyn-based saxophonist Rene Mogensen, plus Japanese flute improvisations, and many more.

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Studio 360

Pachinko wizard

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I was alone in Kyoto part of last week getting tape for a story.  One night after doing an interview, I was looking for something to do... and I stumbled into one of the city's gigantic pachinko parlors.  The sliding doors opened to a wall of sound -- a cacophony ...

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Studio 360

Be here now

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Buddhist word of the day: On the overview map of Kyoto train station I noticed this funny thing, instead of saying 'You are here' it simply said 'Now'. I guess it comes to the same, except 'Now' would be true not just for the Kyoto train station map, but for ...

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Studio 360

360 Book Club: The Tale of Genji

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

So get this: the world's first novel came from Japan -- and it was written by a woman -- and it's all about sex.

Japanese literary buffs and commoners alike are celebrating the 1000th anniversary of The Tale of Genji. The author Murasaki Shikibu (c. 973 - c. 1014 ...

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Studio 360

Biking the hills of old Kyoto

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Our disco-era Kyoto hotel redeemed itself when we found out they rent free bikes.  So our 24-hour visit was topped off by a delightful morning ride through the hills of the Higashiyama district.  It's the section with the largest concentration of temples and shrines, with narrow streets lined by old ...

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Studio 360

Kyoto hotel: ancient 70s chic

Monday, November 17, 2008

We're in Kyoto tonight after a wonderful interview with Pico Iyer in nearby Nara. (More on that to come.) In our 12 hours here, we got great tape, saw beautiful night-lit temples, and ate delicious sushi at a genuine local joint. Our accommodations, however, leave something to be desired. ...

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Temple-hopping (or: the temples are hopping)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

It's high season in Kyoto -- this weekend, the autumn colors are at their brightest and it seems like the whole country plus several others have converged on the city to take a look.  Luckily, there are dozens of temples (probably a dozen 'major' ones alone) with gorgeous landscapes and ...

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Kyoto Station

Friday, November 14, 2008

Kyoto may be the 1200-year-old home of Japanese classical arts, but you wouldn't know it when you first get here.

Built in 1997 by Hiroshi Hara, Kyoto Station is a stunning living monument to modern Japan.  A hub for multiple regional and local train lines, it's also home to great ...

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