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From the Archives: Concert Halls (originally aired 11/12/04)

Friday, March 20, 2009

You can listen to music in your car...or your kitchen...or in one of the great concert halls of the world. WHERE you listen, as Sara Fishko tells us, can have as much impact as WHAT you listen to. What does a building have to do with a piece of music? ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Other Side of Desire

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

In his book The Other Side of DesireNew York Times Magazine staff writer Daniel Bergner investigates different kinds of sexual desire through four case studies.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

American Avant-Garde Film

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

From 1947 to 1986 a whole new generation of filmmakers began experimenting with cinema. Some of the films from that period have just been released in a new DVD box set called "Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film 1947-1986." We’ll be joined by Jeff Lambert, assistant director of the National Film ...

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WNYC News

Persian New Year

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

This weekend marks the start of the Persian New Year and New York's Iranian community is getting ready to celebrate. It's made up of Iranian Muslims, Iranian Jews, people who came here because of the Islamic revolution in 1979, and young people who grew up ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Harold Varmus

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Harold Varmus has done it all: Nobel Prize–winning breakthroughs in cancer biology, masterful leadership of the National Institutes of Health, statesmanship of the highest order in global health, and cheerful trench warfare to bring biomedical publications to the open-source Internet age. Currently he's the President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital and ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Lost City of Z

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

In 1925, renowned British explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcet and his son Jack set out to find the fabled city of Z (also known as El Dorado) in the Amazon. They were never seen again. Their story became almost as legendary as El Dorado itself and yet their disappearance had ...

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Studio 360

A day in the country

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I am not on the payroll of the California Travel & Tourism Commission, I swear. But as if the weather in general were not splendidly un-wintery enough, here's some of what I encountered a couple of hours west and north of Los Angeles, by aiming for Santa Barbara and then more or less aimlessly wandering. My daughter Kate provivded a perfect iPod score, dominated by Four Tet and the soundtracks of Jungle Book and Carnivàle.

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Studio 360

Design for the Real World: Slots

Friday, March 13, 2009

You put your coins in, they disappear forever ... and somehow you don't mind. We sent Hammad Ahmed to Atlantic City to find out what makes a slot machine spin.

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Studio 360

Three Fundred Million Dollar Man

Friday, March 13, 2009

Conceptual artist Mel Chin has made a career turning toxic landfills and abandoned buildings into things of beauty. Lately he's been concerned with the poisonous levels of lead in the soil of New Orleans. Cleaning up a problem like this is a huge undertaking that requires an enormous ...

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Studio 360

Mamak Khadem

Friday, March 13, 2009

Iranian-born singer Mamak Khadem moved to Los Angeles in 1977, two years before the Islamic revolution. Today the Persian community in Southern California numbers nearly 600,000 people. Mamak takes Kurt on a walk along Westwood Boulevard, the commercial heart of "Tehran-geles," to her favorite record store,

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Studio 360

Bonus Track: Banna Ba Modimo

Friday, March 13, 2009

BLK JKS plays the song live in Studio 360.

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Studio 360

BLK JKS

Friday, March 13, 2009

American rock has been cribbing African sounds for years. Now a South African band is poised to make a big splash on our shores. BLK JKS, from Johannesburg, blends African sounds with MTV-inspired art rock. They just released their first album in the U.S., Mystery. Band ...

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Studio 360

BLK JKS, Mel Chin, Mamak

Friday, March 13, 2009

South African art rock lands in the States, and we get our own live performance from BLK JKS. Kurt Andersen takes a walk through "Tehran-geles" - the Iranian neighborhood of Los Angeles - with singer Mamak Khadem. And how do you the raise $300 million needed to clean up the lead-poisoned soil of New Orleans? The artist Mel Chin decided to literally make it. It's not counterfeit - it's art.

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Fishko Files

From the Archives: Film Noir (originally aired 11/24/04)

Friday, March 13, 2009

It’s been more than half a century since a wave of crime dramas burst onto American movie screens, providing film-goers and film-makers with a whole new vocabulary of dark shadows and saucy dialogue. In this archival episode of the Fishko Files, Sara Fishko explores the advent of the form we ...

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Studio 360

The Art of Aging

Friday, March 13, 2009

Betty Woodman reveals how she keeps coming up with new ideas after 50 years. And Taylor Mead, our candidate for oldest living beatnik, tells of his life as an "extremely semi-famous" artist. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Studio 360

Words from the Wise

Friday, March 13, 2009

We asked listeners to tell us about the best piece of wisdom you ever got from an older person, and we'll hear what some of them had to say.

Weigh in: What's the best piece of advice you've received from an elder?

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Studio 360

New BLK JKS song! "Banna Ba Modimo"

Thursday, March 12, 2009

When Studio 360 recently caught up with the up-and-coming BLK JKS in Los Angeles we stumbled onto a bit of a musical scoop. Hanging out "back-stage" with the South African band before their show at the LA Natural History Museum, we were fortunate enough to hear a brand new unreleased song from their forthcoming full-length (expected this summer).

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WNYC News

Today in History: A Raisin in the Sun

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Margo Alexander

March 11, 1959 - The drama “A Raisin in the Sun” opens at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theater. In this audio clip, Patricia Marx interviews playwright Lorraine Hansberry on the semi-autobiographical tale.

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'What it involves is an examination of ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

He Madoff With All Their Money

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bernard Madoff is expected to plead guilty to 11 felony counts in the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history tomorrow. Vanity Fair contributing editor Mark Seal interviewed dozens of Madoff’s victims (including some of his closest friends) for his article "Madoff's World" which appears in the April ...

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