99% Invisible

134- The Straight Line Is A Godless Line

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Straight lines form the core of our built environment. Building in straight lines makes predicting costs and calculating structural loads easier, since building materials come in linear units. Straight lines might be logical, predictable, and efficient,



Vienna, You Alone

Friday, February 21, 2014

"Vienna is contradictory to be sure," writes Fred Plotkin. "It is a city of amazing art, creativity and innovation, but also of a provincialism that is, most of the time, naively inward-looking."

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Exploring Music

Bright Lights, Big City

Monday, November 18, 2013

Mozart gets the boot from the Archbishop as a Salzburg court musician and moves to Vienna.


Exploring Music

Beethoven's Vienna

Monday, November 26, 2012

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring the music of Vienna, Beethoven’s adopted hometown.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Audio dada: A precursor to John Cage's 4'33", 20 years earlier

Thursday, September 13, 2012

As New Sounds celebrates composer John Cage's 100th birthday, we at the WNYC archives add our own, irreverent archival item to the celebration: a WMCA News Parade program with an eerie premonition of John Cage's famous "silent" piece, 4'33".

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Portrait of a Patron Family, Vienna 1900

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tim Bonyhady tells the story of an eminent Viennese family who were among the great patrons of early-20th-century Viennese culture at its peak. Good Living Street: Portrait of a Patron Family, Vienna 1900 takes us from the Gallias’ middle-class prosperity in the provinces of central Europe to their arrival in Vienna, their collections of art and design; their cosmopolitan society; their religious life and their efforts to circumvent the city’s rampant anti-Semitism, and their escape from Nazi Austria and new life in Australia.

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WQXR Features

A Traditional Sound, the Old-Fashioned Way?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Whether a matter of affirmative action or simply a search for the best talent, the balance of gender in many American orchestras is moving closer to parity. Tradition dies harder in Europe, including at the Vienna Philharmonic.

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