Rick Karr

Correspondent, Need to Know

Rick Karr appears in the following:

'We Shall Overcome' Ruled Public Domain In Copyright Settlement

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" is now in the public domain. The music publishers that copyrighted the song in the 1960s settled the lawsuit on Friday.


William Eggleston's Music, Much Like His Photography, Thrives Off Ambiguity

Thursday, January 04, 2018

William Eggleston is renowned for making the art world take color photography seriously. He started taking pictures when he was a kid, around the same time he started playing piano.


Current And Former Guantanamo Bay Detainees Create 'Ode To The Sea' Art Exhibit

Monday, November 20, 2017

Artwork by current and former detainees of Guantanamo Bay is on display at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. But what does the art represent and why did the college choose to display it?


Why Da Vinci's Last Privately Owned Painting Probably Won't End Up In A Museum

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The last known privately owned painting by Leonardo da Vinci is going up for auction. But it will probably go back into private hands because no museum can afford the price. "Salvator Mundi" is likely to sell for more than a $100 million.


Guggenheim Pulls Animal Art From Upcoming Chinese Exhibition

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City announced late Monday night that it would be withdrawing three works from an upcoming exhibition of contemporary Chinese art over protests from animal rights groups.


Federal Judge Rules First Verse Of 'We Shall Overcome' Public Domain

Monday, September 11, 2017

The decision follows a year-long lawsuit filed by a documentarian against music publishers and folk singers, including the late Pete Seeger, who copyrighted the civil rights anthem in the 1960s.


Sentinel Awards Celebrate TV Depictions Of Health, Climate Change And Security

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California hands out the Sentinel Awards to TV shows for outstanding accurate depictions of health, climate change and security issues.


Big Bird, Bowie And Muppets: Museum Of Moving Image Honors Jim Henson

Friday, August 11, 2017

The New York museum opened a permanent exhibition on the work of the late Jim Henson, including a Big Bird puppet, David Bowie's costume from Labyrinth and Muppets, all gifts of Henson's estate.


Bringing A Bookstore To The Bronx

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Since Barnes and Noble pulled out of the Bronx last year, there has been no general interest bookstore in the borough. Noelle Santos hopes to open one by the end of the year.


'Sgt. Pepper's' At 50: Why The Beatles' Masterpiece Can't Be Replicated

Thursday, June 01, 2017

In crafting Sgt. Pepper's, producer George Martin, engineer Geoff Emerick and the Fab Four pushed the recording-studio technology of the late '60s to its limits.


Gary Lucas Uses Film Music 'To Shed Light On Obscure Corners Of Culture'

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Gary Lucas, known for playing with the late Captain Beefheart and as the late Jeff Buckley's songwriting partner, built reputation with film music. His latest is for an early Orson Welles comedy.


Lou Reed's Demos, Papers And Record Collection Soon To Be Public

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson, is donating his personal archive to the New York Public Library on the occasion of what would have been his 75th birthday.


Prize-Winning Immigrant Artist Addresses Issues Of Identity Through Sculpture

Saturday, February 04, 2017

The Vilcek Prize recognizes immigrant artists who make a contribution to U.S. culture through their art. This year's winner, Jamaican sculptor Nari Ward, received $100,000.


A Prog-Jazz Suite About Architecture? Jacob Garchik Does It All

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A few years ago, composer and trombonist Jacob Garchik started noticing that a lot of older apartment buildings near his house in Brooklyn have medieval architectural details. "This building is a really good example," he says, pointing out a six-story brick box in the Flatbush neighborhood. Between the first and ...


The Guitar In The Window: How One Instrument Steered Sir Richard Bishop's Life

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Some musicians argue that instruments have souls. Guitarist Richard Bishop says he felt a relationship forming the moment he saw a mysterious acoustic guitar in a secondhand store in Switzerland. He's known for playing electric guitar in the improvisational rock trio Sun City Girls, but something told Bishop the acoustic ...


Karen Haglof, No-Wave Guitarist Turned Doctor, Relaunches Music Career

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Karen Haglof made her name as a guitarist on the ultra-competitive New York no-wave scene of the 1980s. Then she stopped playing and launched a career in medicine. Now she's back with a solo album.


NFL, Broadway Fight FCC Auction Of Broadcast Spectrum

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission is getting ready to auction off more broadcast spectrum and that has the folks who use wireless microphones very worried.


FCC Says Most American Broadband Connections ... Aren't

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A report issued yesterday by the FCC says that most of the connections sold to Americans as "broadband" are actually too slow to qualify for the name. Rick Karr is a correspondent for PBS's "Need to Know." He speaks with us about why American broadband connections are lagging so badly behind those found in the rest of the world.

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Laying tracks to the future of cargo shipping

Monday, April 20, 2009

Last week, President Obama announced an ambitious goal to build a high-speed passenger rail line in ten regions across the country. But even if President Obama’s plans for passenger r...

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Transit systems tunnel through the financial crisis

Monday, March 09, 2009

Transit systems around the country are facing higher fares, service cuts and layoffs; with little help from government agencies. Some are facing increased stress because of what once ...