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Best Arts And Music Of 2011
August 16, 2011 8 Comments

Singer-Songwriter Livingston Taylor Shares ‘Stage Performance’ Tips

For over four decades, Livingston Taylor has performed his music around the country, charming audiences with his easygoing performance style.

August 1, 2011 3 Comments

Singer-Songwriter David Bromberg Returns

David Bromberg’s music career started in the 60’s and spanned through blues, rock and jazz. He joins us to talk about his new album.

July 21, 2011 5 Comments

Grace Potter And The Nocturnals (Ooh La La)

Rolling Stone has called this Vermont-based band one of the country’s top new acts, and describes their leader as a modern New England blues mama. They’ll be taking hits like “Paris (Ooh La La)” to Lollapalooza this summer.

July 13, 2011 Comment

‘Maine’ Author Mines Boston-Irish Roots

In her new book “Maine,” J. Courtney Sullivan draws on her childhood to tell the story of a Boston-Irish family struggling with underlying issues on a family vacation in Maine. Read an excerpt.

July 7, 2011 8 Comments

CoastalRise Channels Skateboarding And Surfing Into Christian Pop

The Christian band “CoastalRise” was named “Best Indie Performer” at a recent Christian music festival for their faith-based songs like “Judgement Day” and “Soul Power.”

June 29, 2011 2 Comments

Ernest Hemingway– Beyond The Machismo

This coming Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway. In recent years, Hemingway has been caricatured as an example of excessive machismo, but did that blunt his influence?

June 28, 2011 Comment

Singer-Songwriter Gillian Welch Releases First Album In 8 Years

“The Harrow & The Harvest” is the first CD Gillian Welch in eight years and it’s getting rave reviews. Uncut Magazine calls it a timeless country classic, we agree.

June 23, 2011 Comment

Musical Disasters That Entertain

A new show, “This Has Been A Disaster, Thanks For Having Us,” channels rock musicians’ stories of concerts gone bad, equipment gone missing and crushingly bad reviews.

June 22, 2011 9 Comments

‘Ten Thousand Saints’ Spins Straight Edge Punk Into Literary Gold

Eleanor Henderson’s debut novel depicts teens who reject drugs, sex and meat in favor of the so-called “Straight Edge” movement.

June 15, 2011 Comment

Who’s Who in Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight In Paris’

Woody Allen’s time-twisting new film, “Midnight in Paris,” transports the audience as well as main character, Gil, into 1920s Paris, where literary, artistic, and musical figures all congregated. Gil rubs elbows with Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and Cole Porter.

June 14, 2011 6 Comments

Door To Door Fuller Brush Man Keeps Selling

The Fuller Brush man was an icon in the 1940s and 50s, selling personal and home cleaning products door to door. Norman Hall says he’s the last Fuller Brush man in San Francisco, and he still wears a bow tie on the job.

June 8, 2011 Comment

Is A Sonnet That Doesn’t Rhyme Still A Sonnet?

Recently we challenged listeners to write an American Sonnet: A non-rhyming, free verse, 14 line poem. We got a lot of response, and we jumped into the fierce debate over what makes a sonnet.

June 7, 2011 Comment

Growing Up Gay, Bullied And Obsessed With ‘Bewitched’

Author Eric Poole had a miserable childhood, facing bullies at school, an obsessive compulsive mom at home, and dealing with his own sexuality. In his humorous memoir, he writes that his only escape was the TV show, “Bewitched.”

June 6, 2011 2 Comments

Ben Sollee: Indie Rock’s Fast Rising Singer-Songwriter/Cellist

Ben Sollee grew up studying classical music, while also listening to hip hop artist Lauryn Hill on the side. Now the 27-year-old Kentucky native is making his name as a singer-songwriter/cellists. Watch his studio performance.

June 2, 2011 3 Comments

Former Hitman Warns Others To Avoid His Path

In a new book, a man who worked for the drug cartels as a hit-man for nearly 20 years speaks candidly about his violent life, his crimes and finally, his repentance.

May 23, 2011 9 Comments

How The Humble Pun ‘Enabled The Rise Of Modern Civilization’

Author and pun-off world champion John Pollack says that word plays were instrumental in helping to form language and shape civilization. Read an excerpt from his new book.

May 13, 2011 Comment

Memphis’ Lucero– On The Road To Make Ends Meet

The seventh annual “Mudbugs and Music Festival” kicks off in Birmingham, Alabama this weekend, headlined by the band Lucero. The rock group’s lead singer tells us about life on the road. Hear songs off Lucero’s latest album.

May 5, 2011 7 Comments

A Family’s Utopian Dream, Unravelled

In 1968, Eliot and Sue Coleman were inspired to renounce their well-to-do upbringings, move to an isolated farm in Maine, and live off the land. But soon, the grueling work, emotional rifts and a death in the family pulled the paradise apart. Read an excerpt from a book about their life.

April 29, 2011 Comment

Literary Great William Styron’s Daughter Pens Memoir About Father’s Depression

Literary great, the late William Styron, drew widespread fame for his works, including “Sophie’s Choice.” Now, nearly five years after his death, his daughter, Alexandra, writes about the bouts of depression that afflicted Styron and affected his entire family. Read an excerpt of the book.

April 26, 2011 4 Comments

Country-Rocker Steve Earle: ‘I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive’

You might know Steve Earle as the country-rocker out of Nashville, but he’s also an author and an actor. Read an excerpt from his new book.

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Introducing A New Here & Now Website

Coming June 9, 2016, Here & Now listeners and visitors will experience our stories and journalism online in a whole new way.

June 3 Comment

Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.