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Best Arts And Music Of 2011
April 25, 2011 8 Comments

A Fan Recalls Judy Garland’s Carnegie Hall Concert

Judy Garland’s concert at Carnegie Hall is considered one of the greatest shows of all time. Harold Williamson was 24 years old when he saw Garland perform at Carnegie Hall 50 years ago this month.

April 19, 2011 Comment

The Oladipo Sisters Give Gospel An R&B Spin

We check in on the world of (very) young Gospel, with the Oladipo sisters, which includes 5-year-old Olajuwon, 12-year-old Oladunni, and three other sisters. They’re putting gospel to R&B beats, which you can hear in their new songs and a video.

April 12, 2011 31 Comments

Translating Rock Concerts For Those Who Can’t Hear

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requires concert venues to provide sign language interpreters to deaf concert-goers on request. We speak with an interpreter, watch a video and read an interview transcript.

April 1, 2011 3 Comments

Berklee Students Put Music Into Words

How do you describe the music you hear in a film? Students at Boston’s Berklee College of Music are working with Paramount Pictures to create a database of descriptions of the studio’s film scores for future filmmakers in search of music.

March 17, 2011 Comment

The High Kings Bring Irish Folk To New Generations

Named the best folk group at the Irish Music Awards for three years in a row, the High Kings are taking up the mantle from groups like the Clancy Brothers and introducing new renditions of traditional Irish folk songs to listeners. We speak with band member Brian Dunphy.

March 15, 2011 3 Comments

A Master Class With Jazz Musician Tierney Sutton

Throughout a successful performing and recording career with her longtime band, jazz singer Tierney Sutton has always made time to teach. We stop by one of Sutton’s Harvard master classes, that she taught during a break from her world tour. You can also hear performances from the class.

March 8, 2011 5 Comments

Hip Hop Artist Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli decided early on to pursue a different path than his parents, both academics. And Jay-Z seems to think he made the right choice, rapping: “If skills sold, truth be told,/I’d probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli.”

March 2, 2011 11 Comments

Dancer Jacques d'Amboise Describes ‘How The Arts Can Change Lives’

Dance legend Jacques d’Amboise joined us to talk about his new memoir. “I am a person who knows how the arts can change lives,” he writes. “Because they transformed mine.” Read an excerpt.

February 25, 2011 11 Comments

‘The Social Network’ Soundtrack Gets Oscar Nod… Could It Be The ‘Swarmatron?’

“The Social Network,” is up for a handful of Oscars this weekend. The movie’s Nine Inch Nails soundtrack also got an Oscar nod for the soundtrack, in part thanks to an unusual handmade synthesizer called the Swarmatron. We speak with the Swarmatron’s creators, you can also hear samples of the instrument’s sounds.

February 24, 2011 237 Comments

6 Word Memoirs: Tell Us Yours

Can you write your life’s story in 6 words? How about “wake up. coffee. back to bed.” Send us yours.

February 22, 2011 Comment

Real-Life ‘Fighter’ Micky Ward On His Life, Now A Movie

“The Fighter” is up for seven Academy Awards this weekend, including Best Picture. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as Lowell, Mass. boxer Micky Ward, and gives an unflinching and often unflattering look at Ward’s family. NPR’s “Only A Game” host Bill Littlefield brings us a profile of the real-life Micky Ward.

February 21, 2011 4 Comments

Swimming Off Maine’s Coast, Come Hell Or 35 Degree Water

Long-distance swimmer Gary Sredzienski doesn’t let the snow and cold of a harsh Maine winter put the damper on his routine. He swims year-round off the coast of Maine, and is planning a four-mile swim to raise money for lighthouse preservation.

February 15, 2011 4 Comments

Artist Esperanza Spalding, Aka The Artist Who Beat Out Justin Beiber For Grammy

26-year-old Esperanza Spalding was named Best New Artist at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, taking the prize from teen phenom Justin Bieber and hip-hop artist Drake. We revisit a conversation with Spalding. And tell us what you think about Spalding’s Grammy grab.

February 10, 2011 Comment

Tackling Opera To Folk, Composer Nico Muhly Defies Categorization

Juilliard-trained composer Nico Muhly has already built an eclectic career, even though he’s just 29. He’s worked with Bjork, composed chorales, folk, opera as well as “Drones and Piano,” premiering in Boston Thursday. We spoke with Muhly about his wide range of interests.

February 1, 2011 Comment

Protesters In Middle East Find Common Identity Through Arab Poet

Protesters in the Arab world are invoking the words of a long-dead, North African poet as they fight against their authoritarian governments. Anthony Shadid of the New York Times tells us that the writings of Abul-Qasim al-Shabi encapsulate a common Arab identity for people in countries from Tunisia to Egypt and Yemen.

January 31, 2011 2 Comments

‘King’s Speech’ Screenwriter Also Fought To Be Heard

As a child growing up during World War II, David Seidler struggled with a stutter. Seidler was inspired when he heard radio broadcasts of King George VI, who had to overcome his own speech troubles. Seidler tells the story of King George and his speech therapist in the screenplay he authored for the new movie, “The King’s Speech.”

January 20, 2011 6 Comments

Boston-Based Band, Zili Misik, Bangs Out Haiti-Inspired Beats

Members of the all-female, band Zili Misik have their hearts, and music stuck in Haiti, even though none are from there. Watch a video of their performance in our studio.

January 18, 2011 14 Comments

Why Is The Muslim Mystic, Rumi, America's Bestselling Poet?

Rumi, the 13th century Muslim mystic, is now America’s bestselling poet. Why do Americans love his poetry? And how do Muslims feel about his writing, which celebrates dancing, love and wine?

January 6, 2011 Comment

Author Nick Flynn Faces Fatherhood In ‘The Ticking Is The Bomb’

In Author Nick Flynn’s memoir, he delves into his fears of fatherhood, as he prepares to travel to Turkey to meet some of the detainees photographed at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

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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.