Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 2:10 pm
"Location, location, location" is the mantra of real estate, but for centuries geographical locales have also been a boon to the imagination of many a composer. Think of Tchaikovsky, who mimicked the bugle calls he heard each morning while visiting Rome in the opening brass fanfare of his Capriccio Italien.
Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 10:11 am
From Malcolm Gladwell to the Freakonomics guys to (discredited) science writer Jonah Lehrer, writers these past few years have flooded bookstores with popular nonfiction titles that purport to tell us how we think. But something has been lost amid the recent vogue for cognitive science and behavioral economics. What about the human part of human behavior — the dreams and desires that set us apart from animals and computers? Are we just assemblages of neurons and chemicals?
Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 11:04 am
A lot is about to change for The Lone Bellow, a trio of Southerners who now call Brooklyn home: The band has yet to perform outside of New York, but its self-titled debut album is already charting on iTunes. Its members just quit their day jobs this month so they can go on tour.
You'll see in this performance why they're bound to connect with new fans on the road. Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist are natural, passionate live performers who play and sing infectious folk-rock in close harmony with startling confidence.
Today on the podcast, the story of one of the most destructive and mysterious food shortages in recent memory. Colbert described it on his Threatdown segment:
The global food shortage is finally becoming an important story, because now it is affecting me. Costco and Sam's Club are now both rationing rice. You can't buy more than 80 pounds in a single visit. How am I supposed to make my famous kiddie pool paella?!?
Earlier this month, we welcomed two new music channels to the public radio family — KUTX in Austin and XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio in Philadelphia — so for this installment of Heavy Rotation, we asked them to share their favorite songs of their first two weeks on the planet.
Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 11:27 am
You won't find consistently formal attire at the orchestra anymore. Or at the opera, or at a play, or at a nice restaurant, or at a wedding. Many women don't even own a dress that goes all the way to the floor (and if they do, there's probably a 50/50 chance it's a bridesmaid's dress), because how often do we need one? You're better off spending your money on a clown costume. At least it's amusing.
Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 5:18 pm
Nashville-based singer Vicki Yohe is breaking the mold of gospel singers with her country-western looks.
She recently stopped by NPR for a performance chat with Tell Me More Host Michel Martin and addressed questions on race, faith and music, including her new album, I'm at Peace: A Praise & Worship Experience.
After performing a few of her popular sings, Yohe took to the 88 keys to show her love for NPR.
Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 4:35 pm
When you think of Martin Luther King Jr., all sorts of things immediately spring to mind. The climax of the "I Have a Dream" speech. The Montgomery bus boycotts. Maybe some black-and-white images of the man meeting with important people or contemplating weighty matters.